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Rep. Houston Gaines on Lawmakers Back at Capitol


Georgia legislators are back at work to resume their session. District 117 Representative Houston Gaines describes their new normal during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s certainly a historic time to be back at the Capitol, you know we’ve just returned after being suspended, everybody’s wearing a mask and socially distanced,” Gaines said. “Folks are spread out.”

While lawmakers are constitutionally bound to pass a budget, Gaines says other business is still being conducted.

“Not only to help folks during this time, but we have important measures to take up. I know that I’ve got several bills. On the first day got one through a Senate committee to fight human trafficking. So there are a lot of measures that we will be taking up over the next couple of weeks.”

One of those measures being considered is a hate crimes law for the state. Georgia is one of four states without such legislation.

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