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Legislation supporting victims of dating violence is heading to the governor’s desk. Wednesday The Georgia House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 231. The measure, sponsored by District 117 Representative Houston Gaines, would create a new type of temporary protective order for victims who experience abuse by a dating partner.

Today on Athens News Matters, a rise in anti-trans legislation across the country, and even though several Georgia bills targeted at the trans community have failed to pass, LGTBQ Athenians are concerned. Also today, part three of our series on anti-Asian discrimination. Those stories, our panel on the week in news, and more … coming up on Athens News Matters.

The panel, consisting of Blake Aued, Gwen O’Looney, and Chris Dowd, discusses current news and more.

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The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement is holding a rally this weekend in response to the dramatic rise of violence against the Asian community across the country. NPR has reported more than 3,800 instances of discrimination and violence against Asians in just the past year, including the recent shooting of 6 women of Asian descent in Atlanta.

Mokah Jasmine Johnson, the president of the AADM, says this is a time for all marginalized communities to join together to bring about change. She and others say the Atlanta shootings should be considered a hate crime.

Today on Athens News Matters, Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Allison Wright on the pandemic and the recovery in Athens. Also today, Georgia’s new elections law has drawn criticism from inside that state and around the country. We’ll talk to GPB’s Stephen Fowler about what the law does – and doesn’t - do. Those stories, our panel on the week in news, and more … coming up on Athens News Matters.