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LGBT job bill languishes in Ga. House Judiciary subcommittee

Wendell Willard

In a move some legislators say they’ve never seen before, the media was banned from taking photos and video during a public hearing Monday, Feb. 27, at the Georgia General Assembly that included testimony on HB 630, the State Fair Employment Practices Act. The bill, which would ban job discrimination against state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity, was discussed for a second time by a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.

No vote was taken on the bill Feb. 27. It was tabled at a hearing on Feb. 21, but Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta), who presided over the Feb. 27 subcommittee hearing and is a co-sponsor of the bill, said the legislation remains “alive” in his subcommittee.

“Well, I don’t know what happens next at this point. We’re just at a point where there’s a lot of legislation pending and inability to get it all done prior to crossover day,” Jacobs said.

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Midterm election review

Nathan Deal leads GOP charge in midterm elections while gay-friendly candidates face strong challenges

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State Rep. Mike Jacobs appears to win easy victory

State Sen. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta) appeared to sail to an easy victory over challenger first-time political candidate Sandy Murray in District 80 in Tuesday's election.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting on Wednesday, Jacobs carried an easy lead over Murray with 66.1 percent of the votes to 33.9 percent, according to unofficial state Secretary of State results.

Jacobs has received much credit from many LGBT voters for pushing through the nation's first anti-bullying bill that encompasses K-12th grade.

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Election: Gay-friendly GOP legislators opposed for Ga. House

Candidates running for Georgia Assembly

Hope springs eternal for the Democratic Party of Georgia as it tries to dislodge two long-time Republicans from seats they’ve held on the northwestern side of DeKalb County.

Democrats have invested in campaigns against Reps. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta) and Jill Chambers (R-Atlanta) in hopes of chipping away at the Republican majority in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Chambers seeks to retain District 81 against newcomer Elena Parent. Chambers has faced Democratic challengers in the past several elections and has beaten them all handily. District 81 has been trending Democratic for a number of years, however, said Don Weigel of the House Democratic Caucus, which has thrown its support behind Parent.