Georgia Bills Today: Craft Beer & Cyber Bullying


ATLANTA (AP) – The Georgia House has approved a bill adding threats made on computers or other electronic devices to the state’s bullying law.

The 140 to 26 vote on Friday sends the bill to the Senate for consideration.

Sponsor Rep. Pam Dickerson, a Democrat from Conyers, says Georgia is one of 32 states without laws specific to cyberbullying. Her bill would also apply the bullying law to electronic threats directed toward students or school staff, even if they are sent outside of school grounds.

Republican Rep. Mike Dudgeon says lawmakers in a committee that reviewed the bill narrowly tailored it to include strong cases of specific threats.

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ATLANTA (AP) – The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that craft beer brewers say would give them a competitive boost in the state and region.

Current state law prohibits them from selling directly to consumers.

But SB 63 would allow 36 ounces of beer to be consumed "on premise" of a brewery during a tour and up to 64 ounces to be taken home.

It also says the beer could only be purchased in a single container, called a growler, or one 12-ounce bottle of beer.

The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild says the industry would become more competitive and would give an economic jolt to the state’s economy. The bill passed 51-5.

Sponsor Sen. Hunter Hill, a Republican from Atlanta, says the measure would create jobs and foster competitiveness and tourism.

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