Affecting legislation starts with knowing how and ends with relationship

ATLANTA — The government was set up so that ordinary citizens can affect what becomes law, but the first challenge is learning how.

Seen through the eyes of a freshman legislator, the process is complicated but not impossible.

“What you learn in school about how a bill becomes a law is approximate,” grins Rep. Brian Prince, D-Augusta.

Prince is at the end of the Capitol pecking order as the least senior member of the minority party. He jokes about that with the legislator sitting in the desk next to him on the House floor, Rep. Dewey McClain, D-Lawrenceville, who has 11 days more seniority since both won special elections. 

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