A little more than a month ago Gov. Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency in response to violent protests in Atlanta over a public safety training facility. The declaration allowed Kemp to call up to a thousand Georgia National Guard members to “subdue riot and unlawful assembly.” At least three businesses were damaged when rioters threw bricks and rocks shattering windows in downtown Atlanta. Two police cars were targeted, one was set on fire and investigators said some of the individuals arrested were found with explosives.

In response to this and other violent protests that have taken place in Atlanta and other parts of Georgia, state lawmakers got to work. 

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