Legislature Roundup
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House passes Savannah Sunday liquor sales bill

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia state House of Representatives has passed a bill allowing Savannah area bars to sell liquor the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day.

The bill passed in a 147-7 vote Tuesday morning and the Senate has already passed its version.

The bill calls for cities and counties to adopt a resolution allowing bars to sell alcohol from 12:30 p.m. until midnight the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day. The holiday this year falls on Monday, March 17.

Savannah restaurants are allowed to sell liquor on Sundays, and the Savannah Morning News reports City Council members have said the legislation is fair to bar owners and addresses demand for alcohol during the annual tourist event.

Spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal Brian Robinson told the newspaper the governor plans on signing the legislation.

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Georgia Senate passes bill criminalizing 'revenge porn'

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has passed a bill criminalizing "revenge porn," a trend involving explicit photographs being posted without permission to the Internet.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports lawmakers voted unanimously to pass the bill Monday. A Senate committee made some changes to the proposed legislation and it must now be reapproved in the House for final passage.

The types of photos lawmakers are looking to put restrictions on typically include identifying information about the subject of the attack. The proposed law would make posting revenge porn a misdemeanor and repeat offenders would face felony charges punishable by up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Lawmakers in several other states including Delaware, Maryland and Virginia have considered implementing similar laws this year.

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