On the Week in Review for June 21-June 27, WABE’s Senior Editor Susanna Capelouto highlights stories from our journalists. We hear about the end of the 2020 legislative session, which saw lawmakers passing a $26 billion state budget. It was a tight budget as sales and income taxes dropped due to COVID-19.
Georgia did get a hate crimes law as Gov. Brian Kemp added his signature to the bill Friday, surrounded by a bipartisan group of state lawmakers.
The law strengthens penalties for those who commit crimes against someone because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical disabilities, among other identities. It also requires law enforcement to file reports of any such crimes, so that the state can begin tracking them.