Code Revision Committee tackles silly, outdated laws

Do you own a donkey? You better not put it in a bathtub because that is illegal in Georgia.

Tying a zebra or a mountain lion to a telephone pole is legal. Tying a giraffe to a telephone pole? Illegal.

Do you have a houseboat? Here’s hoping you don’t plan on living on it for more than 30 days this year because that would be illegal.

You can enjoy your ice cream on any day but do not carry that cone in your back pocket if it is Sunday.

A classic of the kids book fair, silly laws are a funny thing to read about and laugh at. As a state legislator though, they’re less funny and possibly grounds for a change.

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Falcons Win NFC Championship, Bid Adieu to Georgia Dome

As the Falcons rolled to a rather easy win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the moment was bittersweet for fans of the Georgia Dome and those opposed to the building of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Twenty-four years after opening, the Dome is getting set to close in the next few months as Arthur Blank and the Falcons build the new palace next door.

The Dome opened as a permanent home for the Falcons, who were at the time sharing Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium with the Braves. The Braves were keeping most of the revenue from the stadium and then-Falcons owner Rankin Smith threatened to move if they did not get a new stadium (something San Diego is currently dealing with the fallout of). The Dome was completed at a cost of approximately $210 million (or $357 million in 2016 dollars) – a far cry from the estimated $1.5 billion for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Data Experts Talk Atlanta’s Future

As digital technology continues to filter around the wider economy, groups continue to sprout up that aim to connect people hoping to take full advantage of the tools available. One such group that has taken up residence in Atlanta at Ponce City Market is General Assembly (GA). GA began as a co-working space in Manhattan in 2011 and has since evolved into an education and career transformation hub, specializing in programming along a variety of areas. GA offers short courses, online classes and 10 or 12 week courses in coding, UX and design, data, marketing, business and career development. Their short courses are sometimes free and frequent.

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Perdue tabbed for Ag Secretary

After some weeks of waiting, it’s official, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has been picked by the Trump administration to lead the Department of Agriculture. According to the agricultural information services provider DTN/The Progressive Farmer, not since Franklin Roosevelt has the appointment for Agriculture Secretary taken this long – and when FDR took office in 1933, the inauguration was in March.

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Rep. Carter Introduces Resolution to Honor Georgia Native Justice Thomas

On Friday came the news that Georgia’s own Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will be administering the oath of office to Vice-President Elect Mike Pence. Thomas is a favorite amongst conservatives and Pence is considered by many to have been brought in as VP by the Trump administration to shore up the conservative wing of the Republican party.

The announcement came the day after Georgia Representative Buddy Carter (R-GA 1) and Texas Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX 32), chair of the House Rules Committee, introduced House Resolution 50. HR 50 recognizes “the historical importance of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.” Thomas’ book “My Grandfather’s Son” is a memoir of his life which details much of his childhood and teenage years growing up around Savannah, being raised by his grandparents and the values they instilled in him.

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