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Quick hits: Georgia news in brief for Friday, Nov. 1

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Ga. Supreme Court upholds Lt. Gov. election

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the election of Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan will stand but did note some issues with the electronic voting machines.

Duncan’s election was challenged after results showed fewer people voted in the lieutenant governor’s race than in other statewide races.

“Petitioners met their burden of presenting sufficient evidence of irregularities related to electronic voting machines used in the 2018 general election,” Justice Sarah Warren wrote in the court’s 8-0 ruling. “We conclude that, although the trial court made at least one clearly erroneous finding of fact, it reached the correct legal conclusion when it determined that Petitioners failed to meet their burden of presenting evidence that places in doubt the result of the election for lieutenant governor.”

State officials are currently testing new voting machines that will be used in the March 2020 presidential primary.

Speaker Ralston makes committee changes

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has made some leadership changes ahead of the 2020 Legislative session, according to a news release.

Rep. Shaw Blackmon, R-Bonaire, was named chairman of the Governmental Committee, Don Hogan, R-St. Simon’s Island, was named chairman of the Information and Audits Committee, and Steve Tarvin, R-Chickamauga, was named chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee.

Ralston also named Matt Dubnik, R-Gainesville, secretary of the Appropriations Committee, and Darlene Taylor, R-Thomasville, chairman of the Transportation Subcommittee.

Four lawmakers were added to the Appropriations Committee: Josh Bonner, R-Fayetteville; Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, and Miriam Paris, D-Macon.

Republican lawmaker’s bill would make it a felony to change child’s gender

A bill proposed by Rep. Ginny Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, would make it a felony to perform a surgery or give a child drugs to change their gender.

“The Vulnerable Child Protection Act is not an attempt to infringe on the rights of adults to make lifestyle choices for themselves,” Ehrhart said in a statement. “This is about children who are being abused by adults. The sterilization and castration of children has no place in a civilized society.”

Ehrhart said she will introduce the bill during the 2020 legislative session.