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A hearing showdown between Election Reform & Crime in The State of Georgia

Sophie-Ann McCulloch

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ATLANTA, GA — Two hearings will occur on the same day in Atlanta, Georgia. One will be led by the U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and the other by Georgia Republican lawmakers. Both will be held today, Monday, July 19 before noon.

Klobuchar is hosting the “U.S. Senate Committee on Rules & Administration field” hearing in Atlanta. It is scheduled at 10 a.m. at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd NW in downtown Atlanta. This hearing will focus on Georgia’s newly installed election reform.

Klobuchar is the head of the U.S. Senate Rules Committee. The committee's job is to oversee congressional rules and procedures. They are also tasked to oversee federal elections and contested elections.

On the other hand, the Republican lawmakers of Georgia will hold a legislative meeting at 11 a.m. at the State Capitol in 406 CLOB. Their meeting will focus on Atlanta’s rising crime rate, “The House Public Safety & Homeland Security” hearing.

University of Georgia's Professor, Charles Bullock III said that the hearing can be used as an excuse to not testify in Klobuchar's hearings.

“It’ll deflect coverage from the Klobuchar hearing," he said. “The Republicans clearly are going to say there’s no problem with the Georgia [election reform] law.”

According to Bullock, the Republicans might have double intention with their hearing schedule. The public's focus should be on crime instead of election reform. Klobuchar's hearing is deemed less important.

"There’s no legitimate basis for the Klobuchar hearings and therefore we’re concentrating on what many Georgians would think would be the leading concern in the state, or at least in Atlanta—crime," Bullock said.

Watch “U.S. Senate Committee on Rules & Administration field” here.

Watch “The House Public Safety & Homeland Security” here.

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