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Hate Crime Bill Co-Sponsored By Warnock Becomes Law

Your AM Rundown: Plus, Capital B’s live event is happening today!

Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., seen in January, joined lawmakers at the White House on Tuesday to watch as President Joe Biden signed an anti-lynching bill into law. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Here’s what to know for today:

  • U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock was at the White House on Tuesday to watch President Joe Biden sign the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law. The bill, co-sponsored by Warnock, makes lynching a federal hate crime. It succeeded after more than 200 previous attempts failed.
  • Georgia school districts will no longer be able to enforce mask mandates without giving parents the option to opt out. Gov. Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 514, aka the Unmask Georgia Students Act, into law Tuesday.
  • An Atlanta music legend is getting love from the state Senate. CeeLo Green has his own resolution, which recognizes his community impact through music. Green, whose given name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, is a five-time Grammy winner who started as a member of the hip-hop group Goodie Mob.
  • Residents of Mableton will soon have the opportunity to vote on cityhood. The Georgia Senate passed a bill last week that called for the incorporation of the South Cobb community, which is home to 40,000 residents. The bill is now waiting for Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature.
  • Live in Atlanta’s 4th District and have some questions about the community? Council member Jason Dozier wants to hear from you! Dozier is hosting the district’s first quarterly town hall meeting on April 14 at Dunbar Recreation Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Masks will be required. The meeting can also be attended virtually, and interested residents can register here.

ICYMI: Today is the day! Join us for Capital B’s second live event, The Firsts, a Women’s History Month conversation about the women blazing a trail in the present day. Registration is open.

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