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by Michael C. Lowe& Sarah J.F. Braley | April 20, 2011

 At the 11th hour in its session, the Georgia Legislature approved a bill similar to that in effect in Arizona. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has 45 days from April 14 to sign or veto the bill and has indicated he will sign it. The law gives police throughout the state the authority to question criminal suspects about their immigration status and requires some private employers to check the immigration status of newly hired workers using a federal database called E-Verify. “We are meeting with our customers and prospects to communicate the specifics of the bill and assure them that the legislation should have little impact on their attendees during their stay in Atlanta," said William Pate, president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau in a statement.