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October 17-- With the continuing influx of data on Georgia’s new immigration law, Sen. Curt Thompson (D-Tucker), announces a public briefing to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Capitol.

Thompson, the chairman of the Senate Democratic Special Committee on Immigration and Georgia Economy, said several months have passed since HB 87 was signed into law and statistics have become available on the impact the law has had on Georgia’s economy.

Several interested parties are expected to offer testimony before the Democratic Special Committee with emphasis on two recent reports: “How Georgia’s Anti-Immigration Law Could Hurt the State’s (and Nation’s) Economy,” by journalist Tom Baxter, and “An Evaluation of Direct and Indirect Economic Losses Incurred by Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Producers in Spring 2011,” by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.

Those expected to offer testimony include journalist Tom Baxter, with the Southern Political Report; Karen I. Bremer, executive director of the Georgia Restaurant Association; Republican Mayor Paul Bridges of Uvalda, Ga.; Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials; and Charles Hall, executive director of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.

Other committee members joining Sen. Thompson at the briefing will be Sens. Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna), Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), Jason Carter (D-Decatur), Gail Davenport (D-Jonesboro) and Emmanuel Jones (D-Decatur).