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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M STEPHANIE SUSSKIND.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
THE STATES NEW IMMIGRATION LAW TAKE EFFECT JULY 1ST.
WITH IT... COMES SOME CHANGES FOR BOTH BUSINESSES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT.

THE LAW REQUIRES EMPLOYERS... INCLUDING CITIES AND COUNTIES... TO USE E-VERIFY.... A SYSTEM THAT CONFIRMS THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF EMPLOYEES.
THE LAW EXEMPTS COMPANIES THAT EMPLOY LESS THAN 10 PEOPLE.
IT ALSO SAYS EACH EMPLOYER MUST SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE STATE AUDITOR CONFIRMING THEY FOLLOWED THE LAW.
AND THE STATE WILL CONDUCT AT LEAST 100 RANDOM AUDITS... TO MAKE SURE EMPLOYERS OBEY IT.

THE LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO VERIFY A PERSON'S IMMIGRATION STATUS IF THEY CAN NOT PROVIDE IDENTIFICATION... LIKE A DRIVERS LICENSE.
OFFICERS CAN CHECK THROUGH FEDERAL DATABASES OR BY USING ELECTRONIC FINGERPRINTS.
BUT THE LAW SAYS... A PEACE OFFICER CAN NOT CONSIDER RACE... COLOR... OR NATIONAL ORIGIN WHEN ENFORCING THE LAW.

SOME PEOPLE MOST AFFECTED BY THE NEW LEGISLATION SAY THEY'RE STILL WAITING ON EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT IT MEANS.
BRITTINY BARBER SHOWS US WHAT THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ARE DOING... LESS THAN TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE NEW RULES BECOME LAW.
ON JULY 1... GEORGIA'S NEW IMMIGRATION LAW TAKES EFFECT.... VIDEO OF BILL
IT BRINGS MORE DUTIES FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.... VIDEO OF DEPUTIES
SHERIFF JERRY MODENA, BIBB COUNTY: "IT'S A RATHER LENGTHY BILL."
BUT BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF JERRY MODENA SAYS THEY'RE STILL WAITING TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT IT CALLS FOR.
AT THIS POINT.. HE SAYS THEY'VE BEEN GIVEN ONLY A LITTLE DIRECTION.
SHERIFF JERRY MODENA, BIBB COUNTY: "HA NOT A LOT. WE'VE RECEIVED SOME PUBLICATIONS THERE FROM THE LAW ITSELF AND WITH THE GEORGIA SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION. THERE HAS BEEN SOME CONCERN, GET THAT LAW ON OUT TO US BECAUSE AGAIN TO ENFORCE IT ON THE STREETS, WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS REQUIRED OF US WHAT IS EXPECTED OF US."
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAW SITS BUSINESSES.... LIKE THE MEMBERS OF ROBINS REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.... VIDEO OF CHAMBER MEMBERS
THE LAW HITS THEM WITH NEW REQUIREMENTS OF THEIR OWN... INCLUDING CHECKING NEW EMPLOYEES IMMIGRATION STATUS. E-VERIFY WEBSITE
ED RODRIGUEZ, PRESIDENT & CEO ROBINS REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, "IT'S A SYSTEM THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY PUT TOGETHER AND WE'VE ACTUALLY HELPED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THE PAST BY PROVIDING INFORMATION TO OUR MEMBERS."
THE CHAMBER WORKS TO GIVE INFORMATION TO ITS MEMBERS... BUT ED RODRIGUEZ SAYS THEY NEED TO HAVE THAT INFORMATION FIRST.
STAND UP
ED RODRIGUEZ, PRESIDENT & CEO ROBINS REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, "WE HAVE YET NOT RECEIVED INFORMATION ON WHAT WE CAN DO TO COMMUNICATE WITH OUR MEMBERS. WE EXPECT THAT WE WILL."
IN THE MEAN TIME... THEY STAND READY TO LET BUSINESS KNOW THE REQUIREMENTS AS SOON AS THE STATE PASSES THEM ALONG.
BUSINESSES
ED RODRIGUEZ, PRESIDENT & CEO ROBINS REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, "WE MAY VERY WELL HOLD SOME MEETINGS AND SOME INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS. WHATEVER IT TAKES. OUR JOBS IS TO TRY TO INFORM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.
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AND THOSE ENFORCING THE LAW... ALSO CONTINUE TO PLAY THE WAITING GAME.
SHERIFF JERRY MODENA, BIBB COUNTY: "BY JULY 1ST, WE'LL PROBABLY BE COMING OFF SOME CLASSES THERE, IF NOTHING ELSE JUST HAND OUTS ON THIS IS WHAT YOU CAN DO AND THIS IS WHAT YOU CAN'T DO
WITH LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO PREPARE... BUSINESSES AND OFFICERS... HOLDING OUT TO MAKE SURE THEY ENFORCE THE LAW THE RIGHT WAY....
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS


THE LAW SAYS IT'S GOAL IS TOO ENCOURAGE LAW ENFORCEMENT TO WORK WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES TO USE ALL RESOURCES AVAILABLE.
SHERIFF MODENA SAY HE'S GLAD THE NEW LAW PASSES SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITY ALONG TO EMPLOYERS AS WELL.

SOME CENTRAL GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PUT THEIR SKILLS TO THE TEST IN A FENCING COMPETITION TODAY.

ABOUT 16 STUDENTS COMPETED IN THE 2011 MIDDLE GOERIGA FENCING CHAMPIONSHIP.
STUDENTS AGES 13 TO 19 SLASHED SWORDS... IN HOPES OF MOVING ON TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.
ORGANIZERS SAY THIS TYPE OF SPORT IS NEW TO THE AREA AND THEY HOPE TO GET MORE SCHOOLS INVOLVED.
THEY SAY STUDENTS WHO COMPETE IN FENCING NOT ONLY IMPORVE THEIR ATHLETIC ABILITY BUT INCREASE THEIR GRADES IN SCHOOL AS WELL.


MARVIN ELLIS MACON "THERE IS ALOT OF THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN HISTORY THAT BECOME MISPLACED THAT BECOME FORGTON THAT BECOMES PUT INTHE BACK OF YOUR MIND SO EVENT OR SOMETHING LIKE THIS OR A CELBRATION LIKE THIS BECOMES IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT KEEPS PEOPLE REMINDED OF WHERE YOU COME FROM AND WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN TROUGH AND IN A SINCE WERE WE STILL HAVE TO GET TO"

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO HEAD OUT TO THE FESTIVAL AT TATTNALL SQUARE PARK... IT CONTINUES UNTIL 10 P-M.

AND TOMORROW.. YOU CAN ATTEND THE JUNETEENTH FEST PRAYER SERVICE.
THE DAY OF SPIRITUAL UNITY IS FROM 5 TO 8 P-M AT TATTNALL SQUARE PARK.

SOME CENTRAL GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PUT THEIR SKILLS TO THE TEST IN A FENCING COMPETITION TODAY.

ABOUT 16 STUDENTS COMPETED IN THE 2011 MIDDLE GOERIGA FENCING CHAMPIONSHIP.
STUDENTS AGES 13 TO 19 SLASHED SWORDS... IN HOPES OF MOVING ON TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.
ORGANIZERS SAY THIS TYPE OF SPORT IS NEW TO THE AREA AND THEY HOPE TO GET MORE SCHOOLS INVOLVED.
THEY SAY STUDENTS WHO COMPETE IN FENCING NOT ONLY IMPORVE THEIR ATHLETIC ABILITY BUT INCREASE THEIR GRADES IN SCHOOL AS WELL.

JAMES TAYLOR: "WE CALL IT PHYSICAL CHESS BECAUSE THERE IS ALOT OF MENTAL WORK GOING ON ALOT OF SPLIT SECOND REACTIONS TO ANOTHER PERSON'S ACTIONS SO ITS A VERY MENTALLY DEMANDING SPORT AS WELL AS PHYSICAL."

ABOUT 400 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ACROSS THE STATE COMPETE IN FENCING.
IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE YOU LIVE.

IT'S A FEATURE ON OUR 13 WMAZ DOT COM HOMEPAGE THAT SHOWCASES NEWS AND EVENTS SPECIFIC TO YOUR COMMUNITY.

IN HONOR OF FATHER'S DAY TOMORROW... WE WANT YOU TO CONTINUE COMMENTING ON THE POST ABOUT YOUR DAD-ISMS... THAT ONE THING YOUR DAD WOULD ALWAYS SAY.

ONE PERSON COMMENTED... 'MY DAD'S FAVORITE SAYING WAS 'WHEN YOU GROW UP, I HOPE YOU HAVE CHILDREN THAT ACT JUST LIKE YOU DO'.
AND ANOTHER PERSON SAID.. MY DAD WOULD TELL US TO CLEAN OUR BEDROOMS.. AND THEN WOULD ASK 'DOES IT LOOK LIKE A JC PENNEY CATALOG?'

YOU CAN TELL US WHAT YOUR DAD ALWAYS SAID.. OR JUST GET MORE NEWS AND EVENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY.. HEAD OVER TO OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" FEATURE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

SOME KIDS WERE BUGGIN OUT AT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES TODAY.

HUNDREDS CAME OUT TO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE LITTE CREATURES... AND EVEN TASTE THEM.

EVERYTHING FROM TARANTULAS... TO GRASS HOPPERS AND HISSING COCK ROACHES WERE ON DISPLAY FOR BUG LOVERS TO CHECK OUT.
PEOPLE ASLO SAMPLED INSECTS ON A CRACKER AND CHOCOLATE COVERED CRICKETS.

BUG EXPERTS WERE ALSO ON HAND TO TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT THE INSECTS.
EVENT GOERS SAY THEY ENJOY CHECKING OUT THE EXHIBITS EVERY YEAR.. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY BRINGING THEIR KIDS OUT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BUGS.


BRITTANY MYERS, ATHENS:"ITS IS IMPORTANT SO THAT THE CHILDREN CAN SEE THE DIFFERENT EXHIBITS ... THE DIFFERENT INSECTS AND THE DIFFERENT VARIETY OF INSECTS THAT THEY HAVE."

IF YOU MISSED BUG DAY ... NOT TO WORRY ...REPTILE RENDEVOU IS COMING TO THE MUSEUM NEXT MONTH ON JULY 16TH.
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.
WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.

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WE'LL SEE YOU LATER.

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