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Georgia Lawmaker Writes Bill to Restrict Burqas, Veils in Public

Georgia Lawmaker Writes Bill to Restrict Burqas, Veils in Public

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By    |   Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:56 PM

A Georgia lawmaker has introduced a bill that would prohibit Muslim women from wearing a burqa and a veil in driver's license photos.

Republican State Rep. Jason Spencer wrote House Bill 3, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The bill would also require women to remove their Muslim garb while driving on public roads, a provision that would be added to the state's anti-masking bill.

The anti-masking bill, reports the paper, was first designed with members of the Ku Klux Klan in mind.

Tuesday marked the first day in the Georgia state legislature to file bills ahead of the 2017 session.

Spencer was first elected in 2010 and subsequently won reelection in 2012, 2014, and 2016.

With the rise of radical Islamic terrorism has come calls from some circles, mostly in Europe, to ban Muslim women from wearing burqas and/or veils in public.

Switzerland is trying to pass a ban on wearing burqas in public. 

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