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Ga. Dems to hold public hearing on rural recovery

ATLANTA (AP) -- House Democrats plan to hold a public hearing to talk about rural recovery in the state.

Rep. Pedro Marin of Duluth and Rep. Lynmore James of Montezuma will lead the hearing Thursday afternoon.

They say the path to rural recovery begins with the repeal of a tough law targeting illegal immigration that passed last year. But their small caucus lacks the votes to overturn it.

Some farmers have complained that the law scared away the migrant workers they depend on. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black has said it's not clear reported labor shortages were a direct result of the law.

Rep. Matt Ramsey, a Peachtree City Republican who authored the law, said earlier this week he and other supporters of the law will oppose efforts to weaken or repeal the law.