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Affirmative Action

Susanna Capelouto of Peachstate Public Radio reports that Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell has proposed a new affirmative action program for his administration that he hopes will have an impact on the private sector. Under the current plan, a business getting a city contract has to share about a third of the contract with a company owned by women or minorities. Under his new plan, to be eligible for a city contract, a company must show that it is already using minority or women sub-contractors. The earlier plan faces a court challenge from a conservative legal group and the mayor expects them to challenge the new plan, too. Mayor Campbell has said he will do anything in his power to preserve affirmative action in Atlanta.

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