Republican legislators who want graduates of nontraditional law schools to be able to take Georgia’s bar exam cleared their first hurdle Tuesday.

A subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee voted 3-2, along party lines, to approve House Bill 115, which would allow graduates of law schools not accredited by the American Bar Association to sit for Georgia’s bar exam. It’s almost identical to legislation introduced in 2005, which passed the state House but not the Senate.

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