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(AJC) — Georgia’s senators just fired another salvo in the state’s ongoing water wars with Alabama and Florida.

Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at legalizing metro Atlanta’s disputed withdrawals of drinking water from Lake Lanier.

Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson ruled in July 2009 that metro Atlanta has no rights to water from Lake Lanier and gave Georgia three years to work out a water-sharing agreement with Florida and Alabama.

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