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Ross Williams

Ross Williams

Before joining the Georgia Recorder, Ross Williams covered local and state government for the Marietta Daily Journal.Williams' reporting took him from City Hall to homeless camps, from the offices of business executives to the living rooms of grieving parents. His work earned recognition from the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors and the Georgia Press Association, including beat reporting, business writing and non-deadline reporting. A native of Cobb County, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Atlanta's Oglethorpe University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

Mask rule controversies continue to simmer as Kemp bids to ban school mandates

By: - February 15, 2022

Georgia school children could go mask-free in the classroom, at least until next summer, if a bill just rolled out by Gov. Brian Kemp passes the Legislature. The Unmask Georgia Students Act, introduced Monday by Buford Republican Sen. Clint Dixon, bans school boards, superintendents, administrators and teachers from requiring masks on school property unless there […]

Educators worry parental rights legislation sets stage for grudge-motivated complaints

By: - February 14, 2022

A so-called parental bill of rights passed a state Senate committee Monday, while another controversial bill banning the promotion of “divisive concepts” in public school or university classrooms is set for another hearing. Senate Bill 449, sponsored by Buford Republican Sen. Clint Dixon, a floor leader to Gov. Brian Kemp, spells out rights for Georgia […]

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Nahmias to leave bench this summer

By: - February 11, 2022

Chief Justice David Nahmias announced his resignation Friday after 12 years on the state’s highest court and less than a year as its chief justice. “After several months of reflection and prayer, I have decided that it is time for me to spend more time with my new fiancee, my children and the rest of […]

State lawmakers take aim at ‘obscene’ public school books and lessons on race

By: and - February 10, 2022

A Georgia Republican lawmaker who authored a bill that forbids K-12 schools from teaching concepts about race that some people consider divisive defended his measure Wednesday against claims that it is intended to whitewash history and intimidate educators. Two hearings were held on Rep. Will Wade’s House Bill 1084, which he says will not allow […]

State Senate panel advances bill to ban transgender athletes from girls’ school sports

By: - February 9, 2022

A bill that would bar transgender athletes from playing on girls’ sports teams passed a Senate committee Wednesday and could head to the Senate for a full vote. If it passes both chambers and is signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, students at public schools and at private schools with teams that compete against public schools […]

Black state lawmakers pan plan for Clarence Thomas Capitol monument

By: - February 8, 2022

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas could be honored with a statue on the grounds of the state Capitol, despite outcry from Democrats who say the plan to honor the conservative African American justice is racially insensitive, with one senator calling the Georgia native “a hypocrite and a traitor.” The state Senate approved a bill to […]

Kemp loses funding court fight to Perdue; Vernon Jones quits governor’s race

By: - February 7, 2022

Update: This story was updated at 6 a.m. Feb. 8 to indicate Vernon Jones filed to run in the 10th Congressional District. A federal judge handed former Sen. David Perdue a win Monday in a courtroom battle over fundraising in his Republican primary campaign to oust Gov. Brian Kemp. Kemp can no longer use a […]

Kemp and Perdue both say their free speech is at risk in suit over governor’s uncapped fundraising

By: - February 7, 2022

Lawyers for Gov. Brian Kemp and former Sen. David Perdue continued their arguments last week over the governor’s access to an uncapped spending account, setting the stage for a potential return to the courtroom the week of Valentine’s Day. Perdue’s lawyers say a bill signed into law by Kemp last year leaves the former senator […]

Democrats continue uphill fight against GOP state lawmakers’ local maps

By: - February 4, 2022

The state House passed a GOP-drawn Gwinnett County commission map Thursday which would give their party more say on the board, but Democrats say the move flies in the face of long-established legislative norms. Typically, local bills such as election maps are approved by the legislators who represent those areas and rubber stamped by the […]

State lawmakers consider changes to college loan program plagued by defaults

By: - February 2, 2022

When Emily Bressler was in her sophomore year at Armstrong State University in Savannah, she faced a problem familiar to many college students. A new semester was coming up, and she did not have the tuition money. “I had federal loans, but I didn’t have enough to be able to pay for the remaining semester, […]

Democrats cry foul over GOP state lawmakers’ remake of local redistricting

By: - February 2, 2022

The drama of last year’s special redistricting session played out writ small Tuesday morning as the Republican-led House Governmental Affairs Committee passed a redrawn map for Gwinnett County’s Board of Commissioners despite objections from the Democratic majority of the county’s legislative caucus and the commissioners themselves, who are all Democrats. The map was drawn by […]

House bills to create state-funded school vouchers advance, draw criticism

By: - February 1, 2022

Two bills authored by Woodstock Republican state Rep. Wes Cantrell aimed at giving families a choice of where to send their children to school moved forward in House committees Tuesday, including one that could make taxpayer-funded school vouchers available to all Georgia students. Both House Bill 999, which passed a House Education subcommittee and House […]