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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.

Legislative support builds for more disclosure of industrial toxic gas leaks

By: - March 12, 2020

The Georgia House and Senate unanimously passed bills Thursday requiring companies to publicly report leaks of the toxic gas ethylene oxide. The Senate bill’s sponsor is Sen. Brian Strickland, a Henry County Republican and Gov. Brian Kemp’s floor leader. The House bill was sponsored by Marietta Republican Rep. Don Parsons. Under the legislation, companies that […]

Lawmakers, filmmakers still tout tax credit following damning reports

By: - March 12, 2020

Georgia’s film industry came to the Capitol Wednesday to celebrate another big year, months after two scathing reports raised doubts about the state’s return on its generous film tax credit. “Georgia film is booming,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Chief Operating Officer Bert Brantley. “In fiscal year 2019, Georgia saw a new filming record […]

Bill to tamp down civil jury awards flounders on Senate floor

By: - March 10, 2020

A sweeping bill to limit jury awards and punitive damages stalled in the Senate Tuesday as the odds for tort legislation to pass this year grew longer. Sen. Steve Gooch, a Dahlonega Republican, said the aim of his Senate Bill 415 is to rein in out-of-control damages in civil cases which he said drive up […]

Freshman Dems push bill to reverse Georgia’s 2019 anti-abortion law

By: - March 10, 2020

A group of freshman Democratic legislators is pushing to repeal Georgia’s strict anti-abortion “fetal heartbeat” legislation nearly a year after lawmakers first bitterly debated it in the halls of the Capitol. A federal judge last fall blocked the law from taking effect in January. It would ban most abortions once a heartbeat is detected – […]

Lawmakers want tax credit for teachers at low-performing schools

By: - March 5, 2020

Georgia teachers at low-performing schools could get a total of $15,000 in tax credits over five years if a proposed law is approved. The author, Buckhead Republican Rep. Dave Belton, said the legislation will help fill a teacher shortage. “Last year, there were 3,112 teacher vacancies, places we could not fill, so that’s 90,000 kids […]

‘Sanctuary cities’ could face legal liability for injuries caused by immigrants

By: - March 5, 2020

Georgia’s so-called sanctuary cities could be subject to legal damages if someone in their jurisdiction is harmed by an undocumented immigrant, under proposed legislation. The bill’s author is Rep. Jesse Petrea, a Savannah Republican who filed legislation in past years to ensure Georgia isn’t home to sanctuary cities, which are banned in Georgia. If the […]

Senate takes turn at requiring ethylene oxide release transparency

By: - March 4, 2020

The state Senate Natural Resources Committee moved forward on a plan to keep tabs on spills of a cancer-causing chemical Tuesday, despite concerns from some lawmakers and activists that the measure does not go far enough. Like legislation approved by a House panel Monday, Senate Bill 426 mandates any unauthorized release of the chemical be […]

Tensions raw at House hearing on toxic gas leak disclosure rules

By: - March 3, 2020

A debate over how to publicize the release of a cancer-causing gas leaked out from a meeting room into the hallways of a state government office Monday afternoon as lawmakers and activists exchanged heated words. A bill sponsored by Rep. Don Parsons, a Republican from north Cobb, intends to add some reporting requirements when companies […]