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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.

Memorials mark anniversary of spa shootings with tributes to victims of ‘hate and fear’

By: - March 16, 2022

Wednesday marked a somber anniversary for Georgians, especially those with Asian American ancestry. On March 16, 2021, a gunman attacked three Asian American spas in Atlanta and Cherokee County, killing eight people and injuring another. Six of the people killed were Asian American women. The nation mourned along with Georgia as the tragedy came amid […]

Georgia gamblers win some, lose some as state Legislature reaches final turn

By: - March 16, 2022

A resolution to bring horse racing to Georgia failed to jump a legislative hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, all but dooming the effort for the year, but gamblers can still pin hopes on a House bill to expand the payouts for coin-operated amusement machines, or COAMs, commonly found in gas stations and convenience stores. “I […]

Georgia House OKs bill to spur medical marijuana production after 2015 law stalled

By: - March 15, 2022

Some long-awaited relief through cannabis oil could be in sight for some Georgians with serious health conditions. State House lawmakers approved a do-over of the state’s medical marijuana program, which has been stalled in court. The measure passed 169-5 Tuesday, and a separate medical marijuana measure passed the Senate unanimously. “I wish I could say […]

School voucher push gets shoved down with muscle from state GOP lawmakers

By: - March 15, 2022

The Georgia Senate delivered a blow to the school choice movement Tuesday, voting down a bill that would have diverted $6,000 from state money for public schools to allow parents to send their children to private school. Georgia has limited voucher programs, but Senate Pro Temp Butch Miller’s Senate Bill 601 plan would extend the […]

Georgia lawmakers face do-or-die Crossover Day on elections, culture wars bills

By: and - March 15, 2022

When the music stops at the Gold Dome Tuesday night, not every bill will have a seat. Tuesday is Crossover Day in the state Legislature, the last day a bill can cross from one chamber to the other. While lawmakers have been known to practice legislative necromancy by grafting dead language onto healthy bills, legislation […]

Battle for Georgia ballot 2022. Qualifying ends, candidates ready to rumble

By: and - March 14, 2022

Hundreds of candidates just cut a check and filed paperwork to be on the ballot in Georgia this year. Six of them are touting the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, whose fixation with Georgia has driven a wedge within the GOP and handed Democrats a rallying point and potential opening.  Trump has endorsed in […]

Georgia senators pass controversial classroom ‘divisive concepts’ bill

By: - March 11, 2022

The Georgia Senate passed a bill along party lines Friday that would prevent teachers from discussing so-called divisive concepts about race in the United States. The bill, which passed 32-20, now heads to the House, which passed a similar bill last week. That House bill will be up for Senate consideration. If either one becomes […]

Governor plans to sign bill suspending Georgia’s gas tax until May 31

By: - March 9, 2022

Gas prices in Georgia could be a little less eye-popping as the state Legislature aims to temporarily suspend Georgia’s state tax on motor fuel sales. “Gasoline prices are going up,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “I mean, this morning, it looked like another 10 cents overnight. That’s hurting Georgians, and this will be some relief […]

School voucher bill clears Georgia Senate panel despite critic’s public school concerns

By: - March 8, 2022

A new school voucher bill sponsored by Senate Pro Tempore Butch Miller moved forward in a Senate committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 601, or the “Georgia Educational Freedom Act,” would provide a $6,000 scholarship to nearly all of Georgia’s approximately 1.7 million public k-12 students to switch to a private school. Children should not be limited […]

Trump factor to be tested as hopefuls qualify to run for Georgia’s top elected posts

By: and - March 8, 2022

The 2022 election in Georgia officially began Monday as candidates flocked to the state Capitol to put their names on the ballot. Candidates have until noon Friday to qualify to run, but the first day saw big crowds at the Capitol, where Democrats and Republicans queued up to fill out their paperwork in separate rooms. […]

Sonny Perdue officially gets University System chancellor job

By: - March 2, 2022

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and two-term Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue Tuesday was officially tapped to be the next leader of the University System of Georgia’s 26 public colleges and universities. In a controversial but widely expected move, the Georgia Board of Regents approved Perdue with a unanimous vote at a virtual meeting in which […]

Legislation to ban mail-order abortion pills in Georgia clears state Senate

By: - March 1, 2022

The Georgia Senate passed a bill Tuesday aimed at preventing Georgia women from accessing abortion pills by mail. If the bill passes the House and receives Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature, doctors will be required to conduct an in-person exam before they can prescribe the drugs as well as schedule a follow-up appointment one to two […]