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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.

Trump GOP kingmaking power to be tested after Georgia rally

By: - March 28, 2022

On Saturday, Donald Trump made his latest triumphant return to Georgia after losing the 2020 election. Much of Commerce, a rural city north of Athens, was swathed in patriotic colors, and merchants hawked Trump 2024 merchandise outside gas stations as thousands of the Trump faithful, many in vehicles festooned with Trump flags and bumper stickers, […]

Warnock pushes to lower drug prices for seniors, diabetics

By: - March 24, 2022

Georgia U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock announced a plan Thursday to lower drug costs for seniors in his latest efforts to revive provisions from the Democrats’ stalled social spending bill. “This bill focuses specifically on lowering the cost of prescription drugs for seniors on Medicare Part D,” Warnock said during a virtual press conference. “I think […]

Two parents’ rights bills inch closer to becoming law

By: - March 23, 2022

A once-controversial bill seeking to protect parents from being removed from local school board meetings sailed through a House committee Wednesday after undergoing major changes, while another so-called parental bill of rights squeaked past a Senate committee with a tie-breaking vote. Senate Pro Tem Butch Miller’s Senate Bill 588 passed the Senate 32-20 last week […]

Georgia lawmakers close in on ban to prevent schools from requiring masks

By: - March 21, 2022

The Georgia Legislature could be one vote away from banning mask mandates in schools. A Senate bill to give parents veto power over school district health measures passed the House Education Committee Monday, teeing it up for a full House vote. Gov. Brian Kemp has personally backed the bill. “Parents are the best decision makers […]

Bill declaring open season on raccoons to protect turkey eggs could miss the mark

By: - March 21, 2022

There’s a battle raging in Georgia between turkeys and raccoons, lawmakers say. They’re stepping in on the side of the gobblers, but some experts doubt whether their plans will do much to help the turkeys or hinder the raccoons. Turkey hunters in much of the state are having a hard time bagging birds. Just ask […]

Gas tax suspension signed into law, will last through May 31

By: - March 17, 2022

This story was updated at 10 p.m. Friday, March 18 to reflect the governor signing the bill into law.  A plan to temporarily suspend Georgia’s motor fuel tax in the wake of sky-high gasoline prices was made official Friday afternoon with Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature. Both the Senate and House unanimously passed the bill. It […]

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 […]