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Stanley Dunlap

Stanley Dunlap

Stanley Dunlap has covered government and politics for news outlets in Georgia and Tennessee for the past decade. At The (Macon) Telegraph he told readers about Macon-Bibb County’s challenges implementing its recent consolidation, with a focus on ways the state Legislature determines the fate of local communities. He used open records requests to break a story of a $400 million pension sweetheart deal a county manager steered to a friendly consultant. The Georgia Associated Press Managing Editors named Stanley a finalist for best deadline reporting for his story on the death of Gregg Allman and best beat reporting for explanatory articles on the 2018 Macon-Bibb County budget deliberations. The Tennessee Press Association honored him for his reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo, which became a sensational murder case that generated national headlines.

Outbreak worries, closings mount as first Georgia COVID-19 death reported

By: - March 12, 2020

Georgia’s first confirmed death tied to the COVID-19 fits the demographic most susceptible to the disease caused by a new coronavirus: A senior with underlying health issues. The state’s top elected officials and public health leaders announced at a Capitol press conference Thursday the state will increase efforts to try to limit the spread of […]

Push to give undocumented students in-state tuition stalls in committee

By: - March 12, 2020

Several of his colleagues consoled a tearful state Rep. Kasey Carpenter Wednesday afternoon after his bill designed to let some undocumented immigrants pay in-state-tuition at Georgia universities failed to make it to a vote. The Dalton Republican’s House Bill 997 now is now set to miss Thursday’s Crossover Day deadline. Carpenter clearly thought the bipartisan […]

Georgia Senate approves expansion of special needs voucher program

By: - March 11, 2020

Georgia senators Tuesday approved an expansion of a state-funded private school voucher program after a lengthy floor debate. Senate Bill 386 proposes to use public school dollars to pay for private school tuition for a program expansion that includes more children in the pool of eligible special needs students. Tuesday’s 33-22 vote was nearly entirely […]

Bill to end charging 17-year-old offenders as adults clears committee

By: - March 10, 2020

A Georgia House committee Monday recommended raising the age a teenager can be charged as an adult to 18 from 17, setting aside concerns that the change comes at a multi-million dollar cost to state agencies. The so-called Raise the Age legislation that advanced through the House Juvenile Justice Committee Monday proposes to change the […]

House committee wants to restore lengthy GPS monitoring for sex offenders

By: - March 5, 2020

Georgia legislation that would lead to a lifetime sentence for people convicted of at least two felony sexual offenses moved through a House committee on Thursday. State Rep. Steven Sainz filed House Bill 720 in response to a state Supreme Court ruling in 2019 that found it unconstitutional for law enforcement agencies to force sex […]

Ga. Senate panel expands voucher program for special needs students

By: - March 5, 2020

The Senate Youth and Education Committee voted 6-4 along mostly partisan lines Wednesday in favor of Senate Bill 386 that would expand a program that lets students with disabilities receive private school tuition vouchers paid for by the state. Backers of the legislation say expanding the program to include temporary conditions including injuries gives parents […]

Proposed cap on fast-growing dual enrollment program headed to governor’s desk

By: - March 4, 2020

Georgia could soon restrict the number of college courses the state will pay for high school students to take. The Georgia House of Representatives voted 103 to 67 Tuesday to approve restrictions on the popular and increasingly expensive dual enrollment program, and now that both legislative chambers passed the measure, it heads to the governor’s […]

Early voting begins as state works through recount rules, wait times

By: - March 2, 2020

A bill designed to curb wait times at the polls was introduced Friday as state officials try to determine the right number of balloting machines county officials should make available on Election Day to avoid the long lines that jammed precincts two years ago.  A group of influential senators filed the legislation Friday to require […]

Critics say expanded special needs voucher program too broad

By: - February 27, 2020

Forsyth County’s Melissa Fonzo frustration boiled over when her son continued to fall behind most of his classmates as he struggled with severe dyslexia. Eventually, she pulled him from the public school system to get him in a private school that specializes in dyslexia. The Fonzo family benefited from a state special needs scholarship program […]

Georgia’s attorney general joins states taking aim at e-cigarette marketing

By: - February 26, 2020

Georgia is the latest state to join an investigation into the marketing and sales practices of the nation’s dominant electronic cigarette manufacturer. Attorneys general from 39 states have signed onto the investigation of Juul’s marketing of vaping products to young people and whether it misled on the addictiveness and ability to help people quit smoking […]

Bill could give borrowers who pawn cars better chance to get title back

By: - February 25, 2020

          The Georgia Senate is considering a bill that would cap interest rates charged on car title pawns at 36% to clamp down on the last-ditch loans that often leave people stuck in a cycle of monthly payments that barely put a dent into what they owe. With bipartisan backing and […]

Lawmakers take steps to slow Georgia’s coal ash imports to landfills

By: - February 25, 2020

Georgia state senators Monday overwhelmingly backed a fee hike to curb financial incentives for waste companies to dump toxic coal ash in landfills across the state. Senate Bill 123 now heads over to the House of Representatives after the 52-2 Senate vote to align the cost to dump coal ash with what it costs to […]