Briefs

Trump’s possible arrest by Manhattan DA blasted by U.S. House GOP leaders

BY: - March 21, 2023

Former President Donald Trump’s claim that he would be arrested Tuesday had not materialized by early evening on the East Coast, but U.S. House Republicans harshly criticized any such move as an abuse of prosecutorial authority. In an all-caps post to his social media site, Truth Social, on Saturday, Trump predicted that he would be […]

Proposed bill to shield government worker information from public records narrowed to law enforcement

BY: - March 21, 2023

A Senate measure that would have limited the public’s access to personal information of politicians and government employees – like their home address – has been narrowed down to only apply to law enforcement officers. The original bill had alarmed First Amendment advocates who argued lawmakers were creating a broad public records exemption that would […]

Biden signs bill declassifying information on the origin of COVID-19

BY: - March 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. director of national intelligence has three months to declassify information on potential links between China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology and the origin of COVID-19, after President Joe Biden signed legislation Monday. The bill was one of the first Biden has signed since a 118th Congress split between the two parties began […]

Trump lawyers try to smother Fulton grand jury report on 2020 election interference

BY: - March 20, 2023

Former president Donald Trump has launched a legal challenge to block the release of the Fulton County special grand jury report and stop the district attorney from pursuing criminal charges against him, his inner circle and other supporters connected to interference in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election. Trump’s attorneys filed a motion in Fulton County Superior […]

Listen up: New wave of Georgia lawmakers accents state’s shifting demographics

BY: - March 20, 2023

In the last decade, Georgia’s population has grown more diverse, especially as the state welcomes an increasing number of immigrants and refugees. As a result, much of the work taking place at the Capitol is beginning to reflect the state’s changing demographics – and accents. At least 83 non-white members participated in the 2023 legislative […]

Georgia House panel hears district attorneys debate need for state oversight of county prosecutors

BY: - March 15, 2023

Georgia district attorneys faced off Wednesday over a proposed state-appointed commission that could remove prosecutors from office for abuse of power or negligence in pursuing some cases. Douglas County and Coweta County district attorneys were among the witnesses to testify Wednesday at an two hour meeting before a House Judiciary subcommittee that is expected to […]

Georgia House panel OKs Senate bill to restrict outside money for local governments to run elections

BY: - March 14, 2023

A Georgia House panel Tuesday advanced legislation that prohibits local government officials from directly receiving donations from outside organizations to administer elections after accusations millions of dollars were unfairly given to Democratic-leaning counties during the 2020 election cycle. Senate Bill 222 was approved by the House State and Local Government Subcommittee on Tuesday with the […]

Georgia House panel advances Kemp-backed bill to toughen gang penalties

BY: - March 13, 2023

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s gang crackdown legislation is on track to become the first tough-on-crime law to move through the Georgia Legislature in 2023. The Kemp-backed Senate Bill 44 was advanced by a House judiciary subcommittee on Monday by a party line vote, creating a mandatory five-year prison sentence for gang-related offenses and adding another […]

Georgia House Speaker tees up Legislature’s homestretch, drops sports betting teaser

BY: - March 10, 2023

House Speaker Jon Burns defended the push to create oversight panels for local prosecutors, touted ongoing efforts to improve access to mental health services in Georgia and seemed to crack the door back open for sports betting this session in remarks at an Atlanta Press Club event Thursday. This is Burns’ first legislative session as […]

Biden budget asks for 25% tax on billionaires, boosts in domestic and defense spending

BY: - March 9, 2023

This post was updated 4:30 p.m. March 9 to include Congressional reaction to Biden’s proposed budget. WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Thursday he’s ready to meet with U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to hash out federal spending as soon as House Republicans release their budget, a challenging task without a firm deadline. “I’m ready […]

Georgia House set to vote on $32.5B 2024 spending plan, adding millions for law enforcement

BY: - March 9, 2023

House lawmakers are set to vote Thursday on a spending plan for next year that includes additional salary bumps for hard-to-fill state jobs and more money for law enforcement and behavioral health services. The proposed $32.5 billion budget cleared the committee hurdle Wednesday and is scheduled to go before the full chamber Thursday. From there, […]

Georgia courts still struggle with pandemic-era backlogs, state Supreme Court Chief Justice says

BY: - March 8, 2023

In spite of significantly fewer felony arrests in Fulton County during the pandemic, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Boggs said Wednesday that Fulton’s 18,000 pending felony cases illustrate the severity of the strain placed on a number of judicial systems as large case backlogs threaten to take years to get settled. During his State […]