Briefs

State education board considers modest cuts at Wednesday meeting

BY: - August 22, 2019

Members of Georgia’s Board of Education Wednesday mulled the governor’s recent order to cut fat in spending plans for this year and next. The department oversees public school funding and has a $10.6 billion budget, or more than a third of all state spending. Still, much of that is non-discretionary and Gov. Brian Kemp says […]

Secretary of State to audit voting machines in response to voter petition

BY: - August 22, 2019

Georgia’s Secretary of State will reexamine new ballot machines to ensure they work properly and do not have any security flaws after nearly 1,500 people petitioned the state for a new review. The request is required by law after the state receives such a request by voters. The roughly 30,000 new ballot-marking machines are the […]

Local officials head to Athens next month to fend off state mandates

BY: - August 21, 2019

Dozens of Georgia’s mayors, city and county managers and other local government leaders will come together in September to work on legislative priorities for 2020. They’ll work together in Athens on Sept.11 and 12 during meetings of legislative policy committees with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association, the two largest […]

Georgia voters challenge certification of elections system

BY: - August 20, 2019

Election security advocates are pushing for a federal judge to press pause on Georgia’s rollout of $107 million-worth of new ballot machines ahead of next year’s election cycle. After a key ruling in federal court last week, voters suing the Georgia Secretary of State’s office over the state’s old touchscreen ballots filed an amended complaint […]

State agency loosens rules on curbside package store service

BY: - August 19, 2019

The state’s alcohol regulators just gave cocktail lovers cause for a toast. New rules announced this week allow customers to pick up liquor through online-ordered curbside service, a convenience popularized by grocery stores. Local ordinances can still prohibit this kind of service, though. It’s a flexibility only recently allowed for wine and beer two years […]

Poultry workers fled Gainesville plants last week amid rumors of ICE raids

BY: - August 19, 2019

Rumors of a roundup by federal immigration authorities at poultry plants in Gainesville late last week sent scores of workers fleeing their jobs and caused a brief panic in an already worried community, according to local Latino advocates. “Hundreds” of poultry-processing employees rushed from several plant sites where they worked after hearing Thursday morning that […]

Georgia’s proposed hate crimes legislation gets renewed push

BY: - August 16, 2019

Georgia lawmakers are renewing calls to pass a bill defining and setting punishments for hate crimes committed in the state, one of only five that do not have a hate crimes law on the books. Supporters of the bill, which stalled earlier this year in the Georgia Senate, say it’s past time for the state […]

Abrams takes Fair Fight 2020 to scene of 2018 voter frustration

BY: - August 15, 2019

Saturday former gubernatorial candidate and state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams plans to launch her Fair Fight 2020 initiative at a Gwinnett County elementary school where people attempting to vote last November were frustrated by long lines and voting machine glitches. Annistown Elementary School is a symbolic choice for a first public event after Abrams […]

Metro Atlanta nonprofit brushes aside criticism over free adoptions

BY: - August 14, 2019

Metro Atlanta’s public shelters are turning to the appeal of free adoptions in hopes of freeing up space after a surge of animals overwhelmed the facilities this summer. The Fulton and DeKalb county shelters took in a combined 1,850 animals during July. That is hundreds more than even last July, when a spike strained shelter […]

Former Sandy Springs lawmaker chairs board overseeing Jekyll

BY: - August 14, 2019

Amid boom times for Jekyll Island, a former state lawmaker has been tapped as the new board chair for the state agency charged with managing the island.  Joe Wilkinson, a 16-year Republican state representative from Sandy Springs, was appointed board chairman for the Jekyll Island State Park Authority by Gov. Brian Kemp in July. His […]

Planned Georgia income tax cut small change for many, report says

BY: - August 13, 2019

A new report says a proposed state income tax cut the Georgia Assembly is set to mull early next year would cost the state $550 million in revenue, while saving many taxpayers just $46 a year. Georgia lawmakers are set to consider whether to lower the state’s personal and corporate income tax rate to 5.5% […]

Okefenokee mining proposal gets Folkston hearing Tuesday night

BY: - August 13, 2019

The Georgia Recorder will report from South Georgia this week on reactions from the community, environmental groups and mining company officials on plans to extract materials for titanium manufacturing near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The first of two public meetings this week is set for Tuesday night in southeast Georgia when Twin Pines Minerals […]