Briefs

Lawmakers pay tribute to long-time House Clerk Robbie Rivers

BY: - August 28, 2019

The tributes poured in for a former long-time clerk of the Georgia House of Representatives, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 68. Robbie Rivers was clerk for two decades before retiring in 2013. “No one loved serving others as much as Robbie Rivers,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “He loved this state and […]

State DOT rolls out 20-year transportation plan for freight growth

BY: - August 28, 2019

With the freight industry booming in Georgia, state officials are hashing out how to boost port, rail and trucking freight commerce in the state even more through billions of dollars in infrastructure projects. Plans are taking shape for dozens of projects from the coast to the mountains. They’re meant to bolster freight infrastructure in the […]

Top Ga. House Democrat says uphill fight to control chamber winnable

BY: - August 27, 2019

Do Georgia Democrats see a realistic opportunity to flip the state House of Representatives back to Democratic control for the first time in 15 years? House Minority Leader Bob Trammell, who represents a rural district, was asked how his party sees its prospects of coming out on top in the costly race to control the […]

House rural development study panel considers school mental health needs

BY: - August 26, 2019

Jasper, GA – The state sent $69 million to Georgia’s public schools this year to beef up physical security after a string of school shootings in other states. Now, a north Georgia superintendent says educators need more state aid to address the less tangible side of the issue. “If a student came to school with […]

Report: Ga. makes progress on mental health services, more needed

BY: - August 23, 2019

State-administered mental health services in Georgia made good strides in recent years, but more needs to be done to help people avoid homelessness and to protect them from neglect before federal oversight can be lifted. That is the conclusion of a court report written by independent reviewer Elizabeth Jones. The U.S. Northern District Court appointed […]

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 […]