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Misinformation is deadly. What are we going to do about it?

BY: - April 25, 2022

Misinformation is deadly. It kills humans and democracy. All of us have some responsibility for this serious threat to society. All of us are affected by it, regardless of whether we use social media. And all of us need to do something about it. The examples are hard to ignore: An insurrection at the U.S. […]

GBI gets first bite at major election fraud allegations; other GOP plans falter

BY: - April 5, 2022

Republican legislators followed up on last year’s election law overhaul on Monday by passing a bill that establishes a new unit to investigate election fraud allegations, but other plans to open up ballots to public inspection and add new chain-of-custody procedures fell by the wayside. The twists and turns of the election bills played out […]

Georgia senators gut proposed voting overhaul after election director objections

BY: - March 29, 2022

A Georgia Senate panel gutted a sweeping House election bill that was roundly opposed by voting rights groups and a vocal contingent of local election directors. On Tuesday, the Senate Ethics Committee approved its substitute for House Bill 1464, which trimmed the original bill from 40 pages to two, leaving only a provision that allows […]

Local officials tell Georgia senators election bill would be wasteful, discourage voters

BY: - March 29, 2022

Local elected officials from Georgia urged a Senate panel to remove portions of the sweeping election bill they claim would waste valuable resources and burden poll workers with cumbersome paperwork. On Monday, the Senate Ethics Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 1464, a bill whose authors say will further beef up election security […]

Georgia House panel considers bill that aims to require cash bail for felonies

BY: - March 21, 2022

District attorneys, a criminal defense lawyers group, and civil rights advocates on Monday warned a House panel considering a bill that would reshape how bail is handled for felonies that the change could unfairly keep more people locked up in jails who can’t afford bail and leave them unable to access treatment programs. The House […]

Latest election overhaul on state Senate agenda as poll supervisors fret more change

BY: - March 21, 2022

A Georgia Senate panel could take up as early as Monday a sweeping voting bill that’s raising alarms over concerns its provisions could intimidate election workers and voters and hamper a county’s ability to run local elections. County election office directors, Democratic lawmakers, and a coalition of voting rights groups say the most troubling aspect […]

GOP’s favored law-and-order bill for 2022 moves to Ga. House 

BY: - March 16, 2022

After a tense debate Tuesday, the Georgia Senate passed a bill intended to ratchet up criminal penalties for offenses during public protests and hold local governments civilly liable for lax efforts pursuing criminals. Cataula Republican Sen. Randy Robertson defended his “Safe Communities Act” against accusations from Democrats he is using fears among conservatives lingering from […]

Camden officials aim to refuel sputtering rocket launch spaceport plans

BY: - March 14, 2022

The long journey to launch rockets off the Georgia coast is running low on fuel as Spaceport Camden opponents brace for a final push from county officials to salvage their plans. Camden County’s spaceport project suffered a new setback Thursday as the Georgia Supreme Court refused to block the certification of Tuesday’s special election in […]

Bill inspired by backlash to 2020 racial justice protests clears Georgia Senate panel

BY: - March 9, 2022

A Georgia bill opponents argue aims to stop protests by trampling on constitutional rights through expanded criminal penalties, added civil liability for local governments that allow protests and authorized violence against protesters. Senate Bill 171 narrowly advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 4-3 vote along party lines on Tuesday after a hearing where […]

Senate education panel advances ‘divisive concepts’ bill, stripped of college rules

BY: - March 8, 2022

A Georgia lawmaker’s proposal to prohibit the teaching of “divisive concepts” in public schools will no longer force colleges and universities to comply. The Senate Education and Youth Committee voted Monday in favor of Senate Bill 377 after its author stripped away higher education so that it now only prohibits k-12 teachers and other school […]

Georgia Senate votes to let parents override their child’s school mask mandate

BY: - March 1, 2022

The Georgia Senate signed off Tuesday on Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to allow parents of public school students to opt out of mask requirements, as Republicans legislators complained that local mandates in dozens districts are an overreach.  Kemp’s “Unmask Georgia Students Act” supporters say the measure protects parents’ rights to make decisions about their children’s […]