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Schumer says U.S. Senate to consider changing the filibuster if voting rights stalls

BY: - January 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned on Monday that the Senate is prepared to debate changes in the filibuster if Republicans continue to block the advancement of voting rights legislation. In a sternly worded letter to other senators, the New York Democrat set a deadline of Jan. 17 for the chamber to consider revising the […]

State agency drops plan to limit at-home care for dozens of people with disabilities

BY: - December 10, 2021

State agency officials have abandoned a controversial plan that would have limited at-home nursing care for about 200 people with disabilities, potentially upending life as they know it. Under the proposed change, dozens of people who are receiving up to 24-hour care in their own or family home would have seen their aid limited to […]

Georgia U.S. attorney quit after Trump pressure to reject election results, new report confirms

BY: - October 8, 2021

Former President Donald Trump forced a top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to step down because he wouldn’t help Trump overturn his loss of Georgia in the 2020 presidential election, a U.S. Senate report released Thursday said. The report, written by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, found that the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Byung […]

Debate over voting bills heats up as no-excuse absentee proposal fades

BY: - March 16, 2021

Georgia Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan said Monday that it’s unlikely he has enough support from top Republican leaders to repeal the state’s no-excuse absentee voting law. It is one component of his expansive voting bill that the state’s top GOP leaders have publicly opposed. Dugan serves on the Georgia Ethics Committee which heard passionate […]

Georgia lawmakers put a hold on the calendar to zero in on budget

BY: and - February 6, 2020

Fighting temptation to rush through their 40 days of lawmaking in Atlanta in order to hit the campaign trail in early April, Georgia legislators voted Tuesday to postpone full meetings in the House and Senate chambers until Feb. 18. It’s the first such extended break in the General Assembly’s calendar since lawmakers needed time to […]

Gun rights get hearing this week at Supreme Court

BY: - December 2, 2019

A momentous clash over gun rights is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court is slated to hear oral arguments on Monday in a case over a New York City handgun regulation. It marks the first major gun control dispute to reach the Supreme Court since its rightward ideological shift with the appointment […]

Lawmakers next year to consider closing criminal records for some offenses

BY: - October 15, 2019

Dalton’s Tina Stanley achieved a milestone a few weeks ago when she was declared rehabilitated by the state parole board. Dating back to 1993, her struggles with drug addiction led to Stanley committing a string of offenses ranging from shoplifting to conspiracy to defraud to methamphetamine possession. Keeping her nose clean since her two-year prison […]

Advocates for seniors push for more Medicaid support for assisted living

BY: - September 18, 2019

Georgia lawmakers met at the Capitol Tuesday to develop ways to keep more older adults living at  home or in assisted living facilities as a less costly alternative to nursing care facilities. Senior advocates and housing officials urged lawmakers to expand patient access to Medicaid funding for assisted living programs. The program pays for rooms […]

State budget revisions show cuts to child welfare, GBI positions

BY: - September 13, 2019

State lawmakers still plan to convene later this month for budget hearings. They just won’t hear from the state agency heads who have suggested where to find the governor’s mandated spending cuts, including through possible job cuts. The presence of department heads became a flash point in the ongoing process to shave 4% off the […]