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State labor department spends millions to rent career centers closed to public

BY: - July 23, 2021

The Georgia Department of Labor is paying more than $6.6 million a year for 21 career centers that have been closed to the public since March 2020, according to leases maintained by the State Properties Commission. In pre-pandemic times, the centers offered services like resume fine-tuning and job hunt help, but the department closed the […]

Biden boosts assistance to fight COVID-19 as delta variant surges

BY: and - July 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid a rise in infections and hospitalizations from the surging delta variant of COVID-19, the Biden administration is boosting money and other assistance to the hardest-hit areas of the country. This week, just three states with lower vaccination rates — Florida, Texas and Missouri — accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide.  […]

Top Georgia leaders pitch plans to tap state treasury to spend on police

BY: - July 22, 2021

The sharp uptick in violent crime around Atlanta is prompting state leaders to create new ways to pay for more police officers on the streets and provide other resources for law enforcement. Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan Thursday said he would ask the General Assembly to create a $250 million tax credit program for donations […]

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson arrested at Capitol Hill voting rights protest

BY: - July 22, 2021

Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson was arrested Thursday during a protest over voting rights, making him the second lawmaker arrested on Capitol Hill this month during a demonstration. Johnson was arrested outside of the Hart Senate Office Building. Video clips taken by an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter and posted to Twitter showed the congressman holding a “Black Voters […]

Stone-Manning nomination set to advance after heated committee vote

BY: - July 22, 2021

In a contentious meeting that distilled a weeks-long fight, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee deadlocked 10-10 along party lines Thursday on approving Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination as head of the Bureau of Land Management. That means an extra procedural vote will be forced before the full U.S. Senate takes up the nomination of […]

U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals as hazardous substances that would spark federal cleanup standards. The bill, H.R. 2467, also known as the PFAS Action Act of 2021, passed 241-183, with 23 Republicans joining Democrats in voting […]

Bourdeaux joins congressional Dems backing Medicaid look-alike option

BY: - July 21, 2021

More Democrats are lining up behind a plan to create a federal Medicaid look-alike option for low-income adults in Georgia and other GOP-led states that have not expanded the government-run insurance program. Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux has filed a House version of a proposal introduced in the Senate earlier this month by U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock. Georgia U.S. […]

Georgia’s new voting law takes the stage again as access rules are tightened

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—State Democratic legislators on Tuesday outlined their efforts to not only protect voting rights, but also expand them in their Republican-controlled state legislatures. During a panel discussion, state lawmakers from Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida discussed how they’ve fought against restrictive elections measures introduced and passed in their legislatures. This year alone, nearly 400 […]

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, has attracted bipartisan support and two Michigan lawmakers, Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat, and Fred Upton, a Republican, […]

Kemp picks new PSC member as Eaton leaves for superior court judgeship

BY: - July 20, 2021

This story was update at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.  The head of a state board that regulates Georgia’s public utilities is set to become a superior court judge this summer, and the governor appointed a Cobb County businessman to the panel to replace him Wednesday. Gov. Brian Kemp tapped commission Chairman Chuck Eaton for a judgeship […]

Kemp names Verda Colvin to fill Georgia Supreme Court seat

BY: - July 20, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp picked a Georgia Court of Appeals judge to become his newest appointee to the state Supreme Court, making Verda Colvin the second Black woman to serve on the state’s highest court. The Republican governor announced Tuesday that Colvin will fill the vacancy of the former Chief Justice Harold Melton, whose departure early […]

Governor wants lawmakers to take on crime in special session this fall

BY: - July 20, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp wants lawmakers to take on crime around Atlanta this fall when they meet for a special session. At a special House public safety committee hearing Monday, the panelists said lawmakers could also increase the budget for state police around Atlanta, restrict local governments from establishing more moderate prosecution policies and institute better […]