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Has impeachment quashed gun control prospects?

BY: - October 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — Gun control policy, not impeachment, was supposed to dominate the discourse on Capitol Hill this fall.  In early August — just two months ago — lawmakers on both sides of the aisle promised a debate on federal efforts to curb gun violence in the wake of the back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton and […]

Regulators balk at Georgia Power’s request for steep rate hike

BY: - October 18, 2019

Georgia Public Service Commission staffers are pushing back on a steep rate increase that Georgia Power had requested start as soon as January. The staff on Friday endorsed a one-time $2 base rate increase starting in 2021, instead of Georgia Power’s plan to incrementally raise the fee from $10 to $17.95 over the next three […]

Ga. House members return from recess with minds on impeachment

BY: - October 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — Georgia Republicans are using procedural arguments to dismiss the relevance of the U.S. House impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump. Asked if he has any concerns about the president’s actions, GOP Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville — ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, one of six committees conducting the impeachment investigation — […]

Southside I-75 truck lanes on faster track, DOT delays other big plans

BY: - October 18, 2019

Morning commuters along I-75 from Macon to McDonough are accustomed to weaving in and out of lanes to avoid the frequent blockade of tractor-trailer trucks.  The erratic traffic pattern not only slows down a commute but also put drivers at risk of colliding with the 18-wheel behemoths. To help relieve the conflict the state plans […]

Ga. House health chair laments maternal death research budget cut

BY: - October 18, 2019

A proposed budget cut to planned think tank research focused on Georgia’s high rate of maternal death loomed large at a legislative meeting focused on the problem. “Let me tell you right before – yesterday, I lobbied the governor’s office to get the $500,000 back for (Morehouse),” state Rep. Sharon Cooper, who chairs the House […]

U.S. House votes broadly to condemn Trump’s Syrian troop withdrawal

BY: - October 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria.  The resolution passed the House with broad bipartisan support, delivering a stinging rebuke to the president. The final vote was 354-60.  All of Georgia’s Democrats voted for the resolution. Georgia Republicans split, with Rick […]

ACLU follows court delay of Ga. anti-abortion law with health messages

BY: - October 16, 2019

A Georgia nonprofit that is spearheading the legal challenge of the state’s anti-abortion law is launching a campaign designed to counter what the group calls misrepresentations about the issue. A series of 34 short videos, produced by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, feature physicians from different disciplines – including some who do not […]

Atlanta Motor Speedway among those pitching gambling to lawmakers

BY: - October 16, 2019

Casino promoters and Georgia business boosters pushing the state to expand legalized gambling — including the Atlanta Motor Speedway president — lined up in a meeting room across from the Capitol Tuesday to sell state lawmakers on plans to allow new games of chance inside state borders. The Hampton venue that’s hosted NASCAR races and […]

Will Ga. House bet on expanding gambling to casinos, horse racing?

BY: - October 15, 2019

State Rep. Ron Stephens, a Republican from Savannah, says this will be the year legalized gambling in Georgia takes a great leap forward – or bites the dust for good. Stephens and other state lawmakers are hoping to put the question to Georgia’s voters and let them decide whether to permit casinos, horse racing and […]

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 […]

Budget cuts to criminal justice reform initiatives ‘penny-wise, pound foolish’

BY: - October 14, 2019

As prisons grew crowded and incarceration costs soared earlier this decade, state lawmakers and advocates joined forces with former Gov. Nathan Deal to push through a set of changes to the state’s criminal justice system. Deal’s Council on Criminal Justice Reform delivered a new approach to law and order through programs such as accountability courts […]

Ga. First Amendment group honors late Chief Justice Harris Hines

BY: - October 11, 2019

Advocates for free speech and government transparency honored a late state Supreme Court chief justice while continuing to sound the alarm over what a proposed journalism ethics bill represents. Chief Justice Harris Hines, who served on the state’s highest court for more than two decades, was honored posthumously for decisions in his career that protected […]