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Georgia feels the pain from federal government shutdown
 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood home in Atlanta closed Saturday. So did the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where he and his father preached. Motorists were blocked from entering Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. And Fort Stewart, an economic powerhouse for coastal Georgia with thousands of employees, halted...

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood home in Atlanta closed Saturday. So did the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where he and his father preached. Motorists were blocked from entering Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. And Fort Stewart, an economic powerhouse for coastal Georgia with thousands of employees, halted...
Georgia lawmaker considers bill to create state-run airport authority
 A Butts County lawmaker said he thinks legislators should have oversight of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. State Sen. Bert Jones, R-Jackson, is drafting a bill that would create a state-run airport authority with appointees from business and aviation fields from across Georgia. “The airport is the largest economic engine...

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A Butts County lawmaker said he thinks legislators should have oversight of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. State Sen. Bert Jones, R-Jackson, is drafting a bill that would create a state-run airport authority with appointees from business and aviation fields from across Georgia. “The airport is the largest economic engine...
Georgia considering penalizing people with ‘fake service dogs’
 State Sen. Renee Unterman is concerned about what she calls “fake service animals.” The Buford Republican told a Senate committee Thursday that a woman who contacted her said she took her trained service dog to the doctor. There, they met up with someone with another dog wearing a vest identifying it as a service dog. But, Unterman...

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State Sen. Renee Unterman is concerned about what she calls “fake service animals.” The Buford Republican told a Senate committee Thursday that a woman who contacted her said she took her trained service dog to the doctor. There, they met up with someone with another dog wearing a vest identifying it as a service dog. But, Unterman...
Georgia Senate approves adoption bill despite governor’s concerns
 The Georgia Senate passed a bill Thursday designed to unite more children with adopted families, moving forward despite Gov. Nathan Deal’s objections to legislative add-ons. Senators voted 40-13 for the adoption legislation, House Bill 159, which would make it easier and faster to adopt children and place more of the state&rsquo...

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The Georgia Senate passed a bill Thursday designed to unite more children with adopted families, moving forward despite Gov. Nathan Deal’s objections to legislative add-ons. Senators voted 40-13 for the adoption legislation, House Bill 159, which would make it easier and faster to adopt children and place more of the state&rsquo...
AJC poll: Georgians support enticing Amazon to the state
 Georgians strongly support giving incentives worth more than $1 billion to Amazon if the company brings tens of thousands of jobs to the state, according to a new poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The public’s support bolsters the state’s bid to land Amazon’s second headquarters, which could employ 50...

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Georgians strongly support giving incentives worth more than $1 billion to Amazon if the company brings tens of thousands of jobs to the state, according to a new poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The public’s support bolsters the state’s bid to land Amazon’s second headquarters, which could employ 50...
Auditors task state with determining future of Georgia farmers markets
 An audit of the state’s farmers markets found that, other than the Atlanta Market, many are underused and more than half are losing money. Georgia Department of Agriculture officials, however, say auditors may be viewing the markets through a different lens than the one they use. “I think it depends on what your vision of a farmers...

Posted: 9 days ago

An audit of the state’s farmers markets found that, other than the Atlanta Market, many are underused and more than half are losing money. Georgia Department of Agriculture officials, however, say auditors may be viewing the markets through a different lens than the one they use. “I think it depends on what your vision of a farmers...
Georgia Legislature settles disagreement over short-term schedule
 The state Senate resolved an impasse Thursday over when the Georgia General Assembly will hold legislative sessions, agreeing on a short-term schedule after meeting four days this week. The General Assembly set a calendar for the first 11 business days of its 40-day legislative session, avoiding the possibility of a legislative session on...

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The state Senate resolved an impasse Thursday over when the Georgia General Assembly will hold legislative sessions, agreeing on a short-term schedule after meeting four days this week. The General Assembly set a calendar for the first 11 business days of its 40-day legislative session, avoiding the possibility of a legislative session on...
Georgia Legislative Black Caucus introduces its own hate crimes bills
 Saying a similar proposal introduced last week does not go far enough, members from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus filed legislation that would make it illegal to commit a “violent crime” against someone based on qualities such as their race, gender or sexual orientation. State Rep. Karen Bennett, D-Stone Mountain, and state...

Posted: 10 days ago

Saying a similar proposal introduced last week does not go far enough, members from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus filed legislation that would make it illegal to commit a “violent crime” against someone based on qualities such as their race, gender or sexual orientation. State Rep. Karen Bennett, D-Stone Mountain, and state...
Football outweighs business as Georgia opens legislative session
 It was more like a Georgia football pep rally than the start of this year’s legislative session Monday at the state Capitol. The state Senate adjourned for the day by “Calling the Dawgs.” House members watched a University of Georgia highlight reel from the chamber floor. House Speaker David Ralston waved a red...

Posted: 12 days ago

It was more like a Georgia football pep rally than the start of this year’s legislative session Monday at the state Capitol. The state Senate adjourned for the day by “Calling the Dawgs.” House members watched a University of Georgia highlight reel from the chamber floor. House Speaker David Ralston waved a red...
Will election year keep Ga. lawmakers away from controversial issues?
 Get ready for the return of tense religious freedom fights at the Georgia Capitol. Keep an eye on legislation to move Confederate monuments. And don’t forget gun control. Some of the state’s most contentious political topics are sidelined for now but could take center stage at a moment’s notice during the...

Posted: 14 days ago

Get ready for the return of tense religious freedom fights at the Georgia Capitol. Keep an eye on legislation to move Confederate monuments. And don’t forget gun control. Some of the state’s most contentious political topics are sidelined for now but could take center stage at a moment’s notice during the...
Top issues for the Georgia General Assembly in 2018
 The issue: Gov. Nathan Deal’s final state budget should top a record $26 billion, but there are plenty of questions, including the impact of federal tax changes approved by Congress and whether legislative leaders do more than talk about reducing Georgia’s income tax rate, something that has been debated for several...

Posted: 14 days ago

The issue: Gov. Nathan Deal’s final state budget should top a record $26 billion, but there are plenty of questions, including the impact of federal tax changes approved by Congress and whether legislative leaders do more than talk about reducing Georgia’s income tax rate, something that has been debated for several...
State, local governments closing early ahead of Monday’s game
 State and local government employees in metro Atlanta will head home early on Monday ahead of the national college football championship game between Georgia and Alabama at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday. Atlanta employees are asked to go home at 2:30 p.m., with Fulton County and state government employees...

Posted: 16 days ago

State and local government employees in metro Atlanta will head home early on Monday ahead of the national college football championship game between Georgia and Alabama at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday. Atlanta employees are asked to go home at 2:30 p.m., with Fulton County and state government employees...
Five newcomers to watch at the Georgia Capitol
 Ten freshmen enter the 236-member Georgia General Assembly this year after winning special elections. Though these newbies will have little political power, they’ll try to make their mark quickly because they all have to defend their seats during November’s regularly scheduled elections.  Seven of the newcomers are Democrats...

Posted: 16 days ago

Ten freshmen enter the 236-member Georgia General Assembly this year after winning special elections. Though these newbies will have little political power, they’ll try to make their mark quickly because they all have to defend their seats during November’s regularly scheduled elections.  Seven of the newcomers are Democrats...
Follow this year’s Georgia Legislature
 Use the secretary of state’s poll locator service to identify your House and Senate districts and who represents you: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do. The General Assembly’s home page (www.legis.ga.gov) links to House and Senate members by name and district. The directory lists the legislator’s office phone and email...

Posted: 16 days ago

Use the secretary of state’s poll locator service to identify your House and Senate districts and who represents you: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do. The General Assembly’s home page (www.legis.ga.gov) links to House and Senate members by name and district. The directory lists the legislator’s office phone and email...
Stalled progress doesn’t dampen supporters’ hope for casinos in Georgia
 After years of trying to bring casino gambling to Georgia, talk of getting legislation passed this year to do so has all but stalled as lawmakers prepare to return to the Capitol next week. That hasn’t stopped gaming lobbyists from preparing for another push during the 40-day legislative session — more than a dozen already have...

Posted: 17 days ago

After years of trying to bring casino gambling to Georgia, talk of getting legislation passed this year to do so has all but stalled as lawmakers prepare to return to the Capitol next week. That hasn’t stopped gaming lobbyists from preparing for another push during the 40-day legislative session — more than a dozen already have...
Republican lawmaker proposes creation of hate crimes law for Georgia
 A Brookhaven Republican wants to bring Georgia in line with 45 other states by creating a hate crimes law that would enhance penalties for those who target someone based on characteristics such as their race, sexual orientation or religion. State Rep. Meagan Hanson said it is long overdue for Georgia to have a law on the books that would...

Posted: 17 days ago

A Brookhaven Republican wants to bring Georgia in line with 45 other states by creating a hate crimes law that would enhance penalties for those who target someone based on characteristics such as their race, sexual orientation or religion. State Rep. Meagan Hanson said it is long overdue for Georgia to have a law on the books that would...
Georgia coastal communities rebuild after 2 years of storms
 It’s been a rough few years for residents living on Georgia’s coast. Two named storms and higher than usual tides have eroded the shore line, damaged properties and devastated some communities. “It was catastrophic,” Saint Mary’s City Manager John Holman said of Tropical Storm Irma’s damage in September...

Posted: 22 days ago

It’s been a rough few years for residents living on Georgia’s coast. Two named storms and higher than usual tides have eroded the shore line, damaged properties and devastated some communities. “It was catastrophic,” Saint Mary’s City Manager John Holman said of Tropical Storm Irma’s damage in September...
Witness the birth of farm animals at 2018’s Georgia National Fair
 Seeing the birth of a farm animal is an experience state Department of Agriculture officials hope to bring to the 500,000 people who visit the Georgia National Fair each year. Georgians are getting more and more removed from the state’s agricultural roots, said Jack Spruill, the department’s marketing director. Those living in...

Posted: 23 days ago

Seeing the birth of a farm animal is an experience state Department of Agriculture officials hope to bring to the 500,000 people who visit the Georgia National Fair each year. Georgians are getting more and more removed from the state’s agricultural roots, said Jack Spruill, the department’s marketing director. Those living in...
Senator wants to require sexual harassment training for Ga. lawmakers
 A DeKalb County senator on Friday introduced a bill that would require lawmakers and department heads to undergo sexual harassment training. It came in response to allegations leveled at powerful politicians, media figures and entertainers around the nation. Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, said discussions surrounding revelations of sexual...

Posted: 29 days ago

A DeKalb County senator on Friday introduced a bill that would require lawmakers and department heads to undergo sexual harassment training. It came in response to allegations leveled at powerful politicians, media figures and entertainers around the nation. Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, said discussions surrounding revelations of sexual...
Gainesville lawmaker picked for No. 2 job in Georgia Senate
 Gainesville state Sen. Butch Miller has been picked to serve in the second-most-powerful post in the Georgia Senate, replacing Gwinnett County’s David Shafer as president pro tempore. Miller, who has been in the Senate since 2010, served as Gov. Nathan Deal’s floor leader. Shafer, R-Duluth, gave up his leadership post to run for...

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Gainesville state Sen. Butch Miller has been picked to serve in the second-most-powerful post in the Georgia Senate, replacing Gwinnett County’s David Shafer as president pro tempore. Miller, who has been in the Senate since 2010, served as Gov. Nathan Deal’s floor leader. Shafer, R-Duluth, gave up his leadership post to run for...
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