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Florida Senate unanimously passes bill to define antisemitism

Feb. 28, 2024 13:49 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Antisemitism would be defined in Florida law under a bill the Senate unanimously passed Wednesday after its sponsor warned that an increase in acts against Jewish people will lead to extremism against other groups. Florida is among several states seeking to...

Georgia will spend $392 million to build new legislative offices and overhaul its gold-domed capitol

Feb. 27, 2024 19:40 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's lawmakers are moving not only to regild the iconic dome on state Capitol, but the entire complex. Lawmakers on Monday with little dissent agreed to spend $392 million to build a new legislative office building for themselves and to renovate the 1889 Capitol...

Republicans say Georgia student's killing shows Biden's migration policies have failed

Feb. 26, 2024 21:12 PM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Students at two Georgia colleges grappled Monday with the killing of a nursing student killed in a violent act that Republicans including former President Donald Trump and Gov. Brian Kemp blamed on the immigration policies of President Joe Biden. The killing of...

Georgia has the nation's only Medicaid work requirement. Mississippi could be next

Feb. 21, 2024 18:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After years of refusing to expand Medicaid, some of Mississippi’s Republican leaders now say they are open to the policy — if they can require new enrollees to have a job. That approach could hinge on presidential politics and an ongoing legal battle in Georgia. ...

Churches and nonprofits ensnared in Georgia push to restrict bail funds

Feb. 21, 2024 10:57 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — When she was behind bars in Georgia, Nia Thomas would use toothpaste to stick handwritten flyers to the wall and spread the word about community bail funds that could pay inmates' bonds, no strings attached. “I was posting the phone numbers in everybody's rooms,...

Georgia House leaders signal Medicaid expansion is off the table in 2024

Feb. 20, 2024 17:55 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's house speaker cracked open the door to Medicaid expansion in the state, but now that door appears to be closing for 2024. A bill introduced Tuesday by a top lieutenant to Republican House Speaker Jon Burns proposes to create a Comprehensive Health Care...

Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp says he will aid Texas governor's border standoff with Biden

Feb. 13, 2024 20:25 PM EST

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Tuesday he will send more of his state's National Guard soldiers to aid Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's effort to control illegal crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border, as fellow Republican Abbott pursues a showdown with the Biden administration over immigration enforcement. ...

New medical school for University of Georgia approved by state Board of Regents

Feb. 13, 2024 14:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The board that governs Georgia’s public colleges Tuesday authorized the University of Georgia to establish a medical school at its Athens campus. The state Board of Regents gave unanimous approval to what would be Georgia’s second public medical school. The...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Feb. 10, 2024 07:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.; Gov. Brian Kemp, R-Ga. ___ NBC's “Meet the Press” — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas; Mitch Landrieu, co-chair of President Joe...

In possible test of federal labor law, Georgia could make it harder for some workers to join unions

Feb. 08, 2024 18:43 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As Georgia shovels out billions in economic incentives to electric vehicle manufacturers and other companies, the state's ruling Republicans are moving to make it harder for workers at those firms to join labor unions, in what could be a violation of current federal law. ...