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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. ...

Georgia House backs state income tax and property tax cuts in unanimous votes

Feb. 08, 2024 11:54 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House on Thursday passed bills to cut state income and local property taxes, backing priorities of Gov. Brian Kemp and House Speaker Jon Burns. The bills would accelerate an already-planned income tax cut, increase homeowner property tax exemptions in...

Georgia Republicans push requiring cash bail for 30 new crimes, despite concerns about poverty

Feb. 06, 2024 16:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A bill to require cash bail for 30 additional crimes is headed to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's desk after the House gave it final approval. The GOP-dominated House voted 97-69 for Senate Bill 63 on Monday, backing a measure that would erodes changes that Republican Gov....

Georgia Senate passes bill to revive oversight panel that critics say is aimed at Trump prosecution

Feb. 06, 2024 15:35 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would revive a new commission that some Democrats say is aimed at disrupting Fulton County District Fani Willis' prosecution of former President Donald Trump. But one of the bill's authors in the state Senate, Republican...