Latest Georgia state government News

Georgia park honoring confederacy gets first Black chair

Apr. 22, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The board overseeing an Atlanta area park that has centuries-old ties to the Ku Klux Klan and contains the largest Confederate monument ever crafted will be headed for the first time by an African American. Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday announced that he...

Police try to figure out why highway drivers hit by concrete

Apr. 22, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Police in an Atlanta suburb are investigating after they say about a dozen vehicles were damaged by concrete coming off a bridge on Interstate 75. Police in Marietta say they were called to the bridge around 7 p.m. on Wednesday as drivers in the...

Georgia boat owner finds invasive mussels on Tennessee boat

Apr. 22, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials who are trying to keep zebra mussels out of Lake Lanier and other bodies of water say a boat owner recently spotted the invasive mussels in a boat purchased from a Tennessee resident. Georgia Department of Natural Resources...

Georgia could spend $78M to replace St. Simons Island bridge

Apr. 22, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials say they will have to spend an estimated $78 million to replace a deteriorating 1986 bridge that leads to St. Simons Island. The state Department of Transportation is soliciting public comment through May 5 on its plans to...

Second state House Democrat joins lieutenant governor's race

Apr. 21, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Another state House member is jumping into the race for Georgia's lieutenant governor post. Rep. Derrick Jackson, a Tyrone Democrat, made the announcement Wednesday. Jackson, who was first elected to the House in 2016, said he wants...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Apr. 21, 2021 07:50 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ April 21 The Brunswick News on vaccine scams: Most people have no problem putting in a hard day’s work and being rewarded for their effort. It is, in many ways,...

Democrats point to Georgia in push for new elections law

Apr. 20, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are spotlighting Georgia as they build their case for a broad overhaul of U.S. election law, arguing the new voting rules in the state are emblematic of Republican measures across the country that threaten access to the polls. A Senate...

GOP-backed overhaul of Ohio voting laws nearing release

Apr. 20, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A significant rewrite of Ohio's election laws is under way that could reduce early voting days and prohibit ballot drop boxes while also adding conveniences like online mail-in ballot requests, the bill's sponsor said this week. State Rep. Bill...

GOP targets ballot drop boxes in Georgia, Florida, elsewhere

Apr. 19, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta-area voters looking to return their ballots using a drop box in next year’s gubernatorial election will have to do some searching. Just eight boxes will be spread across Fulton County’s nearly 529 square miles — or about one for every...

More state money keeps Lake Lanier project on track

Apr. 19, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A government agency planning a $155 million new hotel and conference center at Lake Lanier says another $21 million boost from the state is keeping the project on track. The Times of Gainesville reports the Lake Lanier...