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Georgia lawmakers unveil bill to tackle mental health crisis

Jan. 26, 2022 16:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Facing a surge in overdose deaths and rural suicides, Georgia lawmakers unveiled a bill Wednesday to bolster the state's dismal mental health care system. The legislation would pressure private insurers to improve coverage for mental health disorders and substance...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 26, 2022 15:11 PM EST

Valdosta Daily Times. January 23, 2022. Editorial: Prisons need more than money Improve conditions, transparency Georgia prisons may be underfunded but that is only one problem of the state’s embattled corrections system. Just throwing...

Bill: Give Georgia parents way to quash school materials

Jan. 26, 2022 11:59 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in the Georgia House on Tuesday signaled they will push forward with a proposal that would allow parents to protest books and other materials that they believe are harmful to minors, with school officials required to decide within seven days whether to remove the...

David Perdue tests positive for COVID-19 after campaign stop

Jan. 24, 2022 20:27 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate David Perdue tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Campaign spokesperson Jenni Sweat said Perdue, a former U.S. senator, recorded a positive result “during routine COVID-19 testing.” Sweat said Perdue is vaccinated and...

Georgia suing Biden administration over Medicaid rejection

Jan. 21, 2022 18:10 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia sued the Biden administration Friday over its decision to revoke approval of a work requirement in the state’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income Georgians. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Brunswick, Georgia, says the decision last...

In Georgia, GOP upheaval over elections continues into 2022

Jan. 20, 2022 18:45 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The storm over how Georgia’s elections are run is far from abating, as Republicans echoing former President Donald Trump’s falsehoods about a stolen 2020 election make new proposals atop last year's state law that set a benchmark for restrictive GOP voting changes nationwide. ...

Georgia AFL-CIO endorses Democrat Abrams for governor

Jan. 20, 2022 13:49 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A federation of labor unions in Georgia is endorsing Democrat Stacey Abrams' campaign for governor. The Georgia AFL-CIO announced its endorsement at a news conference with Abrams in Atlanta on Wednesday. The federation also endorsed Abrams early in her previous run...

Georgia courts, investigators say they're tackling backlogs

Jan. 19, 2022 15:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of Georgia's state court system on Wednesday told lawmakers they're trying to pass out federal money as fast as they can to help courts catch up with pandemic-related backlogs, while the leader of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it's a challenge to station a...

Stacey Abrams: Voting rights legislation can be passed

Jan. 19, 2022 14:09 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams used a Wednesday campaign stop in Atlanta to applaud the push for voting rights in Congress and express support for President Joe Biden. Abrams was noticeably absent from Biden's visit last week to Atlanta, where he called for an end to the filibuster...

Kemp says $3B budget boost will bring 'a lot of good things'

Jan. 18, 2022 13:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is pitching his plan to lawmakers to spend almost $3 billion more in the coming budget year, telling them “we've got a lot of good things to talk about this year.” That list includes income tax rebates, pay raises for teachers, university...