Latest Georgia State General Assembly News

The Latest: Missouri Senate passes strict abortion bill

May. 16, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a Missouri bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy (all times local): 4:05 a.m. Missouri's Republican-led Senate has passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. Senators approved the legislation 24-10 early Thursday with just hours left...

With Georgia's Abrams out, former mayor announces Senate bid

May. 1, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrat and former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson says she's officially running for the U.S. Senate in 2020, just one day after fellow Democrat Stacey Abrams announced she wouldn't run. Tomlinson announced her candidacy on Wednesday for the seat now held by incumbent Georgia...

Federal government renames Runaway Negro Creek in Georgia

Apr. 15, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal government has agreed to change the name of a tidal creek on the Georgia coast that had long been known as Runaway Negro Creek. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names changed the name to Freedom Creek a year after Georgia lawmakers passed a resolution requesting the switch....

States pushing near-bans on abortion, targeting Roe v. Wade

Apr. 10, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade. Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is...

3rd Georgia state House election yields same results

Apr. 9, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Third time's a charm. At least that's what frustrated voters in one Georgia House district are hoping after two previous elections were thrown out by a judge. Unofficial results on Tuesday showed Chris Erwin beating Dan Gasaway for a third time in the Republican primary for a state House...

Georgia Gov. Kemp signs new touchscreen voting machines bill

Apr. 4, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has quietly signed a wide ranging elections bill authorizing the statewide purchase of new touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot. He signed it Tuesday, behind closed doors and without prior announcement, on the final hectic day of...

Alabama bill would outlaw abortion as lawmakers aim at Roe

Apr. 3, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is the latest Republican-leaning state seeking to enact a strict abortion ban as conservatives take aim at the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Energized by new conservatives on the Supreme Court, abortion opponents in multiple states hope to ignite...

'Heartbeat' abortion ban heads to Georgia governor's desk

Mar. 30, 2019 5:06 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, wondering when he might sign a "heartbeat" abortion ban that he supported and helped push through. The Georgia House gave final approval Friday to legislation outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, sending...

Georgia lawmakers approve 'heartbeat' abortion ban

Mar. 29, 2019 9:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Bucking intense opposition from abortion rights groups, citizens, physicians groups and even Hollywood celebrities, Georgia lawmakers gave final approval Friday to a "heartbeat" abortion ban that would outlaw most abortions in the state. The proposal now heads to the desk of Republican Gov....

Medical marijuana oil bill clears Georgia Senate

Mar. 29, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A bill that would allow the in-state production and sale of low-potency medical marijuana oil passed the Georgia Senate on Friday, just two days after the proposal was limited significantly in committee. The Senate voted 44-8 to pass the measure, which grants a sharply reduced number of...