Latest Georgia State General Assembly News

Anti-abortion bill clears Georgia Senate committee

Mar. 18, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Abortion rights activists chanted "shame" as Republicans on a Georgia Senate committee moved Monday to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Senate Science and Technology Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote of 3 to 2. The legislation, backed by...

Georgia Senate committee hears testimony on abortion bill

Mar. 14, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Senate committee listened to emotional testimony Thursday over a proposal that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The committee did not take a vote, and it was unclear when they might. Women in Georgia can currently seek an abortion during the first...

Ex-Georgia US Rep. accused of improperly spending thousands

Mar. 14, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia U.S. Rep. John Linder has been accused of improperly spending tens of thousands of dollars of leftover campaign donations on personal expenses. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday that a campaign finance watchdog group filed a complaint with the Federal Election...

Georgia House backs electronic voting machines in final vote

Mar. 14, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Legislation calling for Georgia to purchase new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot is headed to the governor's desk. The state House gave final passage to the wide-ranging election bill Thursday, a day after Senate approval. The bill would replace the state's...

Georgia Senate backs new electronic voting machines

Mar. 13, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Just months after a contentious race for Georgia governor, and amid several election-related lawsuits and a probe by U.S. House Democrats, the state Senate on Wednesday approved a House plan calling for the statewide purchase of new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper...

GOP state lawmakers approve 'heartbeat' abortion bans

Mar. 8, 2019 10:17 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia and Tennessee joined a string of states moving to enact tough abortion restrictions when Republican House lawmakers passed bans on most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. During a tense debate in Atlanta on Thursday, several Democratic lawmakers opposed to the bill...

The Latest: Georgia House backs anti-abortion measure

Mar. 7, 2019 11:11 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Crossover Day at the Georgia legislature (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Georgia joined a string of states moving to enact tough abortion restrictions, as the state House passed a ban on most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. During tense debate Thursday night,...

Correction: Georgia-Abortion Law story

Mar. 7, 2019 12:55 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — In a story March 6 about an abortion bill in Georgia's Legislature, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a witness at the hearing. Her name is Kathi Aultman, not Kathy Altman. A corrected version of the story is below: Georgia House panel approves anti-abortion 'heartbeat' bill Amid...

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

Mar. 5, 2019 8:06 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries, according to a report released Tuesday. State and local election officials in 31 states say they want to replace their voting equipment before the elections, but...

Atlanta pushing back against airport state takeover plan

Mar. 2, 2019 3:20 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta city officials are pushing back against a proposal in the Georgia Senate for a state takeover of Atlanta's airport, one of the busiest in the world. Michael Smith, press secretary for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, said the plan amounted to "theft" from the city in a statement...