Latest Georgia state government News

Georgia Gov. Kemp signs medical marijuana bill

Apr. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Some Georgia patients will soon be allowed to legally buy the marijuana they are already allowed to possess. Because of a legal quirk, patients and families have regularly broken the law to obtain low-potency medical marijuana oil. Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed a bill that would fix...

Stacey Abrams to deliver Tougaloo commencement speech May 5

Apr. 17, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor in Georgia, will deliver the Tougaloo College commencement address next month. The historically black college in Mississippi, where Abrams grew up, is also her parents' alma mater. A Tougaloo spokeswoman on Wednesday confirmed her appearance at the...

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....

Georgia ethics director to subpoena Abrams campaign records

Apr. 12, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The new director of Georgia's state ethics commission said he plans to subpoena bank records from Democrat Stacey Abrams' nationally watched but unsuccessful 2018 campaign for governor. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that David Emadi, just days into his new posting, said Thursday...

Georgia set to execute man who killed 2 women in 1994

Apr. 12, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A man who killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago is the first death row prisoner set to be executed in Georgia this year. Scotty Garnell Morrow, 52, is scheduled to die May 2 at the state prison in Jackson, state Attorney General Chris Carr announced Friday. Morrow...

Georgia confirms 17 sickened in multistate E. coli outbreak

Apr. 10, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A state agency says at least 17 people in Georgia have been sickened in an outbreak of E. coli infections affecting five U.S. states. The Georgia Department of Public Health said in a news release Wednesday that the number of E. coli cases is expected to increase. A total of 96 E. coli...

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 latest state to legalize needle exchange to stop HIV

Apr. 4, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — James Lane has a backpack full of syringes slung across his shoulder as he goes to exchange used needles for sterile ones at a small booth set up by an Atlanta needle exchange clinic. The clinic, which operates in an area known as a hot spot for drug use in Atlanta, collects and distributes...

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...