Latest Georgia state government News

Man who shot his wife in SUV wants murder conviction tossed

Jan. 18, 2022 16:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for a man convicted of murder for fatally shooting his wife as they rode in an SUV in Atlanta say he did not have a fair trial and are asking Georgia's highest court to overturn his conviction. Claud “Tex” McIver, 79, is serving a life sentence after...

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...

Court to hear appeal of man convicted in son's hot-car death

Jan. 17, 2022 13:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A man whose toddler son died after he left him in a hot car for hours is asking Georgia's highest court to overturn his convictions for murder and child cruelty. Justin Ross Harris, 41, was convicted in November 2016 on eight counts including malice murder in the...

Georgia celebrates title at stadium, Smart plans repeat

Jan. 15, 2022 17:02 PM EST

Georgia coach Kirby Smart told a near-capacity crowd at Sanford Stadium on Saturday the Bulldogs don't plan to wait another 41 years for their next national championship. “It’s moments and events like this that allow us to look back and allow us to look forward,” Smart said....

Atlanta transit leader CEO Jeffrey Parker dies

Jan. 15, 2022 16:48 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Jeffrey Parker, who led the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority during a time of expansion and then during the pandemic when public transportation ridership plummeted, has died, the agency announced. A spokesperson for the agency, Stephany Fisher, said that...

Kemp goes big on spending, seeking $3B increase for Georgia

Jan. 13, 2022 17:38 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is proposing almost $3 billion more in spending from state revenue in the 2023 budget year that begins July 1, led by more than $1 billion in pay and retirement increases for Georgia's state, K-12 and university employees. That includes $2,000 for...

Spending, crime, conservative issues top Kemp's Georgia plan

Jan. 13, 2022 14:36 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Laying out a plan for “a safer, stronger Georgia” that includes more money for teachers and schools and an effort to crack down on crime, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp made his case for reelection Thursday. “By keeping our state open for business, bringing record...

Text of Kemp's State of the State Address

Jan. 13, 2022 12:04 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Text of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s State of the State address. Remarks as prepared. Lt. Governor Duncan, Speaker Ralston, President Pro Tem Miller, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, members of the judiciary, and my fellow Georgians. ...

Senate panel advances constitutional noncitizen voting ban

Jan. 13, 2022 09:55 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A state Senate committee is supporting a plan to amend the Georgia Constitution to include a ban on voting by noncitizens that is already in state law. The Senate Ethics Committee voted 7-2 on Thursday to advance Senate Resolution 363. It moves to the full Senate for...

Kemp names 2 new regents as chancellor impasse lingers

Jan. 12, 2022 17:44 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday named two new members to seven-year terms on the Board of Regents, which governs the University System of Georgia. Kemp named Richard “Tim” Evans to the seat representing Georgia's 6th Congressional District in suburban Atlanta. Evans...