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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...

Kemp blasts Congress for inaction on disaster aid package

Apr. 13, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor and other state leaders are blasting Congress over its failure to approve a package of disaster relief measures. The $14 billion aid package is desperately needed by farmers and others who suffered losses when Hurricane Michael swept across the state in October, Gov. Brian...

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...

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...

Critics say new voting system planned for Georgia is flawed

Apr. 9, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Critics of Georgia's outdated voting system told a judge on Tuesday that a new system outlined by lawmakers has many of the same fundamental flaws and is unconstitutional. A law signed last week by Gov. Brian Kemp provides specifications for a new voting system. Bids are due later this...

Georgia's 2019 legislative session: What didn't pass

Apr. 6, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With new Republican Gov. Brian Kemp at the helm of the state, Georgia's 2019 legislative session brought plenty of action. Several of Kemp's main priorities — including teacher pay raises, a restrictive abortion ban and a Medicaid waiver authorization — translated into...

Airline to make Savannah airport new base

Apr. 5, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A national airline is establishing a new operations base at a Georgia airport. Allegiant Travel Company is investing $50 million in the project at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport where two Airbus aircraft will be housed for the airline which began operating in Savannah in...

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...

GOP congressman asks to exempt Georgia from oil drilling

Apr. 4, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Republican congressman who for years has touted the potential benefits of expanded oil drilling off the U.S. East Coast is now asking the Trump administration to exclude his home state of Georgia from its offshore energy plans. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter's district includes the 100-mile...