Latest Georgia State General Assembly News

Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, gives remarks after being re-elected to his seat in the House Chambers during the first day of the 2021 legislative session at the Georgia State Capitol building in downtown Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Ralston taps new leaders for 13 Georgia House committees

Jan. 20, 2021 7:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Some of Georgia House Speaker David Ralston's top lieutenants got new posts as the Republican announced new chairs for committees on Wednesday. GOP Rep. Shaw Blackmon of Bonaire will lead the Ways and Means Committee after former chair Brett Harrell lost his reelection bid to a Democrat....

FILE - Harold Melton, Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Georgia, speaks during a dedication of the state's new Nathan Deal Judicial Center Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. Judges say Georgia's court system could take years to dig out of a backlog of jury trials delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Melton told lawmakers during hearings Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 that it could take one to two years to catch up. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Georgia judges: Pandemic could backlog jury trials for years

Jan. 20, 2021 4:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's court system could take years to dig out of piled-up cases with jury trials delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, judges told state lawmakers Wednesday “The judges across the state are very mindful of the backlog,” state Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold...

Augusta ex-pharmacist pardoned by Trump on health care fraud

Jan. 20, 2021 11:36 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia pharmacist convicted of health care fraud is among 73 people pardoned by outgoing President Donald Trump. John Duncan Fordham of Augusta was convicted in 2005 of one count of health care fraud after an eight-day jury trial. Prosecutors alleged that Fordham kicked back...

Artist Brandon Litman looks on as posters of U.S. Senator-elect's Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., and Raphael Warnock tower behind him after Georgia's Senate runoff race on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Poster artist helped connect candidates, voters in Georgia

Jan. 19, 2021 3:41 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — For some, helping to get out the vote during Georgia's U.S. Senate runoffs meant writing checks for campaigns. Others signed up to canvass neighborhoods or make calls for campaign phone banks. Brandon Litman took a different approach by making thousands of pieces of art to connect the...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp gestures to lawmakers after delivering his State of the State address in the House Chambers Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia economist gives upbeat take on state economy

Jan. 19, 2021 1:24 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The paradox of the current recession — decreased economic output but plenty of household income for many thanks to federal aid — leaves Georgia poised for a quick rebound once the coronavirus pandemic eases, Georgia’s state economist said Tuesday. “Really the...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty fist bump lawmakers as they leave the House Chamber after Kemp delivered his State of the State address Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Kemp proposes $900M borrowing plan as part of Georgia budget

Jan. 16, 2021 8:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is proposing that Georgia borrow $883 million for construction projects and equipment next year, an amount likely to rise before lawmakers complete the state budget. Lawmakers authorized borrowing of more than $1.1 billion for the current budget year. The agency that...

Georgia state senator says she tests positive for COVID-19

Jan. 15, 2021 2:55 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Another Georgia state senator says she has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Freddie Powell Sims announced Friday that she had tested positive in an open letter to her constituents in 11 southwest Georgia counties. The Dawson Democrat says her condition is “good” and she is...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty fist bump lawmakers as they leave the House Chamber after Kemp delivered his State of the State address Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Kemp seeks to restore more than half of Georgia school cuts

Jan. 14, 2021 4:03 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp want to restore more than half of Georgia's cuts to K-12 education made last year, on top of the $1,000 bonuses he wants to pay to teachers from federal money. With tax collections running substantially ahead of what was predicted last spring, the Republican Kemp on Thursday...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp deliveries his State of the State address as Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, left, and House Speaker David Ralston look on in the House Chambers Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Governor says Georgia 'battered, is not broken' by pandemic

Jan. 14, 2021 3:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp made a lengthy defense of his record fighting the COVID-19 pandemic while highlighting a strong economy and promising $1,000 bonuses for teachers and more money for education Thursday in his State of State address. Kemp's speech, made at the halfway mark of his four...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address

Jan. 14, 2021 12:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Here is the text of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address as prepared Thursday: Lieutenant Governor Duncan, Speaker Ralston, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, Chief Justice Melton, Chief Judge McFadden, and my fellow Georgians: In my first State of the...