Latest Georgia state government News

Georgia asks judge not to block restrictive abortion law

Aug. 20, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has asked a federal judge not to block the state's restrictive abortion law from taking effect and to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of the measure. The law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy,...

Georgia's watchdog agency for judges needs new director

Aug. 18, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The state agency that serves as a watchdog over Georgia's judges is looking for a new director. The Judicial Qualifications Commission says it's taking applications through the end of August. Current director Ben Easterlin announced earlier this month that he plans to step aside as soon as...

Abrams brings Fair Fight 2020 to Georgia

Aug. 17, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams launched a new multistate voter protection initiative in Georgia on Saturday. Abrams kicked off her Fair Fight 2020 campaign at an elementary school in Gwinnett County near Atlanta, WXIA-TV reported . Since her loss in the Georgia governor's race last year to...

Georgia opens new $50M state crime lab outside Savannah

Aug. 17, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

POOLER, Ga. (AP) — A new state crime lab in southeast Georgia has opened with nearly three times as much space as the Savannah laboratory it's replacing. Gov. Brian Kemp was among officials who attended the opening of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's new lab in Pooler, west of Savannah. The governor...

Source confirmed in Legionnaires' outbreak at Atlanta hotel

Aug. 15, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the source of a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a downtown Atlanta hotel. According to news outlets, officials said Thursday that the bacteria were present in the Sheraton Atlanta's cooling tower and in a decorative fountain in...

Judge: Georgia must scrap old voting machines after 2019

Aug. 15, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a challenge to Georgia's outdated voting system said that after years of inaction in the face of warnings about vulnerabilities, state officials have finally taken a solid step in the right direction. But she foreshadowed a looming fight over the state's new...

Georgia's Abrams announces new voter protection program

Aug. 13, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams, who vaulted onto the national political stage championing voting rights during an unsuccessful 2018 run for Georgia governor, announced on Tuesday that she's launching a new multistate voter protection initiative and not running for president in 2020. Abrams revealed...

Glass manufacturer to open 1st US plant in south Georgia

Aug. 11, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A company that makes glass containers says it plans to build its first U.S. factory in south Georgia. Arglass Yamamura says the $123 million plant in Valdosta will employ more than 150 workers once it's complete. The project was announced by Gov. Brian Kemp's office. Kemp said in a...

Georgia's new voting machines certified by the state

Aug. 9, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state certified new touchscreen voting machines as election-safe in court documents Friday, bidding to put behind the acrimonious 2018 electoral season marred by reports of malfunctioning voting equipment, hourslong wait times and criticism that the state's outdated...

Georgia faces tight timeline for replacing voting system

Aug. 8, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia elections officials have no time to spare as they hustle to replace thousands of outdated voting machines statewide while fending off lawsuits in the wake of a much criticized gubernatorial election. Even if the state manages to implement the $106 million purchase of new voting...