Latest Georgia state government News

2 men charged with using Georgia money to buy auto parts

Jun. 17, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Two former Georgia state workers have been indicted on charges that they used a state purchasing card to buy more than $18,000 in auto parts for themselves, while a store clerk is charged with helping cover up the theft. Oscar Cooke of Riverdale,...

Austrian rubber products company opening site in Newnan

Jun. 16, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — An Austrian rubber products company is expanding its presence in Georgia with a new headquarters and manufacturing site that is expected to create 70 jobs, the governor's office announced. Semperit Industrial Products is locating its headquarters for...

Runoffs set to replace 2 Georgia state House members

Jun. 15, 2021 22:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Republicans will advance to a runoff in a special election in a southeast Georgia state House district, while a Republican and a Democrat will advance to a runoff in a Cobb County state House district. In House District 156, which covers all of...

Georgia lawmakers begin hearings to redraw district lines

Jun. 15, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers are kicking off the process to redraw congressional, legislative and other electoral districts, setting up a showdown between Republicans seeking to retain power and Democrats reaching toward a majority. The joint House and Senate...

Tuesday special elections are first test of new Georgia law

Jun. 12, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler’s most pressing problem with adhering to Georgia’s new election law before a June 15 special election is finding some heavy equipment to erect a large sign in front of a church that won’t be used as a voting precinct. ...

Georgia Democrats seize new power, run for statewide offices

Jun. 11, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — For more than a decade, Georgia Democrats struggled to lure highly qualified, big-name candidates to run for statewide office. With Republicans firmly in control of all constitutional positions and the state legislature, none wanted to take the risk. ...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jun. 09, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

Brunswick News. June 1, 2021. Editorial: Politics should be kept out of crime rates discussion When state lawmakers begin studying rising crime rates in Atlanta and elsewhere around Georgia, they must use a clear magnifying glass, one not fogged by...

Georgia monitors predict more Vogtle nuclear delays

Jun. 08, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Already years behind schedule, Georgia Power Co.'s nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle is even further behind than the company recently acknowledged, independent state monitors and state regulators said. The first of two new reactors likely won't be in...

Georgia parole board chair reelected by fellow board members

Jun. 08, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's parole board on Tuesday reelected its chairman for a seventh term. Terry Barnard is set to begin serving his next one-year term as chairman on July 1, according to a news release from the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Board member...

Fate of planned mine near Okefenokee left to Georgia agency

Jun. 07, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — More than 160 years after her great-great-grandfather settled on a patch of land surrounded by water in the Okefenokee Swamp, Sheila Carter takes visitors on guided canoe tours for firsthand looks at the swamp's abundant alligators and stilt-legged birds wading among...