Latest Georgia State General Assembly News

This Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo combo of images provided by the Glynn County Detention Center in Georgia shows Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. Georgia's attorney general on Sunday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say died at the hands of the two men as he ran through a neighborhood. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)

Georgia congressmen ask Barr to assist Arbery investigation

May. 20, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — All of Georgia's lawmakers in the U.S. House asked Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday to involve the Justice Department in investigations of the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery as well as potential misconduct by local authorities who took more than two months to bring charges in the case. ...

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan adjourns the Senate Monday, February 3, 2020 in Atlanta. The Senate was in session this morning as the Georgia 2020 General Assembly continued for it's tenth legislative day. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Lieutenant governor eyes June 15 return of Georgia lawmakers

May. 13, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's lieutenant governor is saying “Not so fast” on a proposed June 11 restart date for the General Assembly. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan released a statement Wednesday saying he wants the session to restart on June 15 to give time for lawmakers to get tested for COVID-19 after...

Speaker says Georgia lawmakers to return with precautions

May. 12, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia House Speaker David Ralston said in a memo sent to state House members and staff on Tuesday that the legislative session paused in March because of the coronavirus will resume on June 11 with some new policies and procedures in place. Ralston said that staff would begin transitioning...

Georgia Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan speaks with members of the media following a short session in the Senate chambers during the 29th day of the Georgia Legislative session,, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Atlanta.  Out of caution and in relation to the coronavirus, the Georgia General General Assembly suspended the legislative session until further notice. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia lieutenant governor plans pay cut due to bad budget

May. 6, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's lieutenant governor says he's giving up some of his pay in light of impending state budget cuts. Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced Wednesday that he would voluntarily forgo 14% of his $91,609 salary in the budget year beginning July 1. Duncan would give up $12,825 leaving...

FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., speaks during a television interview at the Capitol in Washington. Lewis’ endorsement of Democratic Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff is the focus of a new television ad from Ossoff’s campaign that begins airing statewide on Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ad for Georgia Senate hopeful touts John Lewis' backing

May. 5, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia congressman John Lewis’ endorsement of Democratic Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff is the focus of a new television ad from Ossoff’s campaign that began airing statewide on Tuesday. Ossoff, a former congressional aide who broke fundraising records during an unsuccessful 2017...

Customers wait for food at Little Italy in downtown Athens, Ga, on Friday, May 1, 2020. Following Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to end the state's shelter-at-home order, people are out and about despite COVID-19 cases continuing to grow in the state. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Georgia budget writers ask agencies to ready cuts amid virus

May. 1, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasting a major blow to the state’s economy and revenue collections due to the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia lawmakers in charge of the state budget sent a memo on Friday asking agencies to prepare for cuts of 14% across the board, totaling nearly $4 billion. The call for...

Georgia Senate signals June likely for legislative restart

Apr. 30, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of the Georgia General Assembly are signaling that lawmakers won't return to the Capitol until June, despite Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan continuing to say he would like to resume work in May. Duncan and Republican House Speaker David Ralston must agree on when to restart under...

Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, R - Blue Ridge, speaks to media following the 29th day of the Georgia Legislative session, Friday, March 13, 2020. Out of caution and in relation to the coronavirus, the Georgia General General Assembly suspended the legislative session until further notice. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Leaders disagree on when Georgia lawmakers should return

Apr. 24, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With Georgia's legislative session suspended because of fears of transmitting the new coronavirus, the two Republicans who must agree on when to return continue to eye different dates. House Speaker David Ralston, in a letter to House members Friday, reiterated his preference for the General...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, Rep. Vernon Jones listens as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal delivers the State of the State address on the House floor in Atlanta. Jones, a polarizing Democratic state lawmaker in Georgia, broke party ranks on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, to endorse President Donald Trump's reelection. Jones, who represents portions of metro Atlanta’s DeKalb and Rockdale counties, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he's supporting Trump because of the Republican president's handling of the economy and his criminal justice reform efforts. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Georgia Democrat who endorsed Trump not quitting after all

Apr. 23, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Democratic Georgia lawmaker who recently endorsed President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he is no longer planning to resign and will instead serve the remainder of his term. A day after Rep. Vernon Jones said he would resign effective immediately, Jones posted a Twitter video...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, Rep. Vernon Jones listens as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal delivers the State of the State address on the House floor in Atlanta. Jones, a polarizing Democratic state lawmaker in Georgia, broke party ranks on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, to endorse President Donald Trump's reelection. Jones, who represents portions of metro Atlanta’s DeKalb and Rockdale counties, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he's supporting Trump because of the Republican president's handling of the economy and his criminal justice reform efforts. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Georgia Democrat stepping down after endorsement of Trump

Apr. 22, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker from Georgia said Wednesday that he’s stepping down, just over a week after breaking with his party to endorse President Donald Trump. Rep. Vernon Jones announced that he won’t complete his current term representing portions of metro Atlanta’s...