Latest Georgia state government News

Georgia Senate considers controls on school libraries and criminal charges for librarians

Feb. 20, 2024 20:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A proposal that would require school libraries to notify parents of every book their child checks out was advanced by Georgia senators Tuesday, while a proposal to subject school librarians to criminal charges for distributing material containing obscenity waits in the wings. ...

Attorneys for Georgia slave descendants urge judge not to throw out their lawsuit over island zoning

Feb. 20, 2024 13:46 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys suing a Georgia county over zoning changes that they say threaten one of the South's last Gullah-Geechee communities of Black slave descendants asked a judge Tuesday to let them correct technical problems with their civil complaint to avoid having it dismissed. ...

Georgia Senate passes plan meant to slow increases in property tax bills

Feb. 15, 2024 15:18 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia senators want to limit how much assessed home values can rise for tax purposes, in an election-year effort to hold down property taxes. The state Senate voted 42-7 on Thursday for Senate Bill 349, which would limit increases in a home’s value, as assessed...

Voters choose new Georgia state senator as runoff set in state House race

Feb. 13, 2024 22:46 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Voters in west Georgia chose a former state House member as their new state senator on Tuesday, while a race in a state House seat near Augusta is headed for a March 12 runoff. In state Senate District 30, Republican Tim Bearden of Carrollton won the majority of...

Georgia Senate moves to limit ability to sue insurers in truck wrecks

Feb. 13, 2024 14:18 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia senators are moving to limit the ability of people to sue insurance companies directly in lawsuits over trucking accidents. The Senate voted 46-2 on Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 426, sending it the House for more debate. The measure says...

Proposed mine outside Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp nears approval despite environment damage concerns

Feb. 09, 2024 18:41 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company's plan to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp and its federally protected wildlife refuge neared final approval Friday as Georgia regulators released draft permits for the project, which opponents say could irreparably harm a natural treasure. ...

Kansas lawmakers are allowing a 93% pay raise for themselves to take effect next year

Feb. 08, 2024 12:31 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is set to nearly double state legislators' pay at the start of next year, making their compensation better than it is for their counterparts in a majority of states, including more populous ones like Georgia and Texas. The increase is nearly $28,000 a...

The Georgia House has approved a $5 billion boost to the state budget

Feb. 07, 2024 12:51 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's House backed changes to the state budget Wednesday that would add $5 billion in spending, including a burst of roadbuilding, new dental and medical schools, and money to cover bonuses paid to state employees and teachers. ”Five billion dollars. You can do...

Georgia Senate passes bill to revive oversight panel that critics say is aimed at Trump prosecution

Feb. 06, 2024 15:35 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would revive a new commission that some Democrats say is aimed at disrupting Fulton County District Fani Willis' prosecution of former President Donald Trump. But one of the bill's authors in the state Senate, Republican...

Georgia House panel passes amended budget with new road spending, cash for bonuses already paid

Feb. 06, 2024 12:31 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Amendments to Georgia's current state budget moved ahead Tuesday, including $315 million to cover bonuses that were already paid to state employees and public school teachers and $1.5 billion in extra money for road building and maintenance. The House Appropriations...