Latest Georgia state government News

Fulton board gets new chair as Georgia reviews its elections

Sep. 16, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Commissioners in Fulton County have picked a former Atlanta City Council president to lead their election board as a state panel reviews how elections are conducted in Georgia's most populous county. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted...

Georgia school district mandates COVID-19 vaccines for staff

Sep. 15, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Employees in the Decatur school system in suburban Atlanta have until the end of October to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The move could set up a showdown with Gov. Brian Kemp, who issued an executive order in May that he says bans government...

Epidemiologist: Georgia COVID risk high despite case decline

Sep. 14, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The number of COVID-19 cases in Georgia remains high despite a recent decline and still creates a significant risk the disease could spread through communities, state epidemiologist Cherie Drenzek said Tuesday. Drenzek updated the state Board of Public...

Federal govt launches civil rights probe of Georgia prisons

Sep. 14, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced a statewide civil rights investigation into Georgia prisons, citing particular concern about violence. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, who oversees the department's civil rights division, said...

Kemp aide Broce named to lead Department of Human Services

Sep. 14, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A longtime aide to Gov. Brian Kemp is being named to lead Georgia's largest government agency. The state Board of Human Services voted unanimously on Monday to appoint Candice Broce as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services. ...

Faculty push not moving Georgia colleges on masks, vaccines

Sep. 10, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Protests from faculty members are still rising in Georgia's public universities, although leaders of Georgia's university system are not backing down from their position that schools can't require masks or vaccines. Acting Chancellor Teresa MacCartney...

Former Savannah mayor running for vacant Georgia House seat

Sep. 10, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A former Savannah mayor is running to fill a vacant seat in the Georgia legislature. Edna Jackson filed qualifying paperwork this week for the Nov. 2 special election for state House District 165. Jackson became the first...

Georgia hospitals swamped by COVID-19 postpone surgeries

Sep. 08, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's public safety net hospital became the latest to temporarily cancel elective surgeries on Wednesday, saying it's being overrun with COVID-19 patients. Grady Memorial Hospital CEO John Haupert made the announcement, saying that the hospital was...

Georgia prosecutor indicted, accused of misconduct in office

Sep. 07, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A district attorney for six counties in west Georgia is facing allegations of criminal misconduct while in office, according to an indictment returned Tuesday by a grand jury. Chattahoochee Circuit District Attorney Mark Jones, who took office in January,...

Georgia judge eases ballot access for third-party candidates

Sep. 07, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Third-party candidates will now need to collect fewer signatures to run for congressional seats and other elected offices in Georgia. U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May wrote in a ruling Friday that the state must allow third-party candidates for...