Latest Georgia state government News

Poopy pipe cancels court in aged Georgia government building

Jun. 19, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A ruptured pipe in Columbus' main government building dumped bird feces, leaves and other debris into a judge's office. Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Gil McBride tells WRBL-TV he found debris and water in his office suite earlier this month...

Kemp to decide if Juneteenth becomes Georgia holiday in 2022

Jun. 19, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It was too late this year for Georgia state workers to get the new Juneteenth holiday off, even though some federal agencies scheduled to close on Friday to observe the day in advance of the actual June 19 date on Saturday. But Republican Gov. Brian Kemp...

Georgia officials seek to remove 102,000 voters from rolls

Jun. 18, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state is making public a list of nearly 102,000 voters who will be removed from the rolls unless they act to preserve their registration. Republican Brad Raffensperger announced the list Friday, part of an every-other-year bid to...

County where Ahmaud Arbery slain hires Black police chief

Jun. 18, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The coastal Georgia county where Ahmaud Arbery’s slaying raised an outcry over racial injustice has hired its first full-time Black police chief. Glynn County commissioners voted Thursday for Jacques Battiste to lead an embattled department that...

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. ...