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Georgians could vote on making it easier to sue governments

Feb. 22, 2020 9:20 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgians could get a chance to vote on making it easier to sue state government under a constitutional amendment moving forward in the General Assembly. The House voted 163-0 on Thursday to pass House Resolution 1023. It moves to the Senate, where it would need a two-thirds vote to make it...

FILE- In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference for the signing of HB 481 at the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta,. he law, signed by Brian Kemp in May, was set to become enforceable Jan. 1, 2020. But a lawsuit challenging it was filed in June on behalf of Georgia abortion providers and an advocacy group, and U.S. District Judge Steve Jones in October temporarily blocked the law. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Judge asked to decide permanent fate of Georgia abortion law

Feb. 21, 2020 12:19 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — After a federal judge temporarily blocked Georgia's restrictive abortion law, lawyers for the state and for opponents of the measure are battling in court over whether the law should be permanently barred from taking effect. The law bans abortions once a "detectable human heartbeat" is...

Georgia lawmakers look to tackle surprise medical bills

Feb. 20, 2020 9:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Legislation that would protect some patients in Georgia from surprise medical bills that can run to tens of thousands of dollars is gaining momentum at the state Capitol. A Georgia Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would require insurers in many cases to pay for care by a...

Flooring manufacturer expands in northwest Georgia

Feb. 20, 2020 2:30 PM EST

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — A flooring manufacturer plans an expansion in northwest Georgia that the governor says will create 268 jobs. An increase in demand for luxury vinyl flooring led Mannington Mills, Inc., to buy a 10.5-acre (4ha 2491) site for its third expansion in two years in Calhoun, Gov. Brian Kemp's...

House appropriations chairman, Terry England, R - Auburn, presents HB 792, the supplemental budget for the rest of the fiscal year, Wednesday, February 19, 2020. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia House approves $159 million in midyear budget cuts

Feb. 19, 2020 3:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House voted Wednesday to cut state government's budget, but also move some money around to protect lawmakers' priorities. The House voted 126-46 to pass House Bill 792, which cuts $159 million from spending plans for the current budget year, running through June 30. The measure...

Former Georgia sheriff to lead State Patrol after exam flap

Feb. 19, 2020 1:34 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Georgia sheriff has been chosen to lead the state Department of Pubic Safety on an interim basis after its prior chief resigned in the aftermath of a cheating scandal involving state troopers. Former Tift County Sheriff Gary Vowell, who retired from office in 2012, was approved to...

GA special elections may get primaries, but not this year

Feb. 18, 2020 6:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A proposed change to Georgia election law to require party primaries before certain special elections has been amended so it wouldn’t take effect until 2021, assuring a special U.S. Senate election this year won't be affected if it passes. That’s good news for recently...

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England speaks to reporters Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta, after his committee passed an amended midyear budget. The spending plan shifts tens of millions to lawmakers' priorities from Gov. Brian Kemp's plan (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Georgia House plan shifts money to lawmakers' priorities

Feb. 18, 2020 1:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Budget writers in Georgia's House want to preserve money for mental health, substance abuse, public defenders, agricultural research and diverting people away from prison. While overall spending won't rise above the cuts proposed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, the House Appropriations...

House panels reject some Kemp cuts in current Georgia budget

Feb. 15, 2020 3:31 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Members of the Georgia House of Representatives are rejecting some midyear budget cuts proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp, saying the Republican governor wanted to cut too deeply on some items. Three subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee made recommendations Thursday for amendments to...

Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams talks to reporters after campaigning for District 1 Commission candidate Jordan Johnson at the Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center in Augusta, Ga., Friday, Jan. 31, 2019.  (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

Judge denies document request in Abrams ethics investigation

Feb. 14, 2020 6:18 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge handed Democrat Stacey Abrams’ 2018 campaign for Georgia governor a victory in a legal skirmish Friday, denying a request from the state ethics commission for the campaign to hand over more records. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Fulton County Superior Court...