Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 26, 2019

Feb. 26, 2019 Georgia Chamber

Chris Clark on the Georgia Chamber SMART Plan

Staff reports that the Chamber has teamed up with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) to administer the Georgia Chamber SMART Plan (SMART). The plan is a new comprehensive health program offered to today’s small businesses providing a cost-savings on health coverage options that can lead to more rate stability and offering potential savings for groups with two to 50 employees.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Healing failing hearts

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that at 28, Marie Marsden had just given birth to her second child in Indiana when she began to notice something was not right with her body. “People said, ‘you just had a baby – it’s going to take time,’” the now-Atlanta resident recalls. But Marsden knew there was something more going on.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New Hilton hotel Signia announced for Georgia World Congress Center

J. Scott Trubey reports that Global hospitality company Hilton on Friday announced that a new brand known as Signia will be the flag of a new convention hotel at downtown Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. Signia Hilton will launch in several cities, including Atlanta, Orlando, Fla., and Indianapolis, Ind., the company said in a news release.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Birchwood Foods adding more than 100 jobs in Norcross

Douglas Sams reports that Birchwood Foods will add more than 100 jobs over the next five years at its Norcross plant, the company said Monday. The Kenosha, Wis.-based company will invest $33 million in an 80,000-square foot expansion of the facility at 6009 Goshen Springs Road.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 GlobalAtlanta.com

UGA to Sell Off Costa Rica Campus but Says Move Will Expand Study Abroad Opportunities

Trevor Williams reports that the University of Georgia Foundation board of trustees on Feb. 22 approved a deal to sell off its campus in the cloud forests of Costa Rica but said the move will free up resources to offer students more study-abroad opportunities.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 Georgia Health News

House panel endorses CON overhaul; senators mull compromise

Andy Miller reports that the proposed revamp of state health care regulations cleared a key hurdle Monday when a House committee approved House Bill 198. The vote followed contentious testimony last week about the potential impact of overhauling the state’s controversial certificate-of-need (CON) laws.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 University of Georgia

UGA Miracle raises $1.1M for Children’s Healthcare

Marilyn Primovic reports that more than 1,000 students and community members strapped hospital bands on their wrists and raised $1,144,453.19 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta during UGA Miracle’s 24 hour Dance Marathon Saturday and Sunday in Tate Grand Hall. This is the fourth consecutive year that this student organization has raised more than $1 million.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Companies mull $1 billion in investment at Augusta Corporate Park

Damon Cline reports that 10 companies have their eyes on the Augusta Corporate Park, but three are in what the Augusta Economic Development Authority would call late-stage negotiations. The agency’s industrial recruiters told board members this past week the three companies could generate several hundred jobs and nearly $1.15 billion in new investment at the city’s south Augusta industrial park.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 Saporta Report

Shape of debate set as voting bill moves through Georgia Legislature

Maggie Lee reports that most everyone agrees that the voting process in Georgia needs changes, but voting machines have divided folks under the Gold Dome. A new bill on its way for a House floor vote in Georgia makes way for “electronic ballot markers.” Electronic ballot markers look about like the touchscreens that Georgians use to vote in their polling places now.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Children’s Hospital opens in Macon

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, last week, Navicent Health officially opened its much-anticipated Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital. The 160,000-square-foot facility was designed and built specifically to serve children and is the only dedicated pediatric facility in central Georgia.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 Albany Herald

Perdue appointed to chair Senate subcommittees

Staff reports that U.S. Senator David Perdue, R-Ga., has announced his new subcommittee chairmanship appointments for the 116th Congress. In addition to serving on Senate Economic Policy and Securities, Insurance and Investment subcommittees, Perdue will now serve as the chairman of the Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on Seapower, and the Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Medical interests reach out to lawmakers

Diane Wagner reports that campaign finance reports submitted by local lawmakers underscore the focus on health care in this year’s Georgia General Assembly. State legislators are barred from accepting donations while in session, but there was a flurry of activity between Jan. 1 and the Jan. 14 cut-off date.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 Brunswick News

Pimping bill clears state House committee

Wes Wolfe reports, as it stands in current law, there are no increasing penalties for someone convicted of pimping. It’s considered a misdemeanor “of a high and aggravated nature” each time. Legislation that received unanimous approval Friday in the state House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee would make subsequent offenses into felonies with a mandatory minimum of one year in prison, up to 10 years.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 WABE 90.1

Speaker Ralston Responds To Scrutiny, Denies Wrongdoing

Emma Hurt reports that Speaker of the House David Ralston has been facing scrutiny at the state capitol, and he responded Monday. While he said he has done nothing wrong, he will convene an advisory group to study the rules some have accused him of abusing.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Ga. Senate passes Sen. P.K. Martin’s dyslexia education bill

Curt Yeomans reports that legislation sponsored by state Sen. P.K. Martin, R-Lawrenceville, to outline dyslexia identification and education guidelines passed out of the Senate this week with unanimous approval. Senate Bill 48 is now moving through the Georgia House of Representatives. If signed into law, however, it would require the Georgia Department of Education to put dyslexia guidance and training in place for teachers and the state school superintendent would have to create a dyslexia education pilot program.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 GPB

Georgia Legislature Reconsiders Potential Hate Crime Laws

Leighton Rowell and Virginia Prescott report that Georgia is one of five states without a hate crimes law on the books; however, legislation proposed last week could change that.  Sponsored by State Rep. Chuck Efstration, a Gwinnett Republican, House Bill 426 would introduce enhanced penalties for hate crimes if signed into law. According to the most recent data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 27 such crimes were reported in 2017.

 

Feb. 26, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp opposes gambling, but won’t stand in way of casino bill

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp said he remains a staunch opponent of legalized gambling but signaled he won’t stand in the way of a constitutional amendment that would let voters decide whether to allow casinos in Georgia. The governor’s spokesman said in a statement Tuesday he “remains opposed to casino gambling but hardworking Georgians will have the ultimate say if a constitutional amendment is placed on the ballot.”

 

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