Georgia Trend Daily – April 1, 2019

April 1, 2019 GPB

Study: Georgia Food Assistance Recipients Will Be Hit Hard By USDA Proposal

Ellen Eldridge reports that a new study suggests Georgians would be hard hit by a proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture rule, which would cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits for people without proof of employment or evidence they are looking for a job. Giridhar Mallya, a senior policy officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that funded an analysis of the possible effects with the USDA’s proposal, said Georgia is one of 11 states that would be disproportionately affected.


April 1, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

The $63-billion Connection

Susan Percy reports that Jay Markwalter likes to point out how much of the growth that boosts Georgia’s economy – new businesses, new investment, new jobs – is tied to tourism. “All of that starts with a visit,” he says, someone coming to the state to check it out on behalf of a company looking to relocate or expand.


April 1, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Turner Field neighbors hopeful, skeptical about area’s transformation

Matt Kempner reports that the Atlanta Braves on Monday celebrate their third home opener since bouncing to the suburbs. Neighbors around the intown stadium the team abandoned also are seeing the launch of a new season, finally.


April 1, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Giant “Revel” project at Infinite Energy Center gets green light, lands financial partner

Douglas Sams reports that North American Properties has secured financial partner Ohio Public Employees Retirement System for its new mixed-use project around Gwinnett County’s Infinite Energy Center. The agreement sets up North American Properties with the same equity partner it worked with on Avalon, an 86-acre development that opened in Alpharetta five years ago.


April 1, 2019 New York Times

Georgia Is Latest State to Pass Fetal Heartbeat Bill as Part of Growing Trend

Sarah Mervosh reports that tensions over a growing movement to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected intensified this week as lawmakers in Georgia passed a bill that stands to become one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.


April 1, 2019 Rome News Tribune

Final day looms in Georgia General Assembly, local lawmakers eyeing agendas

Diane Wagner reports that a bill that would have banned teen drivers from using even hands-free cellphones behind the wheel didn’t make it through the Georgia General Assembly this year – but expect it to return in 2020. “It’s not going away,” said Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee.


April 1, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

A sea serpent in Georgia

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, it may sound like an April fool’s joke, but according to legend a sea serpent once lived in the Savannah River just outside Augusta. Sea Serpent in the Savannah River is the first in our occasional postings of videos from Stories, Secrets and Sagas.


April 1, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Legislature takes preliminary step for Chatham County islands incorporation

DeAnn Komanecky reports that a required step toward possible incorporation of Chatham County islands has been filed in the Georgia legislature. The placeholder filing is required in the first year of a two-year legislative session before any further incorporation steps can be taken.


April 1, 2019 Brunswick News

Senate vote expected on shore protection bill

Wes Wolfe reports that legislation that would make substantial changes to the Shore Protection Act will likely get a vote by the full Senate after action Friday afternoon by the Senate Rule Committee. Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee Chairman Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla, presented the bill to the committee.


April 1, 2019 Georgia Health News, Newnan Times-Herald

Breakthrough: Legislature approves CON changes, Medicaid funding plan, hospital transparency

Andy Miller reports, in a whirlwind of activity on health care bills, the General Assembly on Friday approved substantial changes to the state’s certificate-of-need system and the renewal of a Medicaid funding mechanism. The CON provisions in House Bill 186 will allow Cancer Treatment Centers of America a pathway to expand the capacity of its Newnan facility and treat more Georgia patients.


April 1, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

High school computer science mandate passed by Georgia Legislature

Ty Tagami reports that computer science courses will be required in every Georgia high school, if new legislation is signed into law. Senate Bill 108 requires a course in at least one high school in every school district by the fall of 2022 and in half the high schools per district the next year.



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