Georgia Trend Daily – June 16, 2020
June 16, 2020 Clayton News-Daily
Alice Queen reports that federal civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case centered on a lawsuit filed by a former Clayton County employee. The landmark ruling will extend protections to millions of workers nationwide and is a defeat for the Trump administration, which argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that bars discrimination based on sex did not extend to claims of gender identity and sexual orientation.
June 16, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Julia Roberts reports that a not-for-profit cooperative owned by 38 Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), Georgia Transmission Corporation, owns more than 3,400 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and more than 700 substations. These facilities deliver power to Georgia’s EMCs, which serve nearly 70 percent of Georgia’s population – including homes, hospitals, farms, manufacturing plants and other businesses.
June 16, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports, with the impact of the coronavirus still roiling global trade, May was a bad month at the ports of Georgia, although U.S. exports picked up some of the slack, officials said Monday. And the downturn in overall shipping volume could be similar in June, they added.
June 16, 2020 Macon Telegraph
Justin Baxley reports that GEICO’s Macon regional office plans to hire 200 new associates over the next two months in customer service, sales, claims and emergency roadside service. All Macon associates are currently working from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a press release from the company.
June 16, 2020 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that the Atlanta Community Food Bank is receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Rotary Club of Atlanta to help provide 500,000 meals to families over the summer. The effort is part of a partnership with AMB Sports and Entertainment, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, which is helping prepare meals for the Atlanta Community Kitchen initiative.
June 16, 2020 GPB
Donna Lowry reports, inside the Gold Dome, Georgia lawmakers returned on Monday without the loud, rushed fanfare that usually marks legislative sessions and settled into a quiet, post-pandemic new normal. But, outside the concrete steps, thousands of protestors joined an NAACP-led march for racial justice.
June 16, 2020 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI
Riley Bunch reports that protesters demanded action from legislators returning Monday to the General Assembly. Going into the third week of demonstrations in Atlanta, protesters marched from Richard B. Russell Federal Building in downtown Atlanta to the State Capitol Monday.
June 16, 2020 Law.com/Daily Report
Katheryn Tucker reports that District Court Judge Steve Jones of the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta made two disclosures Monday when attorneys on both sides of Georgia’s abortion ban argued their motions for summary judgment on a videoconference. Jones said he does not intend to decide until after the U.S. Supreme Court either adjourns at the end of June or rules in another pending abortion case: Russo v. June Medical Services.
June 16, 2020 Marietta Daily Journal
Thomas Hartwell reports that legislation allowing nonprofit groups to make sandwiches for needy children during the summer has cleared the Georgia House and will now head to the governor’s desk for a signature. The vote on the legislation, Senate Bill 345, was 150-12, with 13 excused.
June 16, 2020 Capitol Beat News
Beau Evans reports that the Georgia Senate passed legislation Monday that would give Georgians the legal ability to sue the state and local governments. Lawmakers took up the measure by Rep. Andy Welch, R-McDonough, after House lawmakers passed it in late February, shortly before the General Assembly suspended the 2020 legislative session amid the coronavirus pandemic.
June 16, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that Democrats set a new turnout record for primary voting in last week’s Georgia vote, soaring past 1 million voters to outpace Republicans during an election plagued by significant obstacles at polling sites.