Georgia Trend Daily – March 18, 2021

March 18, 2021

On St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Community Touts Outsized Investment Impact in Georgia

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta and Savannah may be losing an economic boost from St. Patrick’s Day parades for the second straight year, but Georgia’s relationship with Ireland can be easily seen as a net positive even amid the pandemic. A country with a population smaller than metro Atlanta’s, Ireland nevertheless makes a big splash locally.


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March 18, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

High-tech cancer treatment in South Georgia

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Pearlman Cancer Center at Valdosta’s South Georgia Medical Center serves Lowndes County and an additional 14 counties, treating nearly 2,000 patients annually. Recently the center’s two linear accelerators underwent a $6 million upgrade.


March 18, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson general manager to leave job

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport General Manager John Selden is leaving his position to take a job in the Middle East. Selden said he’s been offered “a tremendous opportunity … and I need to take that opportunity and run with it.”


March 18, 2021 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Hank Aaron Museum Coming To Georgia State, As Memorial To Be Bigger Than Expected

Eric Jackson reports that Georgia State University plans to name its new athletics complex in Summerhill after Hank Aaron and create a museum in his honor, according a person familiar with the project. Georgia State has been working with Aaron’s widow, Billye, on the design.


March 18, 2021  Brunswick News

Conservation groups say dredging plan poses risk to nesting sea turtles

Lauren McDonald reports that those who work annually on Georgia’s coast to protect and promote loggerhead sea turtle nesting are sounding the alarm about a plan to dredge in the state’s coastal waters this summer. Doing so will put nesting turtles and their hatchlings at risk of being killed, they contend.


March 18, 2021 Athens Banner-Herald

Watkinsville mayor Bob Smith resigns effective immediately

Caitlyn Stroh- Watkinsville Mayor Bob Smith announced during a Wednesday council meeting that he was resigning effective immediately. The former state representative won the mayoral position by 2 votes in 2019.


March 18, 2021 The Center Square

Georgia AG Carr joins 20 other AGs who fear American Rescue Plan could hijack state tax policy

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is among 21 state attorneys general calling on the U.S. Department of Treasury to secure states’ rights to implement tax policies under the American Rescue Plan Act. The attorneys general sent a letter this week to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, asking her to confirm that provisions in the act do not attempt to strip states of their sovereign authority.


March 18, 2021 Georgia Health News

Georgia vows to continue fight if Feds kill state’s Medicaid waiver plan

Andy Miller reports that Georgia officials, as expected, have appealed the new federal position on the state’s Medicaid waiver plan, saying its possible revocation by the Biden administration would be ‘‘an arbitrary and unlawful bait-and-switch.’’ The commissioner of the state’s Department of Community Health, in a letter dated March 12, noted that federal health officials last year approved Georgia’s approach to require low-income adults to meet work or other eligibility standards to get Medicaid coverage.


March 18, 2021 The Center Square

Bill extending COVID-19 liability protection gets final nod from Georgia Legislature

Nyamekye Daniel reports that a bill that would extend the length of time Georgia businesses are protected from certain COVID-19-related lawsuits cleared the Senate on Wednesday. The Senate voted, 36-17, in favor of House Bill 112, which extends the applicability of the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act by a year, from July 14, 2021, to July 14, 2022.


March 18, 2021 GPB

Georgia House Committee Hears Newer, Bigger Voting Omnibus You Haven’t Seen Yet

Stephen Fowler reports that Georgia Republicans have introduced yet another omnibus bill that would drastically change the state’s voting laws, this time transforming a two-page proposal about absentee applications into a 93-page omnibus released an hour before a committee meeting. As it passed the Senate, SB 202 would prohibit third-party groups from mailing multiple absentee applications to Georgians that have already requested, received or returned a mail-in ballot.


March 18, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Warnock argues for federal protection from state GOP voting bills

Stanley Dunlap reports that U.S Sen. Raphael Warnock challenged his colleagues Wednesday to support federal legislation that would strengthen voting rights he says are under attack in Georgia and other states following the contentious presidential election. During his 20-minute Senate chamber speech, Warnock drew parallels to the Jim Crow era that disenfranchised Black voters to the current Republican-led efforts targeting absentee and early voting options and an array of other changes to voting laws.


March 18, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Chief labor officer bill to help with unemployment claims runs into pushback

Dave Williams reports that a state House committee tabled legislation Wednesday creating a position of “chief labor officer” in Georgia after questions arose about how much authority the job would carry compared to the elected state commissioner of labor. The bill, which the Senate passed 32-18 last week, is aimed at helping the labor department process the unprecedented deluge of unemployment claims it has been forced to handle during the coronavirus pandemic.


March 18, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Citizen’s arrest overhaul clears another hurdle, gets Georgia Senate panel approval

Maya T. Prabhu reports that a Georgia Senate panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would overhaul a Civil War-era state law that allows Georgians to arrest someone they suspect of committing a crime. The citizen’s arrest law came under renewed scrutiny after it was cited by a prosecutor last year to justify not charging three white men involved in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.


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