Georgia Trend Daily – March 31, 2021

March 31, 2021 Rockdale Newton Citizen

Feit Electric to Open First East Coast Distribution Center in McDonough

Staff reports that Feit Electric has announced plans to open a distribution center in McDonough, creating 120 jobs and investing more than $25 million in the project. The distribution center will be the company’s first on the East Coast.

 

March 31, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Macon|Bibb County: Growth at Every Corner

Haisten Willis reports, to find evidence of growth in Macon and Bibb County, one has only to drive through the area on Interstate 75. Near downtown and the intersection of I-75 and I-16, a massive construction project is widening roads to prepare for ever-increasing truck traffic between Savannah and Atlanta in the years to come.

 

March 31, 2021 Saporta Report

Metro ATL home prices up 9.6% in past year as fewer folks own their home: reports

David Pendered reports that two closely watched reports paint a piercing picture of housing affordability in metro Atlanta – home prices are up 9.6% in the past 12 months, and the proportion of residents who own their home is falling at a rate that leads the nation. Nationwide, a report released Tuesday shows housing prices increased at their greatest rate in 15 years.

 

March 31, 2021 GlobalAtlanta.com

Atlanta Fed President: Recovery in Sight, but Vigilance Needed Rather than a Victory Lap

Trevor Williams reports that the U.S. economy could see a jolt this summer as an increasingly vaccinated population ramps up travel and spending, though prospects of another COVID-19 spike and an uneven global recovery could darken the outlook, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic said Tuesday.

 

March 31, 2021 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gray Television unveils plans for new Doraville film and production studios

Dyana Bagby reports that by next spring, 550,000 square feet of film studios and a 5-acre park. Later, townhomes, apartments and corporate offices. Atlanta-based Gray Television and its development partner released details today of a plan to create a 127-acre film and entertainment campus on the site of the former Doraville General Motors plant.

 

March 31, 2021 Marietta Daily Journal

Greystone Power to receive clean energy from new 200-megawatt solar portfolio

Staff reports that GreyStone Power, which serves portions of south Cobb County, announced it is among 32 electric cooperatives in Georgia that now collectively share in power production from a new 200-megawatt (MWAC) solar portfolio that includes three utility-scale projects in south Georgia. GreyStone has a 40 MW share of the 200 MW portfolio.

 

March 31, 2021 GPB

Here Are All The Lawsuits Challenging Georgia’s New Voting Law

Stephen Fowler reports, the fight over Georgia’s sweeping new 98-page voting law has moved from the legislature to the courts, as a number of civil rights groups have filed lawsuits challenging various parts of the omnibus as unconstitutional and in violation of the Voting Rights Act. SB 202, also known as the “Election Integrity Act of 2021,” alters virtually every aspect of Georgia’s election administration, from narrowing the absentee ballot request window to requiring ballots to be counted nonstop once the polls close and everything in between.

 

March 31, 2021 Gainesville Times

How powerful will new election board be?

Robbie Sequeira reports, amid the rewrite of Georgia’s elections laws last week, the State Election Board gained a new chairman’s position and more authority to oversee local elections boards and officials. Under SB 202, which was signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp on March 25, the Georgia Secretary of State will no longer chair the State Election Board.

 

March 31, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia House of Representatives rejects Gwinnett bills dealing with elections board, chairwoman’s salary

Curt Yeomans reports that bills that would have reformed the Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections, as well as given county commission Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson a raise, were defeated in Georgia House of Representatives last week after they were put on a Gwinnett-specific local calendar.

 

March 31, 2021 Dalton Daily Citizen-News, CNHI

General Assembly unanimously backs ‘Gracie’s Law’

Riley Bunch reports that a bill that would protect organ access for Georgians with disabilities is on its way to the governor’s desk. Better known as “Gracie’s Law,” the bill sponsored by Milledgeville Republican Rep. Rick Williams would open up an immediate pathway through local courts for families who believe a medical provider discriminated against their disabled loved one in need of an organ transplant.

 

March 31, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Georgia Senate votes to loosen gun access, limit governor in emergency

Ross Williams reports that a bill expanding gun right protections in Georgia is heading back to the House after it passed the state Senate Monday with an amendment further limiting the powers of the governor during states of emergency. When it passed the House last week, the bill had language preventing the governor from blocking gun or ammunition manufacture or sales, suspending or revoking gun licenses, refusing to accept an application or single out gun stores or shooting ranges for closure during a state of emergency.

 

March 31, 2021 Capital Beat News

Standard vs. daylight time still unsettled in General Assembly

Dave Williams reports that a debate in the Georgia House and Senate over whether Georgia should observe standard or daylight saving time all year continues to rage entering the last day of this year’s legislative session. The House voted 111-48 Monday to put Georgia on daylight time year-round, substituting that language for a bill the Senate passed last month calling for permanent standard time.

 

March 31, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Buckle up for the last day of the Georgia General Assembly

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that last year’s delayed Sine Die might have been the strangest end-of-session ritual ever, but this year’s final gavel could be a close second. In June of 2020, legislators closed out a messy 40-day session interrupted by a months-long pandemic hiatus amid ongoing racial justice protests and a huge security presence at a socially-distanced Capitol.

 

 

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