Georgia Trend Daily – March 9, 2022

March 9, 2022 The Center Square

Kemp wants to suspend Georgia’s motor fuel tax amid skyrocketing gas costs

T.A.DaFeo reports, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp plans to suspend the state’s motor fuel tax in response to rising gas prices amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Due to a total failure of leadership in Washington, we are actively working with the Georgia House [and] Senate to quickly move legislation that will temporarily suspend the state’s motor fuel tax [and] lessen the significant impact higher gas prices are having on Georgia families,” Kemp said on Twitter.

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March 9, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

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Christy Simo reports, Lithium-ion battery recycling and engineered materials startup Ascend Elements (formerly Battery Resourcers) is investing $43 million to open its first commercial-scale battery recycling plant in Newton County, creating 150 jobs. When fully operational in August, the 154,000-square-foot facility will be the largest of its kind in North America.

March 9, 2022

Coca-Cola Suspends Russia Business As Ukraine Invasion Enters Third Week

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. is suspending its business in Russia, following a procession of Western companies to the exits — at least for now — amid public backlash against the country’s now two-week-old invasion of Ukraine. The announcement Tuesday was released nearly simultaneously with that of rival PepsiCo, along with Starbucks, McDonald’s and other industrial firms like General Electric Co. and consumer brands.

March 9, 2022 Saporta Report

goBeyondProfit names Herschend Enterprises as 2022 Champion Award winner

David Pendered reports, the goBeyondProfit business alliance to advance corporate generosity named Monday the Gwinnett County-based owner of Dollywood, Callaway Gardens and other attractions as the winner of the 2022 Champion Award. Herschend Enterprises was recognized for the company’s efforts to improve the lives of others, according to a statement released by goBeyondProfit.

March 9, 2022 The Current

Voters to Spaceport Camden: Abort launch

Mary Landers reports that by a nearly 3 to 1 margin on Tuesday, Camden County voters told the County Commission to pull out of its option contract to buy land for a planned spaceport. The landslide vote is not the end of the story, though, as Camden County continues to try to thwart the referendum through the courts.

March 9, 2022 Savannah Morning News

The end of Port Wentworth? Georgia lawmakers draft legislation that would revoke cityhood

Nancy Guan reports, after weeks of dysfunction at Port Wentworth City Hall, Mayor Gary Norton has announced an effort to dissolve the city’s charter. Members of Chatham’s state legislative delegation drafted the legislation. If adopted the measure would mean the end of Port Wentworth’s cityhood, which dates to 1957.

March 9, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Raffensperger says he’s working to set the record straight on Georgia elections

Jeremy Stewart reports that the truth about the 2020 presidential election in Georgia is simple in the eye of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — a lack of votes led to the defeat of Donald Trump. Georgia’s Republican elections chief brought that message to the Rockmart Kiwanis Club at its regular meeting on Monday as he visited Polk County as part of his series of speeches and town halls to address voters’ concerns about election integrity.

March 9, 2022 Georgia Health News

‘Game-changer’ bill on mental health clears House, heads for Senate

Andy Miller reports that the Georgia House on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a wide-ranging mental health bill that includes stricter financial requirements on the state’s Medicaid managed care companies. House Bill 1013 now heads to the state Senate, where its path is less certain.

March 9, 2022 Georgia Recorder

School voucher bill clears Georgia Senate panel despite critic’s public school concerns

Ross Williams reports, a new school voucher bill sponsored by Senate Pro Tempore Butch Miller moved forward in a Senate committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 601, or the “Georgia Educational Freedom Act,” would provide a $6,000 scholarship to nearly all of Georgia’s approximately 1.7 million public k-12 students to switch to a private school.

March 9, 2022 GPB

Senate bill cracks down on local school boards’ ability to eject disruptive parents from meetings

Riley Bunch reports, a Senate panel backed a bill on Tuesday that would put pressure on local school boards to adhere to the open meetings laws and create barriers to removing disruptive parents from meetings. Local government meetings — particularly school boards — became hotspots of hostility across the country and in Georgia throughout the pandemic as politically far-right parents dominated public hearings.

March 9, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Senate passes bill targeting giant social media platforms

Dave Williams reports that a bill prohibiting giant social media platforms from censoring content based on the author’s viewpoint passed the Republican-controlled Georgia Senate Tuesday along party lines. Reining in social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter has become a national issue since the companies suspended former President Donald Trump’s accounts a year ago.

March 9, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Politically Georgia: Why Herschel Walker is stiff arming GOP debates

Greg Bluestein reports, it’s qualifying week at the Gold Dome so it’s time for candidates to make official their intentions. So why is Herschel Walker using this stage to say that he’ll bypass showdowns against his Republican rivals?



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