Georgia Trend Daily – March 29, 2022

March 29, 2022, Hypepotamus

Atlanta, Paris Tapped as Next Sites for Space-Related Startup Program

Maija Ehlinger reports that Atlanta is about to embark on its own type of space race, thanks to a new program housed at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business. Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), an international organization for startup founders, is expanding its Space Stream into Atlanta and Paris.

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March 29, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

SK boosts hiring plans for Georgia battery plant

Andy Peters reports that SK Battery America is boosting planned hiring at its Commerce plant by 15% amid surging consumer orders for electric vehicles. SK will hire 3,000 workers in Georgia by the end of 2023, up from its original estimate of 2,600, said spokesman Joe Guy Collier.

March 29, 2022 Saporta Report

Georgia oysters: Commercial farms may face opposition

David Pendered reports, the establishment of commercial oyster farms such as those that dot the marsh-lined estuaries of Down East North Carolina remains a priority for Georgia scientists, state officials and restaurateurs. In the Georgia Legislature, the House Rural Development Council has asked the state’s aquaculture officials to deliver recommendations this autumn intended to “increase economic opportunities in the oyster industry.”

March 29, 2022 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Kimberly-Clark spinoffs reunite, eye $65M in annual savings in deal to create one of Georgia’s largest public companies

Jessica Saunders reports that two Alpharetta-based global manufacturers of specialty materials plan to merge into a $3 billion entity that would rank among the state’s largest publicly traded companies. Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc. (NYSE: SWM) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Neenah Inc. (NYSE: NP) in an all-stock deal described by the companies as a “merger of equals.”

March 29, 2022 GPB

Albany’s rails-to-trails project stalls. Legal and funding challenges are why

Orlando Montoya reports that a long-discussed plan for a 13-mile rails-to-trails project in South Georgia is stalled. The nonprofit South Georgia Rail Trail organization was founded 24 years ago to help create a bikeable, walkable trail between Albany and Sasser similar to those that exist in other cities, like Atlanta’s Beltline.

March 29, 2022 Albany Herald

Former UGA football captain, Burt Jones makes a play for lieutenant governor’s seat

Beth Slaughter reports that Georgia has been home for six generations and in all those years, Burt Jones and his family have made their mark in business, sports and politics across the Peach State. Today, Jones continues that tradition as the four-term state senator seeks to win the lieutenant governor’s seat.

March 29, 2022 Augusta Chronicle

Who is running for Attorney General and Secretary of State in Georgia

Abraham Kenmore reports that Georgia’s incumbent Republican Attorney General and Secretary of State are both running for another term this year, but they face primaries from within their own party as well as challenges from Democrats. The Attorney General is the chief legal advisor for the governor and state agencies.

March 29, 2022 The Current

The Tide: Would longer session help Georgia Legislature?

Craig Nelson reports that in Atlanta, lawmakers are consumed by tinkering, horse-trading, and frayed nerves as they rush to complete their work before the gavel falls on the latest session of the Georgia General Assembly. By April 4, they must decide the fate of 45 bills that cleared the Senate and 60 that emerged from the House of Representatives.

March 29, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Local officials tell Georgia senators election bill would be wasteful, discourage voters

Stanley Dunlap reports that local elected officials from Georgia urged a Senate panel to remove portions of the sweeping election bill they claim would waste valuable resources and burden poll workers with cumbersome paperwork. On Monday, the Senate Ethics Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 1464, a bill whose authors say will further beef up election security while cleaning up problems in last year’s controversial election overhaul.

March 29, 2022 Fox 5 Atlanta

Georgia bill to jumpstart low THC oil production headed to conference committee

Claire Simms reports that a bill to try to speed up the process of issuing production licenses for low THC oil in Georgia will likely be assigned to a conference committee later this week. Monday, the Georgia Senate unanimously approved a House bill that addressed the issue but not before stripping out the House’s language and replacing it with the Senate’s own proposal.

March 29, 2022 Georgia Health News

With one week to go, Senate makes key changes to mental health parity bill

Andy Miller reports that a Senate committee Monday unanimously approved a rewrite of key provisions in the House’s mental health bill championed by powerful Georgia House Speaker David Ralston. The revised version of the legislation, passed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, backs off the House’s stronger language on determining “medical necessity’’ of treatment, and on involuntary commitment of someone exhibiting mental health problems.

March 29, 2022 Capitol Beat News

General Assembly bans state agencies from doing business with Russia, Belarus

Dave Williams reports that Georgia House of Representatives gave final passage Monday to legislation prohibiting companies owned or operated by the governments of Russia or Belarus from bidding on state contracts. The bill, which the state Senate passed unanimously earlier this month, also sailed through the House unanimously with little discussion.

March 29, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Farm bill affecting property rights moves ahead

Christopher Quinn reports that the state Senate Agriculture Committee approved a piece of legislation that would rebalance property rights between farmers and their neighbors Monday. The legislation will now go to the Senate floor for a vote and, if approved, return to the House, where it started, for representatives to greenlight changes made to the bill.


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