Georgia Trend Daily – March 6, 2023

March 6, 2023 GPB

With toilets and faucets, Atlanta residents top the nation in water efficiency

Orlando Montoya reports that Metro Atlanta leads the nation’s 15 largest metro areas in the efficient indoor use of water, according to the most recent data provided by California-based Flume Data Labs. The company monitors water use with tens of thousands of sensors, including about 500 in metro Atlanta, where residents use an average of 36 gallons of indoor water per day.

Georgia Trend March 2023 Growing Tech

Automotive Hub: (L-R):
Terrence Jackson, Joe Norton,
Michael Malakhov and Eric
Morris of Carpool Logistics
Photo by Kevin Garrett


March 6, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Growing Tech in Georgia

Kenna Simmons reports that one of the best decisions Michael Malakhov made as a startup entrepreneur was influenced by something that’s quintessentially Atlanta: traffic. Malakhov and cofounder Eric Morris decided to house their company, Carpool Logistics, in Atlanta Tech Village (ATV), a “tech hub” that’s part incubator, part accelerator, part coworking space for entrepreneurs.


March 6, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New details emerge about Georgia’s latest EV battery plant

J. Scott Trubey reports, a future electric vehicle battery plant in Bartow County will require new road and wastewater services and its floor space will span the size of two Lenox Square malls, documents about the project released this week show. Those details were among new information unveiled in a Development of Regional Impact filing outlining some particulars of the project along U.S. 411 near Cartersville.


March 6, 2023 GPB

Georgia Today: New film studio planned; fate of Buckhead cityhood; legacy of Mamie George Williams

Peter Biello and Jeremy Powell report that the developer of a massive film studio once slated for Albany now plans to build the studio south of Atlanta. Attorney and former political adviser Patrick Millsaps is planning a $700 million project in the city of Chattahoochee Hills. Millsaps told Chattahoochee Hills leaders last year that his Albany plans fell through when the pandemic hit.

March 6, 2023 The Brunswick News

No movement yet on new right whale rules

Hank Rowland reports that captains of fishing and charter boats are still waiting to hear whether they will be required to follow the same rules as cargo ships when in waters visited by right whales. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received a proposal from the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2022 to cap the speed of all vessels 35 feet in length and longer at 10 knots or 11.5 mph in Atlantic waters during seasons when the endangered mammal is present.

March 6, 2023

Governor, First Lady Celebrate Georgia’s Creative Community with Arts and Humanities Awards

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp on Thursdays announced the recipients of the 11th annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia in these fields. The awards are presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.

March 6, 2023 Georgia Recorder

School vouchers, election laws, gender-affirming care on agenda as lawmakers race to beat the clock

Ross Williams, Jill Nolin and Stanley Dunlap report, it’s crunch time under the Gold Dome. After a slow start, lawmakers have shifted gears in the ramp up to a key legislative deadline Monday, when a bill must clear at least one chamber to have the smoothest path to the governor’s desk.

March 6, 2023 WABE

Mental health reform package clears Georgia House, heads to Senate

Jess Mador reports that a bill that would address Georgia’s escalating mental health and substance use crisis is continuing to advance at the state Capitol. House Bill 520 overwhelmingly passed the House Thursday and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

March 6, 2023 Georgia Recorder, The Current

Bill to hide elected, other officials’ names, property from public passes 53-0 in Georgia Senate

Ray Glier reports that Richard T. Griffiths of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation asked Georgia legislators this week to take a deep breath, tap the brakes, and reconsider the “vast sweep” of Senate Bill 215, which would require redaction of names and property ownership from state data bases of law enforcement personnel, politicians, and hundreds of thousands of other government officials. Lawmakers didn’t slow down, and the legislation sponsored by Sen. Matt Brass, a Newnan Republican, swept through the Senate with a 53-0 vote Thursday with no debate.

March 6, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia House passes tenants’ rights bill

Dave Williams reports that legislation guaranteeing new rights to renters in Georgia passed the state House of Representatives unanimously this week. House Bill 404, which now moves to the state Senate, would require rental properties to be “fit for human habitation” upon signing a lease, and landlords would be required to maintain their properties throughout the lease.

March 6, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sports betting, voter bills could see legislative action on Crossover Day

Mark Niesse and Maya T. Prabhu report, a barrage of votes will take place at the Georgia Capitol on Monday, a critical deadline for bills to stay alive on topics such as gambling and voting rights. Dozens of bills will be decided on Crossover Day, the General Assembly’s internal cutoff for legislation to pass at least one chamber.

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