Georgia Trend Daily – April 27, 2023

April 27, 2023

Gov. Kemp Signs Public Safety and Anti-Gang Legislation

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp signed SB 44 today at the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association Command Staff Conference. He also signed several other pieces of legislation designed to support public safety and crack down on criminals throughout the state.

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April 27, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Savannah | Chatham County: An Exciting Time

Betty Darby reports that the Port of Savannah stands ready to absorb its share of the massive impact from the $5.5 billion Hyundai electric vehicle plant taking shape in neighboring Bryan County. A policy of advance planning and a dose of experience with the automotive manufacturing industry came in handy.

April 27, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rivian hit with lawsuit over Georgia plant, this time in federal court

Drew Kann reports, Rivian and two contractors enlisted to clear and grade land for the company’s $5 billion EV plant an hour east of Atlanta are being sued in U.S. District Court by a nearby resident who claims muddy runoff from the site has choked streams and ponds downstream in violation of federal environmental law.

April 27, 2023 Savannah Morning News

A tougher pecan: Georgia farms explore climate change mitigation

Marisa Mecke reports, as spring arrives and summer draws near, Georgians are gearing up for in-season produce to crop up: pecans, peaches, melons, tomatoes and everything else under the Georgia sun. While Georgia may be best known for its poultry business, or even its bustling electric vehicle development, produce farmers of all stripes are spread throughout the state.

April 27, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Power reduces fuel costs recovery request

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power has significantly reduced its request to recover higher fuel costs from customers. In a filing with the state Public Service Commission (PSC) dated Monday, Georgia Power is seeking to recover about $6.6 billion, down more than $1 billion from the request the company submitted to the PSC in February.

April 27, 2023

ABB to Make Small Investment in Atlanta as Part of $170M Domestic Production Push

Trevor Williams reports that Swiss industrial technology and power products provider ABB is investing $2 million and creating 15 jobs in Atlanta as part of a more than $170 million U.S. expansion bolstered by recent legislation aimed at boosting domestic manufacturing of renewable energy, electric vehicles, batteries and sensitive items like semiconductors.

April 27, 2023 WABE

Groups are working to help low-income Georgians avoid losing Medicaid during ‘unwinding’

Jess Mador reports, as the state reevaluates Medicaid recipients for continued coverage, health advocates are concerned many Georgians could inadvertently lose their insurance. The federal government has given states just over a year to complete the so-called unwinding process, now that the Biden administration has ended the pandemic emergency’s continuous coverage provisions that were in place since March 2020.

April 27, 2023 Milledgeville Union-Recorder

Industrial expansions underway in Baldwin Co.

Billy Hobbs reports growth is happening at nine industries in Baldwin County. Much of the construction at the sites has been underway for the past several months, although a few of the projects have just begun.

April 27, 2023 Clayton News-Daily

Clayton County looking at adding impact fees

Anthony Rhoads reports, Clayton County Board of Commissioners is looking at adding impact fees as a source of revenue. In a presentation by Deputy COO Landry Merkison during the County Commission’s regular meeting Tuesday, April 18, he said the impact fees, if approved, would be assessed on new developments — both residential and commercial.

April 27, 2023 Gwinnett Daily Post

Former GBI executive director joins Gwinnett DA’s office

Curt Yeomans reports, former second-in-command of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation officially joined the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office this week. John Melvin, who stepped down from his position as the GBI’s executive director last month, was sworn in by Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Timothy Hamill.

April 27, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Georgia issues a few medical cannabis licenses at last, giving patients access ‘very soon’

Ross Williams reports that after years of waiting, thousands of patients on Georgia’s medical cannabis registry may soon be able to legally receive their medicine. On Thursday, the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission granted five dispensing licenses to two companies to begin selling low-THC oil to patients on the list.

April 27, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A closer look at the clash in Georgia over green energy tax breaks

Greg Bluestein reports, a political clash that could have far-reaching consequences, senior Republicans have pressed to repeal lucrative clean energy incentives that have fueled a spate of investments in Georgia that U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff and other Democrats warn could be jeopardized by cuts.


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