Aug. 6, 2020 Fox 5 Atlanta

Georgia governor likely to call special session to fix relief bill, address budget

Staff reports that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said he will be calling for a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to fix a procedural issue with a bill he signed this week offering tax relief for those who received federal disaster relief or assistance following Hurricane Michael in 2018. In a statement released Wednesday, the governor wrote “an incorrect legislative counsel number (i.e., tracking number) was assigned to the draft” of House Bill 105.


Aug. 6, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From The Publisher: Injustice- Seeking a Way Forward

Ben Young writes, it’s been a rough summer. Georgia has been rocked with two killings that have inspired protests engulfing the world following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and in reaction to the broader mistreatment of Black Americans by authorities.


Aug. 6, 2020 WSB-Radio, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia House speaker asks U.S. Senate for $500 billion aid package for states

James Salzer reports that Georgia House Speaker David Ralston this week became the latest state official to urge Congress to provide a $500 billion relief package to states as governments across the country shed workers and cut programs because of the coronavirus recession. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge us on the state level regarding the delivery of services,” Ralston wrote in a letter to U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both Georgia Republicans.


Aug. 6, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Athens, Atlanta shine in new ranking of country’s top cities for solar power

Jill Nolin reports that Atlanta lags other major U.S. cities in total solar capacity but has ramped up its sun-powered energy production, according to a new report. Georgia’s capital city has doubled its solar capacity in the last five years, improving its standing in recent years on Environment Georgia’s annual ranking of cities.


Aug. 6, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Public to weigh in on Savannah city manager search: ‘It’s what our community deserves’

DeAnn Komanecky reports that Mayor Van Johnson has committed to an open process, including public involvement, in the city manager hiring process. Council members and Johnson are scheduled to interview six candidates in closed session via Zoom video for the job.


Aug. 6, 2020 WABE 90.1

Study: Rural Georgia County Has Nation’s Highest Rate Of ‘Youth Disconnection’

Grace Walker reports that a new report from Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council,  finds Hancock County, located in central Georgia, has the nation’s highest rate of “youth disconnection” — young adults out of school and work. And, despite recent gains in disconnection rates following the Great Recession, the report predicts the COVID-19 pandemic will cause disconnection to “spike dramatically.”


Aug. 6, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Georgia businesses get COVID-19 liability shield

Diane Wagner reports that Georgia hospitals and businesses will get some protection against COVID-19 related lawsuits under a Senate bill that was pushed through on the last day of the session. SB 359, sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, absolves a wide range of entities from damages unless the injury or death stems from gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm.


Aug. 6, 2020 11 Alive

Gov. Kemp signs Police Protection law, which opponents say tempers Georgia’s Hate Crimes law

Michael King reports, late Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Brian Kemp signed House Bill 838, the Police Protection Act, into law. The most significant provision establishes an “offense of bias-motivated intimidation” defined as when someone “maliciously and with the specific intent intimidate(s), harass(es), or terrorize(s) another person because of that person’s actual or perceived employment as a first responder.”


Aug. 6, 2020 Brunswick News

Kemp vetoes one of the county police vote bills; remaining two expected to be signed

Taylor Cooper reports that Gov. Brian Kemp vetoed Wednesday a Senate bill that would place a non-binding referendum on the ballot asking Glynn County voters whether they would prefer to see the Glynn County Police Department merged into the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office. Senate Bill 504 was passed by both houses of the Georgia General Assembly earlier this year as part of a package of three bills that would allow registered voters in the county to abolish the GCPD.


Aug. 6, 2020 Georgia Health News

Kemp vetoes bill to increase oversight of health care contracts

Andy Miller reports that Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday vetoed a bill that aimed to bring more transparency and accountability to contractors for state health care plans. House Bill 991 would have allowed a newly formed committee to examine records related to health care contractors for the state and compel the Department of Community Health to respond to questions about these contracts.


Aug. 6, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Gov. Kemp signs broadband bill focusing on rural Georgia

Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s electric membership corporations (EMCs) will play a major role in expanding broadband service in rural Georgia under legislation Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law. Under House Bill 244, the state Public Service Commission will decide how much EMCs can charge telecommunications providers for broadband attachments to their utility poles.


Aug. 6, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Analysis: Why Kemp’s open-ended special session could rev up state’s feud with Atlanta

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp’s call for a special legislative session later this year promises to focus on a tax break for Georgians still recovering from Hurricane Michael. But he made clear that he could also ask lawmakers to “address other budgetary and oversight issues.”

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Georgia Trend Daily - August 5, 2020

Aug. 5, 2020 The Home Depot to Open Three New Metro Atlanta Warehousing Facilities, Create 1,000 New Jobs Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced yesterday that Georgia-based The Home Depot will build a total of three new…

Georgia Trend Daily - August 4, 2020

Aug. 4, 2020 Cartersville Daily Tribune News Shaw announces plans to ‘transition’ roughly 200 Plant 12 employees James Swift reports that representatives of Shaw Industries Group, Inc. announced Thursday afternoon that about 200 employees at Cartersville’s Plant 12 are expected…

Georgia Trend Daily - August 3, 2020

Aug. 3, 2020 GPB Kemp Extends Coronavirus Restrictions, Including Ban On Mask Mandates Stephen Fowler reports that Gov. Brian Kemp signed executive orders Friday night that extend a series of COVID-19 health and safety precautions, including a ban on local…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI John Lewis funeral, a call to uphold legacy of ‘good trouble' Riley Bunch reports, at 11 a.m. Thursday, church bells across Atlanta rang out for Congressman John Lewis. Including the bells of the…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020 11 Alive Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton all to be in attendance at Rep. John Lewis' funeral, source says Adrienne M. Haney reports that sources have confirmed to 11Alive that three former Presidents will attend the funeral services…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020 Gulfstream Continues to Grow London Presence With New Service Center Trevor Williams reports that Georgia-based private jet maker Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has opened a new service center near London in an effort to offer greater convenience to…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 28, 2020

July 28, 2020 Albany Herald Purple Innovations to add 360 jobs, invest $21 million in Henry County Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp has announced that Purple Innovation Inc. (“Purple”), the comfort technology company known for creating the Purple Mattress,…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020 WXFL-TV Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center announces hospital closure Ariel Mallory reports that the Randolph County Hospital Authority announced Friday that the hospital in Cuthbert would be permanently closing. It was unanimously voted to close the Southwest…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020 Paerosol Global Partners’ $17 Million Expansion to Georgia Will Create 140 Jobs in Bainbridge Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced yesterday that Paerosol Global Partners LLC (PGP), a manufacturer of disinfectant solutions and spraying…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 23, 2020

July 23, 2020 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI Rural hospitals fight same battles as in early stages of pandemic Riley Bunch reports that rural hospitals in Georgia were already treading water before the pandemic hit. Facilities that were spared from early…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 22, 2020

July 22, 2020 Metro Atlanta CEO Governor Kemp Calls on Georgians to Do "Four Things for Four Weeks" to Stop COVID-19 Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey are…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020 Washington Post Georgia Democrats choose Nikema Williams to replace the late John Lewis on the November ballot John Wagner and Felicia Somnez report that Georgia Democrats on Monday chose Nikema Williams, a state senator and chairwoman of…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020 WABE 90.1 Presidents, Georgia Politicians Pay Tribute To Civil Rights Leader John Lewis Staff reports that since the death of Georgia Congressman John Lewis, tributes have been made to honor the life and legacy of the civil…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020 Clayton News-Daily, Capitol Beat News Georgia jobless rate declines in June Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate fell last month to well below the national rate but still far above pre-coronavirus levels. Unemployment in June stood…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 16, 2020

July 16, 2020 The Center Square Kemp renews COVID-19 restrictions, does not require Georgians to wear masks Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a new executive order Wednesday that extends statewide COVID-19 restrictions. Kemp’s order continues a…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 15, 2020

July 15, 2020 11 Alive Trump visiting Metro Atlanta on Wednesday to champion infrastructure project Michael King reports that President Donald Trump will be visiting metro Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon for the sixth time since becoming chief executive. This trip…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 14, 2020

July 14, 2020 Newnan Times-Herald Georgia ranked 2nd slowest in unemployment recovery Laurel Huster reports that Georgia is ranked second in slowest workforce recovery in the U.S. following an unemployment spike in the wake of COVID-19. The national June jobs…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 13, 2020

July 13, 2020 Savannah Morning News Nearly 45,000 jobs retained as Savannah businesses, nonprofits received Paycheck Protection Program funding Staff reports that from churches and private schools to restaurants and medical groups, more than 500 Savannah-area entities received Paycheck Protection…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 10, 2020

July 10, 2020 Brunswick News Golden Isles takes top spot in travel mag's 'World's Best Islands' rankings Taylor Cooper reports that the hospitality industry got some much-needed good news Wednesday when the Golden Isles took the No. 1 spot in…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 9, 2020

July 9, 2020 Albany Herald Frito-Lay announces $200 million expansion, 129 jobs in Perry Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp today announced that Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo and a leading snack manufacturer, will expand its operations in the city…

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