Sports activities betting invoice sails by way of Georgia Home panel

0
110

When approved in 1992, state law directed the Georgia Lottery to set aside as close as possible to 35% of its proceeds to fund the scholarship, but often the games only send about 25% of their revenue on to state education programs.

Still, the state has more than $1 billion in lottery reserves in case it needs more money for HOPE and pre-kindergarten programs, so Stephens’ measure would provide only a minor addition to the program’s funds.

According to the legislation, sports betting companies would pay a 14% tax on their income, with all the revenue going to the HOPE scholarship.

Players would have to be over 21 to bet, be in Georgia to place a wager and could only bet on professional sporting events. Wagering on college games would not be allowed.

For years, gambling supporters have pushed the Legislature to expand the industry to allow casinos or horse racing. But a 2019 U.S. Supreme Court ruling opened an opportunity for states to legalize sports betting. About 20 states either have or are in the process of establishing legal sports betting.

Rep. Randy Nix, a LaGrange Republican, pastor and member of the committee, said he opposes gambling and views sports betting as a “slippery slope.”

“If this was going to be the end, it might be OK, but this is just starting us toward casinos and a lot of other things,” he said.

Stephens has also filed legislation that would put a question on an upcoming ballot asking Georgia voters to support allowing casinos in the state.

After years of failed attempts to expand legal gambling through a constitutional amendment, which would require two-thirds support in each chamber of the Legislature and a majority of Georgia voters, Stephens said sports betting could be legalized through legislation that only needs the backing of a majority of lawmakers.

HB 86 is backed by the Georgia Professional Sports Integrity Alliance, a coalition of four professional franchises — the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta United.

And powerful Republicans, including House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, have signaled some support for sports betting legislation.

During the Tuesday meeting some members expressed concerns about the addictive qualities of gambling and urged stronger safeguards be put in place.

“I feel like we really need to have something in place for people that get caught up into this trap, because people are really going broke,” said state Rep. Miriam Paris, D-Macon, who voted for the bill. “Every time I see that (prize) number on billboards, I know that poor people make that number happen.”

The legislation as drafted directs sports facilities to post signs with a support hotline telephone number for people who struggle with gambling addictions. Stephens said the lottery also spends about $400,000 a year for addiction programs.

“}],”display_date”:”2021-01-30T12:00:00Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Interactive: Poll of Georgia voters, January 2021″},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-30T12:00:00Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”},”tags”:[{“text”:”ajc interactive”},{“text”:”no-right-rail”},{“text”:”ajc newsapps”},{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”elections”}]},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-02-01T22:00:21.441Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/interactive-poll-of-georgia-voters-january-2021/TWP2LTEGFZEGNFUPMS3NIWPDWU/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“affiliation”:[]},”subtitle”:”poll”,”width”:957,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/OFOMU2ZFKVCAXI2CIJAPUEO23A.jpg”,”height”:512}},”_id”:”TWP2LTEGFZEGNFUPMS3NIWPDWU”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”5ZSU53PPHFESRA45WHDNSG5CGQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600444891366},”type”:”text”,”content”:”WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said she won’t heed to calls for her to resign from Congress, and she is defiant even as Democrats insist she be expelled or stripped of committee assignments.”},{“_id”:”XBQIBASXRVGGFLDE2GCVMCYQGY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477595},”type”:”text”,”content”:”She also said the criticism has only strengthened her base and padded her campaign account to the tune of more than $1.6 million.”},{“_id”:”WQ7QRI7V25DX7ENCRETZWHOYAM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611959070476},”type”:”text”,”content”:”House Republicans, especially Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, are facing intense pressure to discipline Greene as reports of her problematic behavior continue to mount.”},{“_id”:”MYQJLSBDXVE7NFSNMCLOKMNO6U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477596},”type”:”text”,”content”:”On Friday alone, a Democratic member of Congress moved her office after accusing Greene of initiating a verbal confrontation. At the same time, a video from Oct. 27 surfaced where Greene appeared to endorse violence against Democrats who oppose gun rights.”},{“_id”:”RKBNVFXFGFHYJBTR6JVZMNFNGM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477597},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“The only way you get your freedoms back is it’s earned with the price of blood,” she said in the video, according to reporting by Mother Jones.”},{“_id”:”QVCJOBO6FNDNNETEJKWLKT45UI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477598},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Greene was already facing criticism based on news reports from earlier in the week about her confronting a teenage victim of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, spreading conspiracy theories about wildfires in California and the Sandy Hook mass shooting, and “liking” posts on social media advocating the execution of members of Congress.”},{“_id”:”PZZATXZY3ZFWDJKGRDA3YHPYGA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477599},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In her statement Friday afternoon, Greene described these news reports and her critics as spreading lies. And she insisted that her constituents and conservatives across the nation have her back.”},{“_id”:”2FZAPXJPZVHUHCJKRVVF2K3YHQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477600},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Every attack. Every lie. Every smear strengthens my base of support at home and across the country,” Greene said in a statement Friday afternoon. “Because people know the truth and are fed up with the lies.””},{“_id”:”KHOW3PYDHJACNMPCHXWFKYDUA4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611959329961},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Greene’s spokesman did not respond to questions about the time period her reported fundraising haul covers.”},{“_id”:”63V6U6BS4RD6PFZD3ATWD3PW5I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477602},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The congresswoman remains loyal to former President Donald Trump and maintains that November’s election was stolen from him and that Joe Biden’s presidency is not legitimate. She condemned the violence that overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 but has supported the “stop the steal” efforts that many Democrats believe radicalized Trump supporters and caused them to riot.”},{“_id”:”YMBCFIBGRRGAXFQS6ZO7C5ZZXA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477603},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Before taking office, she spread QAnon conspiracy theories and made racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic comments. Although she walked back some of her most problematic statements, such as repeating baseless conspiracy theories about 9/11 and the Las Vegas mass shooting, she rarely apologies.”},{“_id”:”BSQA2CRLEJE3FNJVERYWB2QEPY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477604},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Friday was indicative of that defiance.”},{“_id”:”PVDJR3UNOJFN3JYHS3MNGIJKSM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477605},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Calls for Greene’s censure increased after Missouri U.S. Rep. Cori Bush announced she had moved her office to avoid interactions with Greene. Bush, a Democrat, said she was berated by a maskless Greene and her staff on Jan. 13. Bush also said that Greene falsely accused her of leading the rally in St. Louis that passed by the home of a couple who brandished their guns in reaction.”},{“_id”:”UAT5WKZUDRATDICAXSFG5T2S6Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477606},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“In the context of Taylor Greene’s repeated endorsements of executing Democratic politicians before taking office, Taylor Greene’s renewed, repeated antagonization of the movement for Black lives in the last month directed toward me personally is cause for serious concern,” Bush said in a statement. “All of this led to my decision to move my office away from Taylor Greene for the safety of my team.””},{“_id”:”OA2NUOQZRFBB3IUEMGWMLVSFG4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477607},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Greene later released a video that she said refuted Bush’s account of the confrontation.”},{“_id”:”2N7NK3LKZJGOZO4STHFTODNZCQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477608},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In the video, Greene’s mask, emblazoned with the word “censored,” is underneath her chin as she rails against Democrats while walking in a tunnel connecting the U.S. Capitol to a House office building. Someone off camera yells at Greene, telling her to wear her mask properly.”},{“_id”:”CGEXMAOUONDLZDA6AEQ44PYS34″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477609},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Greene then begins to yell back at what she describes as a “Democrat colleague,” accusing that person of being hypocritical for allowing members who tested positive for COVID-19 to vote in a secluded booth in the House chambers. It is unclear whether the other voice in the video is Bush.”},{“_id”:”IRB6EQDGNVHQ7P6TN7MT3FWO6E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477610},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Another Democrat, U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California, said he is filing a resolution to expel Greene from Congress. That would require a two-thirds vote of the House and is unlikely to pass given Democrats’ thin majority.”},{“_id”:”3YZJPPTQ4ZEIJLYGD5A25OZACE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611959224183},”type”:”text”,”content”:”U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams, D-Atlanta, said she will join a colleague in introducing a resolution next week calling for Greene to be censured on the U.S. House floor and encouraging her to resign. That proposal would only need a majority vote.”},{“_id”:”LZ4OW6SI5FFPHLUUT4BKN6FKH4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477611},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In Georgia, state Rep. Matthew Wilson, D-Brookhaven, introduced a resolution Friday at the General Assembly that urged Greene to resign. Nearly 50 Democrats signed on as co-sponsors, Wilson said.”},{“_id”:”JDIM6YOJI5C6VJR7WSVVLGCITM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477612},”type”:”text”,”content”:”U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, during her weekly news conference Thursday, criticized McCarthy and other Republicans for not standing up to Greene. She said it was problematic that she had been appointed to the House Education and Labor Committee even after spreading falsehoods about school shootings and confronting David Hogg, one of the Parkland students who later became a gun control advocate.”},{“_id”:”4HCGRA6WJNAEHEZSCBBKDOTTOA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477613},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Assigning her to the Education Committee when she has mocked the killing of little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when she has mocked the killing of teenagers at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — what could they be thinking?” Pelosi said. “Or is thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing?””},{“_id”:”UBCAM3MX4RH6TKZF4IRWDF5A5I”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”JAUWFT7TTJAKPFZMY7M6UWBU7M”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/pelosi-condemns-gop-silence-on-marjorie-taylor-greenes-behavior/SMWADNDR7FFWLHJKD4LUJCHRDM/”,”content”:”Pelosi condemns GOP silence on Marjorie Taylor Greene’s behavior”},{“_id”:”UOWRYKNTRZBF5KB2UBJT5W7424″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477614},”type”:”text”,”content”:”McCarthy said earlier this week that he found some of Greene’s past behavior “deeply disturbing” and would have a conversation with her. Greene, in her statement Friday, said she won’t back down and Republican leaders should stand with her against the attacks.”},{“_id”:”E4QLYVTM5ZELNF6VDW6HWVKJMY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611957477615},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“If Republicans cower to the mob and let the Democrats and the ‘fake news’ media take me out, they’re opening the door to come after every single Republican until there’s none left,” she wrote. “But what’s worse is Republicans will be opening the door to let the vicious cancel culture mob take out every one of you.””},{“subtype”:”twitter”,”referent”:{“referent_properties”:{“additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1612055968803}},”provider”:”https://publish.twitter.com/oembed?url=”,”service”:”oembed”,”id”:”https://twitter.com/mtgreenee/status/1355263214020419586″,”type”:”twitter”},”_id”:”L6O7NLIPR5HEHCELKI4A6OXKZM”,”raw_oembed”:{“author_name”:”Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸”,”cache_age”:”3153600000″,”provider_url”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”twitter”,”version”:”1.0″,”url”:”https://twitter.com/mtgreenee/status/1355263214020419586″,”author_url”:”https://twitter.com/mtgreenee”,”width”:550,”html”:”

A Message to the Mob from Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene pic.twitter.com/bdbG4OGrlK

— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) January 29, 2021nn”,”_id”:”https://twitter.com/mtgreenee/status/1355263214020419586″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1612055968803},”provider_name”:”Twitter”,”height”:null},”type”:”oembed_response”},{“subtype”:”twitter”,”referent”:{“referent_properties”:{“additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1612055968804}},”provider”:”https://publish.twitter.com/oembed?url=”,”service”:”oembed”,”id”:”https://twitter.com/CoriBush/status/1355236960948912130″,”type”:”twitter”},”_id”:”PK3QMKWALZAR5NKOMIDDNYU55I”,”raw_oembed”:{“author_name”:”Cori Bush”,”cache_age”:”3153600000″,”provider_url”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”twitter”,”version”:”1.0″,”url”:”https://twitter.com/CoriBush/status/1355236960948912130″,”author_url”:”https://twitter.com/CoriBush”,”width”:550,”html”:”

On Jan. 13 — after members tested positive for COVID-19 after being locked down with her on Jan. 6 — Marjorie Taylor Greene came up from behind me, loud and unmasked. I called out to her to put hers on.

Her staff yelled at me, “Stop inciting violence with Black Lives Matter.” pic.twitter.com/GtN5AmGrkO

— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 29, 2021nn”,”_id”:”https://twitter.com/CoriBush/status/1355236960948912130″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1612055968804},”provider_name”:”Twitter”,”height”:null},”type”:”oembed_response”}],”display_date”:”2021-01-29T22:31:50.353Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Marjorie Taylor Greene says she raised $1.6 million after calls for her expulsion”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-29T22:31:50.353Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/news/georgia-news”,”parent”:{“default”:”/news”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/news”,”name”:”Georgia News”,”description”:”This page does not exist”,”_id”:”/news/georgia-news”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”/news”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/news”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”This page does not exist”,”site_title”:”Georgia News”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Georgia News”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Georgia News”,”_id”:”/news/georgia-news”,”ancestors”:{“default”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/news”]},”order”:{“default”:2012,”TopNavRedesign”:2002,”ComposerNav”:1111}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./news/georgia-news”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”Marjorie Taylor Greene”}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”}},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-31T01:20:07.867Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/marjorie-taylor-greene-says-she-raised-16-million-after-calls-for-her-expulsion/DOPUOGZ66FGV5CUGHATP2RXRFY/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“affiliation”:[{“name”:”Ben Gray”,”type”:”author”}],”by”:[{“name”:”[email protected]”,”type”:”author”}]},”subtitle”:”Marjorie Greene”,”width”:2000,”caption”:”U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, has faced calls for her expulsion from Congress over reports of her behavior, but she also has seen the support within her base grow and her campaign fundraising swell. Ben Gray for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/3AA6IJ2HEQAUT6F7JUZUBXCX6U.jpg”,”height”:1397}},”_id”:”DOPUOGZ66FGV5CUGHATP2RXRFY”},{“content_elements”:[{“level”:1,”_id”:”WNVQ3U3IB5DCZF62RX7D6F2N24″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611764462173},”type”:”header”,”content”:”House budget would reverse health trend line”},{“_id”:”OXOFGWGD6RDTVITXI377HABWWI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611779891047},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The demands on Georgia’s public health system have been growing in recent years — even before the COVID-19 pandemic — but state funding has not kept up. In fact, one key statistic shows it’s been dropping.”},{“_id”:”AE75EU3V5NEFTL2I5SC5SDOFVY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611779891048},”type”:”text”,”content”:”If lawmakers approved the $26.6 billion midyear spending plan that Gov. Brian Kemp proposed two weeks ago, the state would be spending 13% less per resident on public health in the coming year than it did a decade ago.”},{“_id”:”D3LTQ5BE3ZCQTKTJPTV3SEMZWE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611779891049},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The House Appropriations Committee, however, has decided to go another way.”},{“_id”:”3FW4G6VY7BC5BAGEJ2HCG76D2A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611779891050},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The panel’s plan would add money for a chief medical officer, deputy commissioner and a chief data officer. It also includes $18 million to modernize and replace the computer system used to track immunizations statewide, something health officials say wasn’t designed to deal with a pandemic.”},{“_id”:”SMHBRGFQCFAZXOCKTOCRZ2RJ2E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611779891051},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The lawmakers also proposed $15 million more in its fight against AIDS/HIV after facing heavy criticism for meager support in the past. The money would go to the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which provides HIV/AIDS medications to low-income people.”},{“_id”:”7557EACQQFBEHMW3A6XZEVANSU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611779891052},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The plan also calls for a temporary boost of $19 million in payments to nursing homes that will allow the owners of those facilities to also collect more federal funding.”},{“_id”:”4B2ZZKQVZ5H6FNROVCNG65TFGU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611779891053},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We are doing what we need to do to take care of the most fragile among us,” said House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn.”},{“_id”:”MAQOWMDDKRGI7L3TEBBDG2WS5A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611779891054},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Meanwhile, the state will continue to rely heavily on federal funding to fight the coronavirus.”},{“_id”:”T7WQXWKSLNFWFJB2P2FEBIGHUU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611779891094},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The state has already collected a little more than $1 billion for that purpose, using federal funds to pay for such virus-related expenses as private laboratory testing, operation of the state’s labs, temporary “surge” staffing, personal protective equipment and an isolation unit for people who contracted the coronavirus. The federal money also covered expenses by the state’s 159 county health departments, which normally depend on state appropriations.”},{“_id”:”XWMWBVEZGJHR5A4ZW3D5BT4E6Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611689977685},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia’s reliance on the federal government when it comes to public health is nothing new. Most years, the federal government picks up the tab for almost three-fifths of Georgia’s public health budget, much of it coming through grants administered by the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{“street_address”:”Georgia State Capitol”,”locality”:”Atlanta”,”region”:”DC”},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”At the direction of Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, a state trooper escorts state Rep. David Clark out of the chamber after he refused to submit to testing for the coronavirus. The General Assembly began this year’s session with a rule that requires all legislators and employees to undergo testing for the virus twice a week. MANDATORY CREDIT: NATHAN POSNER”,”source”:{“system”:”photo center”,”name”:”AJC”,”edit_url”:”https://ajc.arcpublishing.com/photo/2MCQP4XKLZDJBKUGCNDKUE3GUA”,”source_type”:”staff”,”additional_properties”:{“editor”:”photo center”}},”taxonomy”:{“associated_tasks”:[]},”type”:”image”,”distributor”:{“mode”:”reference”,”reference_id”:”8aec2b8c-455c-4816-903d-79fc8fdf8019″},”version”:”0.10.3″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/2MCQP4XKLZDJBKUGCNDKUE3GUA.jpg”,”licensable”:false,”credits”:{“affiliation”:[],”by”:[{“name”:”Nathan Posner”,”type”:”author”,”byline”:”Nathan Posner”}]},”subtitle”:”GA State House Removal”,”width”:3000,”_id”:”2MCQP4XKLZDJBKUGCNDKUE3GUA”,”additional_properties”:{“fullSizeResizeUrl”:”/photo/resize/RqIiwDod3_wiRIT2bl85ZCdkalc=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/2MCQP4XKLZDJBKUGCNDKUE3GUA.jpg”,”owner”:”[email protected]”,”comments”:[],”keywords”:[“david clark”,”david clark removal”,”georgia capitol”,”georgia legislature”,”georgia politics”,”georgia state house”,”georgia state rep david clark”],”proxyUrl”:”/photo/resize/RqIiwDod3_wiRIT2bl85ZCdkalc=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/2MCQP4XKLZDJBKUGCNDKUE3GUA.jpg”,”takenOn”:”2021-01-26T15:45:57Z”,”originalUrl”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/2MCQP4XKLZDJBKUGCNDKUE3GUA.jpg”,”published”:true,”resizeUrl”:”http://thumbor-prod-us-east-1.photo.aws.arc.pub/RqIiwDod3_wiRIT2bl85ZCdkalc=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/2MCQP4XKLZDJBKUGCNDKUE3GUA.jpg”,”ingestionMethod”:”manual”,”thumbnailResizeUrl”:”/resizer/DrWdT5r1Gvyjj22eUg5epNk56Xw=/300×0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/2MCQP4XKLZDJBKUGCNDKUE3GUA.jpg”,”version”:1,”originalName”:”_AP_3342.jpg”,”mime_type”:”image/jpeg”,”restricted”:false,”template_id”:594,”galleries”:[],”_id”:”5TCEJ4CUPZGHTKGT2D3XZNV2EU”},”created_date”:”2021-01-26T21:38:23Z”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-26T21:38:42Z”,”height”:2001,”image_type”:”photograph”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”C755F4YT5NDGLNTL2TPIRS5P5E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611783945964},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Speaker ejects rep for skipping virus testing”},{“_id”:”FZCMVAAI6BGJFJPRPGYHJ7LQKY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611783945965},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The high drama of the past week occurred Tuesday when House Speaker David Ralston had a state trooper remove a fellow Republican, state Rep. David Clark of Buford, from the chamber over his refusal to be tested for COVID-19.”},{“_id”:”KCRC2L32ZNDVHIBWP2GNYHQ6VU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611783945966},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The sequel, however, did not follow, as Clark had promised, on the next day.”},{“_id”:”4OI5KHCSDVDJTFFVN2UTSAP7XM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611783945967},”type”:”text”,”content”:”To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Georgia House and Senate are requiring members and employees to be tested twice a week during the session.”},{“_id”:”QZQRZQWAUVHJ3IMMBXZC3MYXUY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611790510723},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Applause followed Clark’s ejection.”},{“_id”:”J3TJEF43TBG7NO5PAOL3SXWZ2Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611783945990},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We strongly support Speaker David Ralston in his efforts to preserve and protect the health and safety of the members and staff of the House of Representatives and all those who enter the doors of the Georgia State Capitol,” House Majority Leader Jon Burns and House Minority Leader James Beverly said in a statement. “We agree that all members of the House of Representatives should comply with the testing procedures that have been implemented for their safety and the safety of their fellow Georgians.””},{“_id”:”23WIH4EXLRCQPGKUJK3GGUWJSI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611783945996},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Clark felt differently and said Ralston “is becoming a dictator.””},{“_id”:”TD62TOODGZHGBEATGV5YXMS3XM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611790510727},”type”:”text”,”content”:”He said he would not get tested, but he planned to return to the House chamber Wednesday.”},{“_id”:”FXNM7YELYNG6HLRF6WS63VWMKQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611783945997},”type”:”text”,”content”:”That didn’t happen.”},{“_id”:”JPCF2ID765DKTB7NKTZHOBB2W4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611790510729},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Clark’s absence did not make hearts grow fonder in the House. He even drew a rebuke from one of the other two Clarks in the chamber, state Rep. Jasmine Clark, D-Lilburn.”},{“_id”:”GH2WTLU2RFGG7JNVK5QAWTUET4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244410},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Clark, no relation to David Clark, blasted comments he made in an interview comparing his expulsion to the removal of 33 Black and mixed-race Republicans from the General Assembly during Reconstruction following the Civil War. She noted that those lawmakers were beaten, jailed or killed because of their race and desire to hold public office.”},{“_id”:”VRF4GJIXAZFE3LBAFYKZGIVRTY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611790510733},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Black people fighting to be treated like human beings is not equivalent to your fight to not spit in a cup to protect your colleagues,” she said.”},{“_id”:”LHFCYBR7NNBWTDCAGQVRDYCUEM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244412},”type”:”text”,”content”:”David Clark did return Thursday, and he took the test.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”44CJQDWERZG5VGXY2BKHRWHWME”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861314955},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Virus-related protections could be extended for businesses”},{“_id”:”JLO5ECLI7FHTBE5J3JDNNFQQOE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861314956},”type”:”text”,”content”:”An extension is in the works that would protect businesses and health care providers from lawsuits involving COVID-19.”},{“_id”:”4UXJ4HC2YJB7BMS2S536MBQOXI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861314957},”type”:”text”,”content”:”House Bill 112, sponsored by state Rep. Trey Kelley, R-Cedartown, would limit the ability of people to file suit if they are diagnosed with the disease. Those limits first won approval during the 2020 legislative session, but they expire in July. HB 112 would extend the lawsuit protection until July 2022.”},{“_id”:”UOOEBU2I2JE6RI6FOLGFRSOZDM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861314958},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The law shields companies from legal liability unless they show “gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm.””},{“_id”:”MGPSMFUN7JBNHLF5NX57JGYXNQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861314959},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Business groups see the protections as necessary if firms are to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. Critics say gross negligence is extremely difficult to prove, and the law leaves people who get sick little recourse if their employers or the businesses they frequent are at fault.”},{“owner”:{“id”:”ajc”},”workflow”:{“status_code”:4},”caption”:”Legislation was introduced this week that would require Georgia voters who use absentee ballots to submit copies of a photo ID both when they apply for the ballot and when they send in their vote.”,”source”:{“system”:”Methode”,”name”:”AJC”,”source_type”:”other”,”source_id”:”3106c44e-bcb2-11ea-9be7-e1cc2fa91760″,”additional_properties”:{“editor”:”photo center”}},”type”:”image”,”distributor”:{“mode”:”reference”,”reference_id”:”8aec2b8c-455c-4816-903d-79fc8fdf8019″},”version”:”0.10.3″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/4N6L2ECRK2NNS7EUVVMKVPAD24.jpg”,”licensable”:false,”display_date”:”2020-07-02T22:20:10Z”,”credits”:{},”subtitle”:”Opinion: The GOP needs to rescue the reputation of the absentee ballot”,”width”:2043,”first_publish_date”:”2020-07-02T22:20:10Z”,”_id”:”4N6L2ECRK2NNS7EUVVMKVPAD24″,”additional_properties”:{“fullSizeResizeUrl”:”/photo/resize/SWP_23eT1p59bIEwVIi6yQ09-Fg=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/4N6L2ECRK2NNS7EUVVMKVPAD24.jpg”,”comments”:[],”keywords”:[“politics”,”politicsajc”,”politicsajclede”,”ga-government.ajc”,”georgia-news-ajc”,”ajc top news”],”proxyUrl”:”/photo/resize/SWP_23eT1p59bIEwVIi6yQ09-Fg=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/4N6L2ECRK2NNS7EUVVMKVPAD24.jpg”,”takenOn”:”2020-07-02T22:20:10Z”,”originalUrl”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/4N6L2ECRK2NNS7EUVVMKVPAD24.jpg”,”published”:true,”resizeUrl”:”http://thumbor-prod-us-east-1.photo.aws.arc.pub/SWP_23eT1p59bIEwVIi6yQ09-Fg=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/4N6L2ECRK2NNS7EUVVMKVPAD24.jpg”,”thumbnailResizeUrl”:”/resizer/_LUAxjxj9qACQKfP-oFu1K7tzh8=/300×0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/4N6L2ECRK2NNS7EUVVMKVPAD24.jpg”,”version”:2,”originalName”:”https://www.ajc.com//rw/Pub/p11/AJC/2020/07/02/Images/4-27-20%20absentee%20ballot(1).JPG”,”mime_type”:”image/jpeg”,”restricted”:false,”galleries”:[],”_id”:”DEDRGNOCXBCRXDAROOMBLRYBI4″},”created_date”:”2020-07-03T21:16:54Z”,”last_updated_date”:”2020-07-17T01:55:02Z”,”publish_date”:”2020-07-02T22:20:10Z”,”height”:1177},{“level”:1,”_id”:”YPFWBRWNCRFMRD6RIDYG5VE57Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244451},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Absentee ballots could require Photo ID”},{“_id”:”5W3RO7TPWVA53KFKWXJQVF6VXY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244452},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Under legislation filed this past week, copies of a photo ID could be required twice before Georgia voters cast absentee ballots.”},{“_id”:”WK3L4KLXSNETNDQKKDPBRELIBU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244453},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Senate Bill 29 would make it necessary for voters to submit an ID when applying for the absentee ballot and again when the ballot is returned.”},{“_id”:”HP6LUZJ2SBEA5KJTXERYE2AXCQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244454},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State law already requires photo ID when voting in person.”},{“_id”:”FNA6WVSA2JFT5KPAOY6E6Q6WOE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244456},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The bill — proposed by state Sen. Jason Anavitarte, R-Dallas — is the first major proposal to limit absentee voting after Republican Donald Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden in last year’s presidential election. State and local election officials have said there’s little indication of fraud besides isolated cases — nothing that would have overturned the election.”},{“_id”:”E4K5C37YZVDP5IRI2DEDAL7NIU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244457},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The voting rights group Fair Fight said Republicans are trying to increase their chances of winning elections by preventing eligible Georgians from casting ballots.”},{“_id”:”5764SJ3YSNF25H7C4B7FFUWRRU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244458},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“By requiring access to a printer, which many Georgians obviously do not have, Republicans are attempting to purposely take away the ability of many Georgians to vote by mail simply because they believe too many Democrats and too many people of color voted by mail,” Fair Fight spokesman Seth Bringman said.”},{“_id”:”ZYNSQPJRSZBCVOA5I7KWWICVNM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244459},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston have all generally embraced the idea of mandating some form of photo ID with absentee ballots.”},{“_id”:”OAEW2WOIRBD2JIHZRIBY6YTOKQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244460},”type”:”text”,”content”:”None of the three, however, has endorsed more far-reaching proposals backed by some Senate Republicans that would end no-excuse absentee voting, signaling that such a proposal is likely to stall out this year.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”BTA7GXMW3RHPNKWLCCRYG4YTVM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611790510736},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Parental-leave proposal returns”},{“_id”:”3N6FTYFXG5ABHIPPZ7K4UIS56Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611768616912},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State Rep. Houston Gaines, R-Athens, is pushing once again for paid parental leave for a quarter of a million state employees.”},{“_id”:”BFZHP3J5BZHAPDD4DGWDLDEWOM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611768616913},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The measure, House Bill 146, is similar to a proposal he introduced last year that cleared the House on a vote of 164-1 before hitting the wall in the Senate during the closing moments of the legislative session.”},{“_id”:”NS5ZKOEKXRFWNHJVPHLGW46QBM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611768616914},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The bill would grant three weeks of paid parental leave to 246,000 state staffers, including 132,000 k-12 educators and 46,000 University System of Georgia employees, following the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.”},{“_id”:”YTHEEHDMJZGM7HF5VWYIN7FUAY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611768616915},”type”:”text”,”content”:”GOP leaders granted similar benefits to full-time employees of the Georgia House and Senate early last year.”},{“_id”:”KIKFQTNZ4VEPZEAPCPKXCHWD6U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611768616916},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia has long ranked among the bottom of states in terms of paid leave benefits. Currently, state employees qualify for 12 weeks of unpaid leave, the minimum required under federal law.”},{“_id”:”WVSIZZJYPVFENCMZMVNNXBFYPI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611768616917},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Gaines’ bill would have no impact on private companies.”},{“owner”:{“id”:”ajc”},”caption”:”State Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, introduced legislation this past week seeking a constitutional amendment that would allow casinos to operate in Georgia. Voters would have the final say. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)”,”source”:{“system”:”arc i/o”,”name”:”Associated Press Photo Stream”,”source_type”:”wires”,”source_id”:”8da288be35864b4790304646ae623fa5″,”additional_properties”:{“editor”:”photo center”}},”type”:”image”,”distributor”:{“mode”:”reference”,”reference_id”:”425c44eb-5b03-4ce5-89fa-69e74b50003b”},”version”:”0.10.3″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/T3O6PUMSPK5AH2J6XTE7GNLKWQ.jpg”,”licensable”:false,”credits”:{“by”:[{“name”:”Wong Maye-E”,”type”:”author”}]},”subtitle”:”Casino Win Nevada”,”width”:5341,”_id”:”T3O6PUMSPK5AH2J6XTE7GNLKWQ”,”additional_properties”:{“fullSizeResizeUrl”:”/photo/resize/IfT-9_p-FuH8B2i_1L_BX_JpqmY=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/T3O6PUMSPK5AH2J6XTE7GNLKWQ.jpg”,”comments”:[],”proxyUrl”:”/photo/resize/IfT-9_p-FuH8B2i_1L_BX_JpqmY=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/T3O6PUMSPK5AH2J6XTE7GNLKWQ.jpg”,”originalUrl”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/T3O6PUMSPK5AH2J6XTE7GNLKWQ.jpg”,”published”:true,”resizeUrl”:”http://thumbor-prod-us-east-1.photo.aws.arc.pub/IfT-9_p-FuH8B2i_1L_BX_JpqmY=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/T3O6PUMSPK5AH2J6XTE7GNLKWQ.jpg”,”expiration_date”:”2021-02-27T18:31:09Z”,”thumbnailResizeUrl”:”/resizer/Lyn7bpbVPGhSIFvL7xQ1l8SNqww=/300×0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/T3O6PUMSPK5AH2J6XTE7GNLKWQ.jpg”,”version”:0,”originalName”:”8da288be35864b4790304646ae623fa5″,”mime_type”:”application/octet-stream”,”restricted”:false,”galleries”:[],”_id”:”4GKLHU3WIRBWPNYAGIZRKPU2VU”},”created_date”:”2021-01-28T18:31:16Z”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-28T18:31:16Z”,”height”:3561},{“level”:1,”_id”:”5BORUK7FXJENVKWWA4TWAXTOLY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611768616918},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Gambling proponents return to the table”},{“_id”:”K3XZ6OEP2RD4BN2FGQ5FMA3BAQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611768616919},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Supporters of expanded legal gambling in Georgia launched efforts this past week on two fronts.”},{“_id”:”VFGN4RQXFBFS5KKVH6LDMLNBWU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611796186701},”type”:”text”,”content”:”One, Senate Bill 30, was proposed by state Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta. It would establish a Georgia Horse Racing Commission responsible for licensing up to three racetracks in the state.”},{“_id”:”SSATTVVMH5CNJMQLB7M33QUAGY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244424},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The other, House Bill 30, would put a proposed constitutional amendment on an upcoming ballot, giving Georgia voters the final say on whether to allow casinos in the state. It was proposed by House Tourism and Economic Development Chairman Ron Stephens, R-Savannah.”},{“_id”:”BDBV4HF25VEADKWQVL5UZ4AZPI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244425},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Three pieces of legislation are calling for the state to expand its gambling options this year. Stephens already filed House Bill 86, which would legalize online sports betting in Georgia.”},{“_id”:”ERSV3QHCLNCQVIC3AGVO7RA3LE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244426},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Sports betting may have the easiest path. Its supporters say it — unlike casinos and horse racing — won’t require a constitutional amendment. That means it could win passage in the General Assembly by only gaining simple majorities in both the House and the Senate. Before proposed constitutional amendments can even be placed on a ballot for voters to decide, they must win two-thirds majorities in each chamber of the General Assembly.”},{“_id”:”4KKNAO655VD3LAYOIR4BT2RQ4U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611768616923},”type”:”text”,”content”:”To sell the idea of expanding gambling, supporters make a case that it could bring thousands of jobs and sweeten the pot for the Georgia Lottery-funded HOPE scholarship by millions of dollars. Countering them are conservative groups and religious organizations who say gambling is immoral and an addictive habit that breeds crime. Critics also say supporters dramatically inflate the financial benefit to the state in terms of earnings and jobs.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”P7KVDKCWX5DLHOAWLB44UP3VXA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611764462153},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Lawmaker seeks in-state tuition for DACA recipients”},{“_id”:”SSR2K4BBCFGSDMTUGJXARQ4BRU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611764462160},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State Rep. Kasey Carpenter is making another pitch to allow young immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Georgia colleges and universities, calling it a “workforce development issue.””},{“_id”:”S7DAAFHOBBC5LDHHUPXX47B7VM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611764462161},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Carpenter gained bipartisan support last year for his House Bill 997 before it stalled in the House Higher Education Committee. His new proposal closely follows that measure.”},{“_id”:”OWLHF54XQZC6ZJER3ZLYUNBWZ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611764462162},”type”:”text”,”content”:”It would apply to participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program, created by the Obama administration in 2012, grants renewable two-year work permits and temporary deportation deferrals to immigrants who were brought here before they turned 16, who are attending school here and who have no felony convictions. As of 2019, 21,110 people in Georgia were participating in DACA.”},{“_id”:”YL3XCX2UANDFNBCVQBDIV66KNA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611764462163},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Eligible students under Carpenter’s bill would also have to be younger than 30, have been in the United States since they turned 12 and have graduated from a Georgia high school or obtained a GED in Georgia.”},{“_id”:”WMJOAKRLWZAG3G75YIO55W4EGY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611764462164},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Touting the proposal’s benefits, Carpenter said “we have invested in these kids already through k-12 education.””},{“_id”:”RJBHA73FJBBLPJKX4QYKBTW7VQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611764462165},”type”:”text”,”content”:”His proposal, the Dalton Republican said, “provides opportunities for our students to enter the workforce with better qualifications.””},{“owner”:{“id”:”ajc”},”workflow”:{“status_code”:4},”caption”:”Georgia House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn, said one-third of the state’s 15,000 school buses have exceeded their recommended life spans. The House approved a midyear budget this past week that includes the purchase of 500 new buses at a cost of $38.6 million. AJC file photo”,”source”:{“system”:”Methode”,”source_type”:”other”,”source_id”:”bc66d836-b3a2-11e9-bd83-b4fa579dd66f”,”additional_properties”:{“editor”:”photo center”}},”type”:”image”,”distributor”:{“mode”:”reference”,”reference_id”:”8aec2b8c-455c-4816-903d-79fc8fdf8019″},”version”:”0.10.3″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/BHTSSSBTUGPIUWBOBKQV56YD4I.jpg”,”licensable”:false,”display_date”:”2019-07-31T14:51:54Z”,”credits”:{},”subtitle”:”school bus”,”width”:964,”first_publish_date”:”2019-07-31T14:51:54Z”,”_id”:”BHTSSSBTUGPIUWBOBKQV56YD4I”,”additional_properties”:{“fullSizeResizeUrl”:”/photo/resize/AdhM8c1ozFq61jMFO90g9uW3H9s=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/BHTSSSBTUGPIUWBOBKQV56YD4I.jpg”,”comments”:[],”proxyUrl”:”/photo/resize/AdhM8c1ozFq61jMFO90g9uW3H9s=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/BHTSSSBTUGPIUWBOBKQV56YD4I.jpg”,”takenOn”:”2019-07-31T14:51:54Z”,”originalUrl”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/BHTSSSBTUGPIUWBOBKQV56YD4I.jpg”,”published”:true,”resizeUrl”:”http://thumbor-prod-us-east-1.photo.aws.arc.pub/AdhM8c1ozFq61jMFO90g9uW3H9s=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/BHTSSSBTUGPIUWBOBKQV56YD4I.jpg”,”thumbnailResizeUrl”:”/resizer/ifQPfdmCmTKTQFPRqsEARFzLhVk=/300×0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/BHTSSSBTUGPIUWBOBKQV56YD4I.jpg”,”version”:0,”originalName”:”https://www.ajc.com//rw/Pub/p10/AJC/2019/07/31/Images/school%20bus.jpg”,”mime_type”:”image/jpeg”,”restricted”:false,”galleries”:[],”_id”:”KLTPO5WZIVDDZDFR6R5WBEJ5PQ”},”created_date”:”2020-06-27T18:32:14Z”,”last_updated_date”:”2020-06-27T18:32:14Z”,”publish_date”:”2019-07-31T14:51:54Z”,”height”:583},{“level”:1,”_id”:”YPFWBRWNCRFMRD6RIDYG5VE57Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611795244451},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Stat of the week: One-third of state school bus fleet is aging”},{“_id”:”HPTDBMF5QJGRZAP2YL5YMLT2WE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611783946044},”type”:”text”,”content”:”House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn, reported this past week that one-third of the state’s 15,000 school buses are now on borrowed time, having surpassed their recommended life spans.”},{“_id”:”MZHTU7PXH5FX5KKKHGC4MIWSSI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611783946045},”type”:”text”,”content”:”England’s committee sent a spending plan to the House floor that calls for buying 500 new buses.”},{“_id”:”LLEBXUO3MFH2BN3RKFIUYXI25M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611784702528},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The price tag: $38.6 million.”},{“_id”:”LWYBZQSXVBB6NKXLAOCBAPCMPY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611784702529},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But does that include the floor mats?”},{“_id”:”EDAVIPNM4FBBHAKN4RNCJMWSDU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611783946046},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“}],”display_date”:”2021-01-29T12:00:00Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Capitol Recap: More money penciled in for public health in Georgia”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-29T12:00:00Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/politics/election”,”parent”:{“default”:”/politics”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/politics”,”name”:”Election 2020″,”description”:”Atlanta and Georgia election news from the AJC”,”_id”:”/politics/election”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”/politics”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/politics”,”TopNav”:”/politics”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/election/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Atlanta and Georgia election news from the AJC”,”site_title”:”Election News”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Election 2020″},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Election 2020″,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics/election”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”]},”order”:{“TopNavRedesign”:2004,”TopNav”:2005,”ComposerNav”:1125}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics/election”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”parent”:{“default”:”/politics”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/politics”,”name”:”Legislature”,”description”:”News of the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia Governor and State Government from the AJC, Georgia’s largest team covering the Legislature and issues that matter to taxpayers”,”_id”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”/politics”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/politics”,”TopNav”:”/politics”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/georgia-state-legislature/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”News of the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia Governor and State Government from the AJC, Georgia’s largest team covering the Legislature and issues that matter to taxpayers”,”site_title”:”Georgia Legislature News”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Legislature”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Legislature”,”_id”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”]},”order”:{“TopNavRedesign”:2003,”TopNav”:2003,”ComposerNav”:1128}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/politics/issues”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Issues”,”description”:”Articles about issues that matter most to taxpayers from the AJC”,”_id”:”/politics/issues”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:null,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:null,”TopNav”:”/politics”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Articles about issues that matter most to taxpayers from the AJC”,”site_title”:”Issues”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Issues”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Issues”,”_id”:”/politics/issues”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”]},”order”:{“TopNav”:2004,”ComposerNav”:1130}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics/issues”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”},”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”},{“text”:”coronavirus”},{“text”:”brian kemp”}]},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-29T12:00:00.854Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/capitol-recap-more-money-penciled-in-for-public-health-in-georgia/OTXBE4Y3HJFLFKRSODKYJPMRCU/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“by”:[{“name”:”Curtis Compton”,”type”:”author”}]},”subtitle”:”Virus Outbreaks Vaccines Georgia”,”width”:2600,”caption”:”Julie Marty, a registered nurse in the Coweta County Department of Public Health, prepares a COVID-19 vaccination at a drive-thru site at the Coweta County Fairgrounds in Newnan. The Georgia House Appropriations Committee sent a budget to the floor this past week that would increase state spending for public health, although the state’s efforts to fight COVID-19 would still largely depend on federal funding. The House approved the midyear spending plan, which now goes to the Senate. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/HAZF4SABBYZL43YURP6K6L24LE.jpg”,”height”:2064}},”_id”:”OTXBE4Y3HJFLFKRSODKYJPMRCU”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”G4DBEPOBJFEWRPH63G3B7LCBFU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1598277352412},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Gov. Brian Kemp is continuing his push for an overhaul of the state’s adoption and foster care system.”},{“_id”:”FET5J2RKFZE2RMNAP4UAZLO6OU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611872483442},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Lawmakers in the House and Senate this week filed bills that would lower the age at which someone can adopt a child from 25 to 21, increase the tax credit for families who adopt children from the foster care system and make changes to the juvenile court process for children in foster care.”},{“_id”:”MFDC2ZTMMZHXLHFXPSLI5LDUVI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611872483443},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“The most fundamental need for any child is a safe, loving home,” Kemp said in a statement. “By making it more affordable to adopt, reducing bureaucratic red tape that stands in the way of loved ones adopting kids, and championing the safety of children across our state, we can ensure Georgia’s children are placed in those homes and secure a safer, brighter future for generations to come.””},{“_id”:”L7U76NEKQ5GTFB3WSKIAEFT2IQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611872483444},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Legislation that Kemp signed last year took steps toward the overhaul he announced at the beginning of the 2020 legislative session, but a few of the governor’s priorities didn’t make it across the finish line after the Legislature was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring.”},{“_id”:”OYHZVUYAUNHI3AYMOAJFJDTINY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611872483445},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Among the measures returning this year are House Bill 114, which would increase the tax credit for families that adopt a child from foster care from $2,000 to $6,000 per year for five years, and House Bill 154, which would allow people who are 21 to petition to adopt a child — something often seen among older siblings.”},{“_id”:”VZ4GPPKZFBDJ7A5EIDMYE6GARE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611872483446},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Keep in mind that the standard the judge (uses) in an adoption is the best interest of the child, and based on that it would be a narrow lane, practically, where younger adults would be permitted to adopt,” said state Rep. Bert Reeves, a Marietta Republican who sponsored HB 114 and HB 154. “This is by no means an absolute right for anyone of any age to adopt. It just lowers the age that one can petition (for adoption).””},{“_id”:”ACIUXCGKTFCKVAGY3BJWKMOWYA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611872483447},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Senate Bill 28 would, among other things, allow the court to consider testimony from witnesses that includes second-hand information during certain child protective hearings. Judges typically do not allow what is called “hearsay” in court proceedings.”},{“_id”:”QCMB6J6DZNFGPMZRIKEGMZ73JU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611878804264},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Children can be unreliable witnesses when discussing potential abuse or neglect they’ve experienced.”},{“_id”:”OIAJD7XP35GDTLQ5OSRY5XB7H4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611872483448},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Reyahd Kazmi with the Ohio-based National Youth Advocate Program, a nonprofit that advocates for foster children and families, applauded the package of legislation.”},{“_id”:”TSAS6NNUXRA3JETLZ4YXGFWQ2U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611872483449},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Juvenile courts should have all of the information available to them, even if they negate typical courtroom evidence rules, if the information is reliable and assists the court in making decisions that are in the best interest of the child,” he said.”},{“_id”:”L7U76NEKQ5GTFB3WSKIAEFT2IQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611872483450},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Last year, Kemp signed bills that, among other things, aim to make it easier for foster parents to hire child care and move court cases involving children in foster care more quickly through the legal process. He also signed legislation last year that closes what Kemp called a “loophole” in Georgia law, making it illegal for a foster parent to engage in a sexual activity with those in his or her care — specifically after that child turns 16, Georgia’s legal age of consent.”},{“_id”:”N36MWMDOWBGLLODAYXDLGK6YGA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611872483451},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It is our solemn duty, as elected leaders who long to see our children grow and thrive in a sometimes dark and dangerous world, to take meaningful action,” Kemp said.”}],”display_date”:”2021-01-29T00:19:36.778Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Georgia lawmakers revive Kemp-backed foster care, adoption measures”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-29T00:19:36.778Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”parent”:{“default”:”/politics”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/politics”,”name”:”Legislature”,”description”:”News of the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia Governor and State Government from the AJC, Georgia’s largest team covering the Legislature and issues that matter to taxpayers”,”_id”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”/politics”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/politics”,”TopNav”:”/politics”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/georgia-state-legislature/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”News of the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia Governor and State Government from the AJC, Georgia’s largest team covering the Legislature and issues that matter to taxpayers”,”site_title”:”Georgia Legislature News”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Legislature”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Legislature”,”_id”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”]},”order”:{“TopNavRedesign”:2003,”TopNav”:2003,”ComposerNav”:1128}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”},{“text”:”brian kemp”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”}},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-29T16:20:28.386Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/georgia-lawmakers-revive-kemp-backed-foster-care-adoption-measures/5QAH4GHBYRETBNDDXCH4SPF2TM/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“by”:[{“name”:”HYOSUB SHIN / AJC”,”type”:”author”}]},”subtitle”:”Kemp, Toomey give Covid-19 Vaccine Update”,”width”:5983,”caption”:”Some of Gov. Brian Kemp’s efforts to overhaul of the state’s adoption and foster care system fell short when the Georgia General Assembly suspended its session Legislature last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Several pieces of legislation that received consideration last year have now returned, such as a proposal to up the tax break for adopting a child out of the foster care system. (Hyosub Shin / [email protected])”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/LNKT5VBH3KH6JXVAVJLW7ZLIA4.jpg”,”height”:4013}},”_id”:”5QAH4GHBYRETBNDDXCH4SPF2TM”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”27XQNKP2SJC3TDOLJFB5VK76L4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359840,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Why should I contact elected officials? Feedback from constituents is a powerful tool for those who’ve been elected and it’s an opportunity to voice your opinion about the issues that matter to you.”},{“_id”:”KNIIQLFAXJFALKYQNAG2M3UK2Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359841,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How should I contact them? While phone calls are the best way of contacting senators or representatives, email and snail mail are effective options as well. Emails can be sent directly from the senator’s or representative’s official website.”},{“_id”:”MU57Y3PDEBGETEAREWMETOC264″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359842,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”> RELATED: How to contact your state legislators in the Georgia General Assembly”},{“_id”:”RGUY6W6EHVCMLMQOAPXABTJZ3I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359843,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”> RELATED: Georgia politics news from the AJC”},{“_id”:”IYZDTZEHMVCKLECWXG52N5OUC4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359844,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”I’m not sure which district I reside in. Here’s a map of Georgia’s 14 congressional districts:”},{“owner”:{“id”:”ajc”},”workflow”:{“status_code”:4},”caption”:”The state of Georgia is represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by elected officials from 14 congressional districts.”,”source”:{“system”:”Methode”,”source_type”:”other”,”source_id”:”b6d6ece4-da74-11e6-8341-e8bf75d328aa”,”additional_properties”:{“editor”:”photo center”}},”type”:”image”,”distributor”:{“mode”:”reference”,”reference_id”:”8aec2b8c-455c-4816-903d-79fc8fdf8019″},”version”:”0.10.3″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/WWDXHUPVMR4OIVQBKVGMZZI6MA.jpg”,”licensable”:false,”display_date”:”2017-01-14T16:15:51Z”,”credits”:{},”subtitle”:”State of Georgia congressional district map”,”width”:2550,”first_publish_date”:”2017-01-14T16:15:51Z”,”_id”:”WWDXHUPVMR4OIVQBKVGMZZI6MA”,”additional_properties”:{“fullSizeResizeUrl”:”/photo/resize/_UwftseqXLRRu1H4W6SQkzizsBw=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/WWDXHUPVMR4OIVQBKVGMZZI6MA.jpg”,”comments”:[],”keywords”:[“ajc-audience”,”ajc-audience-as”,”state government”,”ajc-seo”,”ajc-seo-original”,”ajc election results”,”georgia news”],”proxyUrl”:”/photo/resize/_UwftseqXLRRu1H4W6SQkzizsBw=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/WWDXHUPVMR4OIVQBKVGMZZI6MA.jpg”,”takenOn”:”2017-01-14T16:15:51Z”,”originalUrl”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/WWDXHUPVMR4OIVQBKVGMZZI6MA.jpg”,”published”:true,”resizeUrl”:”http://thumbor-prod-us-east-1.photo.aws.arc.pub/_UwftseqXLRRu1H4W6SQkzizsBw=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/WWDXHUPVMR4OIVQBKVGMZZI6MA.jpg”,”thumbnailResizeUrl”:”/resizer/f2RsX55ekrm44inpaImqXVYU9yI=/300×0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/WWDXHUPVMR4OIVQBKVGMZZI6MA.jpg”,”version”:0,”originalName”:”https://www.ajc.com//rw/Pub/p8/AJC/2017/01/14/Images/Georgia-Congressional-District-Map-state-georgia.jpg”,”mime_type”:”image/jpeg”,”restricted”:false,”galleries”:[],”_id”:1600802359845},”created_date”:”2020-06-25T17:57:55Z”,”last_updated_date”:”2020-06-25T17:57:55Z”,”publish_date”:”2017-01-14T16:15:51Z”,”height”:3300},{“_id”:”O56IAB3TLFC6NA2WM6GMRCNTOA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359846,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Still unsure? Input your zip code here.”},{“level”:2,”_id”:”UNGZETYIZFCCRHBJLRUIEPKW2U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359847,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Senators”},{“_id”:”YOSZVJXSQBDFXFPCNK3RNKRZN4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359852},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Jon Ossoff (D-Georgia)”},{“_id”:”XOWBU5QALJBE3G4DMMROMRWBTA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359853},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 825 B&C Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224-3521″},{“_id”:”DQQ3222KTZHZVKCCAJXIXXHEBA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359854},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Atlanta Office: TBD”},{“_id”:”XCNK75S3YRF67IKIDP7BYVJ7ZY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611874215225},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia)”},{“_id”:”THMBBBS2FNCTHD5VJR4AE3WURE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359849,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510 Phone: 202-224-3643″},{“_id”:”XTPHQ7L245BKPDTIQEMDCKQR6M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359850},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Atlanta Office: TBD”},{“level”:2,”_id”:”JLXYFYVCQFBBPJ2Q24CMSJH2FM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359855,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Representatives”},{“_id”:”NDO4HXGGGNDJJMNK6WET64WHQI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359856,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”1st District: Buddy Carter (R-Pooler)”},{“_id”:”ROI37Y7VUVH5BNBZ7A5R3K7OCQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359857,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 2432 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-5831 Fax: 202-226-2269″},{“_id”:”UQJI22W6IVF2ZE22RCHKW7BITU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359858,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Brunswick Office: 777 Gloucester StreetSuite 410 Brunswick, Georgia 31520 Phone: 912-265-9010 Fax: 912-265-9013″},{“_id”:”4QTJVHLXC5DRHNZHHLLHBDOP2A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359859,”class”:[“p”]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Savannah Office: 6602 Abercorn St., Suite 105B Savannah, Georgia 31405 Phone: 912-352-0101 Fax: 912-352-0105″},{“_id”:”HT4JZZICFZFHPLSH7C3FS6XHSU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”2nd District: Sanford Bishop (D-Albany)”},{“_id”:”4CQCRORJL5HKTAXQYTDCYHMX6A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359861},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 2407 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-3631 Fax: 202-225-2203″},{“_id”:”X4KZZBOT5VEETJDDVLPDZXMQLM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359862},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Albany Office: 323 Pine Avenue, Suite 400 Albany, GA 31701 Phone: 229-439-8067 Fax: 229-436-2099″},{“_id”:”J5JY7FQZ4BGWZCS2LOXSM3C3SY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359863},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Columbus Office: 18 Ninth St., Suite 201 Columbus, Georgia 31901 Phone: 706-320-9477 Fax: 706-320-9479″},{“_id”:”ICL6TZREPZBPBEPPRH5BKIPVFU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359864},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Macon Office: 300 Mulberry Street, Suite 502 Macon, GA 31201 Phone: 478-803-2631 Fax: 478-803-2637″},{“_id”:”WMEIILK4ABFZPLHVFNYUCO3AUA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359865},”type”:”text”,”content”:”3rd District: Drew Ferguson (R-West Point)”},{“_id”:”7JOIF3HN6BGT3AF7WP5F7E6D5I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359866},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 1032 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-5901″},{“_id”:”JM7AY6XVYRAW3HUNRPHOMHRB4I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Newnan Office: 1601 E Hwy 34, Suite B Newnan, Georgia 30265 Phone: 770-683-2033″},{“_id”:”IZBA34U3HRDTTB7QOOEGSNPHNM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”4th District: Hank Johnson (D-Lithonia)”},{“_id”:”ITT2C5RFNRCWZOG6U7UOLTJHD4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359869},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 2240 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-1605 Fax: 202-226-0691″},{“_id”:”CG3BJZSPTRD6XEGNEUI6NMKMMM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359870},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Decatur Office: 5240 Snapfinger Park Drive, Suite 140 Decatur, Georgia 30035 Phone: 770-987-2291 Fax: 770-987-8721″},{“_id”:”HEZ7IWHKRJDVHKV2X37SF34A2E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359871},”type”:”text”,”content”:”5th District: Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta)”},{“_id”:”YBQUIOEHPBGRPDBOZ7ZXGUDHQU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359872},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office 1406 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-3801″},{“_id”:”PIO3YRAGVJDUVLWHDG3ZAXQFZY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359873},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Atlanta Office 100 Peachtree St. NW, Suite 1920 Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Phone: 404-659-0116″},{“_id”:”FOURZRNVPVDYRJE65SQLDXTUOE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359874},”type”:”text”,”content”:”6th District: Lucy McBath (D-Marietta)”},{“_id”:”U5FVZ3ES35CF7MHTLB6VDHX74I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359876},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 1513 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-4501″},{“_id”:”4VNFTQRROFFRXPU6D2RLMDJPRQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359878},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Sandy Springs Office: 5775 Glenridge Dr. Building B, Suite 380 Atlanta, GA 30328 (470) 773-6330″},{“_id”:”HLOVA4VQHVBEVPU3XLAF5Q5KI4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359879},”type”:”text”,”content”:”7th District: Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-Suwanee)”},{“_id”:”XNWUPV3FTZDXRJOOZOMGYZWX3I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359880},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington, D.C. Office: 1319 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-4272 Fax: 202-225-4696″},{“_id”:”5ZTHGOPJBBEBJAD2CGFM4QDHYA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359881},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Lawrenceville Office: 75 Langley Drive Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046 Phone: 770-232-3005 Fax: 770-232-2909″},{“_id”:”FT2JWXGQK5EWPBQN6EQKC7LRBI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359882},”type”:”text”,”content”:”8th District: Austin Scott (R- Tifton)”},{“_id”:”ONY6IR4IINAQRAWV3WVIBLJXKU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359883},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 2417 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-6531 Fax: 202-225-3013″},{“_id”:”SMYTEKJSFJABVEJS4ECHA3U4GE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359884},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Tifton Office: 127-B N. Central Ave. Tifton, Georgia 31794 Phone: 229-396-5175 Fax: 229-396-5179″},{“_id”:”XKY3J7SE3NDNLLCR7CS5NOYUXA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359885},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Warner Robins Office: 120 Byrd Way Suite 100 Warner Robins, GA 31088 Phone: (478) 971-1776 Fax: (478) 971-1778″},{“_id”:”2NJDQYYMWVBE7BRWICMVGHRSRI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359886},”type”:”text”,”content”:”9th District: Andrew Clyde (R-Athens)”},{“_id”:”CIOAHGAGIRGENKKMHLQRZOC2YA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359887},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 521 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-9893 Fax: 202-226-1224″},{“_id”:”PIRHVAEMTRDNNPOTLUAKBVIXNA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359888},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Gainesville Office: 210 Washington St. NW, Suite 202 Gainesville, Georgia 30501 Phone: (470) 768-6520″},{“_id”:”DOBTNM6A3NH6TLF74CK6FIABPM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359889},”type”:”text”,”content”:”10th District: Jody Hice (R-Greensboro)”},{“_id”:”5VIMG3DIHBBGFDCKEUXJEFEWPE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359890},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 404 Cannon HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-4101 Fax: 202-226-0776″},{“_id”:”4TIWWONMUBGQ3D34ZAIVA23IPI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Greensboro Office: 1020 Park Drive, Suite B Greensboro, GA 30642 Phone: 762-445-1776 Fax: 770-266-6751″},{“_id”:”B6T6IGG4NNFADB2RWJ3VEH5ZPI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359891},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Monroe Office: 100 Court St. Monroe, Georgia 30655 Phone: 770-207-1776 Fax: 770-266-6751″},{“_id”:”7UGI5DKYRFGZZGZF55HJ5TR3LM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359893},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Thomson Office: 210 Railroad St. City-County Administration Room 2401 Thomson, Georgia 30824. By appointment only”},{“_id”:”WRH2YEDW5JFCPEOKJKBARTVSA4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359894},”type”:”text”,”content”:”11th District: Barry Loudermilk (R-Woodstock)”},{“_id”:”PSSZAFVR4RCQZPE3PJHCUKICQE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359895},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 2133 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-2931 Fax: 202-225-2944″},{“_id”:”PP726AILRFDAFFAHMPWMKV776Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359896},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Galleria Office: 600 Galleria Pkwy, Suite 120 Atlanta, Georgia 30339 Phone: 770-429-1776 Fax: 678-556-5184″},{“_id”:”BZ7CNJVRINFKLBEV6CZR4BL3FI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359897},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Woodstock Office: 9898 Highway 92, Suite 100 Woodstock, Georgia 30188 Phone: 770-429-1776 Fax: 770-517-7427″},{“_id”:”HXAH7P52JRGY5M4IYQ4UQN6GB4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Cartersville Office: 135 West Cherokee Ave., Suite 122 Cartersville, Georgia 30120 Phone: 770-429-1776″},{“_id”:”WO4CDQJC3NBBZOU6C2HM3L6SPU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359899},”type”:”text”,”content”:”12th District: Rick Allen (R-Augusta)”},{“_id”:”HXBTTQTWNBCOVJLJCIWWEMOKJI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359900},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 570 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-2823 Fax: 202-225-3377″},{“_id”:”NQY4KRPMQBBDXIW7JFNKT2THYY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359901},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Augusta Office: 2743 Perimeter Pkwy Bldg. 200, Suite 105 Augusta, Georgia 30909 Phone: 706-228-1980 Fax: 706-228-1954″},{“_id”:”LKZM2N4PCBHVBOZEQUBA2MLRUI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359902},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Dublin Office: 100 S. Church St. Dublin, Georgia 31021 Phone: 478-272-4030 Fax: 478-277-0113″},{“_id”:”5I7WKNI7LFEX5GQPDZQ4NFIWIE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359903},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Statesboro Office: 50 E. Main St. Statesboro, Georgia 30458 Phone: 912-243-9452 Fax: 912-243-9453″},{“_id”:”3A6PHTNUXFBJZKJKNF2ECRIRGY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359904},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Vidalia Office: 107 Old Airport Road, Suite A Vidalia, Georgia 30475 Phone: 912-403-3311 Fax: 912-403-3317″},{“_id”:”6RWPULDCUBDQ5ACQ7O2DFQVBOA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359905},”type”:”text”,”content”:”13th District: David Scott (D-Atlanta)”},{“_id”:”W5LS26RYBVDGHHEWRPSSEETFNQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359906},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 468 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-2939 Fax: 202-225-4628″},{“_id”:”KRQHBRLTTNHQNCGF7QNYG3AMHM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359907},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Jonesboro Office: 173 North Main St. Jonesboro, Georgia 30236 Phone: 770-210-5073 Fax: 770-210-5673″},{“_id”:”2G4L2BXOJJADXNDGDVYVD44LWI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359908},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Smyrna Office: 888 Concord Road, Suite 100 Smyrna, Georgia 30080 Phone: 770-432-5405 Fax: 770-432-5813″},{“_id”:”2CGKIJ35T5GW5N57DK4YCA6ZGY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”content”:”14th District: Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Rome)”},{“_id”:”7HLK2J3KRNGTRC3L2ZPUGD6DIE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359910},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Washington D.C. Office: 1023 Longworth House Office Building. Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-5211″},{“_id”:”YELLLSHBY5H7RDJAJWTMA5KOXU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359911},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Dalton Office: 702 South Thornton Ave. Dalton, Georgia 30720 Phone: 706-226-5320″},{“_id”:”LDSTDT4VE5C3VMLKN2X6TGU7FE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600802359912},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Rome Office: 600 E. First St., Suite 301 Rome, Georgia 30161 Phone: 706-290-1776″}],”display_date”:”2021-01-28T22:22:19.759Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”How to contact your Georgia congressmen”},”first_publish_date”:”2020-02-07T20:10:27Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/news/georgia-news”,”parent”:{“default”:”/news”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/news”,”name”:”Georgia News”,”description”:”This page does not exist”,”_id”:”/news/georgia-news”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”/news”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/news”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”This page does not exist”,”site_title”:”Georgia News”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Georgia News”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Georgia News”,”_id”:”/news/georgia-news”,”ancestors”:{“default”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/news”]},”order”:{“default”:2012,”TopNavRedesign”:2002,”ComposerNav”:1111}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./news/georgia-news”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”},”tags”:[{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”state government”},{“text”:”ajc-seo”},{“text”:”ajc-seo-original”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”}]},”label”:{“custom_label”:{“text”:””},”hide_timestamp”:{“text”:”No”}},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-28T23:21:56.169Z”,”canonical_url”:”/news/state–regional-govt–politics/how-contact-your-georgia-congressmen/pAI5f372dlFEhxA5NrilUL/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{},”subtitle”:”Republicans and Democrats can you shove in a congressional district”,”width”:1182,”caption”:”US Capitol”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/4BD6YQEKTNVACXZDX7XUNQRCMM.jpg”,”height”:612}},”_id”:”E5TMHFMXZW6P26YKVKZN2NBQKA”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”JYLMVPLFUVFU5HGAYMQ62GGJ3Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600444891366},”type”:”text”,”content”:”WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had tough words for Republican leaders, saying they should be held responsible for not standing up to Georgia U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.”},{“_id”:”VVZWAGXNVJBTJAPSWURQYRQZAY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861394789},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In recent days, news reports have highlighted video of Greene confronting a teenage survivor of the Parkland, Fla., school shootings several years ago. Greene also spread conspiracy theories about the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and she liked posts on social media that advocated executing congressional leaders such as Pelosi.”},{“_id”:”7EXEGFPXLJBQROF5V6QC7VDHL4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861394790},”type”:”text”,”content”:”While advocacy groups and Democrats have said Greene, who lives in Rome, should resign or be expelled from Congress for this behavior and more, her Republican colleagues have mostly remained quiet. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the chamber, recently said he was concerned by Greene’s comments and wanted to have a talk with her, but little more.”},{“_id”:”USA72OFTPBBATDNEUT5QTRPOIQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861394791},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Pelosi, asked during her weekly news conference whether she was concerned about Greene’s rhetoric, said she was more bothered by Republicans “willing to overlook, ignore those statements.””},{“_id”:”ERMIGGN7VZANBHDKIWVAW7TD4Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861394792},”type”:”text”,”content”:”She pointed out that Greene had been appointed to serve on the House Education and Labor Committee. That committee in 2019 signed off on a measure that dealt with improving school safety and preparedness as a direct response to the Parkland shooting.”},{“_id”:”VUZBZMZWXBEQFG5LKCMHTJ3ZQ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861394793},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Assigning her to the Education Committee when she has mocked the killing of little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when she has mocked the killing of teenagers at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — what could they be thinking?” Pelosi said. “Or is thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing?””},{“_id”:”ERMIGGN7VZANBHDKIWVAW7TD4Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861394794},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Even before she was elected to Congress, Greene faced criticism for making statements or posts on social media that were racist, xenophobic or anti-Semitic. She also has supported the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory and spread misinformation or falsehoods about 9/11 and the mass shooting in Las Vegas.”},{“_id”:”PMWBCFQPXBHALJ7U3FBCVGTCTQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861394795},”type”:”text”,”content”:”She later distanced herself from some of those posts, but she rarely apologizes.”},{“_id”:”K6DXHWN5BNBUDAZJ6OLYC5VAJU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861394796},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Republican members of Georgia’s congressional delegation were critical of Greene last summer when troublesome posts were surfaced in media reports. They supported her opponent, Dr. John Cowan, in the 14th Congressional District runoff.”},{“_id”:”2M55QOFITNAHNNXSXTKHDJJVWM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861394797},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Those same lawmakers tamped down after Greene won that contest and it became clear she would be joining their ranks in Washington. Many of them said they wanted to give Greene time to prove herself and would reserve judgment.”},{“_id”:”U7L6HEMDL5CNFKP3R67TO7LF6I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861394799},”type”:”text”,”content”:”On the night she won her runoff election, Greene referred to Pelosi as a “bitch.” More recently, she has spread misinformation about the general election and backed Donald’s Trump’s efforts to reverse his loss to Joe Biden in November’s presidential election.”},{“_id”:”24RAJKVUXRHB7FVREKWOHT22RM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861394800},”type”:”text”,”content”:”U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, the Virginia lawmaker who chairs the Education and Labor Committee, also condemned Republicans for adding Greene to the panel.”},{“_id”:”DCRET6CZNRFSRMCNXQJL4V4B4E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611861394801},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“House Republicans made this appointment, and Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy must explain how someone with this background represents the Republican Party on education issues,” Scott’s statement said. “He is sending a clear message to students, parents, and educators about the views of the Republican Party.””},{“_id”:”Y7E4QVFJ7RCENPOPBGU47AVMKA”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”H4RRTRD4QRAXTDTYWGW4VF6UUA”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/politics-blog/the-jolt-if-republicans-have-a-problem-with-marjorie-greene-they-arent-saying/32I667MOQVCUVPZR4DGHPZ5JJI/”,”content”:”The Jolt: If Republicans have a problem with Marjorie Greene, they aren’t saying”}],”display_date”:”2021-01-28T19:39:07.346Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Pelosi condemns GOP silence on Marjorie Taylor Greene’s behavior “},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-28T19:39:07.346Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/news/georgia-news”,”parent”:{“default”:”/news”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/news”,”name”:”Georgia News”,”description”:”This page does not exist”,”_id”:”/news/georgia-news”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”/news”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/news”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”This page does not exist”,”site_title”:”Georgia News”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Georgia News”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Georgia News”,”_id”:”/news/georgia-news”,”ancestors”:{“default”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/news”]},”order”:{“default”:2012,”TopNavRedesign”:2002,”ComposerNav”:1111}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./news/georgia-news”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”},{“text”:”Marjorie Taylor Greene”}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”}},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-29T17:24:24.633Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/pelosi-condemns-gop-silence-on-marjorie-taylor-greenes-behavior/SMWADNDR7FFWLHJKD4LUJCHRDM/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“by”:[{“name”:”Andrew Harnik”,”type”:”author”}]},”subtitle”:”Pelosi”,”width”:6000,”caption”:”U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday accused Republicans of ignoring the behavior of U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Rome, which included mocking the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/GMU5IMTNFF6VQW7XKNDJZAOJME.jpg”,”height”:4000}},”_id”:”SMWADNDR7FFWLHJKD4LUJCHRDM”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”HMZB66YBQNEPNGZ5AEW7YMGKOQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348285},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Attempts to bring rural Georgia online haven’t gone far without money to build internet lines.”},{“_id”:”B5SWYQSX4BF3HCYLOIBZJOQMEQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348286},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Now, after years of talk, lawmakers are planning to spend.”},{“_id”:”SLEJNLDO5RGNNB4YSVZR2HFW6M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348287},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Georgia House approved a midyear budget Thursday that includes $20 million for rural internet construction, with an additional $10 million proposed next year and every year afterward.”},{“_id”:”QSNZJZTXUFBTDEDH5NCFJEM27E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348288},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The funding would be Georgia’s first investment in internet service that’s necessary for businesses, students and health care, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Many rural communities have withered in recent years, losing people and industry to more connected areas.”},{“_id”:”CYNBWYKGLFEMPFHE23ISD2LYF4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348289},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Problems with unreliable or nonexistent internet are concentrated in the country, accounting for 70% of unserved locations in Georgia, according to state maps. They struggle to participate in Zoom meetings, go online for virtual classes and work from home.”},{“_id”:”N2CHBYGSYNADRD453UZMGYIJ5U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611858629082},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Internet service is paramount to power, water, electricity and sewer — it’s as essential as anything else,” said Steve Ledbetter, mayor of the small city of Woodbury, where internet covers the town but not its outlying areas.”},{“_id”:”T2CBOVQFPVA6NE6C3PGIQZSYVE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348290},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Gov. Brian Kemp proposed the spending this month in his State of the State address, garnering broad support among state legislators eager to wire over 507,000 Georgia homes and businesses that lack internet options.”},{“_id”:”PXPWM4WUQZHADF6BAPGA4M3EME”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”SAHOJVHO6VGWZE4SZCLH7GIKS4″},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/gaping-internet-holes-exposed-in-georgia-amid-coronavirus/5AJRZFG6EZACPOAL56AZACRXZY/”,”content”:”Gaping internet holes exposed in Georgia amid coronavirus”},{“_id”:”BUTUDFGXCBDKDGJ7EOIVWAIPVA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348292},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“This pandemic highlighted many challenges for communities outside metro Atlanta, but none more so than the critical need for high-speed internet access for better health care and educational outcomes, for job opportunities, and something as simple as keeping in touch with loved ones,” Kemp said, drawing a standing ovation.”},{“_id”:”TNXX7QKFTRBUTEPTOK4STZHAFE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348293},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The millions of dollars for internet falls far short of the long-term price of wiring the entire state, but it would be a start. It could cost an estimated $3 billion in public and private investment to bring all of Georgia online.”},{“_id”:”I2S6HNBFWJHDBG5XMIALZVV7NY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348294},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Before this year, the only state money appropriated was $2 million to create a plan and a map that showed which areas lacked access to sufficient internet speeds.”},{“_id”:”QGTTPHZRZVFILC7PPX2F5DVS64″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348295},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We all know we’ve got to do something, and COVID has been a prime example of kids trying to do schoolwork and people trying to do business,” said House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, a Republican from Auburn. “Internet truly opens a world of possibilities in rural Georgia because you can be anywhere and do any kind of commerce.””},{“_id”:”II2PTQRAWFBWFN3HPWINHTIW2I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348296},”type”:”text”,”content”:”If approved, state money for internet construction will be awarded in the form of grants to local governments or development authorities that submit proposals to the state. Money would be distributed through the OneGeorgia Authority, a rural development fund that hands out millions of dollars annually.”},{“_id”:”VN3JQQJUC5DEDMH74RKUYAQ26E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348297},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The spending appears to have a clear path to final approval, with support from Kemp and legislative leaders. England said he hasn’t heard any objections.”},{“_id”:”42IJVW73IRDB7IAO73CUYHXLOM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348298},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It’s a significant step for rural Georgia,” said Senate Appropriations Chairman Blake Tillery, a Republican from Vidalia. “I don’t think anyone expects this will magically solve our problems overnight, but we’re grateful for the investment.””},{“_id”:”IZJAHAWKGFDGPIY3KWZH6AU6Q4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348299},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State funding for internet expansion is the next logical step after the state completed its mapping effort last summer, said Deana Perry, the state’s broadband director. The maps showed that 10% of the state lacks access to sufficient internet speeds.”},{“_id”:”OEZ7X5KFSVCLZJKK35OEIGO2QE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611858629093},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Previous efforts to expand internet access — through federal funding and a state law allowing local electric companies to provide online service — helped a few areas. Four companies received a total of $22 million in federal ReConnect grants, and some electric membership corporations are beginning to offer internet.”},{“_id”:”Q2TVCJCEPZFFJJY44HNPR7YHCY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611858629094},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Broadband is a universal issue not only in Georgia but across the U.S.,” Perry said. “COVID highlighted the critical need for internet access for education, telehealth, economic development and overall quality of life.””},{“_id”:”4IUTNEMKMNECRB4XBJZYOX2GLE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348302},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The money would come from general funds in the state’s $26.6 billion annual budget. Previous attempts to raise money specifically for rural internet by taxing Netflix and digital downloads failed to pass.”},{“_id”:”U4DY3NSNHFFJZP2X4JUX2KO5OA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348303},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Rural areas such as Oglethorpe County will be aggressive in pursuing state internet money, said Amy Stone, the county’s economic development director.”},{“_id”:”HAFND5PKYVB6DBCG7WTKUUI5OM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348304},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The agriculture industry, the largest part of Georgia’s economy, is damaged when businesses can’t get online for commerce, Stone said.”},{“_id”:”HZI4YCV5ANGQRFBC56PMBQKNU4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348305},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It just puts them at such a disadvantage, not just in sales but in the ability to recruit talent when you have a professional organization that’s constantly slowed down,” Stone said. “I’ve been really hoping they would take the next step to actually fund the program. To see it happen is encouraging.””},{“_id”:”YGJX3BNHPVFKDGYWA2ZLZ3QSSA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1612275998879},”type”:”text”,”content”:”BY THE NUMBERS”},{“_id”:”ZVY54ASU4ZACTLDSBNP3JRRVTY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1612275998880},”type”:”text”,”content”:”$20 million”},{“_id”:”SLEJNLDO5RGNNB4YSVZR2HFW6M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348287},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Amount in midyear budget for rural internet construction”},{“_id”:”T3LQKCX4Z5FP5FQ3BZNQO2DRH4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1612275998882},”type”:”text”,”content”:”$10 million”},{“_id”:”NY6J4YBY65ARZDZSRFYJTQ4ZWY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1612275998883},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Additional money for internet construction proposed next year and every year afterward”},{“_id”:”6U5H77ZVXZBSDE44QR22X6PHDM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1612275998884},”type”:”text”,”content”:”$2 million”},{“_id”:”I2S6HNBFWJHDBG5XMIALZVV7NY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611853348294},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State money previously appropriated for a plan and map showing areas with poor internet service. “},{“_id”:”LYASH3AC6RGZ7EGWPXMIBBRJQI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1612275998886},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”XY2Z7ZSN65CCLMSDKR4IG4TUFU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1612275998887},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”2W5776WPSFE2XHMZAJ25ZMFKKU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1612275998888},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”F4AJCBZZ4BCUPGU3DEGFT33JCY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1612275998889},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”XTHTZYDJYRGD3PKGLPHRMRT5LM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1612275998890},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“}],”display_date”:”2021-01-28T18:50:50.548Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”To build rural internet lines, Georgia is set to spend millions”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-28T18:50:50.548Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”},{“text”:”business”}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”}},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-02-02T14:26:56.502Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/to-build-rural-internet-lines-georgia-begins-spending-millions/3ATTOIQG5ZBT7IMAIDWUCLGIJM/”,”_id”:”3ATTOIQG5ZBT7IMAIDWUCLGIJM”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”7QVJD4HYVVAPVDSF7DXFBY4ZOI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311710},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Georgia House took a key step Thursday toward making it possible to suspend the 2021 session if necessary when it passed a spending plan to run the state through June 30.”},{“_id”:”ZXWRVQBJRFF7HA7N2J456EK3VA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311711},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Under state law, legislators must pass a budget for the rest of this fiscal year and fiscal 2022, which begins July 1, before the end of their annual session.”},{“_id”:”CKTGBCG2YRDGZPYAJ6AXAZGQ3E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311712},”type”:”text”,”content”:”House and Senate leaders suspended the 2020 session in March once the COVID-19 pandemic hit Georgia. Legislators returned in June to complete their work.”},{“_id”:”5F7TSRK73JFXDLOD34OXSYUFTI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311713},”type”:”text”,”content”:”With COVID-19 continuing to sicken and kill thousands, House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn, said lawmakers wanted to quickly approve a midyear budget through June in case lawmakers have to suspend the 2021 session.”},{“_id”:”EWARUTGBSBAWTGVTODMXJC5C4I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311714},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Lawmakers and staffers are tested twice a week during the session — which opened Jan. 11 — and several have tested positive in the first few weeks.”},{“_id”:”5TEKJNVQNJCHTJ6DOGJF6XMEQA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611855785123},”type”:”text”,”content”:”House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, said, “It’s a precarious situation we are in.”},{“_id”:”G54TXBBQI5AT3JWHNWQST33YSE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611855785124},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Last year we had to suspend the session, and we resolved early on (this year) that we needed to get the amended budget done so if we have that situation again, the state can function at least through the end of the fiscal year.”},{“_id”:”GCFL54YHLJDUZIY4FMU5URGWWA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611855785125},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We did emphasize full speed ahead.””},{“_id”:”BJF3M62YKRCVJCXE7VRCCGVD7Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611855785126},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But Ralston also said COVID remains constantly on the minds of lawmakers as they try to keep the session “moving forward.””},{“_id”:”MJRIMK5GYRBFZCJQATKFVOFKBI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611855785127},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“In the last 24 hours, I have lost two friends,” he said. “Everybody is losing friends, family members. We have to keep that on the front burner.””},{“_id”:”QK6NXW2LKBFMLD5ZDOJU4CWZOU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311715},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The midyear budget — which increases spending by $654 million — now heads to the Senate for its consideration.”},{“_id”:”IINHYJ3V3VBNVCAKVIZG62345A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311716},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The largest increase is in education, where the House is going along with Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposal to backfill 60% of the spending reductions lawmakers approved last year, when they cut 10% because of fears that state revenue would plummet due to the pandemic. That didn’t happen.”},{“_id”:”QDM7QX2ZSZFPBNFDKBMG4ICR5E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311717},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The state would also pay for 500 new school buses. About one-third of the 15,000 in service statewide have exceeded their recommended life span, England said.”},{“_id”:”AJNNAA6G6ZDKPCERKM2DXUQFPA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311718},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The spending plan puts millions into adding high-speed internet in rural areas, provides 10% raises for corrections and juvenile justice guards, and supports nursing homes hit hard by COVID.”},{“_id”:”F3QLVW5GLNFQDLHXAMG7WWORFQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611852457298},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Kemp and lawmakers have faced criticism in recent weeks for not boosting state funding for the Department of Public Health before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.”},{“_id”:”OWJOAOC7YJFERIXMSTMVP34LZI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311720},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Demands on local health agencies, and on Georgia’s public health system in general, have increased in recent years. Public health advocates have long complained about inadequate funding for AIDS/HIV prevention, controlling chronic illnesses and other needs.”},{“_id”:”IT5A5GPQSZAK7DH3CAU3ARGHSA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311721},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The state has collected a little more than $1 billion in additional federal funding, which has paid for such virus-related expenses as private laboratory testing, operation of the state’s labs, temporary “surge” staffing, personal protective equipment and an isolation unit for people who contracted the coronavirus. The federal money also covered expenses by the state’s 159 county health departments, which normally depend on state appropriations.”},{“_id”:”3YEDNBQJKRCINHQCPEIS2RMAJU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311722},”type”:”text”,”content”:”House budget writers added money for a chief medical officer, deputy commissioner and a chief data officer. They also added $18 million to quickly modernize the computer system that tracks immunizations statewide, which health officials say wasn’t designed to deal with a pandemic and which has been heavily criticized.”},{“_id”:”3XTGUPLGS5G5LK3C4ZOC4NVKVI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611852457302},”type”:”text”,”content”:”England said the Senate could add more funding to the public health department as well.”},{“_id”:”BJF3M62YKRCVJCXE7VRCCGVD7Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611855785137},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”525NB4GVU5GRFB3HKBSFVE6WFM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611855785138},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”XMV7K27L2VDBLNLOU3CUYTKK7Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611855785139},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”HFV6S7DS4NDSLGUDW6SYM7AO74″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311723},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”46DCIUJGP5HT3DYVJEBH3WIL74″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311724},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”4QTEMBFG3BAAPC5VLB5WUELCTU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311725},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”VF2V3SIFTNAYVP64YRLWTILQ5E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311726},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”NGVH2IUUPVGKNH4XHZ3XFADFNQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311727},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”EI3ZAZ3UZZDTVJU3FWRSPN3AQ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311728},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”N5AXIPW63FB5XLG4ZLHHZ7ESDQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611851311729},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“}],”display_date”:”2021-01-28T16:47:44.181Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Amid pandemic, Georgia House quickly backs more school, health spending”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-28T16:47:44.181Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”}},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-28T22:20:54.644Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/amid-pandemic-georgia-house-quickly-backs-more-school-health-spending/ULC4XW6LPJH6VJSNP3U5VNMOUA/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“by”:[{“socialLinks”:[{“site”:”email”,”deprecated”:true,”deprecation_msg”:”Please use social_links.”,”url”:”[email protected]”}],”org”:”Atlanta”,”social_links”:[{“site”:”email”,”url”:”[email protected]”}],”name”:”Bob Andres”,”_id”:”bob-andres”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“lastName”:”Andres”,”role”:”Multimedia journalist”,”education”:[],”longBio”:”Bob Andres has been an AJC staff member since 1998. A native San Franciscan, He has also worked as a photographer and photo editor for newspapers in California and Florida. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Andres has also worked as the AJC’s metro photo editor, and has taught photojournalism at UGA and Cal State Hayward.”,”org”:”ajc”,”affiliations”:”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”author_type”:”Staff”,”firstName”:”Bob”,”books”:[],”podcasts”:[],”awards”:[],”location”:”Atlanta”,”_id”:”bob-andres”,”last_updated_date”:”2020-07-16T19:24:47.192Z”,”byline”:”Bob Andres”,”email”:”[email protected]”,”status”:true}},”type”:”author”,”version”:”0.5.8″}]},”subtitle”:”Georgia House, Senate agree to budget with $2.2 billion in spending cuts”,”width”:1500,”caption”:”February 19, 2020 – Atlanta – House appropriations chairman, Terry England, R – Auburn, presented HB 792, the supplemental budget for the rest of the fiscal year, which passed the house, as the General Assembly returned for the 14th legislative day. Bob Andres / [email protected]”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/I6E2AGI6G6FT5JTOX7XGOM3PQ4.jpg”,”height”:1174}},”_id”:”ULC4XW6LPJH6VJSNP3U5VNMOUA”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”LSN7I7BZQVA4ZC5EFEJ5XOQF3I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1594834065278},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia voters would be required to make copies of their photo ID and mail them to election officials twice before being allowed to cast an absentee ballot, according to a bill introduced Wednesday.”},{“_id”:”T2ZH64JLH5E3DJLIRJDVPDWX5E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611780581595},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The legislation, Senate Bill 29, would create a photo ID requirement for voting outside of polling places in Georgia. Voters would need to submit ID both when applying for absentee ballots and when returning them.”},{“_id”:”UGVLI7KHHRDVHLE6N7IHTWDQ7M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611780581596},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The bill is the first major proposal to limit absentee voting after Republican Donald Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden in last year’s presidential election. State and local election officials have said there’s little indication of fraud besides isolated cases.”},{“_id”:”QAKQGXR7KFEFNMT5M4OFAMXVKA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611780581597},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State Sen. Jason Anavitarte, a freshman Republican from Dallas who introduced the bill, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment. State law already requires photo ID when voting in person.”},{“_id”:”MKGTT5EDP5H4ZK3DRBUZAGPODM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611780581598},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Fair Fight, a voting rights group, said Republicans are trying to increase their chances of winning elections by preventing eligible Georgians from casting ballots.”},{“_id”:”NTOPGVG54VDILFRISJUEDPO7QY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611780581599},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“By requiring access to a printer, which many Georgians obviously do not have, Republicans are attempting to purposely take away the ability of many Georgians to vote by mail simply because they believe too many Democrats and too many people of color voted by mail,” Fair Fight spokesman Seth Bringman said.”},{“_id”:”SH6BC4W2QJA5RAVH3F7BXEVE6U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611780581600},”type”:”text”,”content”:”More Republicans than Democrats voted absentee in prior years, but that changed in the 2020 elections. Almost twice as many Democrats returned absentee ballots in November’s election after Trump frequently criticized them. In all, over 1.3 million people returned absentee ballots in Georgia’s presidential election.”},{“_id”:”JV73XQCTJRCSHIRRKAILGIZFLI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611780581601},”type”:”text”,”content”:”An audit of absentee ballot signatures by the GBI and secretary of state’s office found no cases of fraud among 15,000 ballots reviewed.”},{“_id”:”EVTNQMOBHNGQHBWRDALFBH2UDA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611780581602},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The idea of mandating some form of photo ID has the support of powerful Republicans in Georgia, including Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston.”},{“_id”:”2YLAR23ZFJCKZM367FTO5STB6A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611780581603},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Under the legislation, Georgia voters would be required to submit a photocopy of their driver’s license, voter ID card, U.S. passport, government employee ID, military ID card or tribal identification card. Members of the military and overseas voters would be exempt from having to return photo ID.”},{“_id”:”64UQ64FVTFHSBE74GNNGN7ICUU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611780784997},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Staff writer Maya T. Prabhu contributed to this article.”},{“_id”:”YHA3C55K5BCJLCNJSP7YFIV4X4″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”HVQOOOXQPVGV7JGAOP3BRA6MVQ”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/no-fraud-georgia-audit-confirms-authenticity-of-absentee-ballots/QF2PTOGHLNDLNDJEWBU56WEQHM/”,”content”:”No fraud: Georgia audit confirms authenticity of”}],”display_date”:”2021-01-27T20:38:50.773Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Bill seeks two copies of photo ID to vote absentee in Georgia “},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-27T20:38:50.773Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”},{“text”:”elections”},{“text”:”elections-voting”},{“text”:”brian kemp”},{“text”:”donald trump”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”}},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-28T17:47:02.989Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/bill-seeks-two-copies-of-photo-id-to-vote-absentee-in-georgia/2IC372BV2NC3VFNAYIWA4OPQKQ/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“affiliation”:[{“name”:”Alyssa Pointer / [email protected]”,”type”:”author”}],”by”:[{“name”:”Alyssa Pointer / [email protected]”,”type”:”author”}]},”subtitle”:”Fulton County Ballot Count”,”width”:5472,”caption”:”A Fulton County elections worker prepares to count absentee ballots for Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff earlier this month at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. (Alyssa Pointer / [email protected])”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/YFXDSBEGAAZ2DK464DNSVJVLOA.JPG”,”height”:3648}},”_id”:”2IC372BV2NC3VFNAYIWA4OPQKQ”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”3I4KUEEZGVFIJIDXYH63KHKGTI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1598277115600},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia House budget writers quickly approved a midyear spending plan Wednesday that would include extra funding for public health programs that have been on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic since March.”},{“_id”:”LU3EBRFWANFZZBW33YDKUY52W4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493040},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The House Appropriations Committee backed the $26.6 billion midyear budget for fiscal 2021 — which runs through June 30 — and the measure will be up for a vote by the full chamber Thursday. The Senate is expected to move quickly on it so the state is funded for the next several months in case the General Assembly has to take a break because of the pandemic, as it did last year.”},{“_id”:”MHUMNEJGKFAZDI63DZWWHFUYXQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493041},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The largest increase is in education, where the House is going along with Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposal to backfill 60% of the spending reductions lawmakers approved last year, when they cut 10% because of fears that state revenue would plummet due to the pandemic. That didn’t happen, and the midyear budget restores $567 million in cuts to k-12 schools.”},{“_id”:”7HDRVHCWPRHZXNCVWBKCW3X27M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493042},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The state would also pay for 500 new school buses. About one-third of the 15,000 in service statewide have exceeded their recommended life span, said House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn.”},{“_id”:”37WX3KNOYRBZRCTCZA3SRAT4TM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493043},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Kemp and lawmakers have faced criticism in recent weeks for not boosting state funding for the Department of Public Health before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.”},{“_id”:”FKSCXTHNDFAPVINAMH2SMCFCL4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493044},”type”:”text”,”content”:”If lawmakers followed Kemp’s recommendations, the state would be spending 13% less per resident on public health in the coming year than it did a decade ago.”},{“_id”:”VEQEAXQMJZCZXCFCP35EGZA2HU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493045},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Demands on the local health agencies, and on Georgia’s public health system in general, have increased in recent years. Public health advocates have long complained about inadequate funding for AIDS/HIV prevention, controlling chronic illnesses and other needs.”},{“_id”:”6U7FXTN6WRB7XCIFDSPF5LTQRA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493046},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“There has been a good bit of talk about DPH not seeing a lot of new money within the state budget,” England said. “But it has to be remembered they have gotten a tremendous amount of federal dollars … that have been doing most everything they need for the pandemic response.”},{“_id”:”MVCJJRUJSFCSBC4YL24AK63ELI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493047},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Much of this response has been handled with federal dollars.””},{“_id”:”APUD6YHX65HVJEX2ZBDSMPG7LQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493048},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The state has collected a little more than $1 billion in additional federal funding, which has paid for such virus-related expenses as private laboratory testing, operations of the state’s labs, temporary “surge” staffing, personal protective equipment and an isolation unit for people who contracted the coronavirus. The federal money also covered expenses by the state’s 159 county health departments, which normally depend on state appropriations.”},{“_id”:”TPMDPY4MWBBUPFMH426SFR3JYM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611769917691},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Democrats have been particularly critical of state public health funding.”},{“_id”:”GB7WTFOMPNE2VLR3RAQSOCJG6A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611769917692},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State Sen. Michelle Au, a Johns Creek Democrat and anesthesiologist, told her Senate colleagues Wednesday that spending the money now puts a safety net in place not only to help Georgians during the pandemic, but also the next time there is a crisis.”},{“_id”:”ZAYEFFYS4VBX3HE5LIKPTNEAGM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611769917693},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Every time we leave our house and don’t get sick from the air we breathe, every time we buckle our kids into their car seats, every time you’re not seated next to someone smoking a cigarette on a plane, that is public health in action working exactly the way it should, which is preventatively, seamlessly and invisibly,” she said.”},{“_id”:”EJ3CRMWUCNDFPGQD53KB45FOHY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611769917694},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“As we look to the following year and consider our public health funding,” Au said, “realize that the value of this investment we put in early compounds over time.””},{“_id”:”O4MR5GGAZVDVBP63NUKHAOOLPE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611769917695},”type”:”text”,”content”:”House budget writers have been sensitive to the issue, and they added money for a chief medical officer, deputy commissioner and a chief data officer. They also added $18 million to modernize and replace the computer system that tracks immunizations statewide, which health officials say wasn’t designed to deal with a pandemic and which has been heavily criticized.”},{“_id”:”65PLLFTNVRCLTCNBYMSB5PZJBA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493050},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Lawmakers also proposed $15 million more for the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which provides HIV/AIDS medications to low-income people.”},{“_id”:”6Z7CZYU7CNFVZFZX5R6QHPJHYE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611769917697},”type”:”text”,”content”:”House budget writers agreed to a $19 million temporary payment hike to nursing homes, which will allow the owners to also collect more federal funding.”},{“_id”:”AT7CMH47PNEX3EF5OPNBVK5GCE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493052},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We are doing what we need to do to take care of the most fragile among us,” England said.”},{“_id”:”E75QV6R2VBH4JK6NPMB2VPSFTU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493053},”type”:”text”,”content”:”If approved by the Senate, the midyear budget would provide 10% pay raises to adult and juvenile prison guards. Prisons and juvenile facilities have extremely high turnover rates.”},{“_id”:”CPVZ47TAUNEJ5F4TOLL5Z7XE4I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493054},”type”:”text”,”content”:”An entry-level corrections officer at an adult or juvenile detention center makes $27,936. With the increase, officers starting out will make $30,730.”},{“_id”:”FTGZUBMU3BCRTEGYKR7VRJ2HSI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611769917701},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Staff writer Maya T. Prabhu contributed to this article.”},{“_id”:”65A4UX4E65H7DCSW3AN4V222QE”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”25N2SXFRKBDRZNTJQKDWMWPBCU”},”type”:”divider”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”TS5WZ5AUPBAVXECUGN37ZY43U4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:”GJ42AVC5F5CNPARKKQVWVOIDZQ”},”type”:”header”,”content”:”By the numbers”},{“_id”:”LU3EBRFWANFZZBW33YDKUY52W4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493040},”type”:”text”,”content”:”$26.6 billion: Suggested midyear budget for fiscal 2021 backed by the House Appropriations Committee”},{“_id”:”MHUMNEJGKFAZDI63DZWWHFUYXQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493041},”type”:”text”,”content”:”10%: Last year’s budget spending cuts”},{“_id”:”MHUMNEJGKFAZDI63DZWWHFUYXQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493041},”type”:”text”,”content”:”$567 million: Amount the midyear budget restores to k-12 schools”},{“_id”:”62NDSYPA7BHWVOGZPSO43CTXT4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611774264830},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”ZVTII46FL5F55HADLMSIXH66PU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493058},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”SPCHKJJ3K5FABIQPC2E3VN6WZQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493059},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”PUZZMMX73FFUTMZVAP4N5NMLFY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493060},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”UPPFKY7ZJFEZ7FTJZZZ42GAYUU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611756493061},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“}],”display_date”:”2021-01-27T14:28:32.723Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Georgia House moves to beef up education, public health spending”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-27T14:28:32.723Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”coronavirus”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”},{“text”:”brian kemp”}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”}},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-27T19:33:50.674Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/georgia-house-moves-to-beef-up-education-public-health-spending/B3O7VDZILFFEPOWTW5FKCYKHGA/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“by”:[{“socialLinks”:[{“site”:”email”,”deprecated”:true,”deprecation_msg”:”Please use social_links.”,”url”:”[email protected]”}],”org”:”Atlanta”,”social_links”:[{“site”:”email”,”url”:”[email protected]”}],”name”:”Bob Andres”,”_id”:”bob-andres”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“lastName”:”Andres”,”role”:”Multimedia journalist”,”education”:[],”longBio”:”Bob Andres has been an AJC staff member since 1998. A native San Franciscan, He has also worked as a photographer and photo editor for newspapers in California and Florida. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Andres has also worked as the AJC’s metro photo editor, and has taught photojournalism at UGA and Cal State Hayward.”,”org”:”ajc”,”affiliations”:”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”author_type”:”Staff”,”firstName”:”Bob”,”books”:[],”podcasts”:[],”awards”:[],”location”:”Atlanta”,”_id”:”bob-andres”,”last_updated_date”:”2020-07-16T19:24:47.192Z”,”byline”:”Bob Andres”,”email”:”[email protected]”,”status”:true}},”type”:”author”,”version”:”0.5.8″}]},”subtitle”:”Budget cuts will cost 1,000 jobs”,”width”:4827,”caption”:”The Georgia House Appropriations Committee approved increases for public health as part of its midyear budget proposal. Committee Chairman Terry England said federal dollars have paid for much of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. BOB ANDRES /[email protected]”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/RG6ELYQQ7PEISLYCWI2ZQ2TVM4.jpg”,”height”:2877}},”_id”:”B3O7VDZILFFEPOWTW5FKCYKHGA”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”KGUALOBZIJCN5DPODYQXMLZBF4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1598277352412},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Two Republican lawmakers are again pushing legislation that would expand legal gambling in Georgia.”},{“_id”:”76DXULALSRCTZMQMOGJYLFA6RA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611789268837},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Alpharetta Republican state Sen. Brandon Beach on Wednesday filed Senate Bill 30, which would establish a Georgia Horse Racing Commission that would be tasked with licensing up to three racetracks in the state.”},{“_id”:”ST7FXX2MRBFKPMNBB7UQKFRDKI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611706778852},”type”:”text”,”content”:”And on Tuesday, House Tourism and Economic Development Chairman Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, filed House Resolution 30, which would put a question on an upcoming ballot asking Georgia voters whether they support allowing casinos in the state.”},{“_id”:”YSOZ6AQVK5EB3KQ5OJ5BQL6RZM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611706778853},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The bills round out the three pieces of legislation gambling supporters are proposing this year that would expand the activity past the Georgia Lottery, which was approved in 1992. Stephens already filed House Bill 86, which would legalize online sports betting in Georgia.”},{“_id”:”X4BYUER5S5H35AVAZ3ZGT76UXY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611706778854},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We’re back at trying to backfill the HOPE scholarship and pre-k, and the destination resorts, along with the tourism piece, is the way to do it,” Stephens said.”},{“_id”:”FK2AV7VTLBBODFPSTJVYNIDRVI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611706778855},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Supporters say an expansion of the gambling industry could bring thousands of jobs and pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the Georgia Lottery-funded HOPE scholarship. Conservative groups and religious organizations oppose expanding any form of gambling because they find it immoral and an addictive habit that breeds crime.”},{“_id”:”35DMMVXMVBCNNF6YH3KISTW2OY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611706778856},”type”:”text”,”content”:”For years, Stephens and other gambling supporters have pushed the Legislature to expand the industry to allow casinos or horse racing. And a 2019 U.S. Supreme Court ruling opened an opportunity for states to legalize sports betting. So far, more than a dozen states have.”},{“_id”:”R7GTTNYHLVCWDBLER6QBPJIMQ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611706778857},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Adding casino gambling or horse racing would require Georgians to approve a constitutional amendment allowing the expansion. Stephens and other sports betting supporters said the resolution is not needed to allow sports betting.”},{“_id”:”EEJ4EJZCQJEUDGCXJ3WVIDQEGM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611706778858},”type”:”text”,”content”:”That difference is important. A bill only requires that more than half of each chamber support a measure to make it to the governor’s desk. Constitutional amendments need two-thirds of each chamber to clear the General Assembly — a tall ask from the Legislature — and then a majority vote in an election.”}],”display_date”:”2021-01-27T12:30:00Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Georgia Republican lawmakers again file casino, horse racing bills”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-27T12:30:00Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”parent”:{“default”:”/politics”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/politics”,”name”:”Legislature”,”description”:”News of the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia Governor and State Government from the AJC, Georgia’s largest team covering the Legislature and issues that matter to taxpayers”,”_id”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”/politics”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/politics”,”TopNav”:”/politics”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/georgia-state-legislature/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”News of the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia Governor and State Government from the AJC, Georgia’s largest team covering the Legislature and issues that matter to taxpayers”,”site_title”:”Georgia Legislature News”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Legislature”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Legislature”,”_id”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”]},”order”:{“TopNavRedesign”:2003,”TopNav”:2003,”ComposerNav”:1128}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”},”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”}]},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-27T23:26:37.177Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/georgia-republican-lawmaker-again-files-casino-gambling-bill/YQKDMFFG4NFJJIR6Z7JBR6YBAY/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“by”:[{“name”:”Wayne Parry”,”type”:”author”}]},”subtitle”:”Gambling Convergence”,”width”:1824,”caption”:”Two pieces of legislation were introduced this week in the General Assembly that would expand gambling in Georgia. One would place a question on a ballot asking Georgia voters whether they support the opening of casinos in the state. The other would make way for horse racing. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/FP2755GAURZPNOFLH76LQAP25I.jpg”,”height”:1368}},”_id”:”YQKDMFFG4NFJJIR6Z7JBR6YBAY”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”QKZLYHCQXVCMTNO6WL7DJ3ZL2I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611755802017},”type”:”text”,”content”:”A Republican state legislator reintroduced legislation Wednesday that would offer three weeks of paid parental leave to a quarter-million state employees, including k-12 teachers, for the first time in Georgia history.”},{“_id”:”QKZLYHCQXVCMTNO6WL7DJ3ZL2I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611755802017},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Rep. Houston Gaines, R-Athens, said his plan largely mirrors a proposal he introduced last spring that cruised through the House on a vote of 164-1, only to stall in the Senate during the closing moments of the legislative session.”},{“_id”:”4GW6XNELUFDE7IO2GW4CGVNG6M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611755802019},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The bill, House Bill 146, would grant three weeks of paid parental leave to 246,000 state staffers, including 132,000 k-12 educators and 46,000 University System of Georgia employees, following the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.”},{“_id”:”5Z3NFVTBHZHJJARM75JTIHXFBI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611755802020},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“This is the right thing to do at the right time,” Gaines said in an interview.”},{“_id”:”TYBXSHEVINFMVANBYRLAW3HSKQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611755802021},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia has long ranked among the bottom of states in terms of paid leave benefits.”},{“_id”:”7JIQ5SUQNFDLLMYDKCFVHELJ5E”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”WLI6H54M3RBWPB56DTV2UZ6LEA”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”content”:”Parental paid leave makes inroads in Georgia after years of resistance”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional/parental-paid-leave-makes-inroads-georgia-after-years-resistance/vgj67A5qeCCP6KjKZMlNiJ/”},{“_id”:”EOE2DUC65BGHLKQ52B4UF2EKEA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611755802023},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Currently, state employees qualify for 12 weeks of unpaid leave, the minimum required under federal law. When Georgians welcome a new child into their family, many workers cobble together vacation days, short-term disability and other leave if they’d like to take time off.”},{“_id”:”OGWRBRLIAVCGRCIJSUDJRVBFBQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611755802024},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The issue was once considered a Democratic priority, but some Republicans have embraced it in recent years — especially after it was backed by the Trump administration. Gaines’ proposal was endorsed last year by Ivanka Trump, and many in the GOP saw it as a way to win over suburban women who were defecting to the Democratic Party.”},{“_id”:”X2CSTHJR45DTRENNYZK2TRZR7E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611755802025},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The legislation would have no impact on private companies, which have broad leeway to set their own parental leave policies in Georgia. It was quickly endorsed, however, by the Metro Atlanta Chamber, which helped study the need for such programs in a report called “Opportunities Lost.””},{“_id”:”4KMSH3BFTFD33CM3OQBVURKJPY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611783190653},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We’ve seen the long-term benefits to our economy of adopting such policies through our research in ‘Opportunities Lost,’ which showed the state is losing billions of dollars in economic activity due to lack of access to quality, affordable child care,” said Tim Cairl, director for education policy at the chamber. “We strongly support the passage of paid family leave for Georgia families.””},{“_id”:”IVIQX33IKFEFJPWWHYTNMS2QII”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611783190654},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Many of the state’s biggest corporations and tech startups have ramped up family leave options in recent years to lure and retain top talent. Others offer relatively little by way of parental benefits, especially for fathers.”},{“_id”:”KSSRVIXNHZAH5OCC3R7RHQXCDY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611755802026},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Gaines’ House district includes part of the University of Georgia and is home to many professors and staffers who’d benefit from the proposal. The second-term lawmaker said the bill sends a strong message to younger Georgians that state leaders — and the GOP — value them.”},{“_id”:”UQBEIYK4FND25HRHIOFYTC6OLM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611755802027},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“If we’re not looking at younger folks on a lot of these issues, we’re going to lose them,” he said. “We’re going to lose them to other states, and for the Republican Party, we’re going to lose them in terms of voters. So we’ve got to do everything we can.””},{“_id”:”THL3U5S42JCXHAYIW4LEH6BQX4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611755802028},”type”:”text”,”content”:”GOP leaders granted similar benefits early last year to full-time employees of the Georgia House and Senate.”},{“_id”:”I7EIVVJSZZDPTGM3FBOZZOQ7VA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611755802029},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Under Gaines’ bill, state employees would be eligible for parental leave after six months of full-time employment. Both mothers and fathers could take advantage of the benefit.”}],”display_date”:”2021-01-27T11:00:00Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Lawmaker revives bill to give state workers paid family leave”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-27T11:00:00Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”parent”:{“default”:”/politics”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/politics”,”name”:”Legislature”,”description”:”News of the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia Governor and State Government from the AJC, Georgia’s largest team covering the Legislature and issues that matter to taxpayers”,”_id”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”/politics”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/politics”,”TopNav”:”/politics”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/georgia-state-legislature/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”News of the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia Governor and State Government from the AJC, Georgia’s largest team covering the Legislature and issues that matter to taxpayers”,”site_title”:”Georgia Legislature News”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Legislature”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Legislature”,”_id”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”]},”order”:{“TopNavRedesign”:2003,”TopNav”:2003,”ComposerNav”:1128}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”},”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”business”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”government and politics”}]},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-28T13:22:48.150Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/lawmaker-revives-bill-to-give-state-workers-paid-family-leave/36LUKMBBVRAMDPO7OZGTHRKHJM/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{},”subtitle”:”houston gaines”,”width”:730,”caption”:”State Rep. Houston Gaines, R-Athens, is bringing back a proposal that the House approved last year to give state employees three weeks of parental leave.”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/JHOND4DJZ3AM2TBFE57V3LHNPI.jpg”,”height”:410}},”_id”:”36LUKMBBVRAMDPO7OZGTHRKHJM”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”3KBUTHS625DEDAAWDH4AUHAKKY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611677817490},”type”:”text”,”content”:”A Georgia state representative was removed from the House chamber Tuesday for refusing to be tested for COVID-19.”},{“_id”:”KJJK4JLWWFAJHOPTT6LGL2CAMM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866882},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Rep. David Clark, R-Buford, had refused to comply with requirements that legislators be tested for COVID-19 twice a week. He has not been tested since the session began three weeks ago, said Kaleb McMichen, a spokesman for House Speaker David Ralston.”},{“_id”:”6A5PJTSYLNECXC5TTFVQ4MJROQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866883},”type”:”text”,”content”:”On Tuesday, Ralston had Clark escorted out of the chamber by a state trooper after he refused to leave when initially asked. Many of Clark’s colleagues applauded after his removal.”},{“_id”:”LKVPMEBBZBFT5LVI7SJX7HLYLM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866884},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We have standards and rules to help members and staff stay safe,” Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton, said later. “The speaker made the right call.””},{“_id”:”4BT3CEL7CRCJBIVZ55DTKBJHVE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866885},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Clark was unrepentant after his removal, vowing not to get tested and threatening legal action.”},{“_id”:”XOJCA5HWQNFVLAU7MLZHZW6WYQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866886},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I’m not falling in line,” Clark said. “They have no right to do this.””},{“_id”:”ANLKHNSKSZC23P3IMIRF4EF43Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866887},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Clark’s removal is the latest sign that some elected officials in Georgia have not taken the yearlong coronavirus pandemic seriously. COVID-19 has sickened more than 722,000 Georgians and has taken the lives of nearly 12,000.”},{“_id”:”4BABTPCYH5HFNIWDM7P4XKJVXM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866888},”type”:”text”,”content”:”To prevent the spread of the disease, the Georgia House and Senate are requiring members and employees to be tested twice a week. In the session’s first week, nine people connected to the Senate — including senators, staff, aides and interns — tested positive for COVID-19. The House has refused to release testing results.”},{“_id”:”5EHYV7NTTBFOHNWX3Q2TOH2TRU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866889},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But Ralston has not been shy about chastising members who have failed to get tested. On the first day of the session, 74 of the House’s 180 members did not get tested as required — prompting a rebuke from the speaker.”},{“_id”:”IBY7K2B7BVCTFL7S6DPUTF7XJI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866890},”type”:”text”,”content”:”On Tuesday, Ralston made it clear he will enforce the testing mandate.”},{“_id”:”G2WR2GFTUVBJBKHXRIYAJLOXLU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866891},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We have a member of this body who has deliberately failed at all to get tested as we begin session, clearly in violation of our testing policy,” Ralston told lawmakers. He said the representative was “jeopardizing the health of other members of this chamber.””},{“_id”:”6LHXRGTAIZEUFAO65TZGH6GMJU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866892},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Ralston did not name the representative but said, “I’m going to ask that member to be as discreet as possible to leave the chamber.””},{“_id”:”GXP2V2KJTRGYXCRENJQIVVW3VM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866893},”type”:”text”,”content”:”When Clark did not leave, Ralston asked House members whether they supported the testing policy. They said they did.”},{“_id”:”WCYRRBJGOVAIDMQZBC6PHC6MRY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866894},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Ralston then called for a trooper to escort the unnamed member out of the chamber. The trooper approached Clark and led him out.”},{“_id”:”ANO2TP4WBBHMPIWM47QOGJUCL4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611686096984},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been to too many funerals, and I’m getting tired of going to them,” Ralston said after Clark was gone.”},{“_id”:”LIJEGD4E7VGHPLOV5XUYEKIG5I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866895},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Later, the speaker’s office notified Clark that he was losing his legislative office space until he complies with the testing requirement.”},{“_id”:”WODSWVFTBVHQNEYOTP2KNHOJKI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866896},”type”:”text”,”content”:”House Minority Leader James Beverly, D-Macon, welcomed Ralston’s efforts to enforce the testing requirement. He said the rule was developed with bipartisan consensus.”},{“_id”:”JIIPMIRLPBFH7J3T2JVK45MANE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866897},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I think it was unfortunate,” Beverly said. “To have a member not abide by the will of the body is disappointing, to say the least.””},{“_id”:”7557YQI2TFBN5DL6A3XYX4TBAI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611698357124},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Later, Beverly and House Majority Leader Jon Burns, R-Newington, issued a statement supporting Ralston.”},{“_id”:”NDJHPH3GP5EQFKH4UVCANLUWNE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611698357125},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We strongly support Speaker David Ralston in his efforts to preserve and protect the health and safety of the members and staff of the House of Representatives and all those who enter the doors of the Georgia State Capitol,” the statement said. “We agree that all members of the House of Representatives should comply with the testing procedures that have been implemented for their safety and the safety of their fellow Georgians.””},{“subtype”:”twitter”,”referent”:{“referent_properties”:{“additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1611771387233}},”provider”:”https://publish.twitter.com/oembed?url=”,”service”:”oembed”,”id”:”https://twitter.com/JasmineForHD108/status/1354117398257938432?s=20″,”type”:”twitter”},”_id”:”K2YMGTXDPVAOHETFFKJIEKTG7Q”,”raw_oembed”:{“author_name”:”Representative Dr. Jasmine Clark – HD 108″,”cache_age”:”3153600000″,”provider_url”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”twitter”,”version”:”1.0″,”url”:”https://twitter.com/JasmineForHD108/status/1354117398257938432″,”author_url”:”https://twitter.com/JasmineForHD108″,”width”:550,”html”:”

At what point to these publicity stunts and media thirst traps go too far? There are 180 members of the State House, many who are in the high risk category, and there is a new, more contagious strain of COVID-19. Does he need to kill a colleague to care? #gapol

— Representative Dr. Jasmine Clark – HD 108 (@JasmineForHD108) January 26, 2021nn”,”_id”:”https://twitter.com/JasmineForHD108/status/1354117398257938432?s=20″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1611771387233},”provider_name”:”Twitter”,”height”:null},”type”:”oembed_response”},{“_id”:”4KRG5YDGQVGV7I4AO57OPXZZ6M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866899},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Gov. Brian Kemp said he supports the legislative testing rules. The executive branch has its own testing program that calls for testing once per week. Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp both tested negative Monday.”},{“_id”:”FJGPLTARZRD4NOPAST6BXYNGW4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866900},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I think it’s incumbent, whether you’re a legislator, whether you’re working in the executive branch, a member of the media, a member of the public, we all need to follow the guidance and best practices to keep you safe but also keep others safe,” the governor said.”},{“_id”:”HWNLDFYQSZA4HHRR64PLU3KQ64″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866901},”type”:”text”,”content”:”It’s not Clark’s first run-in with Ralston. Last year he ran an unsuccessful campaign to oust the speaker.”},{“_id”:”5OJNSL3GZNCNNMPZRU5NH7HPKQ”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”ERYGJMPPNJHFJAQX4UQYMKVAUM”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/buford-republican-plans-challenge-to-georgias-house-speaker/QAKBPVJIXNE23IOK7TWUBLA75M/”,”content”:”Buford Republican plans challenge to Georgia’s House speaker”},{“_id”:”CFEJK34T7VBNFCJ4GGX4JMCAZY”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”GPRJEABN6JCEBB3WL6SVPWA6IU”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/ralston-strips-critic-key-committee-post/P5NjPeqn2EhetoMH55jyYO/”,”content”:”Ralston strips key critic of House committee post”},{“_id”:”HSAWKWX7KFGXXIIV2VKBQROCOQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866904},”type”:”text”,”content”:”On Tuesday, Clark promised more confrontation. He said he would not get tested, but he planned to return to the House chamber Wednesday.”},{“_id”:”WDYQ2I3W6NEORAJSAOQ4KHPHZU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866905},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“You can’t tell me I can’t go in my seat,” he said. “I’m not going to do it. The speaker is becoming a dictator. Where does it stop?””},{“_id”:”NTRYG6XCLZFCLNJFLGLW7D37KY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611692999062},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Later, on his Facebook page, Clark sounded less confrontational but still determined not to get tested.”},{“_id”:”P66QUFBCZNDPZLIFHVIUR7ZZRM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611692999063},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“When I arrived this morning, I came prepared to follow the required protocols by wearing a mask in chamber, having my temperature checked upon entry, and social distancing,” Clark wrote. “What I will not do is be forced to have a COVID test, or any unnecessary medical test, done without a basis for doing so.””},{“subtype”:”facebook-post”,”referent”:{“referent_properties”:{“additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1611771387243}},”provider”:”https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post/oembed.json/?url=”,”service”:”oembed”,”id”:”https://www.facebook.com/votedavidclark/posts/3133828236718939″,”type”:”facebook-post”},”_id”:”WX64MURAPVAAVF6NVIL7GGYRKQ”,”raw_oembed”:{“author_name”:”David Clark”,”author_url”:”https://www.facebook.com/525454840889638″,”width”:552,”html”:”n

I want to address the event that happened today at the Capitol. When I arrived this morning, I came prepared to follow…

Posted by David Clark on Tuesday, January 26, 2021″,”provider_url”:”https://www.facebook.com”,”_id”:”https://www.facebook.com/votedavidclark/posts/3133828236718939″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1611771387243},”provider_name”:”Facebook”,”type”:”facebook-post”,”version”:”1.0″},”type”:”oembed_response”},{“_id”:”44QU3GP3UFE4XPLQQIPRUZDQJU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611685920280},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Clark is the son-in-law of Georgia Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, who came to session in March obviously ill after getting a COVID test. The test later turned out to be positive.”},{“_id”:”TTS6HPTU3ZHSDGWR6L47ZBO6Z4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611694927874},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Several members of the Senate caught COVID-19 during its first few weeks in Georgia.”},{“_id”:”J7DSUNNVKBFLBLUBHPKDGFNDPA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611685920281},”type”:”text”,”content”:”McMichen said Clark is the only House member to refuse to be tested at all since the session began. He said the speaker’s office had contacted him numerous times to get tested, but he refused.”},{“_id”:”DEHJ3Z5W35GIZOLZRJPSABODZY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866907},”type”:”text”,”content”:”McMichen was livid after Clark was escorted out. He said a member had not been escorted out of the chamber for any reason in his seven years working in the House.”},{“_id”:”KX2HAQH3Q5ADFGDSZL3AZSF73A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866908},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“All we are trying to do is keep people from dying,” McMichen said, his voice trembling.”},{“_id”:”HOYL3TQHTJAF3PSCFYQJLDGGII”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611684866909},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Staff writers Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and James Salzer contributed to this article.”}],”display_date”:”2021-01-26T21:05:30.893Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Georgia lawmaker booted from chamber for failing to get COVID-19 test”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-26T16:18:26.524Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”coronavirus”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”},{“text”:”brian kemp”},{“text”:”no_politics”}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”}},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-27T18:16:39.403Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/georgia-lawmaker-booted-from-chamber-for-failing-to-get-covid-19-test/UA2BRME7TVEQHOKKFVIQNRWJ4E/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“promo_image”:{“url”:”https://d1fegwn2wjh0cs.cloudfront.net/01-26-2021/t_f8ecd8bbad4c42598f4316ef124421bf_name_t_c5e2b942cbc440e4a6d01e32f96cf8f6_name_speaker__scaled.jpg”},”credits”:{},”headlines”:{“basic”:”Georgia lawmaker booted from chamber for failing to get COVID-19 test”},”type”:”video”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“width”:1920,”caption”:”speaker”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://d1fegwn2wjh0cs.cloudfront.net/01-26-2021/t_f8ecd8bbad4c42598f4316ef124421bf_name_t_c5e2b942cbc440e4a6d01e32f96cf8f6_name_speaker__scaled.jpg”,”height”:1080}}}},”_id”:”UA2BRME7TVEQHOKKFVIQNRWJ4E”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”Y27P7Z3QX5E7ZOMGW7NCTHWXEU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1598277115600},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Longtime Georgia State President Mark Becker is ending his tenure in June, but he’ll leave on a high note in terms of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s regular review of state pay records.”},{“_id”:”QM33Q5DLDFBPVDSFXAJAPE5KY4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393808},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Becker, who for more than a decade led a school that saw its enrollment grow to became the largest for any university in the state, was paid $2.8 million in fiscal 2020, according to the state’s Open Georgia salary website.”},{“_id”:”Q4FCZ6DE3BH5VJYVTUUW4AGSTU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393809},”type”:”text”,”content”:”He was one of three university staffers to be paid more than $1 million in fiscal 2020, which ended June 30, just after state lawmakers cut state spending 10% in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.”},{“_id”:”GFWL2IINZ5C4LCK657V7HZI4PA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393810},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Becker’s income was boosted by a University System of Georgia deferred compensation plan payment, money he received well before the pandemic. The system gives presidents such as Becker the payments for agreeing to remain in their jobs for a certain period of time.”},{“_id”:”YCZSRM35UFA4VDFILKVNGRFG3U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393811},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Others who made just over $1 million were Georgia Tech President Angel Cabrera and Fernando Vale Diaz, the neurosurgery chairman at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, according to the state site.”},{“_id”:”J7V4SGRJIBB33IFR7LNRQAJ7LA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393812},”type”:”text”,”content”:”University of Georgia President Jere Morehead came in at $911,779, and Augusta University President Brooks Keel took in $899,000.”},{“_id”:”RDZFQ5WS7VBPTJVYKZL4BU5XBY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393813},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The highest paid non-university state employee was Charles Cary, chief investment officer of the Teachers Retirement System, at $980,883. Cary is traditionally at or near the top of the state pay list. The next two on the list are also TRS investment executives.”},{“_id”:”24GI4D3BBZBDHPJP6YGLWILEJY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393814},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The top non-TRS staffer on the list was Griffith Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, at $828,887.”},{“_id”:”PYZI3RI2SVC43FPOEYT4OYG3NI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393815},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The only person on the top 10 list for state agencies who didn’t work for the TRS or the Ports Authority was University System Chancellor Steve Wrigley, who was paid $523,949 in fiscal 2020. Like Becker, Wrigley has announced he’s leaving his post this year, retiring July 1.”},{“_id”:”PVETVWHCQNAVHBMJZ3PSYNLOZE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393816},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The list of top paid local school superintendents also didn’t change much, at least not at the top.”},{“_id”:”AEWHCJ54BVF4ZOLQEDBO66KEXU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393817},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Longtime Gwinnett County Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks, who runs the biggest district in the state, was paid $621,036 in fiscal 2020, according to Open Georgia. Since-departed Atlanta City Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen was second, at $477,125, and Clayton County Superintendent Morcease Beasley placed third, at $436,655.”},{“_id”:”K6ZWZFEJTVFJHHIZQVBXYRZG7I”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”DFYPZF7K4JE3JFBMREAODWNOHU”},”type”:”divider”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”A5ACEZXURJFP7NNTXMA2VRAFRY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393819},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Million-dollar salaries”},{“_id”:”R4U7SWCXJFDNDIHHB5JKTZGPXY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611709244819},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The state’s Open Georgia website reports that three people working in government received more than $1 million in pay during fiscal 2020, which ended June 30. All three are employees of the University System of Georgia.”},{“list_type”:”unordered”,”_id”:”VMAR5U3LRZHMFH4QTPY7ZPHXKA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393808},”type”:”list”,”items”:[{“_id”:”QM33Q5DLDFBPVDSFXAJAPE5KY4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393808},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University, $2,806,507″},{“_id”:”KHV5Y5VK5VALXP5VJHDFNXG6QI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393822},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Angel Cabrera, president of Georgia Tech, $1,027,546″},{“_id”:”E6MBGYBONVFKTCKVPSDBU64F7Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393823},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Fernando Vale Diaz, professor and chairman, department of neurosurgery, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, $1,012,500″}]},{“level”:1,”_id”:”XPBO3MXXRRAYRNIPIWLV3VTVP4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611709244821},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Tops in pay”},{“_id”:”SGHDO4CFGNBCFCSQR7H7T67SYU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611664367598},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The top 10 pay recipients in the University System of Georgia, state government and school districts in fiscal 2020, and the positions they held at the time:”},{“_id”:”UMGDGKL3H5H63FJE3JXKC3XKPE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393820},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Universities”},{“list_type”:”unordered”,”_id”:”VMAR5U3LRZHMFH4QTPY7ZPHXKA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393821},”type”:”list”,”items”:[{“_id”:”I475FTNM4NENLAYQ237YGVCQYY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393821},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University, $2,806,507″},{“_id”:”KHV5Y5VK5VALXP5VJHDFNXG6QI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393822},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Angel Cabrera, president of Georgia Tech, $1,027,546″},{“_id”:”E6MBGYBONVFKTCKVPSDBU64F7Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393823},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Fernando Vale Diaz, professor and chairman, department of neurosurgery, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, $1,012,500″},{“_id”:”BZT7FLJ3QRH5ZOW4THSWK2RE7Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393824},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Richard Lee, professor and chief of the section of cardiothoracic surgery in the department of surgery, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, $967,500″},{“_id”:”P7CKNUNXIZAZRFHN6WBYHXHYIA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393825},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Jere Morehead, president of the University of Georgia, $911,779″},{“_id”:”ZW6SZMLF4RBJFCFU4BOYGY3E3M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393826},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Brooks Keel, president of Augusta University, $899,325″},{“_id”:”OCZMFEU7KRAKFJOFDPGRGSUXLQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393827},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Anastasios Polimenakos, chief of pediatric and congenital cardiothoracic surgery, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, $796,040″},{“_id”:”L4UB374MGBBDPFQSHUBBDWGOPY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393828},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Scott Rahimi, professor and director of cerebrovascular and endovascular services, department of neurosurgery, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, $742,525″},{“_id”:”PTJSVHVB6REVHEOSNBGBFRZ7K4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393829},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Daniel Albo, professor and director of surgical oncology service, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, $740,505″},{“_id”:”V2DYPPNWMRGK7JJKNYNQD2OYTE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393830},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”D. Monte Hunter, professor and chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, $731,203″}]},{“_id”:”QUKOFSO7UVBSXCIC246D7ELCUE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611599224986},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State agencies”},{“list_type”:”unordered”,”_id”:”F6UDSK6WJBGINFE5DBR76RSSPY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393833},”type”:”list”,”items”:[{“_id”:”YDALG7XLH5HOTEIJGRUUZIYVLI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393833},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Charles Cary, chief investment officer, Teachers Retirement System, $980,883″},{“_id”:”6FIHD6YECNEN5JAL7TAIQEVKSA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393834},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Michael Majure, co-chief investment officer, Teachers Retirement System, $830,566″},{“_id”:”JGIZNTN4QFHBZJMWSHXMOQMGJ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393835},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Thomas Horkan, co-chief investment officer, Teachers Retirement System, $830,566″},{“_id”:”SAS4RAMYWZAW7FDOTXZO6Q725E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393836},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Griffith Lynch, executive director, Georgia Ports Authority, $828,887″},{“_id”:”4WM6ULEMGJFR7ELFMJNSKN3DPI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393837},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Clifford Pyron, chief commercial officer, Georgia Ports Authority, $707,994″},{“_id”:”H26QHRL3QVBADEG62A7XR2ZO2A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393838},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Edward McCarthy, chief operating officer, Georgia Ports Authority, $689,828″},{“_id”:”AVPQ6V7Y3VA2NJEP4V6P4JJAPY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393839},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Jimmie Russell Mincey, chief financial officer, Georgia Ports Authority, $622,725″},{“_id”:”MFYSQE6C4RFIXBHXPT5NZW2D7E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393840},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”James McCurry, chief administrative officer, Georgia Ports Authority, $570,921″},{“_id”:”LHY77XB6IZFNZLSUSNNFBGQIWQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393841},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Steve Wrigley, chancellor, University System of Georgia, $523,949″},{“_id”:”NBZYXLEMPJAYLHDBNMWTYYUMC4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393842},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Lise Altman, chief human resources officer, Georgia Ports Authority, $450,568″}]},{“_id”:”WYQZZARC5RBE3GEGAZX6NGI364″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393843},”type”:”text”,”content”:”School districts”},{“list_type”:”unordered”,”_id”:”ISS3MRVX7ZBSJIKWMQK5HKAIS4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393845},”type”:”list”,”items”:[{“_id”:”LN7OSJ7KHRF3TA3YRUEK74MIMQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393845},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett County superintendent, $621,036″},{“_id”:”KFINBXPPDFD2THUWVQHGQRVX44″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393846},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Meria Carstarphen, Atlanta superintendent, $477,125″},{“_id”:”PJ3Q5LWIKFAIFEPBAPGUD7UAKE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393847},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Morcease Beasley, Clayton County superintendent, $436,655″},{“_id”:”O3E5XTUUPBFUBN23XIBKSNSRXY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393848},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Christopher Ragsdale, Cobb County superintendent, $424,033″},{“_id”:”SVZBDLBBFZDU5DMUS5IE4OSQZQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393849},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Curtis Jones, Bibb County superintendent, $418,612″},{“_id”:”OP6DZUM6GVC77AMG3WX6OETJWA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393850},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Michael Looney, Fulton County superintendent, $402,932″},{“_id”:”H7LHL5NMXBHHDLI6L7K45HWNTE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393851},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Joseph Barrow, Fayette County superintendent, $370,375″},{“_id”:”VORJCJGISBEH5P3BMT352YUOV4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393852},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Mark Albertus, Carrolton City superintendent, $354,950″},{“_id”:”IMJJHFQ5UVBVNGSCF2BFFB6OUY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393853},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Robert Green*, DeKalb County superintendent, $327,925″},{“_id”:”R2ZHISRHGNE3VLG5RMRCUXVJKE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393854},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”Ramona Tyson, also DeKalb County superintendent, $325,475″}]},{“_id”:”FB726OZXM5G6JDBM5NNCIK2I5M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393855},”type”:”text”,”content”:”* Left school district in November 2019″},{“_id”:”IAJLG5DV5RDMHD7OAEEQ6RAV5M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393856},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Source: Open Georgia”},{“_id”:”X24R2EXGPZB3RNT4GKHWQ5KNSU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393857},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”QX6XWIUEXNA3HFCUIRYEGL5VJQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393858},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”HRKL4CUZJRDWLEN7KKHBW76Q5A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393859},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”QLYJZL6SKFBDNNUPGFDDNHO3RY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393860},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”6EKQTAAJ5JGHTN2AJSF6TULD2A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393861},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”TZDTHBN26FHNHCV5ITV6GBJ3NE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393862},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”MS3WA3L6JFGBXKE7D2Y7ZFZQLE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393863},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”25HSRRPIJBGHRJIWO4QFUNKRQM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393864},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”RHDLSQUK4RHKFBY3UAPPKRFXGQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393865},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”R2LPPYUERZDLFG4ZRMJHEZW2UA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393866},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”CKS63R54ENHHXGHE54F6DX2XFU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393867},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”XHP7FCYVFBBJ3PLQZT3D6PUVJY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393868},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”67NQNR5VVVGZBL543TKOYWEL5E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393869},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”OVOKMBSWLZHPNIVZRBNTI2X2DQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611586393870},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“}],”display_date”:”2021-01-26T12:30:00Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Georgia State President Becker heads pay list at $2.8M in 2020″},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-26T12:30:00Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”},”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”},{“text”:”legislature”}]},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-27T11:54:40.909Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/georgia-state-president-becker-heads-pay-list-at-28m-in-2020/CUTTN45BBRGTPGD4FTOKUSEWQU/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“content_elements”:[{“caption”:”Here’s a look at some of Georgia’s highest paid state employees for the 2020 budget year at the university system, state agencies and local school districts. nnMark Becker, president of Georgia State University, $2,806,507″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/6IPYBDSNV3M5OWWWEDX3X2JVXM.jpg”},{“caption”:”Angel Cabrera, president of Georgia Tech, $1,027,546″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/UC545G6IRNGU7LFWWNL5WZZVKE.JPG”},{“caption”:”Fernando Vale Diaz, professor and chairman, department of neurosurgery, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, $1,012,500″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/XFKNH26CQJH5XFGPNPGNDZJYZ4.jpg”},{“caption”:”Richard Lee (not pictured), professor and chief of the section of cardiothoracic surgery in the department of surgery, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, $967,500″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/RCPYY64JZNBVLLZL7ZISJR34EU.jpg”},{“caption”:”Jere Morehead, president of the University of Georgia, $911,779″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/7FAWKKP7YDGAUWE3T3VVQRB63A.JPG”},{“caption”:”Brooks Keel, president of Augusta University, $899,325″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/RCTBC6N3SAAZ4TWHFBBKA6CLLI.jpg”},{“caption”:”Charles Cary, chief investment officer, Teachers Retirement System, $980,883″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/HJGOIZNAQSE5YO233OU6QSOH5E.jpg”},{“caption”:”Michael Majure (not pictured), co-chief investment officer, Teachers Retirement System, $830,566″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/CY5TYO6UWX2ZPJBITQNHLFPVEY.jpg”},{“caption”:”Thomas Horkan (not pictured), co-chief investment officer, Teachers Retirement System, $830,566″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/HPSBQ4BD3BFFKA56MGBEEV4WDQ.jpg”},{“caption”:”Griffith Lynch, executive director, Georgia Ports Authority, $828,887″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/RM7BTDYHNRFKDPXTBK7DS536C4.jpg”},{“caption”:”Clifford Pyron, chief commercial officer, Georgia Ports Authority, $707,994″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/TIKWSODREJA6DP7ENQN34XGO7U.JPG”},{“caption”:”Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett County superintendent, $621,036″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/3GFGMKRYZWUKLYM4HNSYCTPPQ4.jpg”},{“caption”:”Meria Carstarphen, Atlanta superintendent, $477,125″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/ASVZB3HBQQ75U7O2YVUBQLUJ3U.jpg”},{“caption”:”Morcease Beasley, Clayton County superintendent, $436,655″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/7XTMI3D2ZOE7HQVPPHCQBILRPA.JPG”},{“caption”:”Christopher Ragsdale, Cobb County superintendent, $424,033″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/7LQZWAOP5GY2UJJ4PJ7KDPZXFI.jpg”},{“caption”:”Curtis Jones, Bibb County superintendent, $418,612″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/XW3QR4ZXNDP4YQEDEJGOSBK424.jpg”}],”credits”:{“by”:[]},”headlines”:{“basic”:”PHOTOS: Georgia’s highest paid public workers”},”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“subtitle”:”GSU: No fee increase, state money needed for Turner Field project”,”width”:4832,”caption”:”Here’s a look at some of Georgia’s highest paid state employees for the 2020 budget year at the university system, state agencies and local school districts. nnMark Becker, president of Georgia State University, $2,806,507″,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/6IPYBDSNV3M5OWWWEDX3X2JVXM.jpg”,”height”:3124}},”type”:”gallery”}},”_id”:”CUTTN45BBRGTPGD4FTOKUSEWQU”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”SZEMOWJ7AFGP3ED4TL5CN7FNOY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253068},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Georgia secretary of state’s office paid $30,000 to resolve a lawsuit over the state’s role in Crosscheck, a defunct program for canceling voter registrations.”},{“_id”:”VTCFJVMOY5F5RPBHMI45RJI3HY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253069},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The settlement ended the lawsuit, but the plaintiffs didn’t get what they had sought: records showing that Gov. Brian Kemp, when he was secretary of state, had used Crosscheck to cancel Georgia voters.”},{“_id”:”M2ESQP3OLNBQVBPSU5FUWZSMGE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253070},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Though Georgia election officials contributed voter information to other states that participated in Crosscheck, they said they never used it on their own voters. They said the cancellations of 534,000 Georgia voter registrations in 2017 and 287,000 registrations in 2019 were done separately from Crosscheck.”},{“_id”:”3DQGZJM3JFFEVNQ3EFYKJEWIMY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253071},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The settlement was obtained Friday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through the Georgia Open Records Act.”},{“_id”:”7B5VPYPJJZCK3MCW65ZRXTUGSY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253072},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Crosscheck program, which ended in 2019, collected voter registration lists from Georgia and other states to identify potentially invalid and duplicative registrations. Voting rights groups have criticized Crosscheck for inaccuracies that erroneously flagged legitimate voters.”},{“_id”:”YVOL2422LVCWLPDCLI5AIHTJHQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253073},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Greg Palast, a journalist who filed the lawsuit against Kemp, said it verified that Georgia participated in the effort to remove voters in dozens of states. Crosscheck was led by then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and Georgia enrolled in the program from 2013 to 2017.”},{“_id”:”WWRXG7USF5CLTM3SR4I2KTCTQE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253074},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“They can’t deny they were part of the Crosscheck program,” Palast said. “The Georgia list, we know for 100% certain, was used to purge voters in other states.””},{“_id”:”JSJLRLLEJFEIZJQXLOHT32QCIQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253075},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Attorneys for the secretary of state’s office said they submitted voter registration data to Kansas but never targeted Georgia voters.”},{“_id”:”RGRMUZKN4NDHTNI4EFYHVGWQQE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253076},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“In other words, Georgia agreed only to provide information and not to use the information,” according to a court filing by the state.”},{“_id”:”W4AJMJXPPZAENJGWOJ6IJNCSMU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253077},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia election officials canceled registrations if voters changed their addresses, mail was undeliverable or they didn’t vote for several years.”},{“_id”:”37BK43BIX5ESRPNIRUMUINRZ2M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253078},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The settlement in September also required Georgia to disclose, if possible, voter registration records provided to the state through the Crosscheck program.”},{“_id”:”WFK237TBCFCWPJIDJCYRULTSHE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253079},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But neither Georgia nor Kansas’ secretary of state’s office still had a copy of the 2016 and 2017 Crosscheck lists sought by the lawsuit. The lists were destroyed in accordance with a memorandum of understanding between the states, Kansas’ elections director wrote in an email to attorneys for the Georgia secretary of state’s office.”},{“_id”:”GXW63QH6L5BRHCJAM2RYNWHFOM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253080},”type”:”text”,”content”:”A new lawsuit over how Georgia cancels voter registrations is pending.”},{“_id”:”TVLFNPLVVVA5ZDBUSLODI3GYM4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611593253081},”type”:”text”,”content”:”That lawsuit alleges the state’s cancellation practices are inaccurate, canceling thousands of voters who never moved. But election officials say state law requires removal of lapsed voters after at least eight years under the state’s “use it or lose it” law.”}],”display_date”:”2021-01-25T15:07:02.143Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Lawsuit over Georgia’s participation in Crosscheck purge program settled”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-25T15:07:02.143Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”},{“text”:”elections”},{“text”:”elections-voting”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”}},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-25T21:14:44.814Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/lawsuit-over-georgias-participation-in-crosscheck-purge-program-settled/MVC26T6QIFDCDH2PC6WX7ZYXO4/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“affiliation”:[{“name”:”Alyssa Pointer / [email protected]”,”type”:”author”}],”by”:[{“name”:”Alyssa Pointer / [email protected]”,”type”:”author”}]},”subtitle”:”EARLY VOTE”,”width”:5472,”caption”:”12/16/2020 — Atlanta, Georgia — Fulton County elections workers work with voters during early voting at Chastain Park Gymnasium in Atlanta’s Chastain Park neighborhood, Wednesday, December 16, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer / [email protected])”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/MBEQYZ2HZNIW6PA7YITNLRIPHM.JPG”,”height”:3648}},”_id”:”MVC26T6QIFDCDH2PC6WX7ZYXO4″},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”A45EK3B7TZBAPJ25XMKHN4JBQM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600443365850},”type”:”text”,”content”:”WASHINGTON — Georgians will play a key role in the new balance of power now that Joe Biden is in the White House, even though no high-profile former state officials are part of the president’s Cabinet.”},{“_id”:”BPBJ3UJTBZHJRJUBWYXYSWPWAE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611420093197},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgians are exerting a different sort of influence, one earned by winning elections in ways that have benefited Biden. Georgia is the only state in the Deep South that Biden carried, and its voters are solely responsible for the U.S. Senate flip that makes it possible for him to carry out a more aggressive legislative agenda.”},{“_id”:”BBPRZDGXBJAFBP46QAS6NAMEGM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611284890433},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams and former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams have a direct line to the White House that they can use to request resources or shape policies. Georgia U.S. Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock may play an outsized role despite their rookie status, given the impact of their upset victories.”},{“_id”:”Z2J6V6JUBRHLXON4NBEAOVSA7Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611450025316},”type”:”text”,”content”:”And Biden’s White House communications director, Kate Bedingfield, is a Georgia native and Riverwood High School graduate.”},{“_id”:”WW5GJL47W5DPROVVYOLC3ZHPYY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611330986271},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Still, it’s a less direct kind of power than Georgia Republicans enjoyed during President Donald Trump’s four years in office.”},{“_id”:”A5ZV5PW2PFDSTF5MQYQ6ABUAAI”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”QQEFPD3SZRDYXFFLGKOJ2DTRZQ”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/how-bidens-first-100-days-will-affect-georgia/X4YSE54ESBCSLBX7XPD57MPR4M/”,”content”:”How Biden’s first 100 days will affect Georgia”},{“_id”:”CCZ55WEZD5GGJCHROIT2NCKJDI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611330986272},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Former Gov. Sonny Perdue, Trump’s agriculture secretary, was one of few Cabinet secretaries and top aides who remained in their jobs throughout the Republican’s tenure. Former U.S. Rep. Tom Price was Trump’s first pick for health secretary before resigning in disgrace, and top aides such as Nick Ayers and Brian Jack helped shape his policy and political decisions.”},{“_id”:”45QNWWFSJRA5DJTEPKCVVZ4USM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611340792361},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Republican officials credited that sway for helping the state push priorities, such as the deepening of Savannah’s port. In other instances, though, there was little to show for the influence. After Hurricane Michael ravaged South Georgia in 2018, Gov. Brian Kemp and other state officials pleaded with Washington for the better part of a year for swifter financial help for farmers and others devastated by the storm.”},{“_id”:”QIKDLVADMVCLPGJZIMBIMPVUNI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611330986273},”type”:”text”,”content”:”One of the highest-profile Georgians in Washington is actually a holdover from the Trump administration: FBI Director Chris Wray, an Atlanta attorney who was tapped to head the bureau in 2017 after Trump fired his predecessor, James Comey. Biden’s administration said he has “confidence” in Wray’s ability and hinted that the president would keep him on for his full 10-year term.”},{“_id”:”TKDCTKMP5JCJNHU2VNWVNLWRE4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611337785440},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Clayton State University political science professor Joshua Meddaugh said Biden will look to Georgia Democrats not only for help passing his legislative agenda but also for duplicating his successes across other parts of the South.”},{“_id”:”B6G7U4CT3VHC3GR57RLK34HVOY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611337785441},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It’s mutually beneficial to both sides — to the state and to the president — to work together and potentially make gains in other areas where there is a high African American population,” Meddaugh said.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”ZS65VMFDTFCENIHOI3426ZOWMI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:”WLKL6FOH4ZA7RKSESWUGUTPGNA”},”type”:”header”,”content”:”New era”},{“_id”:”UX2GYUL4AREOBHBBZSPQIETZ7A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611330986275},”type”:”text”,”content”:”One of the key players from Georgia in Biden world is Bottoms, an important early campaign supporter who was recently awarded a vice chairmanship slot with the Democratic National Committee. In that role, she’ll continue to be a surrogate for Biden while also overseeing key outreach initiatives.”},{“_id”:”RTGTPARQ4ZAIPCJROAALVHZCFI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611284890437},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I think that this really speaks to the value seen of Atlanta on the national stage, that I have been invited to serve in this role,” Bottoms told reporters on Thursday.”},{“_id”:”U4LNORB6Z5C45OAPO5HJ6ESSNA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611330986277},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Already, she is advocating for a more robust role for the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which she said needs to be reinvigorated after being sidelined and politicized during Trump’s tenure. And she noted that the rising crime rates experienced by Atlanta and other cities last year could be better addressed by coordinating with federal agencies.”},{“_id”:”H5OZVYYG6ZBCVIDXLSM4GM6X7Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611284890440},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We know the CDC, at least at the top level, has had some challenges under the Trump administration, but I’m confident with the Biden administration that we’ll get the support that we need in this area,” Bottoms said, adding that she also hoped the Justice Department would “provide us resources and guidance as it relates to crime-fighting.””},{“_id”:”P3XAOEJBPBEZRDCU3PSRTX54KQ”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”J2COCBRXRNBHDJPLN64A2BPG24″},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/a-new-era-ossoff-warnock-sworn-into-office-giving-democrats-control-of-senate/G4VMKL3ZGFH3TONBEPDF5LPMHI/”,”content”:”‘A new era’: Ossoff, Warnock sworn into office, giving Democrats control of U.S. Senate”},{“_id”:”7T2MFHIQORDALDN7EIP64NLS6M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611284890441},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Abrams had already built a national profile when she narrowly lost the governor’s race in 2018, but it grew during the 2020 campaign as it became clear her “playbook” for Georgia was a winning formula. Biden has praised her as a singular force in national politics.”},{“_id”:”V4T7ILVHNRHH5PFO4DF7LQQHZU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611337785447},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Although she has no formal role with his administration or the state or national Democratic Party, she is widely regarded as a barrier-breaking organizer who will have a voice in Washington. She is expected to use her influence on topics such as coronavirus recovery, climate change and voting rights.”},{“_id”:”VLLIAOAFVRDUDEQ3VGKQNOC6DA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611337785448},”type”:”text”,”content”:”For years, Republicans have focused on consolidating power at the state and local levels in Georgia. And if Abrams mounts a 2022 bid for governor and wins, Meddaugh said, Biden would gain a partner in a Southern battleground state to help further his proposals.”},{“_id”:”ZJGUA5OLBRGUNJTX77FH6XUXCA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611337785450},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The members of Georgia’s U.S. House Democratic delegation are working to assert themselves in the Biden administration, too. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux was the only Democrat nationwide to flip a U.S. House seat from red to blue during the general election, and this week she joined the House Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 28 Democrats and 28 Republicans seeking middle ground in Congress.”},{“_id”:”ISMPX6VUDVE3ZJSJJFK5W7YARM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611330986282},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“When we strip away the rhetoric, there is a lot that we actually agree on. We all want a good future for our children,” Bourdeaux, who lives in Suwanee, said of her decision. “We all want a strong democracy and a strong economy.””},{“_id”:”MWPRNIEOSZC7HEZ7SG7O4PSKBU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611330986283},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Williams won the Atlanta congressional seat that was previously held by civil rights hero John Lewis; that fact alone has raised her profile in the House. She also continues to pull double duty as chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Georgia.”},{“_id”:”3GQ7GV3T5JBZ3GS5BJ42XPQHJU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611337785453},”type”:”text”,”content”:”She was optimistic about the state’s role in Washington affairs in the moments before Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in. It isn’t lost on her that Black voters in Georgia helped Biden carry the state and sweep the two U.S. Senate races.”},{“_id”:”FICVT2Q4W5GVLMUWJWGJEO7Z7A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611337785454},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It’s not just about the symbolism, it’s about the work that I know that we’re going to be able to get done on behalf of people in this country who for far too long needed someone standing up for us,” Williams said.”},{“_id”:”7F7YI7HESZCLLJHKOIWZYZQMZA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611284890447},”type”:”text”,”content”:”More senior members of the delegation hold important chairmanships that ensure they will have the ear of the White House. U.S. Rep. David Scott is the first Black chairman of the Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop chairs the Appropriations subcommittee that funds agriculture, rural developments and the Food and Drug Administration.”},{“_id”:”XF3473RKLBB2TGZ33WU3VHGSBQ”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”UURXQ4U3IRGONGVMR7ZFTZXTXE”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/politics-blog/inside-the-runoff-flips-how-ossoff-and-warnock-pulled-off-epic-victories/HMGWMOCWSRBFFN25UBBIZMNEAY/”,”content”:”Inside the runoff flips: How Ossoff and Warnock pulled off epic victories”},{“_id”:”SRATJJTXIZGDVD3O27V6FHDLIQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611344842344},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Bishop also serves on the committee that determines the budget for military bases and installations, and another that decides funding for the financial services industry, a sector that Atlanta has come to depend upon.”},{“_id”:”W7N6FBCWIBAPBJIMZMEWHGIN5A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611344842345},”type”:”text”,”content”:”He said Georgia delivered for Biden in November and January, and now he will be working to make sure the White House delivers for Georgia.”},{“_id”:”C27KPXNPZJG53C5ZRAU6V6KOYY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611344842346},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Once the election is done and we go to governing, we are very, very focused on trying to get the tools of government ramped up so that we will be able to deliver in all areas of need for people of the state of Georgia,” he said. “I think there will will be a much more cooperative relationship because we have the same agenda.””},{“_id”:”YRAJ5JCTM5BNPLPDVRK2OFZG4E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611344842347},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Staff writer J.D. Capelouto contributed to this article.”},{“_id”:”A45EK3B7TZBAPJ25XMKHN4JBQM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600443365850},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“}],”display_date”:”2021-01-23T12:00:00Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Georgia clout under Biden will be potent but less formal”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-23T12:00:00Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”},”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”elections”},{“text”:”elections-president”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”donald trump”},{“text”:”brian kemp”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”}]},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-26T18:04:30.987Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/georgia-clout-under-biden-will-be-potent-but-less-formal/JOCQI6G5LFHD5CLFBMESNMIWZY/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“affiliation”:[{“name”:”TNS”,”type”:”author”}],”by”:[{“name”:”Alyssa Pointer”,”type”:”author”}]},”subtitle”:”BC-ELN-GASENATE-SPENDING-AT”,”width”:3000,”caption”:”Even though they are new to office, U.S. Sens. Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, right, could have outsized roles now that Joe Biden is president because of the significance of their election wins earlier this month. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/C3GFHUYQEX4AKZ73YO3JTB76TM.jpg”,”height”:2000}},”_id”:”JOCQI6G5LFHD5CLFBMESNMIWZY”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”NKQ4FDWAF5G3ROXCHMTJWXHGJY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1598277115600},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The leader of the Georgia Senate’s tax committee said Friday that he wants the state to do a two-year modernization review of its tax structure in hopes of both possibly raising revenue and getting rid of some special-interest tax breaks.”},{“_id”:”5T33E3EH7VCLJJ4JBV6NIHY2X4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839349},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, said the state provides about $9.5 billion a year in tax breaks for various businesses, nonprofits and industries.”},{“_id”:”6LC6U6VYK5DOHGUD6BEF6MJT7M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839350},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Some have helped create or retain jobs, others haven’t done much to help the state, he said.”},{“_id”:”AAQ3CSI4E5BYBPFEO722FLUVWM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839351},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“There has been a lot of political pressure to keep them,” Hufstetler said during a policy conference put on by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, an Atlanta think tank.”},{“_id”:”QEIF5PGLBBD6LCO6HRDTWH2ZMU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839352},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The state has done limited reviews of tax breaks, and a panel called the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians did a lengthy study aimed at modernizing the tax structure during the Great Recession.”},{“_id”:”YXBT5WSVORHUPLSDZVPDY4VUXE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839353},”type”:”text”,”content”:”However, the General Assembly only approved some of the group’s recommendations, often those sought by industries such as manufacturers and mining. They led to new tax breaks and changes in how Georgians pay some taxes, such as the gradual elimination of property taxes on cars.”},{“_id”:”S4FEKKTYGVCLTOGKEA5KOCLIGY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839354},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Hufstetler said issues debated at the time included taxing internet sales and raising Georgia’s historically low cigarette taxes to pay for health care, two things that have been debated for more than a decade.”},{“_id”:”F2CBRDBF4FE5LA2JIWLPKV2DOQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839355},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The General Assembly approved legislation last year to increase sales tax collections from customers of internet- and app-based businesses. Hufstetler said that will bring the state $600 million to $700 million a year in revenue that was owed but not always paid.”},{“_id”:”NX3SBI3IPRG2HD226TRU6RVFPY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839356},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Hufstetler, some other Republicans and many Democrats in the Legislature have also backed an increase in the state’s cigarette taxes from 37 cents per pack to $1.35-$1.80 per pack. They said the state spends about $650 million a year to treat patients who are on taxpayer-funded health programs for tobacco-related illnesses. House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has strongly opposed such an increase.”},{“_id”:”XK2FUELGERA6JN7UMMNSTVSNPA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611345358601},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“As a lifelong Republican, Speaker Ralston opposes raising taxes on Georgians,” his spokesman, Kaleb McMichen, said.”},{“_id”:”VQMDXT3VRBCLVKGAFPXDCZ4XOQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839357},”type”:”text”,”content”:”House Minority Leader James Beverly, D-Macon, another panelist at the conference Friday, said the state needs the money as school and health care costs — which account for most of the budget — continue to rise.”},{“_id”:”ZKIUBTVYTFAHLPQF62JHGBUDR4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839358},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Let’s get it done because Georgians are hurting right now,” Beverly said.”},{“_id”:”2YV74356DJHLXFDFPYE6NYSLXE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839359},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Both areas took spending cuts last year because lawmakers feared the COVID-19 recession would dramatically reduce state revenue collections. That hasn’t happened, but Democrats are pushing to fully restore, if not increase, spending in those areas in 2021.”},{“_id”:”PQ2ICZ4KHNHZHNZ4SGXBIBSLQ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839360},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Sen. Jen Jordan, D-Atlanta, another panelist, noted that spending on the Department of Public Health — the agency on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic — has seen little to no increase in state funding in recent years.”},{“_id”:”LGVGJG2KHJASHOWGBE6U6WZ76M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839361},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Gov. Brian Kemp’s budget proposal for fiscal 2022 — which begins July 1 — continues that trend, although his staff notes the agency has received more than $1 billion in federal funding during the pandemic.”},{“_id”:”CCRKHEYSWFE63LLEMUBY46KHPM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839362},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Still, Jordan said the state has a tendency to go from crisis to crisis without having a long-range plan for funding its priorities.”},{“_id”:”SIKVFQSRPBEO7JKBKNLIBE6TCU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839363},”type”:”text”,”content”:”She backed Hufstetler’s proposal to review the tax structure and get rid of special-interest tax breaks that don’t help the state’s economy.”},{“_id”:”QBIWLVGIPNAVFKWT5FDXYE3JMQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839364},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“At the end of the day, we kind of need to clean our house,” Jordan said. “I am not against tax credits … but it has to make sense.””},{“_id”:”NRABQ4TUINGO7NKUNTN2X55KS4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839365},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”XSUZ567VDRBVBNOKHTSC7L5AY4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839366},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”PDFLQOAHSFFY5CCKXDUIGGTSV4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839367},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”WQ54SU4ZIZHHFHR5WUO7FWGEFA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839368},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”J72RJIHUZZE65PJDLHARAZDSJE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839369},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”CU4CYOGSHBE2TPL4FVUNU4JL6U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839370},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”VX26QIRVU5F73PLCD6OZ2DHFII”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611336839371},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“}],”display_date”:”2021-01-22T17:49:33.206Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Georgia senators plan review to modernize tax code “},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-22T17:49:33.206Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”},{“text”:”brian kemp”}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”}},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-22T19:57:07.796Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/georgia-senators-plan-review-to-modernize-tax-code/EIUMWWTAYRHSPCORYTQFNVKNPE/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“by”:[{“image”:{“version”:”0.5.8″,”url”:”https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/ajc/28eb2077-3957-417b-a1f7-280385a3d618.png”},”socialLinks”:[{“site”:”email”,”deprecated”:true,”deprecation_msg”:”Please use social_links.”,”url”:”[email protected]”},{“site”:”twitter”,”deprecated”:true,”deprecation_msg”:”Please use social_links.”,”url”:”https://twitter.com/AlyssaNo_l”},{“site”:”instagram”,”deprecated”:true,”deprecation_msg”:”Please use social_links.”,”url”:”alyssapointerphoto”}],”social_links”:[{“site”:”email”,”url”:”[email protected]”},{“site”:”twitter”,”url”:”https://twitter.com/AlyssaNo_l”},{“site”:”instagram”,”url”:”alyssapointerphoto”}],”name”:”Alyssa Pointer”,”description”:”Alyssa Pointer, a Georgia native and visual journalist for the newspaper, has been on staff since 2017. Every day Alyssa strives to create impactful images of the people and places within a community. She finds the most joy in working on long term narrative projects that focus on the intersectionality of race, class, culture, geography and gender.”,”_id”:”alyssa-pointer”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“lastName”:”Pointer”,”role”:”Visual Journalist”,”education”:[],”native_app_rendering”:false,”affiliations”:”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”bio”:”Alyssa Pointer, a Georgia native and visual journalist for the newspaper, has been on staff since 2017. Every day Alyssa strives to create impactful images of the people and places within a community. She finds the most joy in working on long term narrative projects that focus on the intersectionality of race, class, culture, geography and gender.”,”instagram”:”alyssapointerphoto”,”twitter”:”https://twitter.com/AlyssaNo_l”,”contributor”:false,”personal_website”:”https://www.alyssapointerphoto.format.com”,”bio_page”:””,”last_updated_date”:”2020-09-15T02:34:19.216Z”,”byline”:”Alyssa Pointer”,”email”:”[email protected]”,”slug”:””,”image”:”https://s3.amazonaws.com/arc-authors/ajc/28eb2077-3957-417b-a1f7-280385a3d618.png”,”longBio”:”Alyssa is a staff photojournalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. No matter her surroundings, she strives to create impactful images of the people and places within a community. She enjoys challenging her visual perspective with daily assignments but finds the most joy in working on long term narrative projects that focus on the intersectionality of race, class, culture, geography and gender.nnAlyssa graduated from Western Kentucky University’s photojournalism program. Prior to working for the AJC, Alyssa worked as a visual journalist for Creative Loafing Atlanta, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Chicago Tribune.”,”fuzzy_match”:false,”author_type”:”Staff”,”firstName”:”Alyssa”,”books”:[],”podcasts”:[],”awards”:[],”_id”:”alyssa-pointer”,”status”:true}},”type”:”author”,”version”:”0.5.8″,”url”:””,”slug”:””}]},”subtitle”:”Surprise Medical Billing”,”width”:5472,”caption”:”Georgia Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, has called for a two-year study to modernize the state’s tax structure and possibly eliminate some special-interest tax breaks. (ALYSSA POINTER / [email protected])”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/AI2UZPKULIRC2V76EATO7UQQQQ.jpg”,”height”:3648}},”_id”:”EIUMWWTAYRHSPCORYTQFNVKNPE”},{“content_elements”:[{“_id”:”AS456WLA7BFOLHN4VMXVUGOEHA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1598277115600},”type”:”text”,”content”:”When Georgia Insurance Commissioner John King presented his agency’s midyear budget proposal to lawmakers last week, one of his biggest spending increases stood out like a sore thumb.”},{“_id”:”EMOX7CLSFBH6JLKNOSJXMCI5CI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266650703},”type”:”text”,”content”:”It stated $194,899 “to provide one-time funds for one filled executive position.””},{“_id”:”PP75WJYGWJCBZJDNLZARESESUA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266650704},”type”:”text”,”content”:”That, King noted, is what the state is spending in salary and benefits for his predecessor, Jim Beck, who was indicted a few months after taking office in 2019 on charges alleging that he swindled his former employer out of $2 million, in part to fund his campaign for office.”},{“_id”:”KWXVHJ4FGVF7HCIPL5AL4TDEGU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611269521283},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Lawmakers included the same amount in last year’s midyear budget to pay Beck.”},{“_id”:”S5XR7BJSONA3RORGDGQ2TXM6DI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266650705},”type”:”text”,”content”:”His trial is scheduled to take place later this year, but in the meantime, the state will have spent about $400,000 paying his salary and benefits while he has been fighting the charges.”},{“_id”:”67HUS6KZZRFKLJNBM2STTIJHZU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266650706},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Gov. Brian Kemp suspended Beck from office a few days after the May 2019 indictment, and Beck promised to defend himself vigorously.”},{“_id”:”52IS74AYBVBBNMAH4BIVBQE3VY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611269521286},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I am, in fact, innocent of these charges,” Beck wrote Kemp at the time. “In these circumstances, it would be inappropriate for me to resign as commissioner of insurance.””},{“_id”:”QXGGSC2AWFCVVHVEULIHGCMY5I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611269521287},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Since he didn’t resign but was suspended, the state is paying two insurance commissioners: Beck and Kemp’s choice to replace him, King.”},{“_id”:”OJPC3VP6RJAMHGW22VYGXBGADE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611269521288},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Then-House Minority Leader Robert Trammell, D-Luthersville, filed legislation in 2019 to do away with pay for indicted officials, but his bill went nowhere during the 2020 session.”},{“_id”:”TBIBNZFMR5H7BE4FK73ZYIIGRQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611267686559},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Beck, a Republican, worked for several state agencies, including the Department of Insurance, before running to head the office that regulates the insurance and small loan industry and investigates suspected arson cases.”},{“_id”:”ETUL67TZXBDK7MURBFW6KIPWXE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611267686560},”type”:”text”,”content”:”He won election in November 2018 and took office the next January.”},{“_id”:”6YVCMSTQTBBETILBLRZUWSBBJA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611267686561},”type”:”text”,”content”:”By that May, then-U.S. Attorney BJay Pak was announcing the indictment of Beck, a former leader of the Georgia Christian Coalition, alleging that he stole money to pay personal credit card bills and taxes, and pump money into his 2018 campaign for insurance commissioner.”},{“_id”:”WGLTMJMR4FHJRMWKF4SBX4KQSE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611267686562},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Pak said the evidence showed Beck lied to close friends and a family member to get them to create companies to send invoices to his then-employer. The invoices were often for work that wasn’t actually done, and Beck funneled the money back to himself, according to the indictment.”},{“_id”:”S4JSYQWJZVCKJES4FIFEMH72RY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611267686563},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In an effort to conceal a $2 million embezzlement scheme, federal prosecutors allege, Beck amplified business expenses to reduce his net business income. By inflating his business expenses by more than $1 million, Beck evaded income taxes due on the embezzled funds he received, the indictment says.”},{“_id”:”KXVWSD7C6RAULF3KZ4BTVNZQVY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611267686564},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Three former Department of Insurance employees later sued the state and Beck, saying they were ousted as retaliation because he thought they provided information about him to state and federal officials and the media.”},{“_id”:”PZPKX5ID3ZEW7PTKVF6UID7YRQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611267686565},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The insurance commissioner’s job will be back on the ballot in 2022. If Beck beats the charges, he is entitled to take back the post and stand for reelection. In the meantime, the state will continue paying two commissioners.”},{“_id”:”LONSOXGLSFEEXLBHFDW2UYAE6M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266650707},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”GFTNYJQ2PNEWFL376MSMVU7UXQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266650708},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”T4Q4A3QOZJHFZJUSBJ5VDW4VEY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611266650709},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“},{“_id”:”M33UL2WMCJHBLPBOTF6HNUULZ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611265218796},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“}],”display_date”:”2021-01-22T13:00:00Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Georgia taxpayers spend nearly $200K a year on indicted insurance commissioner”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-22T13:00:00Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”},”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”}]},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-24T19:51:02.948Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/georgia-taxpayers-spend-nearly-200k-a-year-on-indicted-insurance-commissioner/KSKE3RVGZZFKRONNERSQ7APNYA/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{},”subtitle”:”Lawsuit alleges retaliation by Georgia’s indicted insurance chief”,”width”:3636,”caption”:”Jim Beck, who has been suspended as Georgia’s insurance commissioner since May 2019, still receives nearly $200,000 a year in state pay and benefits while he awaits his trial. EMILY HANEY / [email protected]”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/VI5RXQVEFAGF2OTMBW4FMNQ2LY.jpg”,”height”:3284}},”_id”:”KSKE3RVGZZFKRONNERSQ7APNYA”},{“content_elements”:[{“level”:1,”_id”:”L7OQLFNHRFBS7FTMN6PWFKJPNI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611076225797},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Prosperity linked to vaccinations”},{“_id”:”MYPU35ISK5FKTOTWMQVZ4PS25Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559705},”type”:”text”,”content”:”What will it take to get Georgia’s economy to make healthy gains? A shot in many arms.”},{“_id”:”H2NBFHUW6VDKHFZKGIQTHY5MXI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559706},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Jeffrey Dorfman, the state’s fiscal economist, told lawmakers this past week that Georgia’s economy is prepared for takeoff once the coronavirus pandemic is under control.”},{“_id”:”7ROUZ5BSFZEWHOCY2HWHAQAB6A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559707},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The conditions are right for a strong recovery from the COVID-19 recession because many consumers have watched their wallets grow fatter.”},{“_id”:”KAFOWDOHMFBINAHRS7CZPECQHY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559708},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Savings rates have climbed since the pandemic set in, rising from about 7% or 8% to 12% or 13%. Credit scores have also ascended while credit card debt has declined, said Dorfman, an economist at the University of Georgia.”},{“_id”:”OFXSADVKZZDC3FCXP57SDPB3B4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559709},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We have never had a recession before when people had more money to spend,” Dorfman told lawmakers who were beginning their review of Gov. Brian Kemp’s $27.2 billion budget proposal.”},{“_id”:”VDA4JBMXANFNBHYDWJHQN2DCOY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559710},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia has held up well, so far. States across the country had expected massive shortfalls because of the recession, but Georgia has seen its tax collections rise, rather than fall, in large part because of massive federal spending on the unemployed and businesses.”},{“_id”:”XTY4IMGPQJDAXAC5DSWLN7HDHM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559711},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The job market has suffered, though.”},{“_id”:”FJSJ3UYU4RGCDMDGFRAVIBTZ2E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559712},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The state had 123,000 fewer jobs in November than it did the same month a year before, Dorfman said.”},{“_id”:”MJNSNTSWBNG65PWZMOMVME5MOQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559713},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But even that wasn’t quite as bad as it first sounds. Many of those lost jobs, Dorfman said, were part-time positions held by students or parents, including some who had to spend more time at home with their children because of the pandemic.”},{“_id”:”E6DEIN2I6ZDGHI453CPNBEWCZ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559714},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Really, our labor market is about as fully recovered as it can be until the pandemic is over,” he said.”},{“_id”:”3B44M5NQHVFR5EIPUC3AM35FTU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559715},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But prosperity will only come once vaccinations hit a critical level, and Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey said that — at the current rate of vaccine distribution to the state — is “going to take many, many months.””},{“_id”:”NQQ2INA7IBELJATUKWQOORA4P4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733024},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The state currently receives about 80,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine per week, Toomey said, well short of the millions needed to achieve herd immunity. Worse, yet, is the uncertainty about the shipments, she said, although she’s hoping that might improve with a change in administrations in Washington.”},{“_id”:”WFN2SDSOUVHXDKQNV7HXWLPSH4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559717},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We literally don’t know week to week what our allocation will be,” she said Tuesday, the day before President Joe Biden took office. “There’s some disconnect between what we were told was coming and what actually is available.””},{“level”:1,”_id”:”FNGTOG37YNCRDKKFJN6WRDJIHA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733026},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Absentee-ballot foe to head voting panel”},{“_id”:”GNAE2FGCJFG6NDCM3LRJH5FZ2Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733027},”type”:”text”,”content”:”When Georgia House Speaker David Ralston announced that he would appoint a special committee to look into election issues, he also came down firmly on the side of allowing no-excuse absentee voting to continue as is.”},{“_id”:”XK3AEBYBDNAL5G3Y3YE7VKGKTI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733028},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Somebody’s going to have to make a real strong case to convince me” that change is necessary, he said.”},{“_id”:”DZUPI7EUXNEUNJTKG2Y4RZHWVA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733029},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Now, Ralston is giving somebody a good opportunity to make that case.”},{“_id”:”KMTCGNRRWJBKXKRTYPQQ2DAYYE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733030},”type”:”text”,”content”:”He picked state Rep. Barry Fleming, R-Harlem, to head that committee, and Fleming has made it clear he holds absentee ballots in low regard.”},{“_id”:”IODIH466K5BTBG2TWM3TFFAY4A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733031},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“If elections were like coastal cities, absentee balloting would be the shady part of town down near the docks you do not want to wander into because the chance of being shanghaied is significant,” Fleming wrote in December in an op-ed for The Augusta Chronicle. “Expect the Georgia Legislature to address that in our next session in January.””},{“owner”:{“id”:”ajc”},”workflow”:{“status_code”:4},”caption”:”Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, a Republican from Blue Ridge, has named Democratic state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver of Decatur to lead the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee. That makes her the only Democrat to hold any of the House’s 41 chairmanships. Bob Andres / [email protected]”,”source”:{“system”:”Methode”,”source_type”:”other”,”source_id”:”91bd2af0-6486-11ea-a5df-47250cb6d086″,”additional_properties”:{“editor”:”photo center”}},”type”:”image”,”distributor”:{“mode”:”reference”,”reference_id”:”8aec2b8c-455c-4816-903d-79fc8fdf8019″},”version”:”0.10.3″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/XYNSMM5YURQA3DPRURZRN5O3II.jpg”,”licensable”:false,”display_date”:”2020-03-12T17:26:12Z”,”credits”:{},”subtitle”:”Clock ticking on DeKalb County ethics legislation”,”width”:1997,”first_publish_date”:”2020-03-12T17:26:12Z”,”_id”:”XYNSMM5YURQA3DPRURZRN5O3II”,”additional_properties”:{“fullSizeResizeUrl”:”/photo/resize/4d2Bc9Yv8Un2p8Syr3J2xO2fGAU=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/XYNSMM5YURQA3DPRURZRN5O3II.jpg”,”comments”:[],”proxyUrl”:”/photo/resize/4d2Bc9Yv8Un2p8Syr3J2xO2fGAU=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/XYNSMM5YURQA3DPRURZRN5O3II.jpg”,”takenOn”:”2020-03-12T17:26:12Z”,”originalUrl”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/XYNSMM5YURQA3DPRURZRN5O3II.jpg”,”published”:true,”resizeUrl”:”http://thumbor-prod-us-east-1.photo.aws.arc.pub/4d2Bc9Yv8Un2p8Syr3J2xO2fGAU=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/XYNSMM5YURQA3DPRURZRN5O3II.jpg”,”thumbnailResizeUrl”:”/resizer/VdXZLnq7IP9XOWRIa3mG8ab1ReI=/300×0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/XYNSMM5YURQA3DPRURZRN5O3II.jpg”,”version”:0,”originalName”:”https://www.ajc.com//rw/Pub/p11/AJC/2020/03/12/Images/newsEngin.25437611_022020-Leg-Photos-ba08.jpg”,”mime_type”:”image/jpeg”,”restricted”:false,”galleries”:[],”_id”:”X5K2GBEWIVB2NK7DUQG4CRJKMA”},”created_date”:”2020-06-29T22:18:53Z”,”last_updated_date”:”2020-06-29T22:18:53Z”,”publish_date”:”2020-03-12T17:26:12Z”,”height”:1536},{“level”:1,”_id”:”JQ5RTZJEA5ASNIEZQGMW4R5UB4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733032},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Bipartisanship creeps into House chair lineup”},{“_id”:”DWGPTNKSSRFWTIQYG2L3LNUTNM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733033},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Democratic sweep in this month’s U.S. Senate runoffs introduced more blue in Georgia’s political palette, but Republican red is still the dominant color at the Statehouse.”},{“_id”:”TH565KKFGFGIXBRKOOQ26NE3E4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733034},”type”:”text”,”content”:”And, yet, a Democrat now possesses one of the 41 chairmanships in the Georgia House.”},{“_id”:”36XTR7EBIBGETELPN62VLHY3MU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733035},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver of Decatur is the new leader of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee, a special House-Senate panel that does not handle legislation but is charged with oversight of MARTA.”},{“_id”:”WUNIALZX2ZHEPDF2C3B2VEQ3YE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733036},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The appointment is a realization of House Speaker David Ralston’s recent utterings about bipartisanship.”},{“_id”:”2R5WQT54FRC6XDZEGULY2TVBOE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733037},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Oliver was a likely choice for the role for a number of reasons. First, she and the speaker have a healthy respect for each other’s abilities despite their differences in ideology.”},{“_id”:”UKN7EJ4AFRA2ZGLS7QP24WTA7Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733038},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But it’s also a matter of location, location, location.”},{“_id”:”TBQJNNWFABB3JO6JZ2BBTS2T6U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733039},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Oliver lives in MARTA territory, something that can no longer be said for many Republicans in the House, given the GOP’s recent slips in Atlanta’s suburbs.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”LX6PNJJYZFHM7J6QIKGYMIPHAQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611177332996},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Ban sought on outside funding to run elections”},{“_id”:”J2FLVYJN2BB5NCTIJAHS55BSLY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611177332997},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave millions of dollars to Georgia counties last year to help them run elections.”},{“_id”:”SC32ZRSESVAEBBIEIOMRMWBUPU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611177332999},”type”:”text”,”content”:”That won’t happen again if House Bill 62 gains passage.”},{“_id”:”HZLAKPFCIJA6XOW7FZX52HHB6I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611177333001},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Joseph Gullett, a Republican from Dallas, said the money — given through the Center for Tech and Civic Life, which is funded by Zuckerberg and his wife, philanthropist Priscilla Chan — was helpful to the counties but also problematic.”},{“_id”:”EDF2ESJ3FRBIDC2FRI3XJ4ZMDA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611184129314},”type”:”text”,”content”:””One role of government is to run elections, and I don’t think it’s appropriate to allow outside organizations to do it,” said Gullett, a former member of Paulding County’s elections board. “We want as little influence on elections as possible.””},{“_id”:”5QQFS43EIRHDZJKOVDZD7UTAYU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611177333003},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The money in question went toward election staffing, hazard pay, absentee ballot postage costs, equipment, voter outreach and personal protective gear.”},{“_id”:”RRIK2HFWW5E4XHT7OAX4TA33X4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611177333006},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Much of it was spent in metro Atlanta.”},{“_id”:”CM5VZN3NHVCSHEIDH3V7KVCF4U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611184129317},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The organization gave $9.4 million to DeKalb County, $6 million to Fulton County, $4.2 million to Gwinnett County, nearly $1.7 million to Douglas County and $765,000 to Cherokee County.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”2XLTJD5O7RFKLHBJ45E76VT7H4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953914},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Dems seek restoration of voting rights for convicted felons”},{“_id”:”ZAT77AJCYFGMLE4PANKZVR2CU4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953915},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgians who have been convicted of a felony would see the restoration of their voting rights under a Democratic plan.”},{“_id”:”UT2XCDCQHJEQZIMED2IK5YBMNE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953916},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State Rep. Josh McLaurin of Atlanta said the current law is rooted in racism.”},{“_id”:”F7HCV6AW2BA3DPKSXPZKRKQSZU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953917},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Over 200,000 of our fellow citizens in Georgia are denied (voting rights) because of a racist policy that was enacted nearly 150 years ago,” McLaurin said. “After the Civil War, Georgia adopted a policy of disenfranchising people convicted of felonies as a strategy to exclude Black people from participating in democracy.””},{“_id”:”W3HAG3LD6BAGFDTLL5CJVW6U3U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953918},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Under the Georgia Constitution, those who have been convicted of a “felony involving moral turpitude” can’t be registered to vote until their sentences are completed — including the completion of any probation, parole and payment of any fines.”},{“_id”:”57ANEYBVR5HVXNSRY4FE7AEOAQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733053},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The problem is, it never defined “moral turpitude.” That left it to be interpreted by election officials, who have ruled that any felony conviction is appropriate for limiting voting rights.”},{“_id”:”VEYA7C2WSNATBGY7BX75D3HQ6A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953919},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Shortly before November’s election, the secretary of state’s office clarified its position, saying that those who have completed their sentences but still owe fees, court costs and restitution are eligible to vote.”},{“_id”:”IHSMN3VR2VDMNHPU42LR3PICJU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953920},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The proposal faces long odds of passing this year. A bipartisan Senate panel in 2019 studied the possibility of reinstating the voting rights of some convicted felons — those who had not committed violent crimes — but Republican members chose not to pursue it.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”HH3LMSYJYFAKDAUJ5M3BMXNZBU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559718},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Jones calls loss of chairmanship ‘petty politics’”},{“_id”:”FKGFYZQAHFH2RAP2AAJHRVQDBE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611177333011},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State Sen. Burt Jones, who in the first days of the legislative session was stripped of his chairmanship of the chamber’s Insurance and Labor Committee, says what he lost is not as important as why it was taken away from him.”},{“_id”:”3RDFPPNU2JDIVN2YRPH23XRZ3M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611177333012},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The lawmaker from Jackson was one of three Republican senators — the other two were Brandon Beach of Alpharetta and Matt Brass of Newnan — who lost key committee chairmanships after they aggressively promoted President Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread election fraud and pushed for overturning Joe Biden’s victory in the state.”},{“_id”:”43FAPCSGS5EL5KAPVT7I5SK5SQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559722},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In an interview with Oconee Radio Group’s Rahul Bali, Jackson called Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan cowardly in the way he demoted them.”},{“_id”:”R4Z2WD2SBBE23MWSUG4KV4HTNQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559723},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Instead of getting behind closed doors and talking through whatever issues he might have had with us,” Jones said, “(Duncan) just decided to get his ‘yes men’ on the committee, handpicked people on the committee, and to strip us of our chairmanships, I guess trying to publicly embarrass us maybe. I don’t know. But anyway, that’s a cowardly way and kind of petty politics. But that’s fine. That’s politics. I get it.””},{“_id”:”K47EE77DWFFZFICULP2NJYR5ZE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611174559724},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Jones, who also said he really didn’t care that much about running the Insurance Committee, then suggested that a backlash could follow.”},{“_id”:”HIQTXP7J4FHCTMYURADY2ZLEAU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611177333016},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“What comes around goes around in this building,” he said.”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”6436BRKVLZF2DMTRYB26H7JYXI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953928},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Gwinnett Dems pressure election official to quit”},{“_id”:”2QAYDO6IBNGALM3AWQNAODD4IE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953929},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Fifteen Democratic state legislators are calling on Gwinnett County Board of Elections Chair Alice O’Lenick to resign after she backed alterations to Georgia’s voting laws, including restricting no-excuse absentee voting and banning ballot drop boxes.”},{“_id”:”4JZZ4K35INFXVHXVW7GP6D4JLA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733065},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“They don’t have to change all of them, but they’ve got to change the major parts of them so that we at least have a shot at winning,” O’Lenick said at a Republican Party meeting.”},{“_id”:”2VPBDLG46FDI3JWB7LKUMSF36I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953932},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In a letter, the county’s legislative delegation accused O’Lenick, a Republican appointee, of causing “irreparable harm” to her impartial duties of administering elections. They added that they could try to force her decision if she refuses.”},{“_id”:”C6Q3KKYSVNDVJB746PCD3QPUQE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953933},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Please be advised that the Gwinnett state House and Senate delegations will take all actions necessary through local legislation to protect the right to vote of every citizen in Gwinnett County,” the lawmakers wrote.”},{“_id”:”GRKQ5VLVCFDLLG62MULOB3AZA4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953934},”type”:”text”,”content”:”O’Lenick, according to The Gwinnett Daily Post, said at the GOP meeting that only the “elderly and the infirm” should be allowed to vote by mail without giving a reason for the request.”},{“_id”:”WWH2MH4RYNE4XNCIGZ3YATWMGA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611188953935},”type”:”text”,”content”:”She then repeated false claims of abuse of the voting system before saying that “ballot drop boxes have to go.””},{“_id”:”X3J4ROF6QNCOZIGGXZWHYEX22E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611248733070},”type”:”text”,”content”:”O’Lenick has indicated that she is going nowhere.”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”Georgia’s Department of Juvenile Justice and the state’s Department of Corrections both report that low pay has contributed to high turnover rates among their guards. Gov. Brian Kemp is proposing 10% raises for the guards, which would be funded by not filling vacant positions.”,”source”:{“system”:”photo center”,”name”:”AJC”,”edit_url”:”https://ajc.arcpublishing.com/photo/VSWAT6SIIFGTHGZVOQZIS52TCY”,”source_type”:”staff”,”additional_properties”:{“editor”:”photo center”}},”taxonomy”:{“associated_tasks”:[]},”type”:”image”,”distributor”:{“mode”:”reference”,”reference_id”:”8aec2b8c-455c-4816-903d-79fc8fdf8019″},”version”:”0.10.3″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/VSWAT6SIIFGTHGZVOQZIS52TCY.jpg”,”licensable”:false,”credits”:{“affiliation”:[{“name”:”Hédi Benyounes/Unsplash”,”type”:”author”}],”by”:[{“name”:”Hédi Benyounes/Unsplash”,”type”:”author”,”byline”:”Hédi Benyounes/Unsplash (Custom credit)”}]},”subtitle”:”Prison”,”width”:4592,”creditIPTC”:”Hédi Benyounes/Unsplash”,”_id”:”VSWAT6SIIFGTHGZVOQZIS52TCY”,”additional_properties”:{“fullSizeResizeUrl”:”/photo/resize/0mjX0BUYwY8-TDr3rr7MfP0bu_E=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/VSWAT6SIIFGTHGZVOQZIS52TCY.jpg”,”owner”:”[email protected]”,”comments”:[],”proxyUrl”:”/photo/resize/0mjX0BUYwY8-TDr3rr7MfP0bu_E=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/VSWAT6SIIFGTHGZVOQZIS52TCY.jpg”,”originalUrl”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/VSWAT6SIIFGTHGZVOQZIS52TCY.jpg”,”published”:true,”resizeUrl”:”http://thumbor-prod-us-east-1.photo.aws.arc.pub/0mjX0BUYwY8-TDr3rr7MfP0bu_E=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/VSWAT6SIIFGTHGZVOQZIS52TCY.jpg”,”ingestionMethod”:”manual”,”thumbnailResizeUrl”:”/resizer/1fFF4PEYRz9MzJZ-flrhtj58A28=/300×0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/VSWAT6SIIFGTHGZVOQZIS52TCY.jpg”,”version”:0,”originalName”:”hedi-benyounes-G_gOhJeCpMg-unsplash.jpg”,”mime_type”:”image/jpeg”,”restricted”:false,”template_id”:594,”galleries”:[],”_id”:”YC7BUEHEWBC2FBEAOYQUAYAV44″},”created_date”:”2020-12-19T18:28:32Z”,”last_updated_date”:”2020-12-19T18:28:32Z”,”height”:2584,”image_type”:”photograph”},{“level”:1,”_id”:”VV3WDVXGVBCCZP4B6Z3BCHCPQ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611187130433},”type”:”header”,”content”:”Stat of the week: 97% turnover”},{“_id”:”E4EBVNYPI5FBRLDZV4PCVB645A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611187130434},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Officials from the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice says 97% of their new corrections officers left the agency in fiscal 2020.”},{“_id”:”GLGWKJ36MNFNNCC3QDDUTIHRCY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611187130436},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Juvenile Justice Commissioner Tyrone Oliver said the top reasons the exiting officers gave for leaving were low pay and benefits.”},{“_id”:”4RX3V4ZWWBCPLIBKTOBGIHXGII”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611187130437},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The state Department of Corrections cites the same problem in holding onto its guards.”},{“_id”:”EN7TSBFZNVCE3G3BFAZIZQVIOM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611187130438},”type”:”text”,”content”:”To combat the problem, Gov. Brian Kemp’s budget proposes a 10% pay increase for guards from both departments.”},{“_id”:”I3YDMRJHMBESTPMBOTDM2TT4QQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611187130439},”type”:”text”,”content”:”If the General Assembly approves the plan, an entry-level corrections officer at an adult or juvenile detention center will see his or her pay jump from $27,936 to $30,730. The raises would take effect April 1.”},{“_id”:”SZJVHHNLDJDTFIC3QI4QY5AWDM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611187130440},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Both departments would pay for the raises by not filling vacant positions.”},{“_id”:”THHQ7HVUBND7PML6YB7C522RDE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1611187130442},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
“}],”display_date”:”2021-01-22T12:00:00Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Capitol Recap: Georgia economist predicts healthy spending will follow pandemic’s demise”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-01-22T12:00:00Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/politics”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Politics”,”description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”_id”:”/politics”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Political news with a Georgia focus, including the Georgia Legislature, Congress, White House, presidential elections and Georgia Congressional Districts.”,”site_title”:”AJC Georgia Politics | What’s really going on in politics”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Politics”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Politics”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”]},”order”:{“default”:1022,”TopNavRedesign”:1002,”TopNav”:1002,”ComposerNav”:1124}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/politics/election”,”parent”:{“default”:”/politics”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/politics”,”name”:”Election 2020″,”description”:”Atlanta and Georgia election news from the AJC”,”_id”:”/politics/election”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”/politics”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/politics”,”TopNav”:”/politics”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/election/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Atlanta and Georgia election news from the AJC”,”site_title”:”Election News”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Election 2020″},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Election 2020″,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/politics/election”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”]},”order”:{“TopNavRedesign”:2004,”TopNav”:2005,”ComposerNav”:1125}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics/election”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”parent”:{“default”:”/politics”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/politics”,”name”:”Legislature”,”description”:”News of the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia Governor and State Government from the AJC, Georgia’s largest team covering the Legislature and issues that matter to taxpayers”,”_id”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”/politics”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/politics”,”TopNav”:”/politics”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”https://www.ajc.com/politics/georgia-state-legislature/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”News of the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia Governor and State Government from the AJC, Georgia’s largest team covering the Legislature and issues that matter to taxpayers”,”site_title”:”Georgia Legislature News”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Legislature”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Legislature”,”_id”:”/politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”]},”order”:{“TopNavRedesign”:2003,”TopNav”:2003,”ComposerNav”:1128}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics/georgia-state-legislature”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/politics/issues”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Issues”,”description”:”Articles about issues that matter most to taxpayers from the AJC”,”_id”:”/politics/issues”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:null,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:null,”TopNav”:”/politics”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Articles about issues that matter most to taxpayers from the AJC”,”site_title”:”Issues”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Issues”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Issues”,”_id”:”/politics/issues”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[],”TopNav”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/politics”]},”order”:{“TopNav”:2004,”ComposerNav”:1130}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./politics/issues”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/politics”,”name”:”Politics”},”tags”:[{“text”:”politics.ajc”},{“text”:”legislature”},{“text”:”elections”},{“text”:”georgia news”},{“text”:”georgia-news.ajc”},{“text”:”ga-government.ajc”},{“text”:”government and politics”}]},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-01-22T12:00:05.725Z”,”canonical_url”:”/politics/capitol-recap-georgia-economist-predicts-healthy-spending-will-follow-pandemics-demise/UQ4F5TSF2VAB7EALZRJAKP3PUQ/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“by”:[{“name”:”Anupam Nath”,”type”:”author”}]},”subtitle”:”Virus Outbreak India”,”width”:4692,”caption”:”(AP Photo/Anupam Nath)”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/SZOJQVE6S3VC47JLGZIQB6QJ4Q.jpg”,”height”:3104}},”_id”:”UQ4F5TSF2VAB7EALZRJAKP3PUQ”}],”additional_properties”:{“took”:22,”timed_out”:false},”count”:19750,”next”:30,”_id”:”5d2fe5c9476ffe03a5e9a92a7647c249bc1322b70def598d1dbf4f05e6f43e0f”},”expires”:1612323116113,”lastModified”:1612322816113}}};