The worry is building among Georgia policymakers that the differences between metro and country are too big, to the detriment of folks in rural Georgia. It’s among lots of states thinking about how to make up the difference.
The idea of ratifying ERA is getting some serious bipartisan support in the Georgia Legislature — about 36 years after the deadline to change the Constitution to guarantee equal rights for people regardless of sex.
Georgia will have about $27.5 billion to spend in the year that begins in July. The new governor is making proposed teacher raises a centerpiece. Democrats are pressing to spend on a Medicaid expansion.
The Georgia Legislature starts its annual session with a new governor and a lot of new members. The city of Atlanta wants a couple of adjustments to state law, but that’s not all of interest to the city and its residents.
Georgia is suing about two dozen entities, alleging that those opioid manufacturers and distributors illegally and deceptively marketed their products; and failed to prevent the diversion of powerful, pain-killing, addictive drugs.
Republican Gov.-elect Brian Kemp said it’s time to “put politics behind us,” addressing a group of mainly lawmakers and lobbyists, in a bit of an opening speech ahead of his first legislative session as governor.
The candidates who are running to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Nathan Deal are splitting on what’s probably the incumbent’s marquee policy: changes to the criminal justice system that have driven down the state’s prison population.