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Georgia Supreme Court justices appear skeptical of Athens DA’s claim of open records exemption

In an upcoming ruling, Georgia’s Supreme Court will weigh in on a claim brought by Athens-Clarke District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez, arguing that top prosecutors are exempt from the state’s open records laws. The case involves assertions that the trial court overlooked a constitutional provision in denying Gonzalez’s motion to dismiss an open records complaint, mirroring similar immunity arguments made by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a separate case related to the 2020 presidential election interference.

CNN sets first Biden-Trump presidential debate for June 27 in Atlanta

CNN announced today that it will host a debate between President Joe Biden and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the network’s Atlanta studios on June 27, with no audience present. Both candidates have agreed to participate, marking a pivotal moment in the lead-up to the November election as they engage in direct exchanges over key issues.

Though noncitizens can vote in few local elections, GOP goes big to make it illegal

Amidst ongoing debates over election integrity, Republican lawmakers are intensifying efforts to prevent non-U.S. citizens from voting, proposing state constitutional amendments and new laws for stricter citizenship verification at the polls. Critics argue these measures stoke anti-immigration sentiment and baseless fears of widespread voter fraud, merely to energize the GOP base ahead of the upcoming presidential election.

Disability advocates join efforts to halt Atlanta’s ‘Cop City’

When then-Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced plans for a new law enforcement training complex in Dekalb County’s Weelaunee Forest, it sparked widespread opposition under the “Stop Cop City” banner, particularly among disability justice activists who argue the project would disproportionately harm disabled individuals. Nearly three years later, despite ongoing construction of what will be the nation’s largest police training facility, community resistance continues to underscore concerns about the environmental impact, the potential for increased police militarization, and the specific vulnerabilities of the disabled community.

Georgia governor signs school voucher bill to provide $6,500 toward private tuition

Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia signed multiple education bills, including a controversial voucher program allowing parents to use $6,500 in state funds for private schooling or homeschooling of children from low-performing schools. Critics argue this diverts essential resources from public schools and lacks sufficient oversight, while proponents claim it offers necessary educational choices and opportunities.

Rural counties rely on prisons to provide firefighters who work for free

In rural Georgia, incarcerated individuals trained as firefighters and emergency responders are frequently called upon to tackle various emergencies, a practice that began in 1963 and has expanded significantly over the decades. Despite providing crucial support in under-resourced areas, this program faces criticism for potentially exploiting the incarcerated and impacting the job market for professional firefighters.

Georgians poised to secure incremental gains in mental health treatment options in 2024

In Georgia, recent legislative efforts have expanded mental health initiatives, including passing several smaller bills that build on previous reforms and incorporating new funding for the behavioral health crisis system. These changes come after setbacks in prior sessions, reflecting a growing bipartisan commitment to enhancing mental health services despite some contentious political maneuvers.

Critics pan Georgia Power fossil fuel plans ahead of state PSC hearing

During a hearing, a Georgia Power representative urged the Public Service Commission to support a stipulated agreement that offers financial protection for ratepayers, despite criticisms that the company’s plans are unrealistic and could increase its carbon footprint. Critics argue that replacing the expanded use of fossil fuels with more renewable energy in the plan could prevent significant environmental impacts.

Georgia to strengthen property owners’ rights against squatters

Georgia lawmakers have passed the Squatters Reform Act, aiming to shift the legal treatment of illegal occupancy from a civil to a criminal matter, enabling property owners to more swiftly remove unauthorized occupants. The legislation, which awaits Governor Brian Kemp’s signature, mandates squatters to produce valid occupancy documentation within three days or face criminal trespass charges, streamlining the process for property owners to reclaim their rights.