Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed the nearly $26 billion state budget passed on the final day of the delayed 2020 General Assembly on Friday. The budget avoids unpaid employee furloughs and layoffs but does involve deep cuts to programs.
With four months to go until Election Day, Georgia Democrats say the numbers are on their side.
Makers of personal protective equipment in Georgia will get a $1,250-a-job tax break for the next five years, with lawmakers saying they want to aid the businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Georgia lawmakers agreed Friday to a budget that promises sharp cuts but is supposed to avoid unpaid employee furloughs and layoffs in one of the closing acts of the 2020 session of the General Assembly.
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, behind a panel of Plexiglass at the front of the House chamber, broke one more tradition during a legislative session of firsts thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Teachers have demands more lawmakers including hiring more black teachers and funding more counselors.
Lawmakers in the Georgia General Assembly on Friday are concluding the regular 2020 session of the General Assembly after a months-long recess because of COVID-19. Besides their annual duty of passing a budget to govern state spending, here’s a look at the fate of some other significant issues:
Georgia lawmakers want to protect businesses and other from being sued if someone blames them for contracting COVID-19, but House members voted Friday for less-extensive protections than the business community sought.
Gov. Brian Kemp signed House Bill 426 into law Friday afternoon at the State capitol in Atlanta, joining 46 other states who have hate crime laws.
An expansion of medical coverage aiming at reducing deaths among mothers of Georgia newborns is headed to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk for his signature or veto.
Public school students in Georgia are likely to see fewer state standardized tests in coming years.
Georgia lawmakers came closer Thursday to tighter oversight of tax breaks for television and film production, even as they proposed other new incentives for businesses.
Lawmakers in Georgia’s House voted Thursday to regulate and tax vaping products, but aren’t taking the chance to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Republicans controlling a Georgia House committee approved legislation Wednesday that would prevent election officials from proactively sending mail ballot request forms to voters ahead of an election.
A bill in Georgia allowing for the home delivery for beer, wine, and spirits is headed to the governor's desk.
With just one day left in the 2020 legislative session, lawmakers have reached a deal on the FY 2021 budget, which begins next week. The state has seen drastically reduced tax revenues in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
A small, grassroots group of teachers gathered outside the State Capitol Wednesday to urge lawmakers not to cut public education funding.
Gov. Brian Kemp is giving lawmakers permission to spend $250 million from Georgia’s rainy day fund to decrease budget cuts in the year beginning July 1.
When some Georgia voters endured a pandemic, pouring rain and massive waits earlier this month to cast their ballot, President Donald Trump and other Republicans blamed local Democrats for presiding over chaos.
Georgia state lawmakers could see their pay cut by 11% under a proposal advancing in the state Senate.