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Georgia Sen. Jeff Mullis, chairman of the Rules Committee known for his sense of humor, is retiring after 22 years in of...
03/22/2022
Senators honor Rules chair Jeff Mullis, retiring from public office

Georgia Sen. Jeff Mullis, chairman of the Rules Committee known for his sense of humor, is retiring after 22 years in office.

Senators and lawmakers gave thanks to Mullis for his hard work and infamously mischievous nature.

Georgia state Sen. Jeff Mullis is not running for reelection this year, ending his 22-year tenure, nine of which he served as the Senate Rules Committee chair. The Senate passed a resolution commending Mullis, and several lawmakers thanked him for his service and friendship.

Georgia professor breaks ground with history of Appalachian ginseng
03/19/2022
Georgia professor breaks ground with history of Appalachian ginseng

Georgia professor breaks ground with history of Appalachian ginseng

Luke Manget, an assistant professor of history at Dalton State College, conducted 10 years of research on the little-known history of the Appalachian ginseng trade and the intricacies of the shared economy.

03/16/2022

Georgia’s annual national rodeo brings hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls to Perry, Ga, including a Louisiana cowboy.

“It’s the best job in the world to us because it’s eight seconds of fun, and we get to travel the country with our buddies,” the cowboy said. https://bit.ly/365ZoVw

Kennesaw city officials heard feedback from citizens and their support with the 2022 comprehensive plan for the city. Re...
03/02/2022
Kennesaw officials look for public input on city planning

Kennesaw city officials heard feedback from citizens and their support with the 2022 comprehensive plan for the city.

Residents of Kennesaw support the changes that accommodate the growing city. Including better public transportation and more housing.

Kennesaw planning officials gathered opinions from residents during a public engagement meeting before updating the city’s comprehensive plan.

A new bill moving through the Georgia General Assembly is designed to give recording artists more income, while also pro...
03/01/2022
Enhanced protections on the table for Georgia recording artists

A new bill moving through the Georgia General Assembly is designed to give recording artists more income, while also protecting them from piracy on the web and with so-called tribute bands #musicians #gapol

Unlicensed streaming platforms and misleading marketing are at the forefront of proposed legislation to give artists more rights.

Georgia #publicschool educators already struggle with staffing and Covid-19 protocols but now worry schools are becoming...
02/28/2022
Educators worry the COVID-19 pandemic politicized schools

Georgia #publicschool educators already struggle with staffing and Covid-19 protocols but now worry schools are becoming a battleground for politicized issues, including parental rights in a classroom.

"From books to racial discussion, to even something as sort of accepted as diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Maureen Downey, a journalist for the AJC.

A panel of educators, journalists and lawyers discuss the state of Georgia's public schools over the last two years.

The Georgia Senate passed #SB449 which would give parents the right to look at class materials being taught in their chi...
02/23/2022
Georgia GOP pushes parent rights measure for public schools

The Georgia Senate passed #SB449 which would give parents the right to look at class materials being taught in their child’s K-12 schools including, race, sexual orientation and many others.

The Senate voted 33-21 with Governor Brian Kemp supporting the measure. #gapol

The new bill, SB 449, would allow parents to see all classroom materials being taught to their child in K-12 schools.

Georgia food truck owners are frustrated with what they describe as the state’s complex permitting bureaucracy. In addit...
02/22/2022

Georgia food truck owners are frustrated with what they describe as the state’s complex permitting bureaucracy. In addition to a business license, food trucks are required to have a health permit and a separate inspection for each county the truck operates in.

The Food Truck Association of Georgia, FTAG, is urging supporters to ask Governor Brian Kemp to spearhead reforms to ease the process and lower operational costs:https://bit.ly/3LPrfJR

The arrival of the portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively,...
02/18/2022
Obama portraits make historic stop in Atlanta

The arrival of the portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, marked a milestone for the museum.

“This is the first presidential portrait from an official collection to be on view at the High,” said Marci Tate Davis, the High Museum’s manager of public relations.

The High Museum in Atlanta is home to a temporary exhibit that displays portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle.

Demand for fresh #Georgia oysters from the coast is reaching a point where supply can't keep up. “Our hope is that in fi...
02/17/2022
Georgia’s fledgling oyster industry struggles to meet demand

Demand for fresh #Georgia oysters from the coast is reaching a point where supply can't keep up.

“Our hope is that in five or 10 years, once the industry is growing, all of our production is for research, and commercial productions are handled by private hatcheries,” said Thomas Bliss, the lab’s director.

A longtime favorite delicacy of seafood fanatics could lead to more jobs in Georgia and stimulate the local economy, experts say.

Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick is sponsoring a bill in effort to offer free tuition for law enforcement training. Kirkpatrick hope...
02/15/2022
Veterans entering law enforcement could train with free tuition

Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick is sponsoring a bill in effort to offer free tuition for law enforcement training.
Kirkpatrick hopes this will help veterans find jobs after their military service. #GeorgiaSenate

“We can keep more of these highly trained individuals in our state,” she said.

Veterans entering the law enforcement field could receive free tuition to make the transition from military service easier.

Bill seeks to give patients with #mentalhealth disorders a helping hand. #gapol #mentalhealthawareness“It is time to giv...
02/11/2022
Advance directives for mental health could give those in crisis more options

Bill seeks to give patients with #mentalhealth disorders a helping hand. #gapol #mentalhealthawareness

“It is time to give people who suffer from any type of mental illness the opportunity to have input into how they would like to be treated..." said Rep. Sharon Cooper.

https://freshtakegeorgia.org/advanced-directives-for-mental-health-could-give-those-in-crisis-more-options/

The Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive Act has a plan to further help those struggling with mental health disorders.

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan presided over his scheduled joint session of the House and Senate Tuesday. "I'll remember so many ...
02/09/2022
Duncan leads last joint floor session as lieutenant governor

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan presided over his scheduled joint session of the House and Senate Tuesday.

"I'll remember so many conversations, so many relationships, so many life lessons learned inside this chamber for myself and my family."

Geoff Duncan chaired the last joint session of his term as Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. He is not running for reelection or in any other races this election cycle.

ICYMI: The department would like to buy 15 license kiosks for its customer service centers. The machines are similar to ...
01/26/2022
Driver Services proposes self-service kiosks to address staffing shortage - Fresh Take Georgia

ICYMI: The department would like to buy 15 license kiosks for its customer service centers. The machines are similar to 53 already in use for tag renewal at some grocery stores and tag offices around the state. The commissioner said he would like to use those for license renewal as well.

Officials say self-service kiosks would allow drivers to renew their licenses without ever interacting with a driver services employee, cutting down wait times and increasing efficiency.

The Center for Sustainable Journalism has been selected to receive $20,000 in matching funds from NewsMatch for our dedi...
12/15/2021

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NEW: 2021 was the year of construction in Gainesville’s historic downtown. Locals said they are excited about the new re...
12/15/2021
Gainesville developments offer new life in downtown district

NEW: 2021 was the year of construction in Gainesville’s historic downtown. Locals said they are excited about the new residences, shops and restaurants coming to the area.

2021 was the year of construction in Gainesville’s historic downtown. Locals said they are excited about the new residences, shops and restaurants coming to the area.

State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver for House District 82 recently became the first Democrat to chair a committee in the Rep...
12/08/2021
One of Georgia’s longest-serving female lawmakers reflects on her losses and wins

State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver for House District 82 recently became the first Democrat to chair a committee in the Republican-controlled Georgia House since the GOP won control of the Legislature in 2005. Read more about her tenure in the GA legislature.⬇

State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver recently became the first Democrat to chair a committee in the Republican-controlled Georgia House since the GOP won control of the Legislature in 2005. Her legislative career of over 30 years makes her the second-longest serving female legislator in Georgia history.

BREAKING: Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat and leading voting rights activist, said Wednesday that she will launch an...
12/01/2021
Stacey Abrams launches 2nd campaign for Georgia governor

BREAKING: Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat and leading voting rights activist, said Wednesday that she will launch another campaign to become the nation’s first #Black woman governor. #gapol

Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat and leading voting rights activist, announced Wednesday that she will launch another campaign to become the nation's first Black woman governor.

From our partners at GPB News : Organizations that help those in long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol are asking st...
11/30/2021
Addiction recovery community asks state to fund Narcan for EMS workers — especially rural ones

From our partners at GPB News : Organizations that help those in long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol are asking state lawmakers for $2 million to help fund #Narcan for first responders, especially in more rural parts of the state. Find out more ⬇

Organizations that help those in long term recovery from drugs and alcohol are asking state lawmakers for $2 million to help fund Narcan for first responders, especially in more rural parts of the state.

Congress set aside nearly $1 billion in funding for Georgia to help tenants pay past due rent and utility bills during t...
11/30/2021
Georgia outlines plans to improve slow pace of rental help

Congress set aside nearly $1 billion in funding for Georgia to help tenants pay past due rent and utility bills during the pandemic, but the state has struggled to get the money out. Georgia officials have now outlined plans to increase the speed in which they get the money to landlords and renters. #Evictions #Naca

Georgia officials struggling to distribute federal funds to prevent evictions have outlined plans to increase the speed at which they get the money to landlords and renters.

ICYMI: The Republican majority in Georgia’s congressional delegation is likely to grow after state lawmakers on Monday g...
11/24/2021
McBath jumps districts as GOP-friendly Georgia map passes

ICYMI: The Republican majority in Georgia’s congressional delegation is likely to grow after state lawmakers on Monday gave final passage to a #redistricting plan that will give the GOP a strong advantage in nine of the state’s 14 districts.#gapol

The Republican majority in Georgia's congressional delegation is likely to grow after state lawmakers on Monday gave final passage to a redistricting plan that will give the GOP a strong advantage in nine of the state's 14 districts.

From our partners AP  : The Georgia Senate approved a redistricting proposal Friday moving it closer to becoming a law t...
11/20/2021
Georgia Senate advances congressional map with GOP advantage

From our partners AP : The Georgia Senate approved a redistricting proposal Friday moving it closer to becoming a law that is likely to shift a congressional district from Democratic to Republican control. #gapol #redistricting

The Georgia state Senate approved a redistricting proposal on Friday that is likely to shift a congressional district from Democratic to Republican control, moving it closer to becoming law.

With the #broadband improvement through Georgia EMC   spreading across the state, Georgia residents are gaining faster i...
11/19/2021
Broadband internet expanding in rural areas of Georgia

With the #broadband improvement through Georgia EMC spreading across the state, Georgia residents are gaining faster internet access. Read more here in this Gold Dome Debrief ⬇

With the broadband improvement through EMCs spreading across the state, Georgia residents are gaining faster internet access.

ICYMI: A proposal for Georgia's congressional map-making it more Republican has progressed toward the state's General As...
11/19/2021
Georgia congressional plan that favors Republicans advances

ICYMI: A proposal for Georgia's congressional map-making it more Republican has progressed toward the state's General Assembly vote. #gapol

A proposal likely to make Georgia's congressional map more Republican has advanced toward a vote in the state's General Assembly.

Georgia Department of Insurance shares how they have taken action on safety measures after a college student lost his li...
11/19/2021
Georgia Commissioner updates committee on elevator tragedy

Georgia Department of Insurance shares how they have taken action on safety measures after a college student lost his life at the end of August. #gapol ⬇

The Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner shares how he has been making a push towards more safety measures after the loss.

ICYMI: Republicans halt plans to overhaul the county commission and school board in #gwinnettcounty  after opponents sai...
11/18/2021
Senate GOP stalls Gwinnett government, school board changes

ICYMI: Republicans halt plans to overhaul the county commission and school board in #gwinnettcounty after opponents said their plans were trampling local wishes and legislative rules.

Republicans are putting on hold plans to overhaul the county commission and school board in Georgia's second most-populous county after opponents said their plans were trampling local wishes and legislative rules.

NEW: The votes have been made today finalizing the #redistricting process for both chambers of the General Assembly.
11/15/2021
Georgia House OKs Senate districts; Congress map to come

NEW: The votes have been made today finalizing the #redistricting process for both chambers of the General Assembly.

The Georgia House voted on Monday finalizing the redistricting process for both chambers of the General Assembly.

ICYMI: Mike Cheokas demonstrates a potentially life-saving hand gesture created by the Canadian Women's Foundation at th...
11/15/2021
Georgia Representative shares hand signal that alerts danger

ICYMI: Mike Cheokas demonstrates a potentially life-saving hand gesture created by the Canadian Women's Foundation at the special session last week. #SignalForHelp

Lawmaker demonstrates the Signal for Help hand movements, a potentially life saving action if people know what it means..

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From our partners at Fresh Take Georgia: “This is the best job in the world to us, because it’s eight seconds of fun, and we get to travel the country doing it with our buddies,” said one cowboy, who ended up placing fourth in ba****ck riding, earning $405.
In a recent Fresh Take Georgia article, Advocates for Responsible Care Executive Director Dorothy Leone-Glasser argues that access to brand name medications is important for many patients living with chronic illnesses. Keep reading today:
Georgians are facing high costs at the pharmacy counter, but House Bill 867 aims to lower the cost of some drugs for insured patients by increasing transparency in medication pricing. Learn more in Fresh Take Georgia:
Thank you for the article on HB 867 Lowering Prescription Drug Costs by Sarah Swetlik. HB 867 will help patients get their manufacturers rebates at the pharmacy counter and create much needed oversight of PBMs.
From our partners Fresh Take Georgia: Food truck owners are frustrated with what they describe as Georgia’s complex permitting bureaucracy. In addition to a business license, the Georgia Department of Public Health requires a health permit and a separate inspection for each county the truck operates in.
From our partners at Fresh Take Georgia: Three years after legalizing commercial oyster farming, Georgia’s oyster industry is hampered by a lack of commercial oyster hatcheries and a limited harvest season.
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