Category: Law

State and Local Officials Take Varying Approaches to the “Distracted Driving” Issue

This morning, Speaker Ralston’s office released a statement announcing the members of a House Committee to look at Distracted Driving. Rep. John Carson – Chair (R-Marietta) Rep. Shaw Blackmon (R-Bonaire) Rep. Heath Clark (R-Warner Robins) Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna) Rep. Bill Hitchens (R-Rincon) Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee) Rep. Brian Prince (D-Augusta) Rep. Darlene Taylor (R-Thomasville) Rep.

LaGrange Sued for Restricting Access to Utilities

A lawsuit representing the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, the Troup County NAACP, Project South, and seven residents of LaGrange was filed in Atlanta Thursday, alleging that the city illegally restricts access to basic utilities with policies that unfairly target African-Americans and Latinos. The city of LaGrange, the sole provider of utilities in the area, disconnects

Governor Deal signs bill to Strengthen Sex Trafficking Laws

Sen. Renee Unterman (R – Buford) issued the following statement after Governor Deal signed House Bill 341 into law: “House Bill 341 becoming law brings us one step closer to properly prosecuting those who engage in sex trafficking or soliciting victims,” said Sen. Unterman. “Fighting for sex trafficking victim’s rights remains a top priority for the

A Runoff for You! And a Runoff for You! Everyone Gets a Runoff!

I was reading the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last Wednesday night when I came upon the realization that there will be two different runoff elections within the next two months. More accurately, I was reading Jim Galloway’s “Ahead of Georgia’s Sixth District contest, a May 16 test vote,” which alerted me to the fact this was happening. Having spent

You Can’t Have a Hospital Because We Don’t Get to Build It

In the continuing saga that is the building of a hospital in Columbia County, The Augusta Chronicle reports today that the Georgia Court of Appeals has voted to send the case Doctors Hospital filed against the Georgia Department of Community Health back to Fulton County Superior Court. Doctors Hospital had asked for a judicial review of the