Government & Politics

surgical smoke: operating room with doctors around operating table
The Georgia Legislature is considering a bill that would mandate the use of technology in operating rooms that removes the presence of a by-product known as surgical smoke.
Gun licensing: Wordcloud circle with GUN CONTROL in center and related word forming the circle in black text on gray
Legislation has been filed that aims to allow people to carry a weapon without a license, as long as the person is eligible to obtain a weapon license. If adopted, HB 110 would prevent law enforcement from checking any individual's record before getting a license: instead they would only be charged if they had a previous record.
Trooper recruitment: Georgia state troopers stand in street outside the Georgia Capitol building behind a street barrier.
The Georgia State Patrol is struggling to recruit candidates, dealing with a decline in trooper numbers possibly caused by the current climate. During the Georgia House Appropriations Public Safety Subcommittee meeting held virtually on January 22, the most important issue centered around recruitment and retaining troopers to protect the citizens of Georgia.
Gang violence: Group of people in hoodies and pants stand facing a bright light at the far end of a fog-filled tunnel
In our sixth weekly episode of Gold Dome Debrief we cover Georgia's legislative counter to the 'defund the police' movement, expansion of COVID-19 vaccinations and efforts to combat gang violence. #gapol
vape HB 287: Hand holding an e-cigarette surrounded by swirling smoke.
A new bill in the Georgia Legislature would mandate instruction on tobacco and vapor products for students in public school grades K-12. In a House Education Committee meeting on Feb. 9, Rep. Bonnie Rich, R-Suwanee, said her HB 287 would address the current vaping crisis, which has emerged in schools within the last few years.
Parental leave: Parents stand in front of homewith child in the background
ATLANTA – In the weeks following the birth of her firstborn child, Georgia high school teacher Melody Montgomery’s world revolved around the quiet moments spent with her daughter sleeping peacefully in her lap.
PODCAST Georgia voter registration: Word cloud with bright colors on navy
Season 1 Episode 5 — Feb. 12, 2021 In our fifth weekly podcast episode of Gold Dome Debrief we cover the Right to Visit act, the state education budget and proposed Georgia voter registration laws. #gapol Gold...
Budget Woes: Logo in gold and white on navy blue DBHDD GA Dept Behavioral Health and developmental Disabilities.
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is unlikely to see a restoration of the $91 million cut from its budget in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic last year.
Gracie's Law: Lime green ribbons curled and scattered atop buttons that read "End organ transplant discrimination against people with disabilities. Gracie's Law"
The Georgia Legislature is considering a bill that would make the state the latest to ban discrimination against individuals with physical and mental disabilities in the organ transplant process.
PODCAST Black History Month: Three brustrokes of red, yellow & green on blcak background with white text "Black History Month"
Season 1 Episode 4 — Feb. 05, 2021 In our fourth podcast episode of Gold Dome Debrief we cover campus free speech and free speech areas, police reform and reflections on Black History month. #gapol Gold Dome...
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