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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.
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.
Teachers Wait for Vaccine: Illustration of four rows of people of multiple ethnicities facing forward all wearing face masks in brown, bue and gold tops.
The COVID-19 vaccination rollout is off to a rocky start in Georgia, and teachers are anxious to claim their spots in line. In the meantime, many are back in schools, putting on a brave face for students and expressing alarm among friends. Babette DeLaune is a retired K-12 educator. She retired two years ago, after 14 years teaching in Clayton County, and another 12 in Cherokee County.