Last week, the House Armed Services Committee – with Georgia Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA 8) as the lone Peach State member – passed the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill provides funding for the military and includes everything from radar systems to Covid-19 diagnostic equipment.read more
Several years ago, Attorney General Chris Carr waged war against the opioid crisis in Georgia. At that time, Georgia had experienced 982 deaths from an opioid-related drug overdose— a death toll that has increased tenfold since 1999 and one that ranked Georgia among the top 11 states with the most opioid overdose deaths.read more
Racial and political tensions remain high in Atlanta and the latest evidence is the fact that a longtime and well-known restaurant is being monitored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its company president Susan DeRose has been under police protection.read more
Georgia’s commitment to fight human trafficking has already been getting attention nationwide, and the state continues to add tools to the toolbox. A bill introduced on behalf of Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp to combat human trafficking across the state sailed through the Senate late last week by a 48-0 margin.read more
It was a close Atlanta City Council vote Saturday on the Atlanta Police Department’s fiscal year 2021 budget in the wake of recent looting, riots and the Wendy’s police officer shooting of a black man who resisted arrest and tried to escape.read more
The Georgia Center for Assisted Living and representatives of 26 assisted living communities across the state are asking Georgia’s Congressional delegation for “urgent assistance in securing direct federal funding, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and prioritization for testing of COVID-19.”read more
Gov. Brian Kemp joined with State education leaders Thursday to make several announcements regarding testing and teacher certifications, including the removal of the edTPA assessment as a requirement for the certification of educators in Georgia and the removal of the second of two required ethics assessments. Officials said the removal of these two assessments cuts the certification cost for Georgia teachers by nearly half, easing barriers for many in the midst of the fight with COVID-19.read more
A mix of relief, fear and uncertainty has cropped up for business leaders and worker advocates in Georgia eyeing new protections for companies and hospitals against coronavirus-related lawsuits.read more
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Does anyone share my disappointment in the decline of our newspaper of record, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution? I vehemently object to the Gracie Bonds Staples opinion printed on June 22 titled “When police can’t see a man’s humanity, things can’t help but turn bad.”
The North Georgia Elder Abuse Task Force Foundation seeks to combat abuse of senior citizens through our coordinating, training and educational meetings with law enforcement, regulators, affected businesses and public organizations. We further seek to address the financial, physical, emotional, sexual and institutional abuses of seniors.
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