Georgia’s Legislative Black Caucus calls on business community to oppose voting reform bills

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Georgia’s Legislative Black Caucus is joining civic groups trying to engage the private sector in pushing back against voter reform bills moving through the state legislatures. “Our whole message to the business community leaders is we cannot afford for them to be silent,” said Rep. Derrick Jackson, D-Tyrone, vice-chair of the Legislative Black Caucus. They say as the largest legislative …

Democrats get rare stage time at Georgia business community event

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Typically, at the annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast, sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, leaders of the majority party take the stage, giving business leaders a glimpse at their priorities for the legislative session. This year was different. For one thing, Wednesday’s event was virtual, meaning audience members listened to the speakers on their computers or cell phones instead …

Campaigns work to combat vaccine skepticism

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At Off the Hook barber shop in southwest Atlanta, getting the covid-19 vaccine isn’t top of minds. “It’s overall distrust about America’s treatment of black folks from the beginning,” said customer Rick Patterson. Patterson isn’t the only one skeptical of the vaccine. A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that 35 percent of Black adults say they “definitely or probably would …

Legislative Black Caucus honors Ahmaud Arbery, celebrates Hate Crimes Bill passage

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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — Georgia’s Legislative Black Caucus gathered inside the State Capitol to celebrate the passing of the Georgia’s hate crimes bill that is soon to be signed into law after a more than five-year effort. “It just was not us, it was all the peaceful movements. It was all the rallies. It was all the emails. It was …

Georgia Legislative Black Caucus issues coronavirus recommendations

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Representatives from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus want to make sure they have input on how the state reacts to the coronavirus pandemic. The group is issuing a list of recommendations to the task force created by Governor Brian Kemp. “We’re not surprised that we’ve been somewhat of a whipping post as it relates to mortality,” said State Representative J. …

The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus announced its 2020 legislative priorities

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ATLANTA (CBS46)—In honor of Black History Month, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) announced its 2020 legislative priorities. One of the legislative priorities for 2020 is the expansion of affordable healthcare, according to GLBC member Rep. Patty Bentley (D-Butler). “We believe Georgia should catch up with other states across the nation and expand Medicaid, insuring hundreds of thousands more of …

Chairman of GA House Rules Committee passes away at age 67

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CAMILLA, Ga. (CBS46) Georgia Representative Jay Powell, chairman of the House Rules Committee, has passed away at age 67. According to Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, Powell collapsed and died during a Caucus Leadership retreat in Young Harris. Powell was born in Quitman, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1977. He also served as mayor …