0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how the 116th Congress is sworn in today, including a record-breaking number of women. Among them, representing Georgia, now Rep. Lucy McBath of the 6th District. Democrats officially regained majority control of the House of Representatives today and Republicans still control the Senate. It’s the first time Democrats have been in control of the House since 2011. The House will be led by longtime Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
In other news, with just two weeks left in office, Gov. Nathan Deal’s official portrait was unveiled at the Georgia State Capitol earlier. Deal was joined by First Lady Sandra Deal, as well as House Speaker David Ralston and others. Chief of Staff Chris Riley was emotional as he spoke about Deal and the portrait, imagining bringing his future grandchildren to view the painting. After the portrait was revealed, Deal said a few words himself, expressing his gratitude.
10:36: How does a home or piece of land get passed from generation to generation? It may seem obvious, but there can be complications when there is no will, or there are multiple heirs. That’s where the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center comes in. Started in 2015, it’s a not-for-profit law firm aiming to help secure and preserve property rights for Georgia residents. We hear more about the mission and efforts of the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center from COO Delene Porter and Legal Programs Director Joann Johnston.
Last year, Closer Look launched its “Paycheck to Paycheck” series to see how folks were living in the metro area, the state and the nation. We hear a round table segment called “Putting Georgians to Work”, which brings state leaders together to talk about local resources to help Georgians find jobs and looks at industries that are experiencing a shortage in skilled workers. Our roundtable of experts includes Keith Parker, President and CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia; Santiago Marquez, President and CEO of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Victoria Seals, president of Atlanta Technical College; andNancy Flake Johnson, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.