Closer Look: State Rep. Matthew Wilson on Introducing ‘Red Flag’ Legislation in GA, ATL City Councilmember Matthew Westmoreland On A New Invest Atlanta Proposal; The Impact of the Fed’s Interest Rates Cut
0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on reports from the Georgia Department of Public Health that one person has now died from the Legionnaire’s outbreak tied to downtown Atlanta’s Sheraton Hotel.
In other news, we hear from advocacy organizations who are asking Fulton County Commissioners not to send detainees from the overcrowded Fulton County Jail to the Atlanta City Detention Center.
3:33: Atlanta City Councilmember Matthew Westmoreland sponsored legislation that aims to create more accountability, and a strategic plan, for Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm. He joins Closer Look to discuss the legislation, which was authored by Invest Atlanta, with input from the council, and approved by the city council earlier this week.
22:00: Following the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, President Donald Trump has spoken out in favor of “red-flag” legislation, which would give judges the authority to confiscate weapons from those they deem a risk. Democratic State Representative of District 80 Matthew Wilson has introduced similar legislation here in Georgia with HB 435. He explains why he believes the legislation could curb gun violence.
40:09: The United States Federal Reserve decided last week to cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade. What does this say about the state of the United States and the global economy? And how much will this change affect everyday Americans? Dr. Raymond Hill, senior lecturer in finance at Emory University explains the implications of this change.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.