WABE's Week In Review: Georgia lawmakers move through bills forcing more use cash bail, making it tougher to unionize and dumping ballot QR codes
UPDATE: The Georgia State House passes HB 915, the amended Fiscal Year 2024 state budget. This is the budget currently funding state government through June 30th.— Rahul Bali (@rahulbali) February 7, 2024
The vote was 161-2.
The State Senate has already began hearings on the proposed $37.5 billion budget. #gapol pic.twitter.com/7qaIN6wKcU
Requiring more cash bail…
Advocates are calling Senate Bill 63, soon headed to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's desk, a step back from years of criminal justice reform.https://t.co/esA0sWGsmK— WABE News (@wabenews) February 8, 2024
Take a deep breath…
Georgia is set to reconsider its air quality permitting and regulations as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday that it is lowering limits for soot pollution known as PM 2.5.https://t.co/X1jaMvqPdX— WABE News (@wabenews) February 8, 2024
Also in this episode…
–Sam Gringlas reports on Georgia Republican senators moving through a bill to prohibit using QR codes to tabulate election ballots.
–Marlon Hyde has more on Georgia lawmakers passing a bill backed by Gov. Brian Kemp that would make it harder to organize labor unions across the state.
–Julien Virgin tells us more on what some of Georgia’s LGBTQ+ advocates are keeping their eyes on during this legislative session.
–Emily Wu Pearson reports on Atlantans stepping up to help resettle refugees by partnering with a State Department program that just turned a year old.
–Emily Jones reports on the increased concern over recent right whale injuries and deaths.
–Molly Samuel tells us about the largest-known deep sea coral system on Earth just off the coast of Georgia.