Articles by Ben Nadler

Georgia Lawmakers Approve Home Delivery of Alcohol

The state House gave final approval to legislation Thursday allowing packaged goods retailers to make home deliveries of beer, wine and liquor. House members approved of the bill 114-45. Under the bill, only alcohol in “unbroken packages” could be sold …

Georgia Allows Teen Drivers to Bypass Road Test During Pandemic

Thousands of teens in Georgia don’t have to take a road test to get their driver’s licenses during the coronavirus pandemic, under an executive order signed by the governor. Teens between the ages of 16 and 18 who have had …

Georgia Senate Bill Aims to Limit Civil Lawsuits in the State

A Georgia Senate bill backed by Republicans aims to take on the tall task of limiting lawsuits in state courts, citing high legal costs faced by businesses. Senate Bill 415, sponsored by state Sen. Steve Gooch of Dahlonega, would make …

Georgia to Receive $347M in Long-Awaited Hurricane Michael Relief

Georgia’s governor and agriculture commissioner on Wednesday announced that $347 million in federal disaster relief funding would soon be available to farmers, nearly a year and a half after Hurricane Michael caused billions of dollars in damage to southwest Georgia. …

Georgia Moves Towards Loosening Safety Regulations for Dams Near New Homes

Georgia could soon loosen safety standards for dams that sit above newly built homes, under a proposal unanimously passed by a state Senate committee. Senate Bill 319 would allow for homes and other inhabitable structures to be built in a …

Georgia Gov Appoints Police Chief King as Insurance Head During Beck Suspension

An Atlanta-area police chief was appointed by Georgia’s governor Wednesday to head the state’s insurance commission after the previous commissioner was indicted on federal charges. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp announced that Doraville Police Chief John King will fill the office …

Georgia House Budget Increases Funds for Hurricane, School Safety

The Georgia House has approved a midyear budget adjustment that increases funding for school safety and farmers hit by the devastation of Hurricane Michael in October. Republican Rep. Terry England, chairman of the House Appropriations committee, said the $192.5 million …

Georgia Gov Vetoes Controversial Cybercrime Bill

Georgia’s governor has vetoed a bill that would have criminalized unauthorized computer access after receiving blowback from the state’s booming cybersecurity industry. The bill, vetoed by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal last month, would have made it a misdemeanor punishable by …

Georgia Gov Vetoes Cybercrime Bill, Cites Potential for ‘Unintended Consequences’

Georgia’s governor has vetoed a bill that would have criminalized unauthorized computer access after receiving blowback from the state’s booming cybersecurity industry. The bill, vetoed by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday, would have made it a misdemeanor punishable by …

Google, Microsoft Urge Georgia Governor to Veto Cybercrime Bill

Tech giants Google and Microsoft have joined a chorus or cybersecurity experts urging Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to veto a bill that makes unauthorized computer access a crime punishable by up to a year in prison. The 11/2-page proposal, passed …