Georgia ag chief warns budget cuts will reduce food inspections
Most state agency heads who appeared before legislative budget writers Tuesday vowed to do more with less to meet the spending-reduction targets Gov. Brian Kemp has set for them. But Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black warned job losses in his department could seriously hamper the state’s No.1 industry.... Read more
Tax credit program for rural hospitals lags in donations
The rural hospital tax credit didn’t even hit its $60 million cap last year for the first time since lawmakers created the program in 2016. Read the full article: Capitol Beat News Service  Read more
Rep. Richard Smith to chair House Rules Committee
Georgia Rep. Richard Smith, R-Columbus, will succeed the late Rep. Jay Powell as chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, Speaker David Ralston announced. “Richard Smith has earned the trust and respect of every member of our House of Representatives,” said Ralston, R-Blue Ridge. Read the full article: Capitol... Read more
Court rules Athens clinic can be sued over data breach
In what may be the first large data-breach case to reach the Georgia Supreme Court, the high court has ruled that patients of a Clarke County medical clinic whose computer databases were hacked may proceed with a lawsuit against the clinic. Read the full article: Albany Herald  Read more
State Sen. Greg Kirk dies of cancer
Rosalyn Kirk summed up her husband’s and her family’s courageous battle early Sunday morning with a simple but heart-felt Facebook post that conveyed the family’s struggle as Greg Kirk battled bile duct cancer. Read the full article: Albany Herald  Read more

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