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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Georgia Newsletter for Sunday March 08, 2020 ( 35 items )  

Alliance Defending Freedom: Atheists, Jews, Muslims, Catholics File Support at US Supreme Court for Student Free Speech Rights
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- The Alliance Defending Freedom issued the following news release: * * * - Diverse array of organizations ask high court to take case of two former students at Georgia Gwinnett College * * * An ideologically diverse array of groups submitted friend-of-the-court briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court this week that ask it to take a case filed by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys on behalf of two former college students seeking to vindicate their constitutionally protected  more

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network: House Bill 864 Takes Dangerous Step Back in Protecting Georgia Youth
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 7 -- The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network issued the following news release on March 6: Yesterday, the House Ways & Means Committee passed HB 864, advancing legislation that would reduce tobacco taxes on certain products by half and fail to adequately tax e-cigarettes amidst talks to significantly increase Georgia's dangerously low tobacco taxes. The statement below is on behalf of Government Relations Director, Andy Freeman in reaction to yesterday's commi  more

American Cancer Society: Colorectal Cancer Burden Shifting to Younger Individuals
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 6 -- The American Cancer Society issued the following news release: * * * - Half of new diagnoses are now in people 66 and younger * * * The burden of colorectal cancer is swiftly shifting to younger individuals as incidence increases in young adults and declines in older age groups, according to Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2020, a publication of the American Cancer Society. A sign of the shift: the median age of diagnosis has dropped from age 72 in 2001-2002 to age   more

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers Announces Call for Abstracts for Ventilation 2021
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 6 -- The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers issued the following news release: ASHRAE is accepting paper abstracts for Ventilation 2021: 13th International Industrial Ventilation Conference for Contaminant Control, taking place Aug. 15-18, 2021, at the Sheraton City Centre, Toronto. The conference, hosted by ASHRAE, is held every three years and rotates between locations and organizers across Europe, North America and Southeast Asia  more

Athene USA Partners With Operation HOPE
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 7 -- Operation HOPE issued the following news release: * * * - Attendees encouraged to "pull a block for HOPE" to support the work of financial dignity and empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE * * * Operation HOPE, a non-profit that provides financial literacy education and coaching to Americans of all ages, is pleased to announce it received a $12,000 donation from Athene USA ("Athene"), a leading provider of retirement savings products. The donation was made as par  more

Author, Sportswriter Maria Cornelius Receives 2020 Women's Basketball Coaches Association Mel Greenberg Media Award
LILBURN, Georgia, March 3 -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association issued the following news release: Longtime communications professional Maria M. Cornelius, author of the award-winning book, The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt, is the recipient of the 2020 WBCA Mel Greenberg Media Award, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced. Named after Mel Greenberg, the Philadelphia Inquirer sportswriter who founded the Associated Press Top 25 women's basketball poll, the  more

Blinded Veterans Association: Georgia Blinded Vet a True Spark of Light in the Darkness
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- The Blinded Veterans Association issued the following news release: Thanks to the leadership of Elizabeth Holmes, currently the organization's National Treasurer and previously the president of the Columbus Chapter of the Georgia Regional Group, the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) has been a shining light wherever Liz sees fit to offer her time, energy, and expertise in service to her community and her fellow blinded veterans. Liz herself brightens the lives of others  more

CARE: Kerry Washington, Bellamy Young, Katie Lowes & Shonda Rhimes Reunite to Make #WomenEqual This International Women's Day
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 6 -- CARE issued the following news release: This International Women's Day, leading global humanitarian and development organization CARE has partnered with the women of Scandal -- Kerry Washington, Bellamy Young, Katie Lowes and series creator Shonda Rhimes -- for a new PSA that calls out the many obstacles women experience and underscores the powerful things women can achieve when given the opportunity to reach their full potential. The video is part of CARE's #WomenE  more

Carter Center Encourages Patience and Peace as Guyana Awaits Election Results
GEORGETOWN, Georgia, March 5 -- The Carter Center issued the following news release: In a preliminary statement released, The Carter Center commended the people of Guyana for their participation in the March 2 election and encouraged all Guyanese to remain patient and peaceful as GECOM finalizes the results. Because the election process is still ongoing, this statement reflects only preliminary findings of observations through March 3. It does not provide an overall assessment, which can only  more

Carter Center Issues Joint Statement on International Observers in Guyana
GEORGETOWN, Georgia, March 7 -- The Carter Center issued the following statement: The international observer missions from the Commonwealth, the Organization of American States, the European Union, and The Carter Center issue the following statement: The tabulation of results for the election in Region 4 was interrupted and remains incomplete. The law requires that tabulation must be conducted in the presence of party agents and observers. Until this transparent process takes place, the counti  more

Carter Center Issues Statement on Lions Clubs International
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 7 -- The Carter Center issued the following statement by President Jason Carter: Rosalynn and I are proud that our grandson, Jason Carter, will be inducted as a member of Lions Clubs International. As Lions Clubs International celebrates the 42nd Annual Lions Day with the United Nations under the theme "Peace and International Understanding," our shared commitment to peace and service is more important now than ever. I have been a proud Lion since 1953. Membership in Li  more

Early Registration Open for ASHRAE's 2020 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 4 -- The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers issued the following news release: ASHRAE is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference, June 27 to July 1 in Austin, Texas. Early bird registration ends May 3. "We are living in a constantly changing world. ASHRAE members are facing a major evolutionary change in how buildings and energy systems interact," said Bing Liu, chair of the 2020 Annu  more

Farmers Union Kicks Off 118th Anniversary Convention
SAVANNAH, Georgia, March 2 -- The National Farmers Union issued the following news release: National Farmers Union (NFU) officially convened its 118th Anniversary Convention this afternoon in Savannah, Georgia, to celebrate American farm families and to set the organization's policy positions and priorities for the coming year. More than 500 Farmers Union members from across the country are gathered for the annual event, which runs through March 3. "At its core, Farmers Union is a grassroots,   more

Georgia Chamber of Commerce: Business Intelligence Bulletin - COVID19 Update
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 6 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber is encouraging Georgia businesses to make fact-based decisions and to stay updated regarding COVID19. "We thank Governor Brian Kemp and his steady hand through the early days of the process to keep Georgia safe and our economy strong," said Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber President and CEO. "We are working daily with the U.S. Chamber and our local partners to provide the latest insi  more

IEEE-USA Launches Original Engineering Superhero Comic Book
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- IEEE-USA, a unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, issued the following news release: Cartoonist Jeff Knurek steps into the world of engineering with a new, original comic book series - The Slate Twins: Caught in the Currents - launching from IEEE-USA. "A new duo of heroes is in town, ready to do battle with the forces of evil," said Georgia Stelluto, Publications Manager at IEEE-USA. "The Slate Twins is our first digital and print comic book with  more

Institute for Justice: Georgia Supreme Court Refuses to Consider Whether State Legislature Should Be Exempt From Public Records Law
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 4 -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release: * * * - Lower court decisions held that the Open Records Act does not apply to the Georgia General Assembly or its offices * * * The Georgia Supreme Court denied an appeal in a case challenging whether the Georgia General Assembly should be exempt from the public records law. While the Georgia Open Records Act subjects "every state office" to its requirements, the Fifth Division of the Court of Appeals   more

Journal of School Health Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
CINCINNATI, Ohio, March 6 -- The Journal of School Health, a peer-reviewed journal from the American School Health Association that says it features health and well-being of school-aged youth, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * State Lawmaker's Views on Childhood Obesity and Related School Wellness Legislation * Exploring the Alignment of Behavior Screening Policies and Practices in US Public School Districts * Development and Validation of a Phot  more

National Farmers Union Concludes 118th Anniversary Convention
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- The National Farmers Union issued the following news release: The National Farmers Union (NFU) 118th Anniversary Convention concluded following the adoption of the organization's policy book and special orders of business. More than 500 family farmers and ranchers convened in Savannah, Georgia, to set policy positions and priorities that support American farm and ranch families and strengthen rural communities. Delegates to the convention adopted the NFU Policy Book and   more

National Immigration Forum: Bipartisan Immigration Bill Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- The National Immigration Forum issued the following news release: The Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would ensure U.S. citizenship for all children of U.S. service members while stationed abroad. The Citizenship for Children of Military Members & Civil Servants Act, introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) and former Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) and co-sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), would modernize immigration  more

National Student Clearinghouse: Overall College Completion Rate Rises in 43 States
HERNDON, Virginia, March 2 -- The National Student Clearinghouse issued the following news release: * * * - Top-to-Bottom Gap Narrows - California, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Utah Make Significant Improvements * * * New data described in the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center's Completing College State Report shows a rise in the overall college completion rate in 43 out of the 45 states, for which data are available over the last five coh  more

Neil Harl, Dennis Sjodin Awarded Farmers Union's Highest Honor
SAVANNAH, Georgia, March 2 -- The National Farmers Union issued the following news release: Family farm agriculture endures as the backbone of a safe and secure national food system because of the tireless advocacy and hard work of men and women across the industry. National Farmers Union (NFU) presented its highest honor, the Meritorious Service Award, to two of these individuals at the organization's 118th Anniversary Convention. NFU presented Dr. Neil E. Harl of Iowa and Dennis Sjodin of Mi  more

Operation HOPE: John Hope Bryant to Participate in U.S. Treasury's Freedman's Bank Forum
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 3 -- Operation HOPE issued the following news release on March 2: * * * - The Forum will honor the Bank's legacy; discuss economic opportunity for all Americans. * * * John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Operation HOPE, will participate in the Freedman's Bank Forum to be hosted by the U.S. Department of Treasury tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The Forum commemorates the 155th anniversary of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company's c  more

Sam Houston State University Awarded $7,000 Uspoultry Foundation Student Recruiting Grant
TUCKER, Georgia, March 5 -- The U.S. Poultry Foundation issued the following news release: The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a $7,000 student recruiting grant to Sam Houston State University in Texas. The grant was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Jerry and Cherie Moye and was presented by Barbara Jenkins, executive director of the USPOULTRY Foundation, to Dr. Stanley Kelley, professor of agricultural sciences. The funds will be used to support the university's agricult  more

Sierra Club Files Appeal Demanding Transparent Coal Ash Basin Closure Costs From Georgia Power
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 6 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: The Sierra Club appealed the Georgia Public Service Commission's decision to award Georgia Power $525 million to clean up decades-worth of coal ash contamination. The PSC issued its final order in Georgia Power's 2019 rate case on Feb. 6, allowing Georgia Power to pass on coal ash costs to ratepayers, despite the company's failure to provide detailed cost accounting. According to the appeal, Georgia Power customer  more

State Bar of Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Judge Elaine Carlisle
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 4 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editors of Daily Report, Atlanta Daily World, Atlanta Inquirer and Atlanta Voice: To the Editor: The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of retired Atlanta Municipal Court Judge Elaine L. Carlisle, whose tragic passing Feb. 21 has left us all saddened. During a distinguished legal career that began in 1983, Judge Carlisle served the Atlanta Municipal Court f  more

State Bar of Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Sen. Jimmy Lester
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 4 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of the Augusta Chronicle: To the Editor: The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime Augusta attorney and former state Sen. James L. "Jimmy" Lester Jr., whose passing Feb. 17 has left us all saddened. A member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1957, Sen. Lester had a long career in the legal profession and in public service. He represented Au  more

State Bar of Georgia: Congratulations to District Attorney Joyette Holmes, 'Cobb Citizen of Year'
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 4 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of Marietta Daily Journal: To the Editor: The State Bar of Georgia congratulates District Attorney Joyette Holmes on receiving the Marietta Daily Journal's 2019 Citizen of the Year award, presented during the annual meeting of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Joyette is well deserving of the award, which was established in 1963 to honor citizens who have made Cobb County better through their service.   more

State Bar of Georgia: Congratulations to Gate City Bar Association President
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 5 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of Atlanta Daily World, Atlanta Inquirer and Atlanta Voice: To the Editor: The State Bar of Georgia congratulates Caren Cloud, director of administration and court support services for the Fulton County Juvenile Court, on her election and installation as president of the Gate City Bar Association. Georgia's local bar associations play an important role in strengthening the legal profession and adv  more

State Bar of Georgia: Congratulations to Griffin Circuit Judge, District Attorney
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 5 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of Fayette County News, Fayetteville, The Griffin Daily News, Upson Beacon, Thomaston and Pike County Journal & Reporter, Zebulon: To the Editor: The State Bar of Georgia congratulates Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Benjamin D. Coker of Thomaston on his appointment by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve as the newest Superior Court judge for the Griffin Judicial Circuit. The State Bar also congratu  more

State Bar of Georgia: Congratulations to State Court Judge
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 4 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of Statesboro Herald: To the Editor: The State Bar of Georgia congratulates Bulloch County Solicitor General Joseph L. Cushner on his appointment by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve as a judge for the State Court of Bulloch County. Judge Cushner brings almost 10 years of experience in the legal profession to his new position, including the past three years as the elected solicitor general. Previously, he s  more

USPOULTRY Foundation Brings FFA Leadership Candidates to the 2020 IPPE
TUCKER, Georgia, March 6 -- The U.S. Poultry Foundation issued the following news release on March 5: As part of the USPOULTRY Foundation's continued efforts to support the recruitment and training of the brightest students and to promote careers in the poultry and egg industry, the National FFA Officer Candidates were invited to the 2020 International Poultry Expo (IPE), part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The opportunity for them to participate was made possible in   more

USPOULTRY Foundation College Student Career Program Hosts Interactive Panel Discussion With Industry Leaders
TUCKER, Georgia, March 3 -- The U.S. Poultry Foundation issued the following news release on March 2: College students from more than 60 different universities nationwide convened in Atlanta recently for the USPOULTRY Foundation College Student Career Program, held in conjunction with the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). Nearly 700 students and 161 human resource managers and recruiters from 27 companies participated in the program. The College Student Career Program is t  more

Williams Institute: Georgia's HIV Criminal Laws Undermine Public Health Efforts
LOS ANGELES, California, March 5 -- The Williams Institute issued the following news release: * * * - The laws deter testing, disclosure, and other HIV prevention strategies * * * Georgia's HIV criminal laws may undermine the state's public health efforts by deterring people from seeking HIV testing and treatment, stigmatizing those with HIV, and disproportionately affecting the communities most impacted by HIV, including people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and the formerly incarcerated, a  more

Women's Basketball Coaches Association: Baldwin Wallace's Kasey Hughes Named Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award Winner
LILBURN, Georgia, March 6 -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association issued the following news release: Kasey Hughes of Baldwin Wallace University is the recipient of the 2020 Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award, announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The $1,000 Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award, named for and presented by Stoner, a former legal consultant to the WBCA, is given annually to one female collegiate basketball player who intends to pursue a career in   more

Women's Basketball Coaches Association: Longtime Athletics Administrator, Coach Dr. M. Dianne Murphy to Receive Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award
LILBURN, Georgia, March 5 -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association issued the following news release: Longtime athletics administrator and women's basketball coach M. Dianne Murphy will receive the 2020 Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her lifelong commitment of service to the sport, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced. Murphy, currently a senior partner at intercollegiate athletics consulting firm The PICTOR Group, served as the director of a  more