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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Georgia Newsletter for Sunday March 22, 2020 ( 22 items )  

ACLU of Georgia Letter to Governor Kemp, Commissioner Toomey Encourages State Actions Grounded in Science, Public Health, and Civil Liberties
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 17 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia issued the following news release: The ACLU of Georgia delivered a letter to Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Commissioner Kathleen Toomey offering its staff as a resource in the state's work to develop a response plan that protects the health, safety, and civil liberties of all people present in Georgia. "Any response to the coronavirus should be grounded in science an  more

ACLU of Georgia Sends Open Letter to All Public Officials With Responsibility for Dealing With COVID-19 in the Criminal Legal System
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 21 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia issued the following statement by Executive Director Andrea Young: The ACLU of Georgia published an open letter to all public officials with responsibility for dealing with COVID-19 in the criminal legal system. The letter specifies actions that the governor, sheriffs, probation and parole agents, parole boards, police, prosecutors, and judges should take to prevent the harm inflicted by SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 that can  more

American College of Rheumatology Releases Position Statement on Prior Authorization
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 19 -- The American College of Rheumatology issued the following news release: The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released an official position statement concerning prior authorization for the approval of prescription medications, highlighting the significant burdens it creates for patients and rheumatology professionals. This process can result in a significant delay of care or treatments, treatment abandonment and potential harm to patients. "In addition to  more

Black Mayors to Postpone AAMA's Annual Conference in Atlanta
WASHINGTON, March 17 -- The African American Mayors Association issued the following statement by President Hardie Davis, Mayor of Augusta, Georgia in response to the global coronavirus crisis: After much discussion with the AAMA Board of Trustees and partners, AAMA has made the decision to postpone our upcoming Annual Conference, "Engaging and Connecting Communities" that was to be held in Atlanta, GA, April 22-24, 2020. The conference will now be held on September 8-10, 2020. AAMA will cont  more

CARE Prepares COVID-19 Response Working Closely With Vulnerable Communities
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 17 -- CARE International issued the following news release: CARE is deeply concerned by the continuing global spread of the novel coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 disease. CARE is committed to working closely with health officials in the countries and regions where the organization is operational to ensure the safety and security of CARE staff and programs. "CARE is undergoing a contingency planning process that will position us to respond rapidly as needed in the  more

Children's Rights: Federal Ruling Supports the Rights of Detained Youth to Receive Education Services
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 19 -- Children's Rights issued the following news release: On March 11, a federal court in Atlanta set an important precedent that can have state-wide implications on special education resources in jails. The court denied a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim from DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Mattox, in response to a suit filed last year on behalf of incarcerated youth who have a right to special education services and accommodations. The case was brought by   more

Council on American-Islamic Relations COVID-19 Update: GA, KY, LA, MD, OH Delay State Democratic Primaries Because of Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, and Ohio have postponed their presidential primary elections. The Ohio state and presidential primary election originally set to take place on Tuesday, march 24, has now been rescheduled to June 2. The following other state primaries have also been rescheduled: Georgia's primary has been delayed from March 24 to May 19, Louisiana from April 4 to June 20,  more

Council on American-Islamic Relations-Georgia Calls on President Trump, Sec. Pompeo to Bring Home U.S. Students Trapped in Peru Under Martial Law
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 21 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The Georgia chapter on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) called on President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to immediately seek the quickest, safest and most efficient way to bring home 15 American students who are currently trapped in Peru under martial law. On Monday, March 16, the Peruvian government gave all foreign nationals a 24-hour notice to  more

COVID-19 and Economic Recovery: The Chamber's Role
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 19 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release on March 18: For over 400 years, chambers of commerce around the world have been champions of free enterprise, job creation and community response. In unsteady economic times throughout history, chambers have organized the troops, raised funds for war efforts, coordinated disaster response, been the voice of progress during civil unrest, lobbied for economic relief measures and have served so many ot  more

Geological Society Foundation Hires New President
BOULDER, Colorado, March 21 -- The Geological Society of America issued the following news release: The Geological Society of America Foundation (GSAF) has selected Dr. Christopher Grant Maples, as its next president. He replaces Dr. John W. (Jack) Hess, who has been the president of The Foundation since January 2015. Dr. Maples will join GSAF in July of this year. Dr. Maples earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Indiana University and his B.S. at West Georgia College. He has held senior leader  more

Georgia Chamber of Commerce: HR6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 19 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The bill proposes many changes to increase public health measures as well as provisions that require most U.S. private employers to provide paid leave to employees under certain circumstances. While employers are responsible for funding the paid leave should it become law, employers would be able to take tax credits for the paid leave provided to employees under the FFCRA. Emergency Paid Sick Leave  more

Habitat CEO: Coronavirus Pandemic Calls for a World Where We Care for Each Other
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 17 -- Habitat for Humanity International issued the following statement by CEO Jonathan Reckford regarding the COVID-19 pandemic: In recent days and weeks, a wave of closures, cancellations and postponements has unfurled as the COVID-19 pandemic has emerged. Those decisions -- taken individually, totaled in the aggregate -- have been stunning acts of solidarity, expressions of concern and collective responsibility for the health and well-being of our communities and our   more

Journal of Pediatric Psychology Issues Research Articles in March 2020 Edition
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 20 -- The Journal of Pediatric Psychology, a journal that says it explores the interrelationship between psychological and physical well-being of children, adolescents and families including psychosocial and developmental factors contributing to the etiology, course, treatment and outcome of pediatric conditions, assessment and treatment of behavioral and emotional concomitants of disease, illness and developmental disorders, published research articles on the following t  more

Journal of Physical Therapy Education Issues Research Articles in March 2020 Edition
MARIETTA, Georgia, March 19 -- The Journal of Physical Therapy Education, a journal that says it disseminates discovery, application, integration and enriches physical therapy academic and clinical education environments by using evidence into the educational decision-making process from the Academy of Physical Therapy Education, published research articles on the following topics in its March 2020 edition: * An Intervention Enhances Resilience in Entry-Level Physical Therapy Students: A Prelim  more

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: Georgia Postpones Presidential Primary Election
WASHINGTON, March 16 -- The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following news release: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger issued a statement announcing the decision to postpone the March 24 presidential primary election. The election will now be conducted on May 19, 2020. At least 279,000 voters in Georgia cast ballots during two weeks of early voting. Officials indicate that the decision was made in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Lawyers' Committee f  more

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: USDA Approving a Growing Number of State-Sponsored Hemp Production Protocols
WASHINGTON, March 20 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release: Officials with the United States Department of Agriculture have approved plans submitted by several states regulating domestic hemp production. Under federal law, states wishing to license hemp production must submit their plans for approval from the federal agency. To date, the agency has approved plans submitted by the following states: Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana,  more

Operation HOPE to Provide Virtual Financial Recovery Support to Individuals and Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 21 -- Operation HOPE issued the following news release: Operation HOPE announced that it has activated HOPE Inside Disaster for individuals and small businesses to receive free virtual financial recovery support in response to the nationwide economic impact of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. For more than 19 years, HOPE Inside Disaster has been the centralized arm of Operation HOPE's national disaster and preparedness division, and one of the nation's first lines of respo  more

PeaceHealth Quality and Infection Prevention Leader Earns National Recognition
VANCOUVER, Washington, March 17 -- PeaceHealth issued the following news: PeaceHealth System Director of Quality and Infection Prevention Natalie Blum, has been named a national recipient of the Catholic Health Association's Tomorrow's Leaders award for 2020. The national award honors dedicated, high-performing individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing the mission of Catholic healthcare. Blum will be presented with the award in June at the annual CHA Awards Banquet in   more

Pennington Announces Habitat for Humanity Partnership
AMERICUS, Georgia, March 19 -- Habitat for Humanity International issued the following news: Pennington, a Georgia-born seed and lawn care company, will celebrate the anniversary of 75 years in business by partnering with Habitat for Humanity International to help build a home alongside volunteers and a future Habitat family in Greene County, Georgia, this year. Company volunteers will also hold Habitat build days in other areas of the country where Pennington has facilities, including Benton   more

PETA: Atlanta School Shut Down? It's TeachKind to Rescue!
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 19 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - PETA Offers Free Remote-Learning Resources for Parents During COVID-19 Outbreak * * * As parents across the country scramble to find ways to educate and entertain their children in the face of COVID-19-related school closures, TeachKind--PETA's humane education division--is encouraging parents to take advantage of its free online educational resources, activities, and lesson p  more

Remote Sensing Journal Issues Research Articles in Part 1 of March 2020 Edition
BASEL, Switzerland, March 18 -- Remote Sensing, a peer-reviewed open access journal about the science and application of remote sensing technology, published research articles, including the following topics, in Part 1 of its March 2020 edition: * Assessing the Link between Human Modification and Changes in Land Surface Temperature in Hainan, China Using Image Archives from Google Earth Engine * Can Landsat-Derived Variables Related to Energy Balance Improve Understanding of Burn Severity From  more

Southern Regional COVID-19 Preparations
RIVERDALE, Georgia, March 21 -- Southern Regional Medical Center issued the following news: Southern Regional would like to assure our community that we are prepared for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our patients, employees and communities is always our top priority. That is why we formed a special taskforce and we have been closely monitoring and implementing Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, while remaining in close contact with state and local health depart  more