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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Georgia Newsletter for Sunday May 10, 2020 ( 30 items )  

2020 Organization for Safety, Asepsis & Prevention Annual Conference Goes Virtual!
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 9 -- The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention issued the following news release: Due to the continuing impacts of COVID-19, OSAP has made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person 2020 OSAP Annual Conference and the pre-conference OSAP Basic Training - Dental Infection Prevention and Safety Course. We were really looking forward to seeing everyone in Minneapolis; however, the health and safety of the dental community must come first. The 2020 OSAP Virtual   more

ACLU of Georgia Files FOIA Requests for Georgia, Trump Administrations' Knowledge of Potential COVID-19 Outbreaks in Prisons, Jails
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 29 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia and 35 ACLU affiliates filed coordinated public records requests with Georgia and the Trump administration that seek information on what the Bureau of Prisons, governors and departments of corrections knew about the potentially catastrophic impacts of COVID-19 on their prisons and the communities surrounding them. The ACLU of Georgia's rec  more

Advancement Project National Office Statement: The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery, 25, by Armed White Men in Georgia
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- The Advancement Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit that develops and inspires community-based solutions based on the high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns, issued the following statement by Justice Project Director Thomas B. Harvey: Georgia resident, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, was killed by father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael in February. The nation learned of the killing this week by way of unearthed video footage two months later. The McMichaels ha  more

American Institutes for Research: New Partnership Seeks to Foster Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Implementation Fields
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- The American Institutes for Research issued the following news release on May 6: The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is launching a new partnership with three large universities aimed at building a pipeline of diverse candidates who can contribute to the field of behavioral and social science research and application. The AIR Pipeline Partnership Program will provide opportunities for graduate-level students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., the University of  more

American Petroleum Institute: 2019 Pipeline SMS Annual Report Released
ALPHARETTA, Georgia, May 7 -- The American Petroleum Institute issued the following news release: The Pipeline Safety Management Systems Industry Team released their 2019 Annual Report, reflecting on last year's implementation progress and program highlights. The Industry Team serves to facilitate implementation of API Recommended Practice (RP) 1173, Pipeline Safety Management Systems (Pipeline SMS), among the liquids and natural gas pipeline industry. The annual report, which also includes an   more

Brady Campaign Joins Calls for Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued the following news release: Brady echoes the calls from the family and community of Ahmaud Arbery for justice for his murder. Arbery, who was Black, was murdered on February 23, 2020, while on a recreational run in Brunswick, Georgia, when two individuals, who are white, actively pursued Arbery, assaulted him, and shot him three separate times as he struggled for his life. Neither man has been charged in Arbery's murder. Br  more

CAIR-Georgia Welcomes Arrests in Murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Calls for Resignation of Officials Involved in Earlier Investigations
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 9 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, welcomed the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's arrests of Gregory and Travis McMichael for the alleged murder of Ahmaud Arbery, and called for the officials involved in the original investigation of the shooting to resign. In a statement, CAIR-G  more

Carter Center Statement on Voting by Mail for 2020 U.S. Elections
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 7 -- The Carter Center issued the following news release: The United States faces a series of critical challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including serious impediments to holding safe, secure, and inclusive elections in November. Many voters across the U.S. are likely to find themselves in areas where the pandemic has not abated and where the health risks involved in going to polling locations will be unacceptably high. To address this threat, The Carter Center   more

Georgia Chamber Endorses Buddy DeLoach for 167th State House District
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of Buddy DeLoach for State House District 167, which includes Long, McIntosh and portions of Glynn Counties. Each election cycle, the Chamber's Political Affairs Council vets dozens of candidates for office. After working through the endorsement process, business leaders from across the state are confident that Mr. DeLoach will make effective po  more

Georgia Chamber Endorses Cason Hightower for 18th State House District
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of Cason Hightower for State House District 18, which includes portions of Carroll and Haralson Counties. Each election cycle, the Chamber's Political Affairs Council vets dozens of candidates for office. After working through the endorsement process, business leaders from across the state are confident that Ms. Hightower, serving as the fourth   more

Georgia Chamber Endorses Chris Steverson for 149th State House District
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of Chris Steverson for State House District 149, which includes all or portions Dodge, Jeff Davis, Laurens, Telfair and Wheeler Counties. Each election cycle, the Chamber's Political Affairs Council vets dozens of candidates for office. After working through the endorsement process, business leaders from across the state are confident that as a   more

Georgia Chamber Endorses Clint Dixon for 45th State Senate District
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of Clint Dixon for State Senate District 45, which includes portions of Gwinnett County. Each election cycle, the Chamber's Political Affairs Council vets dozens of candidates for office. After working through the endorsement process, business leaders from across the state are confident that Clint Dixon's experience as a business leader will lea  more

Georgia Chamber Endorses Incumbent Justices Bethel and Warren
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces the endorsement of incumbent Supreme Court Justices Charlie Bethel and Sarah Warren as they defend their seats on the state's highest court. Each election cycle, the Chamber's Political Affairs Council vets dozens of candidates for office. After working through the endorsement process, business leaders from across the state are confident in Justices Bethel and   more

Georgia Chamber Endorses Jason Anavitarte for 31st State Senate District
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of Jason Anavitarte for State Senate District 31, which includes portions of Haralson, Paulding, and Polk Counties. Each election cycle, the Chamber's Political Affairs Council vets dozens of candidates for office. After working through the endorsement process and reviewing the surveys we received from multiple candidates in this race, business  more

Georgia Chamber Endorses Scott Bohlke, M.D. for 4th State Senate District
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of Dr. Scott Bohlke, M.D. for State Senate District 4, which includes all or portions of Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, and Tattnall Counties. Each election cycle, the Chamber's Political Affairs Council vets dozens of candidates for office. After working through the endorsement process, business leaders from across the state are c  more

Georgia Chamber Endorses Spud Bowen for 13th State Senate District
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of Spud Bowen for State Senate District 13, which includes all or portions of Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Lee, Sumter, Tift, Turner, Wilcox and Worth Counties. Each election cycle, the Chamber's Political Affairs Council vets dozens of candidates for office. After working through the endorsement process, business leaders from across the state are confi  more

Georgia Chamber Endorses Stacy Hall for 50th State Senate District
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of Stacy Hall for State Senate District 50, which includes all or portions of Banks, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Rabun, Stephens and Towns Counties. Each election cycle, the Chamber's Political Affairs Council vets dozens of candidates for office. After working through the endorsement process, business leaders from across the state are c  more

Georgia Chamber Endorses Victor Anderson for 10th State House District
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of Victor Anderson for State House District 10, which includes portions of Habersham and White Counties. Each election cycle, the Chamber's Political Affairs Council vets dozens of candidates for office. After working through the endorsement process, business leaders from across the state are confident that, as a small business owner with the ad  more

Georgia Chamber Endorses Will Wade for 9th State House District
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of Will Wade for State House District 9, which includes all or portions of Dawson, Forsyth and Lumpkin Counties. Each election cycle, the Chamber's Political Affairs Council vets dozens of candidates for office. After working through the endorsement process, business leaders from across the state are confident that Mr. Wade's experience as a com  more

Habitat for Humanity Organizations From 50 States Tell Congress Housing Stability Needed Now, More Than Ever
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2 -- Habitat for Humanity International issued the following news: Long before COVID-19 arrived in the U.S., more than 18 million households in the U.S. were spending more than half their income on housing, leaving little or no margin for lost income or unexpected health care costs. Now, with more than 30 million Americans newly out of work, and May rent and mortgage payments due, the housing affordability challenges have been magnified. In a letter signed by more than 60  more

Half of Cancer Researchers Report Their Work is on Hold: American Cancer Society
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 9 -- The American Cancer Society issued the following news release: A survey of American Cancer Society grantees finds more than half report their cancer research has been halted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Cancer Society reached out to all of its funded researchers to assess the state of their projects and collect information to guide its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In early April 2020, the ACS sent a survey out to 744 current grantees via e  more

International Legal Materials Journal Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- International Legal Materials, a journal that says it reproduces international legal documents reflecting the scope and evolution of international law from the American Society of International Law, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * Decision Pursuant to Article 15 of the Rome Statute on the Authorisation of an Investigation into the Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Int'l Crim. Ct.) * Georgia v. Russia (Eur. Ct  more

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: Voting Is a Right That All Georgians Should Enjoy, Say Voting Rights Advocates
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 6 -- The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following news release: With voter registration ending on May 11 and early voting slated to begin on May 18, a dozen voting rights and civic organizations held a Your Vote Matters Georgia Primary Election Virtual Town Hall last night on Facebook live and ZOOM. The event was designed to educate Georgia voters on how to protect their votes during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 450 people tuned in to learn a  more

NAACP Issues Statement on the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- The NAACP issued the following news release: The NAACP released the following statement regarding the brutal murder of Ahmaud Arbery by two white residents in Brunswick, Ga. James "Major" Woodall, state president, Georgia NAACP stated: "While we acknowledge District Attorney Tom Durden's intentions to convene a grand jury to bring charges against the men who gunned down Ahmaud Arbery, we recognize that we have a long way to go until we reach justice. The modern-day lynch  more

Piedmont Athens Creates 'Code Sunshine' Announcement for COVID-19 Patients Being Discharged
ATHENS, Georgia, May 6 -- Piedmont Healthcare issued the following news release: As more cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) are announced across the world, communities are also starting to see stories of people who are recovering from the virus. At Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, the patient experience team has created a new way to celebrate a patient's recovery: Code Sunshine. "We recently held several victory walks, where staff lined the halls to celebrate and cheer for patients being   more

Piedmont Healthcare Enrolling Patients in Two COVID-19-Related Clinical Trials
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 6 -- Piedmont Healthcare issued the following news release: Piedmont Healthcare will participate in two new clinical trials that will investigate therapies for patients who are positive for COVID-19: one that will evaluate the efficacy of the anti-inflammatory drug Gimsilumab and another that will investigate proning, or repositioning patients to improve their oxygen levels. These studies began enrolling patients in early May. The studies are officially named "A Study to   more

Southern Environmental Law Center: FAA Requires Spaceport Camden Proponents to Restart Environmental Review
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 6 -- The Southern Environmental Law Center issued the following news release on May 5: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it will require Camden County to complete a revised Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Spaceport Camden. FAA's decision to require a new EIS follows Camden County's last minute decision in December to change its license application for the proposed project--originally for medium-to-large sized rockets--to focus exclusively on sma  more

Southern Regional Medical Center Resumes Non-Emergency Procedures in Accordance With Guidelines
RIVERDALE, Georgia, May 9 -- Southern Regional Medical Center issued the following news: Following newly released COVID-19 guidelines announced by state and local health officials, Southern Regional Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare, has begun scheduling elective surgeries and procedures. Vikram Mandadi, MD, Chief Medical Officer, said a careful and structured move toward restarting clinical care operations and procedures has begun in order to address the needs of the community and   more

State Bar of Georgia Launches New 'Lawyers Living Well' Podcast Series
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 9 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following news release: The Attorney Wellness Committee and the Lawyer Assistance Program of the State Bar of Georgia have collaborated to launch a new podcast series, "Lawyers Living Well." As the first podcast produced by the State Bar, the series is an outgrowth of the Bar's ongoing attorney wellness program of the same name. The "Lawyers Living Well" website is a clearinghouse of resources that Bar members can utilize to improv  more

Veteran Rewrites His Script With VFW Scholarship
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, May 8 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars issued the following news release: In 2009, Todd Fuerst was unhappy with where his life was headed. After a string of jobs, the Newnan, Georgia, native decided to join the Air Force to provide stability for his family. Enlistment allowed him to learn a new trade while doing something honorable for his country and those important to him. It also allowed him to be part of something bigger than himself. "From the beginning, I was dedic  more