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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Georgia Newsletter for Sunday May 17, 2020 ( 23 items )  

21 Republican Attorneys General Ask Congress to Enact Post-Pandemic Liability Protections to Restart America's Free Enterprise System
WASHINGTON, May 13 -- The Republican Attorneys General Association issued the following news release: A 21-state coalition, led by RAGA Vice-Chairman Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, sent a letter to Congress asking House and Senate leadership to enact liability protections for businesses, non-profits, manufacturers, first responders, health care workers, healthcare facilities, and law enforcement who have been on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. The attorneys general insist th  more

ACR Releases Gout Management Guideline With Emphasis on Treat-to-Target Strategy for Urate Lowering Therapy
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 12 -- The American College of Rheumatology issued the following news release: The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) released the 2020 Guideline for the Management of Gout. The updated guideline reflects new clinical evidence that became available since the ACR last released a treatment guideline for the condition in 2012, Among the 42 recommendations offered, addressing standard treat-to-target urate lowering therapy (ULT) was a key focus for the authors due to its be  more

Atlanta Regional Commission's Community Development Assistance Program to Provide Planning Support to 10 Metro Atlanta Communities
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 16 -- The Atlanta Regional Commission issued the following news release: The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) announced that 10 metro Atlanta communities will receive critical planning and technical support through the agency's Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP). "This program will help communities across the region provide improved access to housing options, job opportunities, and walkable, creative public spaces," said Sam Shenbaga, Manager of the Communit  more

Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiative Awards $1.4 Million to Fund Planning Studies in 11 Metro Atlanta Communities
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 16 -- The Atlanta Regional Commission issued the following news release: The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) announced that it has awarded $1.4 million in Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grants to fund planning studies in 11 metro Atlanta communities. The grants are designed to help communities become more vibrant, walkable places that offer increased mobility options, encourage healthy lifestyles, and provide improved access to jobs and services. Upon completion of th  more

Cancer Action Network Issues Statement on COVID-19 Crisis
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 14 -- The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network issued the following statement on May 13 by Government Relations Director Andy Freeman: As lawmakers look to address both the budget deficit from earlier in the legislative session and the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) continues to urge the Georgia General Assembly to increase the state's tobacco tax to $1.87 per pack of cigarettes parallel  more

Conyers-Rockdale Community Members and Organizations Donate to Piedmont Rockdale Hospital
CONYERS, Georgia, May 12 -- Piedmont Healthcare issued the following news release: Organizations and individual members from the Conyers-Rockdale community recently presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to support Piedmont Rockdale Hospital's General Fund. The funds will be used for COVID-19-related needs. Those who contributed to the donation are ABC Compounding, Evans Tool & Die, J.A. Johnson & Co. P.C., Scott Slaughter, CPA, United Community Bank, Gina and Scott Hartsell, Charlotte and   more

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Death of Judge Douglas Flanagan
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 15 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of the Augusta Chronicle: The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Augusta Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court Judge Douglas J. Flanagan, whose passing May 6 has left us all saddened. Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1977, Judge Flanagan's career in the legal profession and justice system spanned 43 years, including the past two decades as a Juvenile Court   more

Journal of Pediatric Psychology Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 15 -- 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 top  more

LCLAA and APALA Condemn the Brutal Murder of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, a member of AFL-CIO, issued the following news release: On February 23 a young black man went out for a routine run in a Georgia neighborhood and was fatally shot, twice on his chest and once on his hand. His name was Ahmaud Arbery and he was only 25 years old. The perpetrators, Greg McMichael and his son Travis McMichael were not arrested until May 7, more than 70 days after the brutal murder. On March 13 a young black woman who  more

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: Congress Must Prioritize Justice Reform in the Next COVID-19 Relief Package
WASHINGTON, May 13 -- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued the following news release: Urging Congress to make policy choices that address the pandemic's impact on the justice system, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will launch a series of radio ads tomorrow to underscore the need to protect the health and safety of people in jails, prisons, and detention centers and those who have been released in the next COVID-19 relief bill. The radio ads will run i  more

NAACP: Civil Rights Organizations Call on Justice Department to Investigate Ahmaud Arbery's Murder
NEW YORK, May 15 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Campaign, Muslim Advocates, NAACP, and 110 additional organizations committed to racial justice and civil rights in calling on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to open a full and thorough hate crimes investigation into the murder of   more

National Association of Social Workers Georgia Chapter Offers Sympathies to Family of Ahmaud Arbery
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 15 -- The National Association of Social Workers issued the following news release: The National Association of Social Workers - Georgia Chapter (NASW-GA) offers condolences to the family and friends of slain Black American Ahmaud Arbery and urges social workers to take strong but peaceful action - including urging lawmakers to enact a state Hate Law - to ensure Blacks and all people in Georgia and around the nation are treated fairly by our criminal justice system. On Fe  more

National Institutes of Health Awards $1.5M Grant to Research Program at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
BROOKLYN, New York, May 15 -- Downstate Medical Center issued the following news release: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $1.5 million, five-year grant to the Special Research and Treatment (STAR) Program at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, the University at Albany School of Public Health, and the Partnership for Research and Action for Health (PRAH), a non-governmental organization in the country of Georgia, to a support Georgia's HIV prevention efforts. This st  more

Pamela Hubert Receives American Association of School Librarians Inspire Collection Development Grant
CHICAGO, Illinois, May 16 -- American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, issued the following news release: Pamela Hubert, school librarian at Brooks County High School in Quitman, Georgia, is one of five school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Collection Development Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina "Marney" Welmers, the grant program provides f  more

Piedmont Fayette Hospital: DAISY Award for Nurse in ICU at Piedmont Fayette
FAYETTEVILLE, Georgia, May 11 -- Piedmont Fayette Hospital, a part of Piedmont Healthcare, issued the following news release: Toni Wilburn, an RN in Piedmont Fayette Hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU), was recently presented with a DAISY Award for the compassion and care she showed to COVID-19 patients nearing the end of their lives. Piedmont Fayette is on a Level IV visitation policy due to COVID-19, meaning that outside of a few exceptions, including end of life, visitors are not allowed a  more

Piedmont Healthcare Participating in Remdesivir Expanded Access Program
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 15 -- Piedmont Healthcare issued the following news release: Piedmont Healthcare is participating in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) expanded access program for the antiviral drug remdesivir, which was granted emergency use authorization on May 1. The investigational drug was shown in a clinical trial to shorten the recovery time in some COVID-19 patients. The program is available for patients at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Piedm  more

Piedmont Healthcare: Visit Your Doctor in Person or Via Telemedicine During Pandemic
FAYETTEVILLE, Georgia, May 16 -- Piedmont Healthcare issued the following news release: Tashinea Bernadin, DO, a physician with Piedmont Healthcare at the Fayette South Family Practice in Fayetteville, Ga., is seeing patients both in-person and on screens via telemedicine these days. Regardless of their symptoms or ailments, COVID-19 and safety is on every patient's mind. Dr. Bernadin and her staff have a number of processes in place to keep everyone safe. "Every patient is required to wear a   more

Southern Environmental Law Center: Virtual Meeting on Proposed Okefenokee Swamp Mine Draws More Questions Than Answers
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 15 -- The Southern Environmental Law Center issued the following news release on May 14: The Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a virtual public meeting concerning Twin Pines' new application for the first phase of a 12,000-acre proposed mine on the southeastern edge of the Okefenokee Swamp. Unlike a traditional public hearing where concerned communities would have the opportunity to express opposition to a project through oral comments, attendees   more

State Bar of Georgia: Congratulations to Charles Williams on 50 Years of Service
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 15 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of Calhoun Times: Calhoun Times The State Bar of Georgia congratulates Charles M. Williams of Calhoun for having achieved the milestone accomplishment of 50 years of service in the legal profession. Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1970, Mr. Williams has worked for five decades with distinction for the profession, the public and the courts. With a strong work ethic, he continues an active law practic  more

State Bar of Georgia: Congratulations to New Superior Court Judge
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 15 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of Fayette County News, Fayetteville, The Griffin Daily News, Upson Beacon, Thomaston, Pike County Journal and Reporter, Zebulon: The State Bar of Georgia congratulates Ben J. Miller Jr. of Thomaston on his appointment by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve as a Superior Court judge for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, covering Fayette, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties. Judge Miller brings 24 years of experience   more

State Bar of Georgia: Georgia Legal Community Mourns Death of Fred Clark
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 15 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of Savannah Morning News: The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime Savannah attorney Fred S. Clark, whose passing March 31 has left us all saddened. Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1960, his more than five decades in the practice of law were marked by several capacities of public service, including county attorney of Chatham County, city attor  more

State Bar of Georgia: Georgia Legal Community Mourns Death of Rowena Daniels
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 15 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of The Moultrie Observer: The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of attorney Rowena A. Daniels of Doerun, whose untimely passing April 5 has left us all saddened. Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2015, Ms. Daniels personified the fulfillment of a lawyer's duty to serve others through her work as a staff attorney for the Georgia Legal Services Program, wh  more

State Bar of Georgia: Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Sam Inglesby Jr.
ATLANTA, Georgia, May 16 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of Savannah Morning News: The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime Savannah attorney Samuel P. "Sam" Inglesby Jr., whose passing April 5 has left us all saddened. Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1964, Mr. Inglesby's career in the legal profession spanned 47 years and included public service as an assistant district attorney and professional se  more