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On this edition of Political Rewind, a federal judge has blocked the Mississippi abortion bill that closely resembles Georgia’s new “fetal heartbeat” measure. It is the latest judicial action halting new state laws that severely restrict abortion. What would this mean for Georgia’s new law?

 


Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Holding signs reading “Stop the bans,” "Our bodies, our choice" and “You, yes you: run for office!” several hundred people spilled out from the steps to the street outside the Gold Dome Tuesday afternoon.

They chanted, "Abortion is a human right, and we won't go without a fight," and "Hey hey, ho ho, abortion bans have got to go," while speakers from groups such as Sister Song and the American Civil Liberties of Georgia reminded the crowd abortion is still legal in Georgia and urged them to stay involved in their calls for expanded reproductive rights.


In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a worker is seen behind the registration window of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta.
David Goldman / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, a conversation with Grady Hospital President and CEO John Haupert on the many crises that public health institutions across the country continue to face.


Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Gov. Brian Kemp has appointed 15 people to five different state boards and commissions, including the Georgia Department of Economic Development Board of Directors, Board of Community Affairs, State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Student Finance Commission Board of Commissioners, and Georgia Composite Medical Board.

State Senator Jen Jordan (D-6) speaks at the State Capitol during a press conference speaking out against H.B. 481.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp is calling on Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck to resign in light of a 38-count indictment charging him with fraud and other felonies. But as of today, Beck remains on the state payroll drawing a salary of well over $100,000.


Stephen Fowler | GPB News

U.S. Senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) spoke against a slew of abortion restrictions passed in states across the country Thursday at the Georgia state Capitol.

“Right now, entirely too much of the conversation about what women can do with our own bodies is being driven by a group of right-wing male politicians,” Gillibrand said, flanked by female state lawmakers, health providers and abortion rights supporters. “It’s time for that conversation to be led by the actual experts: women and doctors.”

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On this special edition of Political Rewind, we are talking about House Bill 481, known to many people as the “Heartbeat” Bill. A lot has been said about the bill during the 2019 Legislative Session leading up to the signing of the bill by Gov. Brian Kemp on May 7th.


Emily Haney / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday asked for Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck to resign. Beck pleaded not guilty to 38 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.


John Bazemore / AP

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has delayed an annual trip to Los Angeles to promote Georgia's film industry as movie executives, producers and actors criticize the state's new abortion ban.

Jim Beck, the commissioner of the Georgia Insurance Department, has been indicted in fraud case.
Jim Beck for Georgia

On this edition of Political Rewind, a federal grand jury has issued a 38-count indicitment against Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck. The former lobbyist is accused of commiting fraud. Lawyer's for Beck have said he does not plan to resign. We discuss how these proceedings move forward and what role the governor will play.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Holding ceremonies everywhere from Cairo to Camilla to his ceremonial office in the Capitol, Gov. Brian Kemp signed more than 300 bills from the 2019 legislative session in the last three months.

The dust has now settled on bills sent to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk from this year’s legislative session.

Kemp had 40 days from Sine Die to weigh in on more than bills and resolutions passed by the state House and Senate during the 40-day legislative session.

The governor vetoed 14 measures plus several line items in the record-setting $27.5 billion FY2020 budget, including mandatory recess for some elementary school students, a study committee to revisit the state’s border with Tennessee and North Carolina and some tightened school safety measures.

Bob Andres / AP

If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there.

Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Gov. Brian Kemp has signed the record-breaking $27.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2020, which begins July 1.

This year's budget includes a 2% pay raise for state employees and a $3,000 raise for teachers and other certified school employees, and fully funds the state's education formula for the second year in a row. Kemp has called the raise a "down payment" on his campaign promise of $5,000 for teachers.

John Bazemore / AP

Georgia's law enforcement will have to preserve rape kits for much longer than what was previously required under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

Bob Andres / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Kemp makes good on a campaign promise. He has signed H.B. 481 into law. The measure all but outlaws abortion in Georgia.

 


Bob Andres / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Editor's note: This story was updated at 1:47 p.m. Tuesday to include information from HB 481 signing protests

Starting Jan. 1, Georgia will have one of the strictest abortion laws in the country, if it survives legal challenges from abortion rights advocates and civil rights groups.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 481, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act Tuesday morning.

GPB News

On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Kemp’s office has announced plans to sign H.B. 481 the controversial “Heartbeat Bill” on Tuesday. Our panel discusses what to expect following the event.


Stephen Fowler / GPB News

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a series of education-focused bills Thursday at Wheeler High School in Marietta. 

One bill, SB 48, gives Georgia its first dyslexia mandate. Starting in 2024, all elementary schools in the state must screen kindergarten students for dyslexia, and students in first through third grade who have been identified as having dyslexic traits. 


Former Congressman John Barrow has annonuced a campaign for Georgia State Supreme Court.
John Bazemore / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia officials fear that a ruling by the Department of Justice could cost the state millions of dollars in lottery revenues and jeopardize funding for Hope Scholarships and pre-k programs.


Steve Bisson / Savannah Morning News via AP

A California-based plastics company has chosen the Georgia coast to open a packaging and shipping facility that will be one of the largest exporters using the Port of Savannah, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday.

Plastic Express plans to export about 25,000 cargo containers through Savannah each year. That's enough to fill roughly four big ships.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

It’s been 100 days since Gov. Brian Kemp was sworn into office, and he says those days have been filled with keeping promises he made on the campaign trail.

In between the whir and whine of planes taking off at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Wednesday, Kemp said his administration has been strengthening rural communities, reforming state government and investing in education throughout his first legislative session.


Kemp Signs Multiple Sex Trafficking Bills

Apr 18, 2019
Gov. Brian Kemp poses with a red X on his hand to raise awareness for the "End It Movement" aimed at combating sex trafficking.
Office of The Governor

Gov. Brian Kemp signed three bills into law this Thursday morning aimed at curbing human trafficking and safeguarding victims in the state.

Ross Terrell / Georgia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation Wednesday giving patients in Georgia more access to medical marijuana.


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The Patients First Act is now Georgia law.  It allows Gov. Brian Kemp’s office to request a Medicaid waiver from the federal government. Both proponents and opponents of the move are making it clear a waiver isn’t the same as full Medicaid expansion, which is what then-President Obama envisioned for states when crafting the Affordable Care Act. 

Democrats say a waiver doesn’t go far enough while some conservatives say even a partial expansion is too costly.


Josephine Bennett

A shuttered Boeing facility in Macon is getting new life thanks to a unique partnership between local, state and federal government.

In 2016, Macon’s Boeing plant closed after being opened 35 years. Since then, the city has been looking for a new tenant.

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Sine Die is over and so is the 2019 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Lawmakers considered almost a hundred bills over a period of 14 hours on Tuesday.

GPB politics reporter Stephen Fowler was there for the whole 40 days of the session, and he gave continuing updates to On Second Thought listeners throughout those weeks. Lawmakers capitol correspondent Donna Lowry provided ongoing coverage for GPB television viewers. They both stopped by the show after Sine Die to recap the closing hours of the session.


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Kemp has signed into law his signature issue of the 2019 legislative session. Kemp now has the power to set the course for expansion of Medicaid and to determine possible subsidies for Georgians who buy insurance through Obamacare. We look at the political implications for Kemp’s victory.

 


Office of Gov. Brian Kemp

Gov. Brian Kemp says a brake manufacturer based in South Korea plans to open its first North American manufacturing facility in McDonough.

Kemp announced on Wednesday the new 220,000-square-foot facility for Sangsin Technology America, and said the $20-million plant will create about 200 jobs.

Sangsin was founded in 1975 and is now Korea's largest brake manufacturer, serving more than 90 countries, according to Kemp's news release.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

A U.S. House committee has issued a sweeping call for documents from the governor and secretary of state to learn more about what it calls serious problems with voting in Georgia.

In a letter dated Wednesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) asked Gov. Brian Kemp information related to voter roll purges, the so-called "exact match" policy and polling place closures from the beginning of 2017 to now.

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