The Georgia Legislature once again tried to resurrect the idea of re-drawing the state’s northern border to gain access to more water. This time the governor wisely rejected the idea.
Weekly Links: Georgia becomes the 42nd state to ban retaliatory evictions while NOAA reclassified last October’s Hurricane Michael to make it only the 4th category 5 hurricane to hit the U.S.
Now that the first part of the 2019-2020 Georgia Legislative Session has ended, here’s a rundown of a few things that did and did not pass.
Weekly Links: Georgia lawmakers are getting serious about taxing Uber and Lyft to pay for transit. Also, when more women are included in the map-making process, maps end up better reflecting communities. And, Oregon imposes the first state-wide cap on rent increases.
Weekly Links: Using tweets and parking meter data, researchers found a high economic cost of ever increasing “sunny day” flood events. Plus, we’re again reminded that ridesharing causes more congestion. And, the Supreme Court unanimously strikes a blow to civil asset forfeiture.
Weekly Links: the long story of building codes, fires, wood-based construction, Texas Doughnuts, superblocks, and the other oddities that created the uniform look of apartment buildings. And, a denial of a rezoning request has led to a landfill fire in South Fulton that’s been burning for 5 months.
Weekly Links: Led by coastal lawmakers, a bi-partisan group in the Georgia Legislature pushes for a ban on offshore drilling. And, western US cities may soon look a little more like New York. Plus, new poll numbers show a minority of Gwinnett residents oppose MARTA expansion – unfortunately those people are most likely to get their voices heard.
It’s that time again: the Georgia Legislature has once again convened to debate new laws. So far the legislature has proposed mandatory cybersecurity training for kids, guns in parks (no fireworks, though), and an expansion of