Employees from the non-profit group Enroll America had partnered with healthcare navigators to help people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, but website issues dashed their plans. Instead, Enroll America staffers handed out information and gave presentations to the public at the East Point branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.
Public libraries have been preparing themselves for what many believe could be a surge in visitors as online health insurance exchanges open under the Affordable Care Act. “In large swaths of Georgia, the only place you can get free internet is at your public library,” said Alan Harkness, director of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in Columbus.
Fulton County corrections officials say they're preparing to move some inmates into cells with new locks. County corrections spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan says new cell locks have been installed on the fifth floor of the jail, and inmates will begin moving into their new cells Thursday morning.
Fulton County elections officials say they're working to resolve voter roll discrepancies ahead of local elections. At least four cities have reported that voters are listed in the wrong district or the wrong city or are not listed on voter rolls at all.
Records show that a Georgia tax commissioner used public funds to buy a full-sized SUV for his own use. The 2013 Ford Explorer Limited used by Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand cost taxpayers $39,000.
Records show that at least 1,800 criminal cases have been dismissed in a metro Atlanta county court since 2010 because police officers failed to show up in court despite being subpoenaed to testify. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the findings after its investigation of Fulton County Magistrate Court.
The state Senate tabled a bill Wednesday that would change the makeup of the Fulton County Commission. Democrats argue the measure is part of a wider GOP effort to assert more control over districts with predominantly black voters.