State lawmakers and staff from around the country will gather in Atlanta this week for a conference on a wide variety of issues facing states. The National Conference of State Legislatures will host its 39th annual legislative summit at the Georgia World Congress Center beginning Monday.
Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery is scheduled to speak in Atlanta during the launch a nationwide campaign to preserve and expand voting rights. Lowery and others are scheduled to speak Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church on the importance of equal voting rights and access.
Georgia government doesn't save as much as many other states, while recent state spending increases outpaced the national average. Those are conclusions from a new nonpartisan analysis of all 50 states.
The National Conference of State Legislatures is predicting half or more of state lawmakers around the country will have little experience after this fall’s elections. Georgia no doubt will see some new faces under the Gold Dome next year. But the turnover and loss of institutional knowledge will likely be more modest in Georgia.