SunTrust Banks Inc. says it has agreed to cash payments and consumer relief totaling more than $1 billion to settle claims over its handling of government-backed mortgages. The claims covered FHA-insured mortgages that the bank originated between 2006 and early 2012 and claims under a national settlement program.
A state lawmaker says elections for Macon-Bibb County's consolidated government will likely be held in November after the Department of Justice halted a non-partisan election scheduled for mid-July. Republican state Rep. Allen Peake, of Macon, called the federal action a delay tactic Wednesday.
Federal officials say they plan to monitor Tuesday's primary election in two Georgia counties to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The U.S. Department of Justice says it has asked that federal observers be assigned to monitor polling places in Randolph and Washington counties.
Federal officials have entered into an agreement with Randolph County to improve all aspects of civic life for people with disabilities. The agreement is part of Project Civic Access, the U.S. Justice Department initiative to ensure that cities, towns and counties nationwide comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Georgia’s Secretary of State has come up with a plan to ensure the state is complying with federal election law regarding absentee ballots in the runoff for the primaries. But Brian Kemp doesn’t believe this will end the Justice Department’s concerns.
The federal government has sent a letter to Georgia officials saying the state's schedule for runoff elections violates federal law on overseas absentee ballots. The U.S. Department of Justice sent the letter on June 15 to Georgia's attorney general and secretary of state.
The Justice Department has approved new district voting maps for Bibb County's school district. But the decision now raises questions about whether the new or old voting plans should be used for primary elections this summer.