Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Georgia Recorder. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.
By the end of September, only 9% of the initial $552 million from Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs-administered Georgia Rental Assistance Program went to renters and landlords, far below the 30% threshold set by the Treasury Department.
Georgia’s law, which also includes a tax break for expecting parents and other so-called “personhood” provisions, has never taken effect. A federal judge blocked the law last year, which is a decision the state then appealed. Women can still access abortion services in Georgia until 20 weeks into a pregnancy.
Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars, the Biden administration announced Wednesday in a major move on vaccinations as the delta variant sweeps many states.
A new study shows that racial and geographic gaps persisted as K-12 students went back to their classrooms—with non-Hispanic white kids more often the ones attending a brick-and-mortar school full-time in most states.
The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove a statue of former Georgia governor Alexander Hamilton Stephens from Statuary Hall at the Capitol, as well as evict stone monuments to other men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government.