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Political Rewind: Bill to ban drop boxes; Kemp flattens Buckhead cityhood; Student debt relief
Greg Bluestein, political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Emma Hurt, @Emma_Hurt, politics reporter, Axios Atlanta
Rahul Bali, @rahulbali, politics reporter, WABE
Stephen Fowler, @stphnfwlr, politics reporter, Georgia Public Broadcasting
1. Gov. Brian Kemp's counsel questions the growing Buckhead Cityhood movement.
- This week, Senate bills 113 and 114 passed committee; they would help Buckhead separate from the city of Atlanta.
- Critics of the movement say it would prioritize the needs of a white and wealthy area in city limits.
- Kemp's counsel raises questions about land purchases, the mayor's salary, and local school boards.
2. GOP lawmakers at the Capitol seek further control in local government this session.
- The House has passed a bill that would remake the Ware County election board.
- Another bill leads to more oversight of local district attorneys.
- Republicans are also working to overturn the Cobb Commission drawing of a map that keeps Democrat Jerica Richardson in her seat.
- The governor is backing one bll that specifically preempts local governments from making certain design/building restrictions.
- If you'd like to learn more about housing issues, visit last Thursday's Political Rewind episode about affordable housing.
- The Georgia Senate Ethics Committee passed a version of an elections omnibus bill Tuesday night.
- However, aspects of the bill might violate federal law.
- President Joe Biden's plan would wipe away $400 billion in student loan debt.
- But he is using an executive power established during the Iraq war back in 2003.
- It is unlikely that the court sides with him on the measure.
- 1 million Georgians have applied for Biden's relief plan, and 600,000 were already approved for debt relief.
- Listen to a full interview with former SNCC members Freddie Greene Biddle and Judy Richardson about how the fleet was run from the civil rights group's Atlanta headquarters.
Thursday on Political Rewind: The AJC's Kevin Riley joins the show.