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Governor Kemp Signs Paid Parental Leave Bill (HB 146)

Gov. Brian Kemp

Paid parental leave is now a reality for Georgia state employees. Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 146 into law Wednesday afternoon. The legislation affects some 245,000 state employees and teachers.

"We are sending a strong, clear signal that Georgia values every business, every company, and job creator. But we also value each other, and every worker."

Kemp says the new law strengthens support for Georgia workers.

"Georgians serving in state government truly went above and beyond during COVID-19. They have delivered essential services and kept the public safe during an unprecedented time. We are continuing to prioritize the people who keep our community safe, inspect our gasoline, coordinate adoptions, and help your business start and operate."

District 117 Representative Houston Gaines sponsored the measure in the State House.

"HB 146 is a pro-jobs, pro-life, and pro-family piece of legislation. This bill will help Georgia remain the #1 state in the nation to do business. It'll help make us the #1 state for families and children alike."

Kemp was also in Athens Wednesday, signing legislation that allows craft breweries more leeway in sales and transportation of their products, as well as another measure that allows the sale of cocktails to go.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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