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Austin Steele

Georgia’s most powerful state legislator will not, at least for now, consider sweeping changes to absentee voting laws advocated by some lawmakers. In his own party, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston expressed dissent over calls from the Republican Senate Caucus to end no-excuse absentee ballots - which enable Georgians to vote by mail without having to cite a reason, but the Speaker is pushing for other significant voting changes, announcing his intent to appoint a new elections committee and a desire to take election duties away from the secretary of state’s office.

WSBTV News Staff

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp held a press conference today to address COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the state, as case numbers continue to surge following the holidays. Responding to questions about the state’s seemingly low distribution rate, Kemp suggested that the problem was in reporting and that more vaccines were being given than have been reporting.

Details of the state’s vaccine distribution plan are online at dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.

Office of Congressman Jody Hice

US Representative Jody Hice, who represents parts of Athens and the surrounding area, was one of a number of Republican lawmakers who formally opposed the counting of electoral votes earlier this week. As Leah Fleming reports, Hice continued to attack the voting process without evidence.

Anne Yarbrough via Flagpole Magazine

Newly- elected District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez has announced a broad range of changes in her first week in office. WUGA’s Jeanne Davis has details.

Rahul Bali via Twitter

Republican congressman Jody Hice, who represents parts of Athens, led a failed charge to question Georgia’s electoral votes in a joint session of Congress early this morning. Hice, along with several of his Republican colleagues in Georgia’s delegation rose to protest the counting of Georgia’s votes in a move that was quashed by Vice-President Mike Pence. Under US law, for an objection to be considered, it must be submitted by at least one member of the House and the Senate.