Brandon Beach

Georgia lawmaker wants to ban vaccine mandates amid coronavirus surge

Georgia lawmaker wants to ban vaccine mandates amid coronavirus surge

Alpharetta Republican Sen. Brandon Beach says he will file a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would prohibit any COVID-19 vaccine mandate or requirement that a so-called vaccine passport can be used as a condition to work, go to school or enter a business. “It should not be the place of any government or business to institute mandates that their employees or customers receive a COVID-19 vaccine or to provide proof of vaccination in order to receive a service,” Beach said in a statement Friday. Beach frustrated his colleagues last year when he showed up for a special session…
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Is horse race betting on the horizon in Georgia?

Is horse race betting on the horizon in Georgia?

Proposals to legalize gambling in Georgia are now in the pipeline of both legislative chambers in the General Assembly. A bill introduced in the state Senate this week would allow pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in the Peach State subject to a statewide referendum. The Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Brandon Beach, follows the introduction of two measures in the Georgia House of Representatives to legalize online sports betting and casino gambling. Beach’s 51-page bill calls for the construction of up to three mixed-use developments featuring a racetrack, hotels and restaurants. The facilities also could include convention space, entertainment venues…
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Four republican state senators call for special session on Georgia elections

Four republican state senators call for special session on Georgia elections

The Gist: Four republican lawmakers are calling for a special session of the state legislature to address "structural issues" with the state's voting system prior to the Jan. 5 Senate runoff election. The Players: The four state senators are Greg Dolezal of Cumming, William Ligon of Brunswick, Brandon Beach of Alpharetta, and Burt Jones of Jackson. What do they want?: In addition to an investigation into voting system issues broadly, the senators want to address what they call "directives from the Secretary of State and the State Election Board that attempt to replace the conditions of Georgia law." The senators…
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