More Than 1,000 Doctors in Georgia Violating Opioid Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calif. Gov.-elect Newsom might not live in Sacramento … Denver’s HQ2 dreams may not yet be dashed … and a short-term rental ban endorsed in Maine city.

Law Enforcement Stress Tests New Emergency Response Tech in Georgia

Verizon and Nokia hosted the second Operation Convergent Response with active shooter and disaster simulations and the gadgets to defuse them.

Brian Kemp Was Warned of a Cyber Vulnerability. He Weaponized It—Again

Georgia’s secretary of state and Republican gubernatorial candidate has a history of attacking those who point out the flaws in his state’s election cybersecurity.

Minority Voters Could Have a ‘Cascading Effect’ on Elections in These States

But both political parties historically have been ineffective at engaging people of color.

Federal Judge Blasts Georgia’s ‘Dated, Vulnerable’ Voting System

The state avoided having to make a change in election equipment before the midterms, however.

A Georgia City's Tech Fix for Water Cost Savings

Water usage and costs have decreased between 55 and 57 percent in Roswell, located north of Atlanta.

This Georgia County Integrated GIS With Its Transportation System to Improve Mobility

State freeway projects and traffic from nearby Atlanta create congestion only artificial intelligence can handle.

Reported Trump Auto-Emissions Rollback Plan Takes Aim at California

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Calling on pranked Georgia Rep. Jason Spencer to resign … Heading off a marijuana swap-economy in Vermont … Fearing the Trump trade war across North Dakota’s 6.6 million-acres of soybean fields.

Driving Without a Smartphone

A new law in Georgia discourages drivers from even touching a screen. Whether or not it improves safety, it could help break people’s phone habits.

As State ‘Water Wars’ Get Salty, Oysters Get a Say

The Supreme Court last week seemed to suggest that in water disputes between states, the health of an aquatic ecosystem can be considered alongside drinking-water and farming concerns.

Commercial Spaceports Still Waiting for Liftoff

Can spaceports be the next economic development engine? Camden County in Georgia is betting on the industry.

Georgia Studying Takeover of World’s Busiest Airport

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Northern California wildfire emergency … child care center lead risk … trouble for Utah school funding bill … and Richmond’s big bus realignment.

Georgia’s National Guard Unit Wants Some Help Prepping for a Big Cyber Test

The Georgia Army National Guard has a cyber readiness inspection coming up and wants a contractor to spend the summer helping it get ready.

E-Verify Immigrant Job Screening Is a Game of Chicken, Politics and State Laws

A critical tool for preventing the illegal hiring of undocumented workers hasn’t been used uniformly even in the states that require it.

Atlanta Mayor Asks Her Entire City Hall Cabinet to Resign

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Good news for state DOTs; Calif.’s homeless college student crisis; awaiting new political bombshells in Mo.; and energy sector fuels new growth in N.D.

As Atlanta Recovers From Ransomware Attack, Georgia Looks to Boost Cyber Collaboration

The state will soon offer information security training local governments should consider to help avoid a crisis of Atlanta proportions.

Preemption Battles Continue as Cities Look to Improve Internet Connectivity

From Georgia to Texas and Colorado, city halls are trying to fend off state efforts to assert control over local rights of way.

Atlanta Mayor: Ransomware Attack ‘Is a Test of Our National Security’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Okla. schools prepare for teacher walkout … Ariz. governor suspends Uber’s AV testing … Va. Beach city manager’s heated text about a state official … and N.J.’s Pulaski Skyway waiting game.