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Cobb County lost one of its giants on Thursday, Jan. 25. Former County Manager David Hankerson passed away after a long illness.

He came to work for Cobb in 1984 and was named county manager in early 1993. He held that position for 24 years and shepherded county government as it moved from a mixed suburban/rural area to a rapidly growing metropolitan county.

Hankerson served our community with unwavering dedication and commitment. His leadership and vision have left an indelible mark on our county, shaping its growth and development. During his tenure, he exhibited exemplary professionalism, fostering a spirit of collaboration and innovation within the organization.

The legacy of Hankerson's contributions will be remembered with gratitude, and his impact will continue to resonate throughout our community. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time. We honor and celebrate the life of a dedicated public servant who played a significant role in the progress of our county. You will be missed. 

He not only served our Country during the Vietnam War era; he came home and continued to serve Cobb County and his State in various leadership roles.

Bills on the Floor

SB 333 (Dixon, 45th) – City of Mulberry

This is on the local consent calendar. The only affected Senator is Dixon.

SB 172 Sports Betting Cowsert, 46th

Primary Co-Sponsors: Butler, 55th; Beach, 21st; Parent, 55th; Summers, 13th

Other Democratic Co-Sponsors: Jones II, 22nd; McLaurin, 14th; Harbison, 15th

Committee Vote: Passed Regulated Industries 8-4 (Dems Split; Leader Butler voted No.

SB 362 Union Recognition Hodges, 3rd

Primary Co-Sponsors: Still, 48th; Summers, 13th; Echols, 49th; Robertson, 29th

Democratic Co-Sponsors: None.

This bill would withhold “economic development incentives” from any employer that voluntarily recognizes a union when presented with a majority of union authorization cards. Employers may not voluntarily disclose an employee’s personal information including employee's home address, home or personal cell phone number, or personal email address. Violation of this bill would also require the repayment of any “economic development incentives” received earlier during the project.

“Economic development incentives” include the job creation tax credit, any grants or loans disbursed from the Department of Community Affairs, and bonds issued by the One Georgia Authority.

The Department of Community Affairs has the power to investigate and enforce the provisions of this bill.

In August 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued the Cemex decision which altered the process for Union recognition. Under this new framework, employers presented with union authorization cards from a majority of their employees must either voluntarily recognize the union or file for a union election with the NLRB. Further, the NLRB decided in Excelsior Underwear, Inc. that following a petition for a union election, employers must disclose home addresses and contact information of all employees that are a part of the voting labor unit. Both of these Federal law precedents may preempt the enforcement of this bill.

LC 54 0296-EC

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Financial assistance for dental, hearing, and assistive devices is available to Cobb residents age 60 and older with household income less than 200% of the federal poverty level.

Funds are limited so apply today at  Call 770-528-2009 or email for more details.

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