Georgia governor backs out of hearing on Atlanta mask order

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced that he is withdrawing a request for an emergency hearing in a lawsuit that aims to block the state’s largest city from ordering people to wear masks in public or imposing other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Late Monday a spokesman for Gov. Brian Kemp announced late that Kemp wanted “to continue productive, good faith negotiations” with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the City Council.

A hearing on Kemp’s request had been scheduled Tuesday before a state court judge. The Gov. Kemp argues local leaders cannot impose measures that are more or less restrictive than those in his executive orders.

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Source: WTOC

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