Gov. Kemp Drops Atlanta Mask Mandate Lawsuit

Mayor Bottoms has conceded on her Phase One reopening requirements as part of a deal in the state withdrawing its suit.
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is no longer suing the City of Atlanta and its Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over a mask mandate and “Phase One” reopening rollback, of which the latter was voluntary, per the Mayor’s office. Kemp made the announcement Thursday via a press release.

“I sued the City of Atlanta to immediately stop the shuttering of local businesses and protect local workers from economic instability,” Kemp said in a prepared statement. “For weeks, we have worked in good faith with Mayor Bottoms, and she agreed to abandon the city’s Phase One roll-back plan, which included business closures and a shelter in place order.”

The Attorney General’s Office filing to withdraw the lawsuit was a trade of sorts for Bottoms’ “concession” regarding the dismissal of the city’s Phase One roll-back plan.

“Unfortunately, the Mayor has made it clear that she will not agree to a settlement that safeguards the rights of private property owners in Georgia,” Kemp said. “Given this stalemate in negotiations, we will address this very issue in the next Executive Order. We will continue to protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”

The Governor’s current Executive Order expires Saturday, August 15, at which time he will issue a new order with “relevant language,” according to the release.

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Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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1 month ago

I thought KLB said Phase One was voluntary.
This guy is just a testosterne-poisioned control freak.
He didn’t sue any other cities in GA that had similar guidelines.
And from my understanding he didn’t sue the COA, he sued KLB, and the City Council.
What a d!ck…

1 month ago

It seems he might have a problem with (Black) women in charge…

1 month ago

Oh hush that’s bogus and assumptive to say the least. This has nothing to do with being a woman of color nor if he has a problem with the later. KLB ( as you all call her) was going to literally break the small business! Which would have put thousands out of work creating a ripple affect from there. So hush! You can’t go backwards to phase 1 and force mask wearing in public ( which doesn’t stop or curve a “virus”). There is something else going on here and the Governor is standing up against it for ALL small… Read more »

1 month ago
Reply to  Taylor

Oh please, you told me to hush the last time I mentioned this. Read the article, the reopening rollback was voluntary. KLB was not shutting small businesses down. She was trying to make masks mandatory in public spaces (grocery stores etc). What’s the big deal with that? Kemp didn’t sue the Mayors of Athens and Savannah, which made similar requirements. Race aside, Kemp is the shake boy for Pence/Trump. And we know how those two think about women. One likes to grab them by the puzzy, and the other calls his wife Mother. Kemp’s lawsuit was a power play– it’s… Read more »

1 month ago


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