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Abrams Files Suit Against Law Favoring Kemp

Your AM Rundown: Plus, The Fulton County Board of Health wants to make sure your car seat is safe

Stacey Abrams on stage
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is back in federal court to challenge a Georgia law that allows incumbents a huge advantage in fundraising efforts.(Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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Here is Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. 

Here’s what to know for today:

  • Stacey Abrams has filed a federal lawsuit, challenging a law that gives Gov. Brian Kemp a huge fundraising advantage. Under the law, as the incumbent, Kemp’s administration has no limit on fundraising, while challengers must wait until they are officially chosen to be the nominee. In the suit, Abrams — with no opposition in her party — and her legal team argue that she should be allowed the same advantage because state Democratic party leaders filed paperwork for her as the nominee.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation is continuing conversations with HBCUs to discuss bomb threats targeting campuses nationwide. Recently, the agency held training exercises where HBCU leadership also met on Clark Atlanta University’s campus to discuss response time improvements and investigations surrounding the threats. The FBI previously announced that the six suspects in the cases, including at Spelman College, were all juveniles. 
  • Metro Atlanta law enforcement agencies are using innovative ways to respond to 911 calls. Drones are the latest tools being used to give officers more intel on the ground when responding to active scenes, search and rescue efforts, and crowd control. Only officers who receive proper certification can operate the drones.  The technology is currently being used in Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, and Atlanta, as well as Cobb County.
  • The Atlanta City Council voted in favor of legislation that would bring consequences against drivers who park in bike lanes. The law would give the Atlanta Police Department the right to remove vehicles and also calls for a $100 penalty. The legislation was originally introduced by council member Liliana Bakhtiari of District 5.

ICYMI: The Fulton County Board of Health is partnering with Safe Kids Fulton Coalition and the Union City Fire Department to host a car seat safety check event Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will take place at Walmart on Jonesboro Road. 

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