Maya T. Prabhu

Reporter

Maya T. Prabhu joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2017 to cover Georgia politics and government, with a focus on the environment, criminal justice and social issues. She previously reported for The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., where she also worked as a Statehouse reporter. Before that she wrote for newspapers and online news organizations in South Carolina and Maryland. Raised in northern Virginia, Maya received her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland.

Latest from Maya T. Prabhu

Key Georgia Senate chairwoman ousted in health committee shake up 
 A Gwinnett County senator made it very clear to colleagues Tuesday that she didn’t appreciate being ousted as chairwoman of the Senate’s health committee, a post she’d held for several years. As  the lieutenant governor’s office released the list of committee chairmen for the 2019-2020 legislative session, ...

Posted: 4 hours ago

A Gwinnett County senator made it very clear to colleagues Tuesday that she didn’t appreciate being ousted as chairwoman of the Senate’s health committee, a post she’d held for several years. As the lieutenant governor’s office released the list of committee chairmen for the 2019-2020 legislative session, ...
Georgia lieutenant governor says his office will review Senate sexual harassment rule change
 On his first day leading the Georgia Senate, new Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said he was not aware the chamber was going to make changes limiting the amount of time an alleged victim can report claims of sexual harassment involving a senator or staffer. Duncan said his office will study the rule change approved by...

Posted: 6 hours ago

On his first day leading the Georgia Senate, new Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said he was not aware the chamber was going to make changes limiting the amount of time an alleged victim can report claims of sexual harassment involving a senator or staffer. Duncan said his office will study the rule change approved by...
Georgia Legislature begins work with dozens of new lawmakers sworn in
 Crowds packed the Georgia Capitol on Monday for the first day of this year’s legislative session, when 40 newly elected lawmakers took office and the majority Republicans prepared to work with a growing caucus of Democrats. The day was filled with ceremony, celebration and hopes for bipartisanship before contentious debates begin...

Posted: a day ago

Crowds packed the Georgia Capitol on Monday for the first day of this year’s legislative session, when 40 newly elected lawmakers took office and the majority Republicans prepared to work with a growing caucus of Democrats. The day was filled with ceremony, celebration and hopes for bipartisanship before contentious debates begin...
Georgia Senate limits window for bringing sexual harassment claims
 As one of the Georgia Senate’s first orders of business Monday, senators passed rules making it less likely that lawmakers will investigate allegations of sexual harassment against their colleagues in the future. In a resolution passed Monday, the first day of the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers voted to approve rules that require...

Posted: a day ago

As one of the Georgia Senate’s first orders of business Monday, senators passed rules making it less likely that lawmakers will investigate allegations of sexual harassment against their colleagues in the future. In a resolution passed Monday, the first day of the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers voted to approve rules that require...
‘Outsider’ no more, Geoff Duncan set to be Georgia’s lieutenant governor
 Geoff Duncan stood in front of the Georgia Senate, looking out in the chamber. “The chair recognizes the majority leader to speak on the bill,” he said, calling on state Sen. Mike Dugan to discuss the legislation being debated on the floor. But instead of Dugan, a woman rose to urge passage of the measure. She was one of...

Posted: 2 days ago

Geoff Duncan stood in front of the Georgia Senate, looking out in the chamber. “The chair recognizes the majority leader to speak on the bill,” he said, calling on state Sen. Mike Dugan to discuss the legislation being debated on the floor. But instead of Dugan, a woman rose to urge passage of the measure. She was one of...
Georgia legislator seeks repeal of state’s $250,000 finder fee for oil
 The Georgia General Assembly in 1958 was searching for ways to encourage oil exploration in the state. To spur interest, lawmakers passed a law that would grant $250,000 as a finders fee to the first person or company to locate commercial oil. No one cashed in on that incentive — oil has yet to be found in Georgia — but an...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Georgia General Assembly in 1958 was searching for ways to encourage oil exploration in the state. To spur interest, lawmakers passed a law that would grant $250,000 as a finders fee to the first person or company to locate commercial oil. No one cashed in on that incentive — oil has yet to be found in Georgia — but an...
Hearing set for lawsuit challenging Georgia lieutenant governor race
 A Cobb County judge will hold a hearing Thursday in a lawsuit challenging the election of Lt. Gov.-elect Geoff Duncan. The case alleges that a drop-off in votes for lieutenant governor indicates the election between Duncan, a Republican, and Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico was flawed and should be redone. Duncan won by more than 123,000 votes...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Cobb County judge will hold a hearing Thursday in a lawsuit challenging the election of Lt. Gov.-elect Geoff Duncan. The case alleges that a drop-off in votes for lieutenant governor indicates the election between Duncan, a Republican, and Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico was flawed and should be redone. Duncan won by more than 123,000 votes...
Georgia agency mistakenly shares 350,000 families’ info with nonprofit
 The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services shared the personal information of nearly 350,000 families with a local nonprofit’s holiday gift program. DFCS provided the information — including names, addresses, races, genders and children’s dates of birth — to the Empty Stocking Fund, a nonprofit that...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services shared the personal information of nearly 350,000 families with a local nonprofit’s holiday gift program. DFCS provided the information — including names, addresses, races, genders and children’s dates of birth — to the Empty Stocking Fund, a nonprofit that...
Key issues Georgia’s Legislature could handle this year
 Budget/taxes: Gov.-elect Brian Kemp’s first state budget could top a record $27 billion, but there are plenty of questions, including whether he’ll be able to keep his campaign promise to raise teacher pay $5,000 and whether Georgia’s economy will continue on its long winning streak. Kemp also promised to cut the state income...

Posted: 5 days ago

Budget/taxes: Gov.-elect Brian Kemp’s first state budget could top a record $27 billion, but there are plenty of questions, including whether he’ll be able to keep his campaign promise to raise teacher pay $5,000 and whether Georgia’s economy will continue on its long winning streak. Kemp also promised to cut the state income...
Follow this year’s Georgia Legislature
 Use the secretary of state’s poll locator service to identify your House and Senate districts and who represents you: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do. The General Assembly’s home page (www.legis.ga.gov) links to House and Senate members by name and district. The directory lists each legislator’s office phone and email...

Posted: 5 days ago

Use the secretary of state’s poll locator service to identify your House and Senate districts and who represents you: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do. The General Assembly’s home page (www.legis.ga.gov) links to House and Senate members by name and district. The directory lists each legislator’s office phone and email...
Georgia House Speaker Ralston opposes cigarette tax hike
 Georgia House Speaker David Ralston moved Thursday to extinguish talk of a cigarette tax hike during the upcoming 2019 General Assembly session. The chairmen of the tax-writing committees in both the Senate and House had raised the possibility of major increases on cigarette and smoking products this session. Georgia has among the lowest...

Posted: 5 days ago

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston moved Thursday to extinguish talk of a cigarette tax hike during the upcoming 2019 General Assembly session. The chairmen of the tax-writing committees in both the Senate and House had raised the possibility of major increases on cigarette and smoking products this session. Georgia has among the lowest...