Bottoms and Kemp discuss settlement in Georgia’s mask mandate lawsuit

Gov. Brian Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms are discussing a possible settlement of his lawsuit challenging the city’s mask mandate and other coronavirus restrictions that would avoid a contentious court battle.

The mayor said on The Tonight Show that she had a “very good conversation” with Kemp on Wednesday over litigation he filed that seeks to block her restrictions because they are more restrictive than his statewide order.

“We discussed where we disagree and hopefully we can figure out a way to agree to disagree without having to play this out in court,” said Bottoms.

“At the end of the day, we want the same thing. We want people to be safe. We want to stop the spread of COVID-19. And it certainly doesn’t help when we’re having to fight one another.”

Kemp’s office said Thursday that the conversation was “productive” but declined further comment.

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