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Governor Deal on Executive Orders implementing HB1

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Gov. Deal sign Executive Order to begin HB1 implementation

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Gov. Nathan Deal today signed an executive order directing state agencies to begin preparations for enactment of H.B. 1, legislation that will allow the use of cannabis oil for eight medical conditions. Deal will sign the bill after the session to ensure that no conflicts arise with other pieces of legislation.

“This executive order is the first step in bringing home families who’ve sought relief elsewhere and for providing new medical solutions for Georgians suffering from debilitating conditions,” Deal said. “I’ve instructed the Georgia Composite Medical Board and the Department of Public Health to begin taking immediate steps ahead of this law’s enactment. At the same time, law enforcement, health care providers and other stakeholders should make appropriate preparations.”Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 27, 2015

Thomas Jefferson was elected as a Virginia delegate to the Second Continental Congress on March 27, 1775.

Colonel James Fannin, a Georgia native and Colonel in the Texas Regular Army and more than 300 other members of the Georgia battalion were executed on March 27, 1836 after surrendering to Santa Anna’s Mexican Army. Fannin County, Georgia is named after Col Fannin.

On March 27, 1912, the first Japanese cherry trees were planted on the northern bank of the Potomac River near the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. This weekend, Brookhaven will hold the first Brookhaven Cherry Festival.

On March 27, 1941, Governor Eugene Talmadge signed legislation outlawing the handling of venomous snakes in such a way as to endanger another person or to encourage another person to handle a snake in such a way as to endanger them. The legislation resulted from a six-year old handling a venomous snake during a church service in Adel, Georgia, during which she was bitten and died. Under that act you could still handle snakes yourself as long as you didn’t endanger someone else.

On March 27, 1947, Governor Melvin Thompson signed legislation that made Georgia a “Right to Work State,” meaning that employees cannot generally be forced to join a union or pay dues in order to take a job. On the same day, gambling on sporting events was outlawed by another bill signed by Gov. Thompson.

Ron Daniels, our Poet Laureate, has a short history of the prohibition on sports gambling on the website.

Under the Gold Dome Today

At 11 AM this morning, Governor Nathan Deal will hold a press conference in the State Capitol to announce an Executive Order instructing state agencies to begin preparing for the enactment of House Bill 1, the Medical Marijuana bill.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 27, 2015

Barrow Lab Pups

Two of these beautiful little Labrador Retriever mix puppies have been adopted, but the female with the white fur on her chest is still available for adoption from the Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.


This happy and friendly young male Chocolate Labrador Retriever mix appears to be dog-friendly and kid-friendly, as well as housebroken. He is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.


Mollie is a friendly 6-year old female Pointer mix who gets along well with kids and other dogs, and she walks very well on a leash. She is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.

Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, whose dogs I featured yesterday, is raising money to wipe out more than $13,000 in vet bills, much of which was incurred when they took in a litter of puppies who broke with parvo and required emergency treatment. You can donate online to help them out or buy one of their t-shirts.

Coastal Pet Rescue Shirt

Finally, Coastal Pet Rescue is holding a “Survivor”-style fundraiser in conjunction with the opening of their new small animal center. The fundraiser will be from 12 PM on Saturday, May 2nd to 12 PM on May 3rd at their Camp Pawsawhile Retreat in Savannah. There will be “challenges,” some team, some individuals. They plan to start with 14 contestants and be down to 7 people by the evening who will have to raise funds (we will have online pages for donations) through social media or phone in order to avoid having to spend the night in one of the dog kennels (we have 7 runs as part of the shelter).

Let me know by email if you’d be interested in participating as part of a GaPundit team in this event.


One Degree of M.E. Thompson

It’s March 27, 1983. Your Georgia Bulldogs lost the best basketball player in school history–Dominique Wilkins–a mere year ago. Despite these odds, the team fought their way into the NCAA tournament. Led by Coach Hugh Durham, the Dawgs defeated the number three team in the nation on their way to the Final Four. The odds were not in their favor.

Maybe because on March 27, 1947, Governor M.E. Thompson outlawed sports gambling in Georgia. The legislation signed by Thompson made it illegal to make wagers, bets, or otherwise gamble on sports. The same law prohibited anyone from accepting anything of value for fixing or throwing games.

March 27, 1947, was a busy day for Governor Thompson. He also signed into law legislation to make Georgia a right to work state. Stated another way, the Valdosta native made it illegal to require workers to assemble in collective bargaining units called “unions” as a condition of employment. Further, the law forbid two or more individuals from picketing near labor disputes when such picketing would prevent workers from going to work. That–in the words of my favorite Labor Law professor–was designed to have a chilling effect on labor disputes.

Not cold was animosity between Governor Thompson’s posse and the stalwart wool hat Talmadge men. The Georgia Supreme Court determined that Thompson was the rightful Governor on March 19, 1947. Herman Talmadge, who was elected Governor by the legislature following his father’s death, vowed he would run in a special election. Nevertheless, Governor Thompson signed a joint resolution creating a commission to erect a suitable monument to erstwhile Governor Eugene Talmadge. That monument is the statute many of our legislators pass daily during session.

March 27, 1947, was a busy day for Governor Thompson. But at least he didn’t have to worry about snake handlers.


Sen. Bethel, Rep. Smith to Announce New Plan for SB 1 at 3:30 p.m. TODAY

ATLANTA (March 26, 2015)  |  Sen. Charlie Bethel and Rep. Richard Smith will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. TODAY in the south anteroom of the House of Representatives chamber.  The legislators plan to announce an agreement between the House and Senate on autism coverage.


Deal to order agencies to prepare for medical marijuana law

Deal Signs HB 318

File photo from 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal will hold a news conference tomorrow to sign an executive order that instructs state agencies to prepare for enactment of HB 1, the medical marijuana legislation.

WHO:                    Deal, Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), other legislators, families affected by the legislation

WHERE:                Governor’s Office

WHEN:                  11 a.m.

Deal will sign HB 1 after the session ends, so as to avoid any potential conflicts with other pieces of legislation.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 26, 2015


Idgie is a six-week old female Jack Russell Terrier mix puppy who is happy, friendly, and spirited. Idgie is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.


Roscoe is a four-year old, 17 pound Bulldog/Dachshund mix who loves everyone. Roscoe is available for adoption from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.


Cora is a 1.5 year old Basset Hound mix who was surrendered to animal control with 14 other dogs. I’m going out on a limb and guessing her Dad was a Black Lab. Cora is pregnant and will be available for adoption after her puppies are born and are weaned from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

Coastal Pet Rescue is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization, founded in February 2003, based in Savannah, Georgia dedicated to saving the lives of homeless, abused and neglected dogs and cats in the Coastal Empire Savannah and surrounding areas.

Click here to donate online to Coastal Pet Rescue or you may mail a check to:

Coastal Pet Rescue
PO Box 30462
Savannah, GA 31410

I’ve said this before, but neither GaPundit nor I make any money in any way from the promotion of dog adoption and rescue, no commissions or kickbacks from your donations, and we spend a good bit of money ourselves donating to dog rescue groups every year.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 26, 2015

On March 26, 1734, the British House of Commons voted £10,000 to subsidize the Georgia colony, down from £26,000 the previous year.

On March 26, 1920, This Side of Paradise, the debut novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published. The author was 23 years old.

On March 26, 1982, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Washington, DC for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; the design approved a couple weeks earlier was by 21-year old Yale architecture student Maya Lin.

Under the Gold Dome Today

So far this year, Governor Nathan Deal has signed ten bills into law. This is the same pace as last year, and most of the legislation signed to date has been local.

It is being widely reported that Gov. Deal will sign House Bill 1 at 11 AM at the Capitol tomorrow, Friday, March 27, 2015 on the steps of the State Capitol.Continue Reading..


Agree/Disagree on House Bill 1

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