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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

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Gov Deal Paper HB1

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.”

“While we want to treat suffering patients and bring children home as quickly as possible, it is critical that we take every precaution to safeguard private health information and ensure the security of the new patient registry. In the coming days, these agencies will continue providing updates and further guidance to patients and the public.”

Under this legislation, the Georgia Composite Medical Board will draft a patient waiver and a physician certification form. Upon completion, the forms will be available to patients meeting the specified criteria through DPH. Once certified by the appropriate health care provider, patients will be provided with documentation allowing for possession of low-THC cannabis oil.

“I look forward to the day when I can sign this legislation into law – a day that is coming soon,” Deal said. “While many advocates dedicated countless days to this worthy cause, Rep. Allen Peake deserves special recognition for his selfless devotion to these affected families. He provided both the hand that guided our General Assembly and the shoulder that many families leaned on. Today, we’re beginning to reap the harvest of that hard work. Soon, families will be reunited and more Georgians will gain access to the treatment they require. I’m proud to see Georgia leading in this way.”

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Governor Deal and his staff for seeing this legislation through and making it a priority in the General Assembly,” said Peake (R-Macon). “I commend Governor Deal for taking the initial steps today to prepare our state for HB 1 to become law very soon. I continue to look forward to that day when this bill is signed and our Georgia families can finally come back home.”

Patients with the following conditions are eligible for medical cannabis oil under this law: cancer, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s and sickle cell.

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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,

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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.

8:00 AM SENATE STATE AND LOCAL GOV’TAL OPS MEZZ 1
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9:00 AM HOUSE RULES 341 CAP
9:00 AM Jacobs Sub of House Judiciary Civil 132 CAP

Senate Rules Calendar

HB 505 – Physical therapists; licensure and regulations of therapists and therapy assistants; revise various provisions (Amendment 1) (Amendment 2) (Amendment 3) (Substitute) (H&HS-52nd) Cooper-43rd

HB 57 – Electricity; financing of solar technology by retail customers for generation of electric energy to be used on and by property owned or occupied by such customers or to be fed back to the electric service provider; provide (RI&U-51st) Dudgeon-25th

HB 153 – Courts; civil action for damages; provide (Substitute) (JUDY-23rd) Weldon-3rd

HB 131 – The End to Cyberbullying Act; enact (Substitute) (ED&Y-17th) Dickerson-113th

HB 443 – Voluntary Veterans’ Preference Employment Policy Act; enact (VM&HS-6th) Dempsey-13th

HB 259 – Georgia Business Act; enact (GvtO-30th) Rogers-10th

HB 253 – Real estate appraisers; requirements for establishment and maintenance of a real estate appraisal management company; change certain provisions (Substitute) (RI&U-21st) Ballinger-23rd

HB 342 – Nursing homes; violation of certain regulations shall not constitute negligence per se; provide (Substitute) (H&HS-54th) Kelley-16th

HB 328 – Adult offenders; enact reforms recommended by Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform (Substitute) (JUDYNC-18th) Efstration-104th

HB 310 – Penal institutions; create Board of Community Supervision, Department of Community Supervision, and Governor’s Office of Transition, Support, and Reentry; provisions (PUB SAF-18th) Powell-32nd

HB 314 – Professions and businesses; State Board of Barbers and State Board of Cosmetology; combine (RI&U-47th) Tankersley-160th

HB 313 – Public employees; limited paid leave for purpose of promoting education; authorize (Substitute) (ED&Y-30th) Dickey-140th

HB 278 – Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Rights to Know Act of 1988; transfer responsibility to Safety Fire Commissioner; provisions (PUB SAF-30th) Clark-98th

HB 277 – Sales and use tax; value all flooring samples at the same rate for purposes of fair market value (FIN-14th) Broadrick-4th

HB 237 – State income tax; angel investor tax credit; extend (FIN-46th) Williamson-115th

HB 202 – Revenue and taxation; provisions regarding ad valorem taxation, assessment, and appeal; provide comprehensive revision (Substitute) (FIN-14th) Battles-15th

HB 439 – Georgia New Markets Jobs Act; enact (Substitute) (I&L-54th)Shaw-176th

HB 457 – Ad valorem tax; watercraft held in inventory; exempt (Substitute)(FIN-49th) Hawkins-27th

HB 255 – State purchasing; equal credits be given to certain forestry certification systems when using green building standards in state construction operation, repair, and renovation projects; require (AG&CA-11th) Cheokas-138th

HB 362 – Student health; licensed health practitioners to prescribe albuterol sulfate for schools; authorize (ED&Y-45th) Clark-101st

HB 551 – Public officers and employees; authorize political subdivisions to provide for voluntary contributions by employees through payroll deductions to certain not for profit organizations; provisions (SLGO(G)-56th) Brockway-102nd

HB 394 – Georgia Board of Nursing; revise provisions relating to powers and duties; provisions (H&HS-1st) Cooper-43rd

HB 432 – Annexation of territory; local Acts providing for deannexation of property from a municipality and annexation of same property to another municipality which are effective on the same day do not create a prohibited unincorporated island; provide (Substitute) (SLGO(G)-29th) Raffensperger-50th

HB 504 – Health; vaccination against meningococcal disease of college students; revise provisions (Substitute) (H&HS-45th) Cooper-43rd

HB 452 – Protective Order Registry Act; enact (Substitute) (JUDYNC-22nd) Ballinger-23rd

HB 492 – Crimes and offenses; carrying in unauthorized locations; revise provisions (Substitute) (PUB SAF-47th) Jasperse-11th

House Rules Calendar

Modified Open Rule

HR 612 House Study Committee on Fibroids Education and Awareness; create (H&HS-Cooper-43rd)

HR 743 House Study Committee on Annexation, Deannexation, and Incorporation; create (IGC-Tankersley-160th)

HR 744 House Study Committee on the Use of Drones; create (Substitute) (PS&HS-Tanner-9th)

SB 69 State Defense Force; remove restrictions; rights of public officers and employees to be absent for service; reemployment rights (D&VA-Yates-73rd) Hill-32nd

SB 175 Animal Protection; require inspection of certain animals entering into the state (Substitute)(A&CA-Jasperse-11th) Black-8th

Modified Structured Rule

SB 4 Urban Redevelopment; provide for use of surface transportation projects; definitions; public contracts with private enterprises for completion (Substitute)(Trans-Roberts-155th) Gooch-51st (AM 39 0121)

SB 64 Juvenile Code, Domestic Relations, and Vital Records; repeal voluntary acknowledgments of legitimation (Substitute)(JuvJ-Weldon-3rd) Hufstetler-52nd

SB 79 Victim Compensation; expand the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s powers and duties relative to claims (JudyNC-Pak-108th) Unterman-45th

SB 131 Department of Behavorial Health and Developmental Disabilities; provide for certification; policies and procedures (Substitute)(H&HS-Rogers-10th) Dugan-30th

SB 134 Speed Detection Devices; provide for a rebuttable presumption for law enforcement agencies’ use of speed detection devices (Substitute) (JudyNC-Golick-40th) Stone-23rd

SB 135 Clerks of Superior Courts; provide for protection and disclosure of records held; procedure for disclosure (Substitute)(Judy-Jacobs-80th) Bethel-54th

SB 139 Selling and Other Trade Practices; provide regulation; auxiliary containers shall be done by general law (Substitute)(A&CA-McCall-33rd) Harper-7th

SB 148 Commerce and Trade; transfer powers and responsibilities of Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs to Attorney General’s office (A&CA-Rogers-10th) Kennedy-18th

SB 190 Bona Fide Coin Operated Machines; provide certain definitions; license fees and requirements for manufacturers and distributors (Substitute) (RegI-Dickey-140th) Miller-49th

Structured Rule

SB 63 Alcoholic Beverages; provide for manufacturers of malt beverages to make limited retail sales of malt beverages under certain circumstances (Substitute)(RegI-Stephens-164th) Hill-6th

Religious Liberty Bill Appears Dead

As we head toward the end of the Session, and Easter following closely, the Religious Liberty Bill, Senate Bill 129,  appears dead in the House Judiciary Committee. From WABE:

A key House committee tabled it Thursday. With only three days left in this year’s legislative session, the bill’s prospects look dim.

At a House Judiciary Committee meeting, supporters insisted the state needs to better protect religious expression from government overreach. They strongly denied critics’ assertions that it would provide a means to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, said if that was the case then he wanted language in the bill that explicitly prohibited discrimination.

“I take at face value the statements of proponents that they do not intend discrimination with this bill but I also believe if that is the case we as the General Assembly should state that expressly in the bill itself,” said Jacobs. “This is what my constituents want me to do. This is what I want to do as their legislator. And this is what I think we should do as a General Assembly.”

Three similar amendments had failed in subcommittee just the day before. The committee’s vice chair Barry Fleming, R-Harlem, was unequivocal.

“This is the amendment which will gut this bill…and if this amendment is attached to it I will not be able to support final passage of this bill.”

Autism Bill Resurrected

The day after saying from the well of the House that Senate Bill 1 to fund autism treatment for some children would not pass, Rep. Richard Smith (R-Columbus) held a press conference with Senator Charlie Bethel (R-Dalton) to announce a compromise.

State Rep. Richard Smith (R-Columbus) tells 11Alive News that he has agreed to attach the language of Ava’s Law to another bill that has already passed the House. The compromise was announced Thursday at the Georgia Capitol.

Ava’s Law, which is named after a 9-year-old Ava Bullard of Toombs County, would require insurance coverage for children with autism in Georgia. The bill has been bottled up in the House for seven years in part because of Smith’s opposition.

“I’m excited we have a solution,” said Smith, who expressed frustration on the House floor Wednesday over the “flack” he’d been getting for his position against Ava’s Law.

Smith, chairman of the House insurance committee, had been the biggest obstacle to the passage of the autism bill. Ava’s Law, named for 10 year old Ava Bullard, would require insurance companies to cover treatment for children with autism. Smith viewed it as a burden on small businesses. Ava’s mother lobbied hard for the bill for seven years—and learned early Thursday afternoon that Smith had agreed to a compromise.

“I can’t take it. It’s unreal. It’s unreal. It’s been seven years,” Bullard said grinning in a capitol hallway, shortly before hugging Smith.

Election News

Cobb County Commission Chair Tim Lee (R) announced he will seek reelection, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

Cobb Chairman Tim Lee formally announced his campaign for re-election in 2016 in a release Thursday.

Although Lee told the MDJ in January he planned to run for re-election, the release is the official sign his name will be on the ballot next year.

Lee, who has been chairman since 2010, said he has seen the county grow to “new levels of success,” citing the Braves’ move to Cobb.

“As chairman, I have made the tough decisions that have successfully seen Cobb County through some challenging times. By doing the things others refuse to do, we are now leading Cobb to new levels of success,” Lee said in the statement.

He ended the announcement with a slight play on his usual slogan, which is Cobb is a great place to “live, work and play.” Now, the slogan has changed to “live, work and do business,” according to the release.

Lee’s only announced challenger to date is Mike Boyce, a retired Marine colonel who challenged the chairman in the 2012 primary.

Events

Judge Barnes Fundraiser Invite

 

Sine DIe Low County Invite

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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

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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.

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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

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.

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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

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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.

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Sen. Bethel, Rep. Smith to Announce New Plan for SB 1 at 3:30 p.m. TODAY http://gapundit.com/2015/03/26/sen-bethel-rep-smith-to-announce-new-plan-for-sb-1-at-330-p-m-today/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sen-bethel-rep-smith-to-announce-new-plan-for-sb-1-at-330-p-m-today http://gapundit.com/2015/03/26/sen-bethel-rep-smith-to-announce-new-plan-for-sb-1-at-330-p-m-today/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:58:34 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=49480 GaPundit:

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.

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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.

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Deal to order agencies to prepare for medical marijuana law http://gapundit.com/2015/03/26/deal-to-order-agencies-to-prepare-for-medical-marijuana-law/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deal-to-order-agencies-to-prepare-for-medical-marijuana-law http://gapundit.com/2015/03/26/deal-to-order-agencies-to-prepare-for-medical-marijuana-law/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:20:24 +0000 http://gapundit.com/?p=49478 GaPundit:

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

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Deal Signs HB 318

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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.

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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

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Idgie

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.

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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

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.

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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

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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.

8:00 AM House Env’tal Quality Sub Natl Res 606 CLOB
8:00 AM SENATE FINANCE – CANCELED 307 CLOB
8:00 AM SENATE REGULATED IND AND UTILITIES 310 CLOB
9:00 AM HOUSE RULES 341 CAP
10:00 AM HOUSE FLOOR SESSION (LD 37) HOUSE
12:00 PM HOUSE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVIVCES 341 CAP
12:00 PM SENATE RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP
1:00 PM HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS DEV 403 CAP
1:00 PM SENATE INTERSTATE COOP 123 CAP
1:00 PM SENATE SCIENCE AND TECH 310 CLOB
1:00 PM SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SVCS 450 CAP
2:00 PM House Tax Reform Sub Ways & Means 133 CAP
2:00 PM HOUSE TRANSPORTATION 506 CLOB
2:00 PM SENATE FINANCE MEZZ 1
2:00 PM SENATE REAPP’T AND REDISTRICTING 307 CLOB
2:30 PM Joint High School Athletics Overview/SB 288 506 CLOB
3:00 PM SENATE HIGHER ED – CANCELED 310 CLOB
3:00 PM SENATE VETERANS, MILITARY 125 CAP
3:00 PM SENATE NAT’L RESOURCES AND ENV’T 450 CAP
4:00 PM SENATE JUDICIARY 307 CLOB

Senate Rules Calendar

HB 397 – State Soil and Water Conservation Commission; revise provisions; provisions (As Passed House) (Substitute) (AG&CA-49th) Knight-130th

HB 106 – Highways; revise what constitutes part of the state highway system; provisions (As Passed House) (Substitute) (TRANS-19th) Roberts-155th

HB 177 – Social services; school personnel required to report child abuse shall be notified by child protective agency upon receipt of report and completion of investigation; provide (As Passed House) (H&HS-45th) Wilkerson-38th

HB 183 – Home Care Patient Protection Act; enact (As Passed House) (H&HS-13th) Knight-130th

HB 225 – Local government; all for-hire drivers obtain a for-hire license endorsement before driving for hire; provide (As Passed House) (Substitute) (S&T-21st) Powell-32nd

HB 252 – J. Calvin Hill, Jr., Act; enact (As Passed House) (GvtO-56th) Caldwell-20th

HB 263 – Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; advisory board to the council for juvenile justice issues; provide (As Passed House) (Substitute)(JUDYNC-18th) Coomer-14th

HB 299 – Contracts; provide for definitions; provisions (As Passed House) (B&FI-49th) Dunahoo-30th

HB 347 – Interest and usury; interest on certain domestic relations cases; clarify provisions (As Passed House) (JUDY-54th) Hightower-68th

HB 353 – Nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions; revise definitions; revise provisions (As Passed House) (H ED-40th) Rogers-29th

HB 505 – Physical therapists; licensure and regulations of therapists and therapy assistants; revise various provisions (As Passed House) (Substitute) (H&HS-52nd) Cooper-43rd

HR 304 – Georgia’s technical schools, colleges and universities; expand gerontology and dementia education and training; encourage (As Passed House) (H ED-1st) Cooper-43rd

House Rules Calendar

Modified Open Rule

HR – 640 Joint Study Committee on Health, Education, and School-Based Health Centers; create (Substitute)(H&HS-Broadrick-4th)

HR – 641 Joint Study Committee on Children’s Mental Health; create (Substitute)(H&HS-Dempsey-13th)

SB 119 – “Water Professionals Appreciation Day”; designate the first Monday in May of each year in Georgia (NR&E-Smith-70th) Jeffares-17th

SR 26 – Joint House and Senate Coastal Greenway Study Committee; create (ED&T-Stephens-164th) Ligon, Jr.-3rd

Modified Structured Rule

SB 100 – Motor Vehicles and Traffic; provide for applicability with current federal reg. in the safe operations of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicles (Substitute)(MotV-Greene-151st) Harper-7th(Rules Committee Substitute LC 39 1057S)

SB 101 – Soil Erosion and Sedimentation; provide for buffer against coastal marshlands within which certain land-disturbing activities are prohibited (NR&E-Stephens-164th) Watson-1st (AM 40 0138)

SB 194 – Pharmacists and Pharmacies; certain provisions shall not apply; facility engaged solely in the distribution of dialysate, drugs; patients with end stage renal disease (Substitute)(H&HS-Cooper-43rd) Jeffares-17th

SB 195 – Bonds and Recognizances; increase fees allowed for continuing education programs (Substitute)(JudyNC-Harrell-106th) Williams-27th

Yesterday

House Bill 393, the bill that would allow Tesla Motors to own up to five dealerships in Georgia and sell their cars to buyers, passed the Senate on a vote of 48-44.

Medical Marijuana

The Georgia House voted to agree to the Senate version of House Bill 1, which allows the medical use of oil derived from marijuana for eight conditions, for adults or children, with a doctor’s prescription. Pictured below are the bill’s primary sponsor, State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), with Janea Cox and Haleigh Cox, for whom the bill was named.

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From the Atlanta Business Chronicle,

The state House of Representatives passed the medical marijuana bill 160-1, ending two years of struggle to exempt from prosecution Georgians in possession of cannabidiol.

The bill began last year as an effort to help children with seizure disorders. After it died on the final day of the 2014 legislative session, 17 families moved from Georgia to Colorado so their children could get access to the drug.

“House Bill 1 brings them all home,” Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, the bill’s chief sponsor, said shortly before Wednesday’s vote. “House Bill 1 provides relief from pain and hope for a lot of citizens in our state.”

Channel 46 from Macon also covered the bill’s passage.

The Forsyth family who inspired the state’s medical marijuana bill is finally coming home.

There was a standing ovation inside the House of Representative’s chambers for Janea Cox and her five-year-old daughter Haleigh as a dream more than a year in the making came true.

“It takes a huge weight off our shoulders, that we don’t have to stay in Colorado for another year to wait for legislation to pass,” Cox said.

Cox was there as House lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the Senate’s revised version of House Bill 1. She cried and hugged Rep. Allen Peake as the results from the vote came back 160 to 1. The medical marijuana measure will help her come back to Georgia and reunite with her husband she left in Forsyth.

“He gets to be with us, we get to be a family, and we get to come home,” she said.

The mother reached out to Peake last year as a final effort to get help for Haleigh.

“To be able to see her now, where she smiles at me and makes eye contact and says mama…we know she’s in there. We just have to dig her out from the seizure meds,” Cox said.

Of course, this is a great day for the Georgians who will find relief and it provides hope for those whose conditions are not covered by this law but who see promise in CBD-oil treatment. It is my sincere hope that Georgia’s citizens will see this as proof that one person can make meaningful changes in Georgia through the legislative process with the support of their elected representative. This is truly a feat of the legislature coming together to reflect the changing facts and feelings of their constituents.

Autism coverage

Not so much with Autism, whose sufferers got tied up in last year’s medical marijuana legislation. Yesterday, House Insurance Committee Chairman Richard Smith (R-Columbus) took to the well to say, “Senate Bill 1 will not pass…. I’m telling the children over there to put up or shut up,” clearly referring to the Senate as children.

Senate Bill 1 would require small business healthcare plans to pay for some types of Autism treatment.

Rumor is the Senate Rules Committee had been blocking legislation authored by members of the House Insurance Committee to pressure Smith to allow SB1 out of Committee.

Smith did offer a way forward, stating that he will introduce legislation for a fractional sales tax of 2/10 of a percent to fund Austism treatment for Georgia children. My fear is that someone else is already planning to grab 8/10 of a percent to make it an even penny.

Transportation Tax

Senator Bill Heath (R-Bremen) took to the well yesterday to attempt to pass a measure that would restrict the ability of Senators appointed to a conference committee on HB 170, the Transportation Tax Bill, to agree to any compromise that did not remove the sales tax exemption on jet fuel that primarily benefits an airline headquartered in Atlanta. House conferees are Transportation Committee Chair Jay Roberts (R-Ocilla), State Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming) and Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus), while the Senate contingent comprises President Pro Tem David Shafer (R-Duluth), Transportation Chair Tommie Williams (R-Lyons), and Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega).

Opportunity School District

Governor Deal’s plan to put on the 2016 ballot a Constitutional Amendment creating an “Opportunity School District” that could take over consistently failing schools from local board control narrowly passed the House with the requisite Constitutional supermajority. Senate Resolution 287, which authorizes the statewide referendum to amend the Georgia Constitution garnered 121 “Yea” votes, reaching the 2/3 majority required to place an Amendment on the ballot.

Senate Bill 133, the companion “enabling legislation” that governs how an Opportunity School District will operate if the Amendment is passed by voters required only a majority and passed the House by a 108-53 margin.

From Maggie Lee, writing for the Macon Telegraph,

Its superintendent would report directly to the governor and have broad powers to choose schools for the program, select goals for each school and decide on the principal.

That principal and the Opportunity School District would make decisions about staff, curriculum and school finances.

The superintendent also could waive certain state school rules, but nothing relating to safety or civil rights.

Any failing charter school would get a new board named by the superintendent.

Critics such as state Rep. James Beverly, D-Macon, voted against it. He said it’s a bad idea to put so much power in the hands of an appointed person who may not know an area’s particular problems and strengths.

“I think that Bibb County is a shining example of a dysfunctional board (of education) that became functional because they started to reason with one another, and no strong arm of the state government had to come in,” he said.

House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal, R-Bonaire, asked his colleagues to join him in a “yes” vote to create the Opportunity School District.

“When a school chronically remains in failing status … all of us have failed the children of Georgia attending that school,” O’Neal said.

The targeted schools are ones that have spent at least three years at the bottom of a state Department of Education scorecard on student achievement and progress.

Cityhood Bills Advance…Shakily

The Georgia Senate yesterday passed cityhood bills for Levitas Del Boco LaVista Hills and Tucker with changes to the border between the two prospective municipalities. Senator Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) carried the bills and spearheaded the changes over the strenuous objection of Sen. Elena Parent (D-Druid Hills). Those changes to lines carefully negotiated in the House also carry the realistic possibility of the whole thing imploding.

The highlight of the entire day came when Sen. Millar was in the well and a colleague of his rose to ask, regarding the importance of naming cities, whether Millar, “ever considered calling the entire area the Greater Mother Tucker area.” I’d offer ClusterTuck as an alternative description.

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