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25
Mar

Medical marijuana gains Senate approval in Georgia | www.myajc.com

Within days, Georgia could become the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana after the Senate passed a bill Tuesday to allow a limited form of the drug to treat disorders including epilepsy, sickle cell disease and cancer.

The vote represents a compromise over competing efforts at the Georgia Legislature, pitting conservatives wanting strict limits on allowing the federally banned drug into the state vs. hundreds of families dealing with intractable diseases and symptoms.

It now sends House Bill 1 back to that chamber for agreement on the measure, which appears all but likely.

“I fully expect to be able to agree to it (Wednesday) and have it sent to the governor” for his signature, said the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon.

via Medical marijuana gains Senate approval in Georgia | www.myajc.com.

25
Mar

Gwinnett votes on zoning anew after commissioner errors | www.myajc.com

A county commissioner’s garbled requirements for developing a piece of property near Lawrenceville led Gwinnett County to take a second vote for the approval leaders first granted last month.

The county did not have information on how frequently zonings are reconsidered after a decision has been made, but Gwinnett spokesman Joe Sorenson said it is rare.

In the case that was reconsidered Tuesday, developer John W. Rooker & Associates was asking for permission to reduce a buffer for an industrial property on Hurricane Shoals Road, in the Gwinnett Progress Center, that backed up to a residence.

In trying to make both the developer and the homeowner happy, Commissioner John Heard asked for some conditions on the property that neither expected — and that an attorney representing the developer thought might not have been what Heard meant.

“In speaking with the Commissioner this morning, I am concerned that what he tells me that he intended may not be consistent with what I may have heard in his amended motion,” attorney Lee Tucker said in an email to Gwinnett’s planning director after the original Feb. 24 vote. The email was obtained as part of an open records request.

via Gwinnett votes on zoning anew after commissioner errors | www.myajc.com.

25
Mar

Longtime Fulton Co. official corrects campaign filings after… | www.wsbtv.com

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — When we first approached longtime Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards to ask how nearly $80,000 in political donations vanished from his campaign paperwork, he denied there was even a problem.

“I take issue with the word discrepancy. As far as I’m concerned I don’t have a discrepancy,” Edwards told Channel 2 investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer.

Now, a month later, he has filed six corrected reports to amend his earlier filings from 2008, 2009, and part of 2010.

via Longtime Fulton Co. official corrects campaign filings after… | www.wsbtv.com.

25
Mar

Misconduct charges filed against judge at center of DeKalb… | www.wsbtv.com

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — State authorities have filed six charges of judicial misconduct against a controversial DeKalb County Superior Court judge.

Cynthia Becker retired Feb. 23, but the charges filed Monday by the Judicial Qualifications Commission will force her to defend herself at a formal trial or risk being sanctioned despite her retirement.

Becker attracted the commission’s attention for her handling of two cases emerging from a scandal inside the DeKalb School System’s massive construction program.

Four of the six counts against her arise from the plea bargain for former DeKalb Superintendent Dr. Crawford Lewis and the trial and conviction of Pat Reid and Tony Pope.

Reid was a senior school official who oversaw the district’s SPLOST construction program. Pope is an architect doing business with the district and was Reid’s husband at the time.

The JQC accuses Becker of misconduct for failing to follow a plea agreement between Lewis and DeKalb County prosecutors and for refusing to allow Lewis to withdraw his guilty plea once he learned that Becker intended to sentence him to a year in jail.

via Misconduct charges filed against judge at center of DeKalb… | www.wsbtv.com.

25
Mar

Georgia Legislature set to approve medical marijuana | State Legislature | Macon.com

ATLANTA — After a year of debate, the Georgia Legislature is set to approve its first medical marijuana bill, which will allow possession of a single kind of liquid medicine made from cannabis for any one of eight diagnoses.

A 48-6 state Senate vote Tuesday sends House Bill 1 to the House for a formal agreement to Senate tweaks, then to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk.

Deal is expected to sign it this week, schedule allowing, said state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, author of the bill and the Legislature’s medical cannabis evangelist for more than a year. Deal already has expressed support for a slightly different version of the bill.

The measure could go into effect in as few as 30 to 60 days, Peake said.

via Georgia Legislature set to approve medical marijuana | State Legislature | Macon.com.

25
Mar

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 25, 2015

Maggie

Maggie is an adult female German Shepherd dog who is very docile, mild mannered, and easy going with a gentle spirit. She gets along well with all other dogs and every person she has met. She is also housebroken, spayed, vaccinated, had a dental exam, and is HW neg. She is SO lazy that sometimes her foster dad has to carry her outside to go potty. All she requires is a spot next to you on the couch and a hand to pet her. Surely someone has room to give this girl a forever home! Her adoption fee is waived to an approved adopter. Maggie is available for adoption from Baldwin County Animal Control in Milledgeville, GA.

Moira

Moira is a young female Black Labrador mix with an adorable personality! She’s approximately 40 pounds and a year old. This girl was very timid when she came to the shelter and would often crawl on her belly. She’s now a happy, outgoing girl! She is dog friendly, but can be a bit selective with some other females. She walks great on a leash and is a VERY loving girl! Moira is available for adoption from Baldwin County Animal Control in Milledgeville, GA.

Maybelline

Maybelline is a year-and-a-half old Shepherd or Labrador mix, about 1 year old and 50 pounds. Very sweet and super playful. Loves to go on walks and take swims. Maybelline is currently in a foster home and is available for adoption from Baldwin County Animal Control in Milledgeville, GA.

25
Mar

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 25, 2015

The British Parliament closed the Port of Boston on March 25, 1774, passing the Boston Port Act in retaliation for the destruction of $1 million worth of tea in the Boston Tea Party.

Horton Smith won the first Masters tournament on March 25, 1934.

On March 25, 1937, Governor E.D. Rivers signed legislation creating the Georgia Department of Labor; in 1945, the Commissioner of Labor was upgraded from statutory office to Constitutional.

Atlanta Braves Pitcher and new member of the Baseball Hall of Fame Tom Glavine celebrates his 49th Birthday today.

Flannery O’Connor was born on March 25, 1925 in Savannah, Georgia. She would come to be recognized as one of the greatest American fiction writers. O’Connor graduated from the Georgia State College for Women, now called Georgia College and State University. She returned to Milledgeville in 1951, living at the family farm, called Andalusia, until her death at age 39 in 1964.

At GCSU, the Flannery O’Connor Room is located in the GC Museum, the Flannery O’Connor Collection includes manuscripts, and the College includes a program in Flannery O’Connor Studies.

O’Connor died of Lupus, which also killed her father.

Under the Gold Dome Today

8:00 AM HOUSE AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER AFF 403 CAP
8:00 AM HOUSE INSURANCE 606 CLOB
8:15 AM SENATE APPROPRIATIONS 341 CAP
8:15 AM SENATE VETERANS 125 CAP
9:00 AM HOUSE RULES 341 CAP
10:00 AM HOUSE FLOOR SESSION (LD 36) CHAMBER
12:00 PM SENATE RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP
1:00 PM SENATE INSURANCE AND LABOR 125 CAP
1:00 PM SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY 310 CLOB
1:00 PM SENATE EDUCATION AND YOUTH 307 CLOB
1:30 PM HOUSE JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL 132 CAP
2:00 PM HOUSE Env’tal Quality Sub Nat’l Resources 230 CAP
2:00 PM HOUSE GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS 406 CLOB
2:00 PM SENATE JUDICIARY 310 CLOB
2:00 PM SENATE FINANCE MEZZ 1
3:00 PM HOUSE EDUCATION 606 CLOB
3:00 PM House Fleming Sub House Judiciary Civil 403 CAP
3:00 PM SENATE STATE INSTITUTIONS AND PROP 125 CAP
3:00 PM SENATE JUDICIARY NON CIVIL 307 CLOB
3:00 PM SENATE TRANSPORTATION 450 CAP
4:00 PM SENATE REG. IND. AND UTILITIES 310 CLOB
4:00 PM SENATE STATE AND LOCAL GOV’TAL OPS MEZZ 1

Senate Rules Calendar

HB 393 – Motor vehicles fair practices; restrictions on ownership, operation, or control of dealerships by manufacturers and franchisors; provide exception (As Passed House) (PUB SAF-1st) Martin-49thContinue Reading..

24
Mar

House Bill 1 passes Georgia Senate

HB1 passed

24
Mar

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 24, 2015

On March 24, 1970 the largemouth bass was recognized as the official state fish of Georgia.

On March 24, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound in Alaska, eventually spilling 11 million gallons of oil and polluting 700 miles of coastal Alaska.

Under the Gold Dome Today

8:00 AM SENATE FINANCE Sub B 122 CAP
8:15 AM SENATE FINANCE Sub A 125 CAP
9:00 AM Jacobs Sub House Judiciary Civil 133 CAP
9:00 AM HOUSE RULES 341 CAP
10:00 AM HOUSE FLOOR SESSION (LD 35) CHAMBER
12:00 PM SENATE RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP
1:00 PM SENATE INTERSTATE COOP – CANCELED 123 CAP
1:00 PM SENATE SCIENCE & TECH 310 CLOB
1:00 PM SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SVCS 450 CAP
1:00 PM HOUSE JUDICIARY CIVIL 132 CAP
1:00 PM HOUSE Academic Innov. Sub of Education 506 CLOB
1:00 PM HB 76 Conference Committee 403 CAP
2:00 PM SENATE URBAN AFFAIRS 328 CLOB
2:00 PM SENATE BANKING AND FIN. INST. 307 CLOB
2:00 PM HOUSE Subcommittee of Judiciary Civil 132 CAP
2:00 PM HOUSE Acad. Achievement of Ed. 415 CLOB
2:00 PM HOUSE REGULATED INDUSTRIES 506 CLOB
2:00 PM HOUSE Special Sub. Energy, Utilities & Telecom 216 CAP
3:00 PM SENATE HIGHER EDUCATION 310 CLOB
3:00 PM Senate Legis Oversight 307 CLOB
3:00 PM SENATE NAT’L RESOURCES AND ENV’T 450 CAP
3:00 PM SENATE VETERANS, MILITARY, HOMELAND 125 CAP
3:00 PM HOUSE WAYS & MEANS 606 CLOB
3:00 PM HOUSE JUVENILE JUSTICE 506 CLOB
3:00 PM HOUSE PUBLIC SAFETY 406 CLOB
4:00 PM SENATE ECON. DEV. & TOURISM MEZZ 1
4:00 PM SENATE JUDICIARY 307 CLOB
5:00 PM SENATE JUDICIARY Sub – adj of full 307 CLOB
5:00 PM SENATE FINANCE MEZZ 1

Senate Rules Calendar

HB 1 – Haleigh’s Hope Act; enactContinue Reading..

24
Mar

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 24, 2015

Bronson

Bronson (ID 24889796)is a happy medium-sized boy who would love  to be the next addition to your family.  His favorite place to be is right next to you!  This lively boy would make a wonderful walking buddy.  Bronson is Urgent and desperately needs adoption, rescue or foster.  His time is running out; the shelter is running out of space. If you will make room in your life for Bronson you’ll be able to take advantage of the March adoption special “Adopt a Lucky Charm”.  Bronson’s adoption fee is only $40 and includes neuter, vaccines and microchip. If you can help Bronson please contact the following to adopt: adoption@dekalbanimalservices.com, to foster: volunteer@dekalbanimalservices.com or to rescue: rescue@dekalbanimalservices.com.

Vera

Vera (ID 24898418) - This gorgeous medium-sized girl is Urgent and desperately needs adoption, rescue or foster.  Her time is almost up; the shelter is running out of space.  Vera is a super sweet Catahoula Leopard dog mix who seems to have a moderate energy level and would love to join you for walks and sleep in a comfy bed.  Vera is very treat motivated, so training should be a breeze.  She is great with other dogs too!!  If you are that special person who will save Vera. you’ll be able to take advantage of the March adoption special “Adopt a Lucky Charm”.  Vera’s adoption fee is only $40 and includes spay, vaccines and microchip. If you can help Vera please contact the following to adopt: adoption@dekalbanimalservices.com, to foster: volunteer@dekalbanimalservices.com or to rescue: rescue@dekalbanimalservices.com.

Mabel

Mabel (ID 24995517)This Happy friendly medium-sized girl is Urgent and desperately needs adoption, rescue or foster.  Her is time is almost up; the shelter is running out of space.  Mabel is a happy girl who would do wonderfully in a home with a lot of entertainment for her!  She is an active girl and walks around town, playing fetch in the yard and lots of play time sound like heaven to her.  Mabel is a super cute girl who would love to go home with you.  If you can find it in your heart to save Mabel you’ll be able to take advantage of the March adoption special “Adopt a Lucky Charm”.  Mabel’s adoption fee is only $40 and includes spay, vaccines and microchip. If you can help Mabel please contact the following to adopt: adoption@dekalbanimalservices.com, to foster: volunteer@dekalbanimalservices.com or to rescue: rescue@dekalbanimalservices.com.