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11
Feb

AG Sam Olens: Urges Nine Oil Companies to Eliminate Synthetic Drugs from Retail Locations

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From Attorney General Sam Olens

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Attorney General Sam Olens Urges Nine Oil Companies to Eliminate Synthetic Drugs from Retail Locations

Attorney General Sam Olens has asked nine oil companies to collaborate with their franchisees to help eliminate synthetic drugs from retail locations operating under their brand names, including gas station and convenience stores.

The use of synthetic drugs has increased dramatically over the past four years. In 2010, more than 11,000 people, many of whom were younger than 17, went to the emergency room after using synthetic marijuana. Since then, thousands more have been harmed by synthetic drugs. In 2014, one health department reported a 220% increase in emergency room visits due to the ingestion of synthetic marijuana. Over this same period, enforcement agencies confirmed more than 130 instances of branded gas stations having sold synthetic drugs.

“I, along with 42 of my colleagues, strongly encourage these nine oil companies to cooperate with our request to remove synthetic drugs from franchise retail locations,” said Attorney General Olens. “Synthetic drugs are a threat to public safety and public health, and these dangerous substances should not be for sale in a legitimate place of business.”

In a letter signed by 42 other attorneys general, Attorney General Olens expressed concern over the problem of gas stations and convenience stores operating under brand names of reputable oil companies and selling illegal and extremely dangerous synthetic drugs. Many of these well-known retail locations give the appearance of safety and legitimacy to dangerous synthetic products. Enforcing stronger policies against the sale of synthetic drugs in retail locations can protect the brand reputations of these oil companies while also protecting our youth.

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11
Feb

A different perspective on the Georgia State Capitol

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11
Feb

Parental rights bill sponsored by Unterman passes Senate | Gwinnett Daily Post

State Sen. Renee Unterman’s Supporting and Strengthening Families Act is heading to the House for approval after passing the Senate on Tuesday.

The Buford legislator’s bill, which passed 43-to-10, would provide an alternative to foster care for parents who must temporarily waive parental rights due to some circumstances including military service or substance abuse treatment, according to a news release.

“Difficult life situations that are relatively short-term often creates a long-term struggle for parents who trying to care for their children,” Unterman said in the news release. “Senate Bill 3 allows for the easier transfer of caregiving authority, without the involvement of a lengthy court process, in order to allow parents to adequately address any circumstances impacting the ability to adequately care for a child.”

The act would allow the parent or legal guardian to use a power of attorney to delegate the care and custody of a child to another adult who is a Georgia resident. The transfer of custodial power would not be considered abandonment or foster care, and related parties to the power of attorney would not be subject to any of the requirements that apply to child foster care or community care.

via Parental rights bill sponsored by Unterman passes Senate | Gwinnett Daily Post.

11
Feb

Infographic: Georgia’s Gas Tax Before and After HB 170

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For the policy nerds out there, I’ll note that the numbers used are not precise, but they serve to illustrate what’s going on with the proposed changes.

For example, the chart put the local tax at 2.4%, while that’s an average, not a specific number. Secondly, the calculations assume $3.39 per gallon, the average price over the past four years. Rounding means that 13.65 cents on $3.39 is rounded down from 8.136 cents to 8.1 cents; likewise, the 4% state sales tax is rounded up from 13.56 cents to 13.6 cents.

Currently, the state sales tax per gallon is set periodically, usually fluctuating twice per year; the current state sales tax is 11.8 cents per gallon, based on a $2.95 per gallon gas price the last time it was sent.

11
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 11, 2015

On February 11, 1733, the first military formation in Georgia was held, as male colonists assembled with their muskets.

On February 11, 1776, Georgia Royal Governor Sir James Wright escaped from house arrest in Savannah to a waiting British warship HMS Scarborough.

Burt Reynolds was born on February 11, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan, though some accounts say Waycross, Georgia. Beginning with Deliverance, filmed along the Chattooga River in North Georgia in 1972, Georgia rose to number three in the nation for film production while Reynolds’s star rose to prominence. Other Reynolds movies filmed in Georgia include The Longest Yard, Gator, Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, and Sharkey’s Machine.

Under the Gold Dome Today

The current Adjournment Resolution, which sets the legislative schedule going forward, has the last day of Session scheduled for April 2, 2015. this week, the General Assembly is in Session today and tomorrow with no floor session planned for Friday.Continue Reading..

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Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 11, 2015

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43716 is a young female Hound who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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43542 is a male Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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43629 is a female Lab mix who is fully vetted and is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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43837 is a beautiful young male Pointer who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. He’ll need some help filling out his skinny frame.

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43807 is a friendly young female Chihuahua who will be available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter beginning Friday.

10
Feb

VIDEO – Senate in a Minute: Day 13 with Sen. Burt Jones

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From The Senate Press Office and Senator Burt Jones 

Senate in a Minute: Day 13

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10
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 10, 2015

Jack Macon

Jack is a Hound & Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Furever After Rescue in Macon, GA.

Jack White

Jack White is a Labrador Retriever & White German Shepherd mix who loves playing, including in a kiddie pool; Jack White is available for adoption from Ginny Millner Rescue Group in Atlanta, GA.

Jack Winder

Jack is a Shepherd & Cattle Dog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Remember Me? Pet Rescue in Winder,GA.

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Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 10, 2015

On February 10, 1787, the Georgia House of Assembly named William Few, Abraham Baldwin, William Pierce, George Walton, William Houstoun, and Nathaniel Pendleton to the Constitutional Convention called to revise the Articles of Confederation at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

On February 10, 1861, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi received word that he was chosen as President of the Confederate States of America.

On February 10, 1972, David Bowie made his first appearance as Ziggy Stardust.

Under the Gold Dome Today

9:00am – 10:00am House Rules – 341 CAP
12:00pm – 1:00pm Senate Rules Upon Adj – 450 Capitol
1:00pm – 2:00pm Senate Interstate Coop – 123 CAP
1:00pm – 2:00pm Senate Science & Tech – 310 CLOB
1:00pm – 3:00pm House Approp Economic Dev – 606 CLOB
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Insurance P&C Sub – 514 CLOB
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Approp Health Sub – 341 CAP
2:00pm – 3:00pm Senate Urban Affairs – 328 CLOB
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Judiciary Civil – 132 CAP
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Ways & Means Income Tax – 133 CAP
2:00pm – 3:00pm Senate Higher Education – 307 CLOB
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Approp Public Safety – 415 CLOB
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Approp Education Sub – 515 CLOB
3:00pm – 4:00pm Senate Natural Resources – 450 CAP
3:00pm – 4:00pm Senate Veterans – 125 CAP
3:00pm – 4:00pm House Game, Fish & Parks – 403 Capitol
3:00pm – 4:00pm House Ways & Means Sales Tax Sub – 133 CAP
3:00pm – 4:00pm House Science & Technology – 506 CLOB
4:00pm – 5:00pm Senate Economic Development – Senate Mezz 1
4:00pm – 5:00pm House Education Acad. Support – 415 CLOB
4:00pm – 5:00pm House Ways & Means Ad Valorem – 133 CAP
4:00pm – 5:00pm House Public Safety – 406 CLOB
4:00pm – 5:00pm Senate Judiciary – 307 CLOB

Senate Rules Calendar for Today

SB 3 - ‘Supporting and Strengthening Families Act’; power of attorney from parent to another person; care of minor child; provide for (As Introduced) (Substitute) (H&HS-45th)

SB 5 - Georgia Ports Authority; provide for powers; acceptance of loans/grants from United States upon certain terms and conditions (As Introduced) (Substitute) (ED&T-46th)Continue Reading..

9
Feb

VIDEO – GA State Senate: Senate in a Minute: Day 12 with Sen. William Ligon

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From The Senate Press Office and Senator William Ligon

Senate in a Minute: Day 12