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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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Medical marijuana gains Senate approval in Georgia |

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 |


Gwinnett votes on zoning anew after commissioner errors |

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 |


Longtime Fulton Co. official corrects campaign filings after… |

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… |


Misconduct charges filed against judge at center of DeKalb… |

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… |


Georgia Legislature set to approve medical marijuana | State Legislature |

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 |