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17
Nov

Sen. Renee Unterman: Visits Augusta Medical Facilities

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From Senator Renee Unterman

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Sen. Renee Unterman Visits Augusta Medical Facilities

Sen. Renee Unterman (R – Buford) toured state-of-the-art medical facilities with Sen. Dean Burke (R – Bainbridge) and Rep. Micah Gravley (R – Douglasville) prior to a meeting of the Joint Study Committee on Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions on November 12 in Augusta. The three legislators, who are also members of the joint study committee, were given an up-close-and-personal look at the operations of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

“I greatly appreciate the staff members and medical professionals who took the time to show us how our work on this committee directly affects its patients and their families. It is my hope that the work performed by this committee will benefit and enhance the services these two superb medical facilities provide,” said Sen. Unterman, co-chair of the Joint Study Committee on Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions.

Sen. Unterman, Sen. Burke and Rep. Gravley started the morning at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, a 70-bed facility with partner facilities in Charleston, SC; Valdosta, GA; Austell, GA; Miami, FL; and Jackson, MS. The Augusta center is one of only 125 burn centers in the United States, as well as one of the largest. The tour featured the center’s outpatient clinic, intensive care unit, emergency burn center receiving room and an operating suite. Information about the center’s burn education initiatives was also shared during the tour.Continue Reading..

17
Nov

Sen. Josh McKoon: Pre-Files Bill to Secure Driver’s Licenses

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From Senator Josh McKoon 

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Sen. Josh McKoon Pre-Files Bill to Secure Driver’s Licenses

Today, Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) pre-filed a bill for consideration in the upcoming 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly. The goal of Senate Bill 6 is to protect the integrity of our driver’s license and the safety of Georgia’s roadways.

Senator McKoon said, “Georgia should not become another California because of the refusal of the Obama administration to faithfully execute its constitutional obligation to enforce our laws.  I am certain that the majority of Georgia voters would take a dim view of the General Assembly deferring to the president’s judgment on illegal executive amnesty and rewarding illegal aliens with a Georgia driver’s license and other public benefits.”

“Previously, Georgia law restricted illegal aliens from getting a driver’s license,” said Sen.McKoon. “When the President created the ‘deferred action status’ class, he deliberately created a loophole to make millions of illegal aliens eligible for Georgia driver’s licenses and other public benefits. Senate Bill 6 will eliminate that loophole in Georgia.”Continue Reading..

17
Nov

Gov. Nathan Deal: Flags To Fly At Half-staff To Honor Former Gov. Carl Sanders

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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Deal: Flags to fly at half-staff to honor former Gov. Carl Sanders

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order today ordering that flags on all state buildings and grounds be lowered to half-staff to honor the memory of former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders. Gov. Sanders, 89, passed away on Sunday evening. He served as Georgia’s 74th governor from 1963-1967.

“Sandra and I are greatly saddened by the passing of Gov. Carl Sanders,” said Deal. “The bond we shared was more than the mutual possession of a public office; Gov. Sanders was a mentor and friend whose bright example of compassionate leadership was unsurpassed. During his tenure as governor, he transformed Georgia by building thousands of classrooms, improving our transportation system, increasing state income and bringing a competitive spirit to the state through the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves. But more than anything else, Gov. Sanders showed true leadership and character by supporting civil rights for all during a time when many were not. It is this legacy that I remember with a heavy heart today, and his lasting positive impact on our state will be felt by many future generations of Georgians. We will continue to pray for the Sanders family during this difficult time.”Continue Reading..

17
Nov

Sen. Steve Gooch: Elected to Serve as Senate Majority Whip

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From Senator Steve Gooch

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Sen. Steve Gooch Elected to Serve as Senate Majority Whip

Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) was elected to serve as Majority Whip of the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming biennial legislative term of the Georgia General Assembly. In this role, Sen. Gooch’s primary responsibility will be to research legislation, educate and inform caucus members, and ensure a full caucus presence during important legislative votes. The Majority Whip is the third ranking leadership position within the Republican caucus.

“I’m honored to be elected as the next Majority Whip of the Senate Republican Caucus. I remain committed to defending core constitutional principles such as limited government and fiscal responsibility, and will remember these ideals when advising the caucus on legislation that will create a more prosperous Georgia,” said Sen. Gooch.

“Sen. Gooch is a committed, hard-working public servant who will serve with great distinction as majority whip. I appreciate his dedication to his district as well as to the Senate. I look forward to working with him and the rest of our leadership team to advance our agenda in the General Assembly,” said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.Continue Reading..

17
Nov

Sen. Butch Miller: Releases Statement on Senate Leadership Elections

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From Senator Butch Miller 

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Sen. Butch Miller Releases Statement on Senate Leadership Elections

 Sen. Butch Miller (R – Gainesville) has released the following statement regarding the leadership elections held today by the Senate Majority Caucus:

“I am truly humbled by the support I received while pursuing the President Pro Tempore nomination from my Republican colleagues. Although my efforts may have fallen short, I have great confidence in the newly-elected leadership team and know they will continue to work hard for Georgia citizens.

Success is not measured on a single event. With the experience of this race, as well as serving as Senate Majority Caucus chair, I am a better man and a better servant of the 49th District and the State of Georgia. I will work tirelessly—every single day—to make life better for Georgia families.Continue Reading..

17
Nov

Senate Majority Caucus Supports a Second Term for President Pro Tempore David Shafer

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From Senator David Shafer 

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Senate Majority Caucus Supports a Second Term for President Pro Tempore David Shafer

 Sen. David Shafer (R – Duluth) has released the following statement on the vote today by the Senate Majority Caucus nominating him for a second term as President Pro Tempore:

“I am grateful to my fellow Republicans in the Senate for their vote of renewed confidence today. I look forward to working with Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert and our new Caucus leadership team in making Georgia the best place to work, worship and raise children.”

17
Nov

Rep. Allen Peake: Pre-Files Medical Cannabis Bill – HB 1

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From State Representative Allen Peake

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Rep. Allen Peake Pre-Files Medical Cannabis Bill

State Representatives Allen Peake (R-Macon) today pre-filed legislation that would allow for the use and production of medical cannabis in Georgia. Rep. Peake’s legislation will be assigned as House Bill 1 for the 2015 legislative session.

“I would first like to thank Speaker David Ralston for his leadership and compassion throughout this process and for his support in designating the medical cannabis as HB 1, the first bill filed for the upcoming legislative session. This is a clear message to the General Assembly and the public that the passage of the medical cannabis Bill is a priority for him and the Georgia House,” said Rep. Peake.

“Secondly, Governor Nathan Deal has publicly stated that he will work with the legislature on medical cannabis legislation that is safe, legal, and supervised by doctors. Rest assured that these three guidelines are at the heart and core of this bill. We have studied similar types of legislation for months and heard from all those who hold a stake in the matter; therefore, I am confident that we will craft the best possible version of this bill.

Finally, we cannot ignore the personal side of this story. Since March 20, when last year’s bill failed, at least 15 Georgia families uprooted their lives and moved to another state to have access to medical cannabis. We need to bring them home. And tragically, three children, all of whom visited this Capitol earlier this year with their parents to fight for the passage of this bill, have died during the last six months. We cannot move fast enough. In honor and in memory of Abe, Trinity, and Mary Elizabeth, it is imperative that we, as elected officials of this state, come up with a safe, effective and timely delivery system of medical cannabis oil in Georgia, for these children and for our citizens.”Continue Reading..

17
Nov

AUDIO – Gov. Nathan Deal introducing Sen. Johnny Isakson at his 2016 Campaign Kickoff

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Governor Nathan Deal introducing Senator Johnny Isakson at his 2016 Campaign Kickoff

 

17
Nov

AUDIO – LG Casey Cagle: On Sen. Johnny Isakson’s 2016 campaign Kickoff & Issues Before the state Senate in 2015

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A very cool interview as we were in the middle of a mob of people dodging TV cameras and other assorted incoming objects – LG Cagle is a pro!

Your Ga Pundit correspondent had the opportunity to interview LG Casey Cagle at the  Johnny Isakson 2016 Kickoff announcement.  We discussed Senator Isakson and issues the state Senate will address in the upcoming Session.

17
Nov

AUDIO – Rep. Doug Collins on Sen. Johnny Isakson’s 2016 Campaign Kickoff, The Keystone Pipeline, & Obama and Immigration

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Your Ga Pundit correspondent had the opportunity to interview Congressman Doug Collins at the Senator Johnny Isakson 2016 Kickoff announcement.  We discussed Senator Isakson, the Keystone Pipeline, and the potential immigration amnesty Executive Order by President Obama.