State House Approves: Sen. David Shafer Resolution Encouraging More Korean Business Investment in Georgia

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State House Approves Shafer Resolution Encouraging More Korean Business Investment in Georgia

The Georgia House of Representatives approved a Senate resolution today encouraging more Korean business investment in Georgia. Senate Resolution 941 was sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R – Duluth) and passed by a vote of 162 to 8.

“Both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly have shown they fully support and appreciate the Korean businesses who have invested in our state by approving Senate Resolution 941,” said Sen. Shafer. Continue reading

Poll: Port project no big deal – Atlanta Business Chronicle

The push for federal funding to deepen the Port of Savannah has Georgia politicians in a tizzy, but the issue isn’t resonating with voters.

That’s the finding of a poll released Wednesday by Atlanta-based media and polling firm InsiderAdvantage.

According to an online survey of 488 likely Georgia voters conducted March 10-11, only 49 percent said the Savannah Harbor project is important to them in the upcoming elections for governor and U.S. senator.

Eighteen percent said it’s not important, 25 percent said they don’t know enough about the issue to form an opinion and 8 percent said they’re undecided.

“This suggests that expansion of the Port of Savannah is, at present, a sort of ‘inside ballgame’ matter,” InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery said. “Candidates would have to make it more important through political ads down the road to likely move many votes on the issue.”

Towery said the port project is complicated, which explains why so many voters either say they don’t know enough about it or are undecided. As a result, he said the issue is unlikely to be the determining factor in Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election bid or the Senate matchup between Democrat Michelle Nunn and the Republican who survives the hotly contested GOP primary.

via Poll: Port project no big deal – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Sponsor abandons Common Core bill – Atlanta Business Chronicle

A Republican state senator is backing away from legislation he introduced targeting federal education standards, citing changes made in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, said Wednesday he won’t back the bill unless lawmakers restore language making it clear that Georgia will not continue moving toward adopting Common Core, a set of national education standards conservatives oppose as a federal takeover of education.

The original version of the bill, which Ligon introduced last year, required the Georgia Department of Education to withdraw from Common Core. When that failed to gain traction, Ligon agreed to a compromise calling for a state advisory committee to examine the standards and make recommendations.

The Senate passed the amended bill late last month 34-16 and sent it to the House.

But on Wednesday, Ligon complained the bill has been so watered down on the House side of the Capitol that he can no longer support it.

“Big business interests and the top leadership of educational lobby groups have mischaracterized the bill language,” he said. “Now, potential changes are being considered to the bill.”

via Sponsor abandons Common Core bill – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Watered-down Flint River bill clears Georgia House – Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia lawmakers overwhelmingly passed an embattled water policy bill Wednesday but with a far narrower scope than what supporters originally envisioned.

The legislation, which won approval in the state House of Representatives 164-3, would set the stage for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to pump water stored in underground aquifers into streams along the lower Flint River in times of drought using a process called augmentation. It would allow the EPD director to prohibit irrigation permit holders downstream from the augmentation project from tapping into that water, legal authority supporters say the agency needs to protect the state from being sued for failing to protect endangered mussels.

The original version of the bill the state Senate passed last year prompted an outcry from environmental groups that it could be used to send massive quantities of water down the Flint River into Florida, a “swap” that would let metro Atlanta keep enough water in Lake Lanier to supply the metro region for years to come, increasing Georgia’s leverage in the tri-state water wars.

Gov. Nathan Deal got behind the bill, as did the Georgia Agribusiness Council and Georgia Farm Bureau.

But enough members of the House objected to such sweeping legislation that supporters were forced to narrow the bill to get it through the lower chamber.

via Watered-down Flint River bill clears Georgia House – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Voter registration continues through April 21 | savannahnow.com

Residents of Effingham County who would like to register to vote before the May 20 Republican primary have until April 21 to do so.

Olivia Morgan, supervisor with the board of elections, said people who want to register to vote can do so at the county elections office, at 284 Ga. 119 S. in Springfield. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 912-754-8030.

People also may print a postage-paid voter registration application at the Georgia Secretary of State’s Web page: sos.ga.gov and mail it via the U.S. Postal Service.

via Voter registration continues through April 21 | savannahnow.com.

Senate panel approves latest version of medical cannabis proposal | State Legislature | Macon.com

ATLANTA — A state Senate panel unanimously approved possession in Georgia of a single type of medicine derived from cannabis, with the state’s prosecutors signed onto a plan that violates federal law.

The measure offers “protection from prosecution for possession of cannabidiol oil” used for seizure treatment, said state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, who made the edit on his own House Bill 885 in front of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

The oil is made from a strain of marijuana that is low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical that delivers the plant’s high. The plant is rich in cannabidiol, which is non-hallucinogenic and which relieves severe seizures in some afflicted children.

Though doing so would be illegal under federal law, the Legislature could decide to treat cannabidiol oil like any other controlled substance that is banned without a prescription, said Danny Porter, with the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, who helped draft the edits.

“The prosecutors of this state are not interested in depriving children or adults in this state from adequate medical treatment as long as it doesn’t open the door to legalization of marijuana” on purpose or inadvertently, Porter said.

If a person were to “obtain a prescription for cannabis (cannabidiol) oil … in a state where a doctor is authorized to write that prescription, … if they were able to get back to Georgia, then either the patient or the doctor who administers it would be immune from prosecution” under the bill, Porter told the committee.

But there’s a new wrinkle between Peake and passage. Senators, including Health and Human Services Committee Chair Renee Unterman, R-Buford, are having problems getting the House to pass the so-called “autism bill.” That’s Senate Bill 397 by state Sen. Tim Golden, R-Valdosta, which would require insurance companies to cover autism treatment in patients up to age 6.

So Unterman amended the autism bill onto the end of Peake’s bill just before the unanimous committee vote.

That means the House and Senate versions of the bill are more different than they would have been otherwise. Both sides are already talking about settling the differences in a conference committee in the coming days, before the session ends March 20.

via Senate panel approves latest version of medical cannabis proposal | State Legislature | Macon.com.

Eat my BBQ and Impeach Earl Warren

After losing to Carl Sanders in a bid to regain the Governor’s Mansion, Marvin Griffin remarked that some of the people who ate his barbecue did not vote for him. Despite his best efforts, his 1962 campaign was hampered by allegations of corruption from his first go-round. While Griffin was never indicted, the allegations of corruption proved significant enough to derail future political aspirations. Regardless of whether or not Griffin was guilty of corruption, his tenure as Governor is remembered for fiery rhetoric and bold actions. For instance, March 13, 1957, when Governor Griffin signed a joint resolution by the General Assembly calling for the impeachment of several Justices the United States Supreme Court.

There is a backstory: Griffin first ran for Governor on a segregationist platform in 1954. Many believed Griffin to be the hand-picked successor of Herman Talmadge, having served as Lt. Governor under Talmadge. Right before the campaign season kicked off, the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregation was unconstitutional. Griffin—like many others—promised to protect segregated schools, no matter what any federal judge decreed.

Griffin was ultimately successful in the Democratic primary and carried a majority of the county-unit votes, ensuring his election as Governor. And we often are reminded that it was under Governor Griffin that Georgia adopted the “confederate battle flag” as part of Georgia’s state flag in 1956. But Griffin, perhaps as an attempt to defuse integration, was also responsible for increasing spending to black public schools, increasing pay for black teachers, and generally improving conditions for black students in Georgia.

Many of his supporters wanted Griffin to willfully violate federal ores requiring desegregation. The prospect of sitting in jail did not appeal to the Governor. Thus, he declined to directly interfere with the process of desegregation as many of his supporters requested.

But that wouldn’t stop Griffin, or the General Assembly, for calling for the impeachment of Chief Justice Warren and several Associate Justices of the Supreme Court. The join-resolution also called for Georgia’s congressional delegation to institute formal impeachment proceedings against the Justices. Through-out the South, “Impeach Earl Warren” signs were proudly displayed.

Officially, the joint resolution was titled “The Impeachment of Certain U.S. Supreme Court Justices”, and cited that several Justices were believed to be furthering and enabling communism by “usurping the congressional power to make law in violation of Article I, Sections I and 8”; for “violations of Sections 3 and 5 of the 14th Amendment”; and for “nullification of the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.” Apparently, no one in Washington got the memo. Despite Griffin, the General Assembly, and a host of Georgians being upset about the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, none of the Justices were impeached.

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 13, 2014

Gwinnett37128

37128 was found with a gunshot wound, and has been treated, but unless he finds a foster or rescue home by 10 AM today, will likely be euthanized. He is at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. If you wish to help him, please immediately email: jaclyn.nguyen@gwinnettcounty.com.

Gwinnett35456

36456 is a Pit Bull male who was found stray and is friendly. He has been vetted and is ready to go to a foster or adoptive home; he has been staying at Gwinnett County Animal Shelter for more than a month.

GwinnettFlattieThis beautiful male Flat-Coated Retriever is friendly and in need of a home. He is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.