Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 26, 2015


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 26, 2015

On February 26, 1868, the Atlanta City Council offered use of the combined City Hall and Fulton County Courthouse as a temporary capitol if the Constitutional Convention meeting in the city would designate it the capital city.

On February 26, 1877, Governor Alfred Colquitt signed legislation calling a June 1877 election of delegates to a state Constitutional Convention to be held in July of that year.

Johnny Cash was born on February 26, 1932.

The World Trade Center in New York City was bombed on February 26, 1993, killing six and causing half-a-billion dollars in damage.

Under the Gold Dome Today

The Senate and House will each convene at 11 AM today for Legislative Day 23.

10:00am – 11:00am House Sales Tax Sub Ways & Means – 133 cap
12:00pm – 1:00pm Senate Rules Upon Adjournment – 450 cap
12:00pm – 2:00pm House Regulated Industries – 406 clob
1:00pm – 2:00pm House Industry & Labor – 606 clob
1:00pm – 2:00pm Senate Science & Technology – 310 clob
1:00pm – 2:00pm Senate Health & Human Services – 450 cap
1:00pm – 2:00pm Senate Interstate Cooperation – 123 cap
1:00pm – 3:00pm House Judiciary Non Civil – 415 clob
2:00pm – 3:00pm Senate Finance – mezzanine 1
2:00pm – 3:00pm Sen Public Safety Sub Law Enf. Fire and Emerg Mgmt – 307 clob
3:00pm – 4:00pm Senate Higher Education – 310 clob
3:00pm – 4:00pm Senate Natural Resources & Env’t – 450 cap
3:00pm – 5:00pm House Ways & Means – 606 clob
3:00pm – 5:00pm House Judiciary Civil – 132 cap
4:00pm – 5:00pm Senate Judiciary – 307 clob

Senate Rules Calendar

SB 88 – Labor and Industrial Relations; provide for the payment of wages by credit to a payroll card; provisions (As Introduced) (Substitute) (I&L-25th)

SB 94 – Criminal Procedure; require a procedure for enhancing witness identification accuracy (As Introduced) (Substitute) (JUDYNC-54th)

SB 139 – Selling and Other Trade Practices; provide regulation; auxiliary containers shall be done by general law (As Introduced) (Substitute) (AG&CA-7th)

House Rules Calendar

Modified Open Rule

HB 76 – General appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 (App-Ralston-7th)

HB 207 – Courts; judge, judicial officer, grand juror, or trial lawyer may be disqualified for presiding or serving due to being related by consanguinity or affinity to a party; change provisions (Judy-Beskin-54th)

HB 210 – Drivers’ licenses; provide for dissemination of certain information by the Department of Driver Services; provisions (Substitute) (MotV-Rogers-10th)

Modified Structured Rule

HB 71 – Pardons and paroles; provide input and transparency relative to granting a parole or commutation of a death sentence to a life sentence; provisions (Substitute) (JudyNC-Tanner-9th)

HB 118 – Drivers’ licenses; issuance of commercial licenses and instruction permits to comply with federal law; amend certain provisions (MotV-Tanner-9th)

HB 184 – Banking and finance; extensively revise Title 7; provisions (B&B-Williamson-115th)

HB 192 – Local government; counties, municipal corporations, school districts, and consolidated governments be reimbursed for expenses only through submission of expense reimbursement requests; provisions (Substitute) (GAff-Powell-32nd) (AM# 28 1385)

HB 325 – Safety belts; definition of term passenger vehicle; modify (Substitute) (MotV-Hitchens-161st)

HB 362 – Student health; licensed health practitioners to prescribe albuterol sulfate for schools; authorize (Substitute) (H&HS-Clark-101st)

Medical Marijuana Passes State House

House Bill 1 by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) passed the State House of Representatives yesterday by a 158-2 vote. Voting against the bill were Democrat Darrel Ealum (Albany) and Republican Darlene Taylor (Thomasville).

Before the vote for final passage, the House voted to add back Sickle Cell Anemia to the list of conditions for which prescription would be legal.

Bill sponsor Allen Peake, R-Macon, told colleagues it was needed.

“With the African-American population the size it is in Georgia there are a significant amount of citizens who have sickle cell disease who could potentially benefit from medical cannabis from the pain that is associated with that,” said Peake.

The bill now allows for nine illnesses including cancer, seizure disorders, and Parkinson’s to be treated with a non-mind altering, oil-based form of marijuana. Peake had wanted more covered under the bill, but Gov. Nathan Deal wanted less due to concerns about abuse.

The AJC says the bill could meet resistance in the State Senate.

Senate leaders, including Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, the powerful chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee, have signaled they favor limiting the bill only to children with seizures.

Unterman declined to comment Wednesday, but earlier this session she said she’s confident some version of the bill will pass this year. Unterman has written her own medical marijuana bill, which she has yet to file, that only covers children with epilepsy.

Peake said he hopes the full Senate sees things differently.

“The fear I have is the Senate will strip every condition but children with seizure disorders,” Peake told reporters. “I will tell you I think that will be a great disservice to our state.”

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

If State Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville) didn’t say, “it’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” during debate on House Bill 261, he missed a golden opportunity because there’s always someone at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport for whom it’s 5:00 PM. From the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

The Georgia House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 148-12 to approve legislation that would extend pouring hours at municipally-owned airports, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

House Bill 261, sponsored by state Rep. Brett Harrell, R-Snellville, would allow alcohol to be served from 5 a.m. to midnight on Sundays at county or city-owned airports.

GaPundit Food Challenges

I have two new food challenges for myself. First, hit all five of the AJC’s Best on Buford Highway. Second, try all six of their Best Barbecue Sides in Atlanta.

Let me know if you have additions to offer to either list.


Yesterday, it was brought to my attention that I failed to mention that Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s Capitol Club is currently not accepting new members, as state law prevents Kemp’s campaign from accepting contributions while the General Assembly is in session. I totally lost sleep over that last night.
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