Prefiles Preview Upcoming Legislative Session

On Tuesday, we took a look at some of the study committees which had been working over the last few months on a variety of issues in preparation for next year’s legislative session. Today, a look at some of the prefiled legislation that may, or may not, impact the session.

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Marietta lawmaker addressing ‘Distracted Driving’ Issue

State Rep. John Carson, R-Marietta, says “it is absolutely essential” that a “hands-free” phone device bill “is addressed during the 2018 General Assembly session to prevent further distracted driving-related car crashes and fatalities.” He tells InsiderAdvantage that the distracted driving study committee he chairs found that “the 15 states with the hands-free laws saw, on average, fatalities go down 15 percent within two to three years.”

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Prefiles Preview Upcoming Legislative Session

On Tuesday, we took a look at some of the study committees which had been working over the last few months on a variety of issues in preparation for next year’s legislative session. Today, a look at some of the prefiled legislation that may, or may not, impact the session.

read more

Marietta lawmaker addressing ‘Distracted Driving’ Issue

State Rep. John Carson, R-Marietta, says “it is absolutely essential” that a “hands-free” phone device bill “is addressed during the 2018 General Assembly session to prevent further distracted driving-related car crashes and fatalities.” He tells InsiderAdvantage that the distracted driving study committee he chairs found that “the 15 states with the hands-free laws saw, on average, fatalities go down 15 percent within two to three years.”

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Poll shows support for medical cannabis oil

For the past three years state Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) has been the driving force behind the movement to allow the use of cannabis oil to treat specific medical conditions in the state.  While the idea of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, (or even general medical use) has remained taboo in Georgia, the notion of allowing patients to use cannabis oil, bereft of any mind-altering effects, has remained popular.

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It’s That Time of Year – Study Committees Wrapping Up

Ahead of the legislative session beginning in January, besides the holidays, one of the joys of December for Georgia lawmakers is the end of much of their work on various study committees. Some of them are big ticket and well known, such as the House Rural Development Council, others…not as well known, such as the Civics Education in Georgia Committee.

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The Story Behind the Olens Downfall

On November 21 InsiderAdvantage was the first Georgia news outlet to report that Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens was in serious trouble with the University System chancellor and Board of Regents. It was serious enough, we wrote, to lead to his termination. Yesterday, Olens announced he is leaving the university having “decided that new leadership will be required for KSU to fully realize its potential.”

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Red, Purple, & Blue: Uniting Atlanta

​Now that the results of the Atlanta mayor’s race are undisputed, one of the first tasks for Mayor-Elect Keisha Lance Bottoms is how to unify the city. The race itself was divisive and bitter, often seeming to focus on individuals rather than substance.

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My start in early childhood education was nontraditional. I began as a substitute teacher when my son was a student at Haygood United Methodist Preschool. I found that I loved working with children that age and decided to build a career in the field. In 2001, my church decided to open a preschool and I helped manage its launch by setting the budget and hiring a director. Subsequently I served as director from 2009-2015.

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City council legislation would crack down on protesters

A piece of legislation recently approved by the Atlanta City Council would allow police officers to make arrests based on the vague notion of “threatening” or “intimidating” action.  The proposal, authored by councilman Michael Julian Bond, came about as a response to the infamous Charlottesville rallies over the summer.  However activists on both sides of the aisle have expressed worry, saying that such unclear language could infringe upon 1st Amendment rights.  Such a proposal has the council’s ship DRIFTING…

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