Sunday, April 21, 2013
H.B. 131 will help students dually enrolled in high school and college.
Gov. Nathan Deal was at Georgia Gwinnett College Friday to sign H.B. 131 into law. The bill, introduced by Lawrenceville State Representative Valerie Clark, allows students dually enrolled in high school and college to apply their college credits towards their application for the HOPE Scholarships. Patch will have more on this story.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, Georgia became one of five states under Republican governors that rejected the provision in the president's healthcare reform calling on states to set up online health insurance exchanges.
On Friday, Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia became the fifth governor of a state to reject a provision in the president's healthcare reform law. According to Reuters, the other four states that had already rejected the provision that would require the states to set up healthcare exchanges are Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Wisconsin. Ohio, Michigan and Florida, however, have indicated a willingness to share in some of the responsibility with Washington. Deal was one of the many governors who held off on making a decision until after the election. Republican candidate Mitt Romney had pledged to repeal the president's healthcare plan if elected. Since that didn't happen, states are left dealing with the plan that is scheduled to be implemented in …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Gov. Nathan Deal has filed for attorney's fees regarding an ethics violation brought against him by George Anderson. Meanwhile, a local nonprofit is trying to change the law regarding ethics complaints.
On Sept. 20, Governor Nathan Deal filed for attorney's fees against George Anderson, Executive Director of Ethics in Government Group, claiming that Anderson "filed unsubstantiated, as well as, frivolous accusations concerning payments to Southern Magnolia LLC, alleging kickbacks to Respondent, untrue allegations of personal profit from campaign funds, as well as, allegations regarding good friend and appointee Patrick Millsaps to the State Ethics Commission." Anderson claims that he is being attacked with "abuse litigation." "I am being attacked against my Constitutional rights to petition the government for a redress of grievances under the United States Constitution under Amendment I Article I," he said in an email to Snellville Patch. …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The federal agency temporarily relaxed environmental requirements for gas sold in the state to allow Gulf Coast refineries to resume normal production.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Remember those gas shortages after Hurricanes Ike and Gustav hit refineries in 2008? Did you wait in line to get gas at one of the few stations with gas? It appears that Hurricane Isaac won't have that affect, even though several fuel refineries were shut down by power outages and flooding. The U.S. Environmental Production Agency (EPA) granted Gov. Nathan Deal's request and temporarily waived environmental requirements for gas sold in Georgia to avoid a potential shortage. The EPA granted the waiver through Sept. 15, which will give Gulf Coast fuel refineries time to resume normal production. Members of the Georgia Petroleum Council predicted shortages of the cleaner burning, low volatility gasoline would occur within a week without …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
On Monday, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law requirements for parents who receive federal assistance to be tested for drugs before getting help.
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law drug-testing requirements for parents who receive financial help through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Deal signed House Bill 861 into law on Monday, April 16. It forces parents to pay for and take a drug test as a condition of receiving TANF assistance. According to an AJC report, the test would cost about $17 and is expected to begin in several weeks. (Let us know what you think about this in the comment section below.) It is likely to be challenged by groups that oppose the legislation and believe it violates constitutional rights. Similar legislation was enacted in Florida in 2011, and is currently be challenged in courts. According to the AJC, Georgia officials…