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Deal names Peake to lead medical marijuana commission

Deal names Peake to lead medical marijuana commission

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Gov. Nathan Deal has named a group of lawmakers, health care professionals and law enforcement officials to the new Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis.

The panel, to be led by Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, will make recommendations for a system of creating an in-state growth and distribution system to provide the drug.

Peake led efforts the past two years to legalize the use of a specific form of medication derived from marijuana for those who suffer from a specific list of ailments.

Georgia politics

Georgia counties seeing racial shifts amid reversal of Great Migration

Elaine Davis-Nickens moved from Maryland to Rockdale County in 2007, seeking a slower pace of life near Atlanta, a place she had visited in the past.

The federal government retiree already had a friend in Rockdale and was attracted to the county’s “community feel” as well as its reasonable housing costs. Her mother, sister and brother followed within the span of a few years, relocating from the Washington, D.

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TRACK BILLS AND MEMBERS' VOTES

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The Georgia Legislative Navigator

Interactive:  The AJC is proud is to offer readers this new tool to track legislation and meet those in power at the Gold Dome. All bills in the tool are categorized by topic, and the AJC staff highlighted legislation with the most significant impact on the general public. Links to lawmakers will show bill sponsorship, recent votes, committee assignments and top campaign donors. The bills and votes reflected are from both sessions of the assembly. Even if a bill was submitted but not voted on before the 2014 session closed, it is technically still active. Information in the tool will be updated daily during the 40-day legislative session.

» GET STARTED:  Click here to use the Legislative Navigator | Headlines from 2015 session

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POLITICAL INSIDER

A Fox News debate and the murder of the Iowa straw poll

Updated 9:00 a.m. — 

Republican candidates left to right Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul stand for the national anthem before the start of the CNN debate in Charleston, S.C. in January 2012. Brant Sanderlin bsanderlin@ajc.com

The Iowa straw poll is dead. Long live the Fox News debate.

For decades, the August event in the Hawkeye State has served as a first culling of Republican candidates for president.


Georgia health care

Forgive and forget: state pays insurer despite negative audit

Under pressure to expand health care choices for teachers, retirees and employees, state officials agreed this summer to let a politically connected insurer offer coverage again, even though auditors said the company had previously overpaid providers in the State Health Benefit Plan nearly $23 million.

Weeks later, in order to settle a legal claim and the overpayment accusations, the Department of Community Health (DCH) agreed to pay UnitedHealthcare $7 million and promised not to investigate other potential problems that the agency’s auditors found.

A USER'S GUIDE

A legislative ‘how to’
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A legislative ‘how to’

Be an involved and informed citizen--bookmark this guide and know how to:

  • Contact your legislators
  • Track bills
  • Make your way to the Statehouse
  • Follow financial disclosure reports
  • Speak at hearings
  • Watch sessions in person and streamed online

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