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Kristina Torres

Kristina Torres joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2003, and currently covers state government, politics and the Legislature. She has nearly two decades of reporting experience, including in Colorado, South Carolina and Minnesota. A Colorado native, Torres graduated from the University of Colorado in 1994. The Atlanta Press Club named her a 2010 finalist for print journalist of the year.

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Medical marijuana expansion moves ahead in Georgia House
 A broad expansion to Georgia’s medical marijuana law passed a key House panel Monday, moving a step closer to a floor vote ahead of Friday’s deadline for passage. House Bill 65, sponsored by state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, would double the list of illnesses and conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Georgia...

Posted: 43 minutes ago

A broad expansion to Georgia’s medical marijuana law passed a key House panel Monday, moving a step closer to a floor vote ahead of Friday’s deadline for passage. House Bill 65, sponsored by state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, would double the list of illnesses and conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Georgia...
Vincent Fort wants an independent inspector general hired in Atlanta
 An inspector general charged with independently investigating Atlanta’s government activities is one of several ethic proposals being announced Monday by state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta. Fort is among a number of candidates vying to replace Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed next year. A longtime critic of Reed, Fort made the announcement...

Posted: 5 hours ago

An inspector general charged with independently investigating Atlanta’s government activities is one of several ethic proposals being announced Monday by state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta. Fort is among a number of candidates vying to replace Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed next year. A longtime critic of Reed, Fort made the announcement...
Eight candidates qualify to replace former state Sen. Judson Hill
 Eight candidates — five Republicans and three Democrats — have signed up to replace former state Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, who left his seat earlier this month to run for Congress. The Republican candidates are Hamilton Beck, Matt Campbell, Roy Daniels, Kay Kirkpatrick and Gus Makris. The Democratic candidates are Christine...

Posted: 3 days ago

Eight candidates — five Republicans and three Democrats — have signed up to replace former state Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, who left his seat earlier this month to run for Congress. The Republican candidates are Hamilton Beck, Matt Campbell, Roy Daniels, Kay Kirkpatrick and Gus Makris. The Democratic candidates are Christine...
Senate backs new police safety effort that some worry hurts protesters
 The Georgia Senate approved a package of bills Friday extending protections for law enforcement officers assaulted in the line of duty, despite questions over whether some of the measures may curb Georgians’ right to protest. The biggest, Senate Bill 160, would impose mandatory minimum prison sentences for criminals convicted of aggravated...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Georgia Senate approved a package of bills Friday extending protections for law enforcement officers assaulted in the line of duty, despite questions over whether some of the measures may curb Georgians’ right to protest. The biggest, Senate Bill 160, would impose mandatory minimum prison sentences for criminals convicted of aggravated...
Georgia Senate backs creation of women’s veterans program
 The Georgia Department of Veterans Service has long sought to create a program for the state’s growing population of women’s veterans. On Thursday, state Senate unanimously backed the idea, too. Senate Bill 108, sponsored by state Sen. Larry Walker III, R-Perry, seeks to address the unique needs of a population that numbers to...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service has long sought to create a program for the state’s growing population of women’s veterans. On Thursday, state Senate unanimously backed the idea, too. Senate Bill 108, sponsored by state Sen. Larry Walker III, R-Perry, seeks to address the unique needs of a population that numbers to...
Good Lord: Georgia lawmakers are recognizing “Kumbaya”
 State lawmakers are not kidding, Lord: They’re recognizing “Kumbaya” on Thursday as Georgia’s first state historical song. Senate Resolution 293, sponsored by state Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, seeks to highlight what historians say are the song’s roots in the Gullah and Geechee culture on the Sea...

Posted: 4 days ago

State lawmakers are not kidding, Lord: They’re recognizing “Kumbaya” on Thursday as Georgia’s first state historical song. Senate Resolution 293, sponsored by state Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, seeks to highlight what historians say are the song’s roots in the Gullah and Geechee culture on the Sea...
Georgia’s latest ‘religious liberty’ bill sparks a fight in the Senate
 Georgia’s latest “religious liberty” bill may have only been introduced Wednesday in the state Senate, but members of the chamber quickly signaled it would be met with a fight. Members had a rare early floor debate on Senate Bill 233 after Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who presides over the chamber, assigned the legislation...

Posted: 5 days ago

Georgia’s latest “religious liberty” bill may have only been introduced Wednesday in the state Senate, but members of the chamber quickly signaled it would be met with a fight. Members had a rare early floor debate on Senate Bill 233 after Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who presides over the chamber, assigned the legislation...
Unusual fight is erupting over Georgia’s latest ‘religious liberty’ bill
 UPDATE: The attempt to shield the bill from changes failed on a 18-34 vote on the floor. ORIGINAL POST:Georgia’s latest ‘religious liberty’ bill may have only been introduced Wednesday in the state Senate, but the chamber has quickly signaled it will be met with a fight. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who presides over the chamber...

Posted: 5 days ago

UPDATE: The attempt to shield the bill from changes failed on a 18-34 vote on the floor. ORIGINAL POST:Georgia’s latest ‘religious liberty’ bill may have only been introduced Wednesday in the state Senate, but the chamber has quickly signaled it will be met with a fight. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who presides over the chamber...
House to vote on bill that groups say hurts minority voters
 An elections bill up for consideration in the state House Wednesday has raised the ire of voter advocacy groups, who say it could disproportionately hurt minority Georgians trying to join the state’s voter rolls. House Bill 268, which is scheduled to be considered by the state House, would create a 26-month deadline for voting...

Posted: 5 days ago

An elections bill up for consideration in the state House Wednesday has raised the ire of voter advocacy groups, who say it could disproportionately hurt minority Georgians trying to join the state’s voter rolls. House Bill 268, which is scheduled to be considered by the state House, would create a 26-month deadline for voting...
‘Religious liberty’ bill filed in Georgia
 A “religious liberty” bill has been filed in the Georgia Senate, the opening of what could be yet another explosive debate on whether the state should allow Georgians to cite their faith-based beliefs against government interference. Senate Bill 233, sponsored by state Sen. Marty Harbin, R-Tyrone, was signed by about...

Posted: 6 days ago

A “religious liberty” bill has been filed in the Georgia Senate, the opening of what could be yet another explosive debate on whether the state should allow Georgians to cite their faith-based beliefs against government interference. Senate Bill 233, sponsored by state Sen. Marty Harbin, R-Tyrone, was signed by about...
Get off my lawn: Bill replaces ‘no trespassing’ signs with purple paint
 A Georgia lawmaker wants to do away with “no trespassing” signs and instead allow property owners to paint their trees purple. Senate Bill 159, sponsored by freshman state Sen. Lee Anderson, R-Grovetown, follows the decades-old lead of other states, starting in 1989 in Arkansas. At the time, according to reports, rural property...

Posted: 7 days ago

A Georgia lawmaker wants to do away with “no trespassing” signs and instead allow property owners to paint their trees purple. Senate Bill 159, sponsored by freshman state Sen. Lee Anderson, R-Grovetown, follows the decades-old lead of other states, starting in 1989 in Arkansas. At the time, according to reports, rural property...