Gov. Nathan Deal has directed his community health commissioner to do something for rural hospitals, nine of which have closed in Georgia since 2000, leaving whole communities without quick access to emergency care.
The medical marijuana bill failed in the final hours of this year’s legislative session, but children with seizure disorders may now have a glimmer of hope that lawmakers will revisit the issue of cannabis oil next year. Thursday afternoon, Governor Nathan Deal announced two pathways for medical marijuana in the Georgia. The governor said he spoke directly with the FDA, who expressed willingness to work with the state to reach its goal of researching for medical marijuana, although neither pathway would provide immediate relief for children suffering from epilepsy.
Georgia officials are working to make arrangements to ensure state employees whose salaries and benefits are paid with federal funds don't lose access to health insurance during the shutdown of the federal government, Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday.
State officials are reinstating the practice of "pay-it-forward" toll payments on Georgia Highway 400 after motorists complained and Gov. Nathan Deal asked for the change. Last month, the State Road and Tollway Authority implemented a ban on motorists paying a toll for others after some motorists complained that toll booth cashiers were pocketing the money instead.
Georgia state schools Superintendent John Barge says he's considering challenging Gov. Nathan Deal in next year's Republican primary. Barge, who's in his first term as superintendent, said Tuesday that the possible campaign is one of many options he's considering.
State officials say Georgia is withdrawing from a consortium to create standardized tests aligned with Common Core curriculum. State School Superintendent John Barge and Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday that Georgia is withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers to ensure that Georgia officials maintain control of the state's academic standards and testing.
Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia should be cautious as regulators consider whether to expand solar energy usage. Deal said Tuesday that he is wary of the government mandating what types of energy sources utilities use to meet demand. Public Service Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald wants a vote Thursday on a plan that would require Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power to use more solar power.