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Georgia bill would allow medical marijuana production

Feb. 14, 2019 6:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia may soon allow the production and sale of low-potency medical marijuana oil within the state. The new measure, introduced Thursday in the Georgia House, would give patients who are already allowed to possess low potency marijuana oil access to the product. It would close a loophole...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announces Medicaid waiver plan

Feb. 13, 2019 9:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled a proposal Wednesday that would authorize his office to pursue Medicaid waivers to give the state more flexibility in using federal health care funding. But some Democrats worry that the legislation would give Kemp, who railed against Medicaid...

2 Republicans head to runoff for south Georgia House seat

Feb. 13, 2019 10:34 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Republicans are headed to a March 12 runoff in a special election to fill a south Georgia House seat. Franklin Patten and James Burchett easily beat two Democratic opponents Tuesday in the district covering parts of Atkinson, Lanier, Lowndes and Ware Counties. The seat became available...

Gov. Kemp says he'd 'fight' to stop oil drilling off Georgia

Feb. 1, 2019 12:14 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said he opposes oil drilling off the Georgia coast and he's willing to "fight for that position," though he sees no immediate need to take action as the Trump administration prepares permits to allow testing off the East Coast. "I support offshore drilling,"...

State legislature to consider Gov. Kemp's budget proposals

Jan. 20, 2019 1:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The coming days in the Georgia legislature are all about one, all-encompassing proposal: the state budget. While the state House and Senate will not hold floor sessions, many lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Tuesday — after a the long holiday weekend in honor of the Rev. Martin...

Georgia Gov. Kemp pitches Medicaid waiver in State of State

Jan. 17, 2019 6:18 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's newly elected Republican governor announced during his State of the State speech Thursday that he was setting aside $1 million to create a waiver plan that would give the state more flexibility in using federal Medicaid funding. Gov. Brian Kemp, who has frequently assailed Medicaid...

Kemp prepares to lead Georgia after rough, partisan campaign

Jan. 12, 2019 8:49 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's new governor campaigned as a self-described "politically incorrect conservative" who sealed support among fellow Republicans with an endorsement from President Donald Trump and eked out a close November victory after lobbing a last-minute accusation that the state Democratic Party...

Ralston dampens Kemp pledge to sign 'Religious Freedom' bill

Jan. 10, 2019 2:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican House Speaker David Ralston says he doesn't favor another attempt to pass a so-called "religious freedom" law that protects people acting on religious beliefs, a position that could put him at odds with fellow Republican Gov.-elect Brian Kemp. Ralston said Thursday...

Health care IT company plans to relocate HQ to Georgia

Jan. 10, 2019 1:17 PM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A California health care IT company plans to relocate its headquarters to Georgia in a move that may create or move 500 jobs to the metro Atlanta area. Gov. Nathan Deal's office said Thursday that BioIQ will invest $5 million as part of its expansion in Cobb County. The Atlanta...

Outgoing governor to teach at UGA, other schools

Jan. 9, 2019 6:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The outgoing governor of Georgia will soon have another title: Professor. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the state's Board of Regents voted Wednesday to appoint Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal as a Regents Professor. Deal will hold occasional lectures at the University of Georgia and...