May 5, 2017 Radio Commentary

Thanks for Prohibiting Sanctuary Colleges in Georgia

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, May 5, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

What a relief it was when H.B. 37 passed this session. It’s a ray of hope for law-abiding citizens who believe that national boundaries should be respected and laws should be enforced against violators. Today, I applaud Representative Earl Ehrhart, who introduced H.B. 37, and Representatives England, Morris, Williams and Petrea who co-signed it. Also, I want to thank the 112 House members and 37 senators that voted for it. Thanks to them, the law against illegal entry into the United States has more teeth in it in Georgia.

While that doesn’t mean illegal aliens will be sent back home, Representative Ehrhart’s bill prohibits sanctuary policies in private colleges and universities and punishes them for adopting a regulation, rule, policy, or practice that gives safe space for students who are here illegally. Since crossing the border is illegal, individuals, agencies and organizations are encouraging illegal behavior if they protect illegals from federal and state immigration laws.

Because a Georgia county, reportedly, harbors illegal aliens, Georgia is listed among states that provide sanctuary, despite a 2016 state law that made it illegal for publicly-funded programs and local governments to provide sanctuary. The 2016 law applies to state colleges and universities because they are publicly funded by taxes, but it does not apply to private institutions. So, H.B. 37 corrected that by prohibiting sanctuary policies in private colleges and universities, as well. Continue reading

April 28, 2017 Radio Commentary

Fantasy Football, Basketball, Hockey,
Golf, Soccer, Auto Racing, etc.

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, April 28, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

On January 25th, Cedartown Representative Trey Kelley introduced H.B. 118 entitled, “Fantasy Contests Act,” so let me explain why I’m glad his bill did not pass.

DraftKings.com that was founded in Boston in 2012 quickly became a huge Daily Fantasy Sports site that paid $75 million in outside funding to gobble up two major competitors. DraftKings.com was so successful that the Wall Street Journal wrote about it, and so did theBoston GlobeBusiness WireForbesTech Crunch, the New York Times and several others. Also, you might’ve noticed DraftKings [sic] ads on TV and radio.

Fantasy sports gambling began with the NFL but expanded into baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, soccer and auto racing.  Players win REAL CASH PRIZES, and DraftKings proudly boasts of paying out $2 billion since it went into business.  If $2 billion went to winners, think how much more than that DraftKings pocketed in a business that’s illegal in Georgia!

The Georgia Attorney General’s office declared that “fantasy sports constitutes illegal gambling and are not allowed under Georgia law.”  Also, Congress voted overwhelmingly in 2006 to extend the federal interstate gambling ban to the internet.  However, fantasy sports gambling has been shoved through a tiny loophole in the federal law and has become so popular that, today, the 50 million fantasy sports gamblers outnumber gamblers in Las Vegas! Continue reading

April 21, 2017 Radio Commentary

Big-Time Correction!

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, April 21, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

I need to correct an error I made last week in my report. When I re-read H.B. 510, I found that only the (d) Section of Georgia Code 3-3-21 is being repealed, and there’s no possibility that a casino or liquor store or beer garden will be built next to a school or church or public housing development in Georgia.

That means, H.B. 510 is a good bill that repeals Section (d) to equalize distance requirements on alcoholic businesses in all counties, regardless of population. Currently, counties with 175,000 to 195,000 residents are required to measure distances from the property-line of the business to the property-line of the school, church or housing development. H.B. 510, simply, makes the distance from building-to-building in highly populated counties, as it always has been in other counties.

When H.B. 510 becomes law July 1st, sales of distilled spirits will continue to be no less than 200 yards from a school or college or other educational building; the sale of wine or other malt beverages will continue to be at least 100 yards away, and restrictions on selling liquor-by-the-drink in hotels, private clubs and other businesses will not change. Continue reading

April 14, 2017 Radio Commentary

Liquor Wins, Kids Lose

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, April 14, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Today, I have some questions for you.  Why would three Democrats and three Republicans in the Georgia House initiate the repeal of a law that prohibits the sale of alcohol near schools, churches or colleges?  Three Democrats – Smyre, Hugley, and Buckner – and three Republicans – Hawkins, Pezold, and Richard Smith – coauthored H.B. 510 to completely eliminate the Georgia law outlining specific mandatory distances between the selling of alcoholic beverages and schools, churches and college campuses.

H.B. 510 was introduced February 27th and passed the House four days later.  It went to the Senate Regulated Industries committee March 22nd and passed the Senate within two days. It repeals Code Section 3-3-21 and leaves that section of law blank, reserved for future legislation.

So, effective July 1st, no longer must sellers of (a) distilled spirits be 100 yards away from a church building or 200 yards away from a school or educational building, school grounds, or college campus; no longer must the sale of (b) wine or beer be 100 yards from a school building, school grounds, or college campus, or within 100 yards of a government-owned alcoholic treatment center; no longer must the sale of alcoholic beverages for (c) consumption on the premises be 100 yards away from a housing authority project that has 300 units or less owned or is operated under the Housing Authorities Law. Continue reading