February 27, 2015 Radio Commentary

S.B. 6: No Driver’s License for Illegal Aliens

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, February 27, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

I’m always amazed when I think about giving driver’s licenses to illegal aliens; surely, that can’t happen in Georgia under a Republican Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and a General Assembly with a comfortable Republican majority, where the House Speaker and Senate President Pro Tem are both Republicans. In fact, House Republicans are only one vote shy of a two-thirds majority, which means they could pass anything they want to pass. That caused me to wonder why they don’t pass bills that uphold the law and the Constitution, when they could pass anything they want.

Considering their overwhelming majority, I came to this conclusion. They DO pass bills they want to pass, and obviously, they don’t want to stop illegal aliens from getting driver’s licenses. If they did, S.B. 6 would be well on its way to becoming law. But it’s not.

Only 12 of 56 senators cosigned with Senator Josh McKoon when he introduced S.B. 6 on January 28th. It was assigned to the Public Safety Committee, where it’s been stalled ever since. So, I have some questions. Why would duly elected lawmakers hesitate to cosponsor a bill to prohibit the issuance of legal documents to people who break the law to come here and are breaking the law to stay here? Why would the Senate Public Safety committee hesitate to give S.B. 6 a hearing? Don’t they want it to be openly debated? What or who is stopping S.B. 6? Is the lobby for illegal aliens THAT powerful? Continue reading

January 2, 2015 Radio Commentary

Who Gets a Driver’s License?

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 2, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

In ten days the 236-member Georgia General Assembly convenes with 25 new members – fifteen in the House and 10 in the Senate. They’ll introduce and pass bills that affect every one of us, and some have been pre-filed already.

On November 17th Senator Josh McKoon pre-filed S.B. 6 to stop the issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. His bill requires the Department of Driver Services to use Homeland Security’s E-Verify system to confirm the identity of job applicants.

That works for aliens applying for jobs, but, especially, we should be concerned about the thousands of teenagers crossing the border as “unaccompanied children,” some old enough to have a driver’s license. However, they are not legal residents of the United States, and, currently, don’t qualify for the president’s “approved deferred action status.” Therefore, they should not be issued driver’s licenses. Continue reading

November 2014 Newsletter

Marijuana: Three Pre-filed Bills¹ for 2015

H.B. 1 is a bare-bones bill, a skeletal outline to be “fleshed-out” later. It does not mention children. S.R. 6 amends the State Constitution to legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana. S.B. 7 would authorize, regulate, and oversee marijuana use in Georgia.

H.B. 1 is so broadly written that it would allow (a) unrestricted use of cannabis and its derivatives (b) supplied by unmentioned sources (c) for innumerable patients birth until death, (d) administered through an unidentified private or state entity, (e) for an indeterminate period of time, (f) prescribed by unnamed entities, (g) with protection from prosecution given anyone possessing “a stated maximum amount of THC,” with no maximum amount of THC stated.

Possible end game: If H.B. 1 passes the House and S.B.7 passes the Senate, a conference committee could combine both and produce a transformational bill such as S.B. 7, outlined below and on page 2. Since conference committee bills cannot be amended, they pass or fail as written by the committee.

S.R. 6 Constitutional Amendment; Legalizes Marijuana for 21-Year-Olds & Older This pre-filed resolution by Senator Curt Thompson would add a new section to the Constitution of the State of Georgia to accomplish three things. It would authorize personal use of marijuana, direct the distribution of tax revenue collected from the commercialization of marijuana, and provide for the following question voters would decide in a referendum.

“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize the General Assembly to provide by general law for the legalization and regulation of the production and sale of marijuana for personal use by individuals 21 years of age or older and may further provide that the taxes from such production and sale shall be appropriated equally between educational programs and purposes and capital outlay projects for transportation infrastructure purposes within this state?”

S.B. 7 Controlled Substances Therapeutic Relief Act, by Senator Curt Thompson, allows the use of marijuana for the treatment of diseases and their symptoms, as follows:

Diseases to be treated: Cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, or agitation of Alzheimer’s disease

Symptoms to be treated include any medical condition that produces cachexia (a weak or emaciated condition) or wasting syndrome; severe and chronic pain; severe nausea²; seizures, epilepsy or severe and persistent muscle spasms; multiple sclerosis; or any other medical condition or treatment added by the Department of Public Health or as petitioned by the public.

Medical use of marijuana defined: “the acquisition, possession, cultivation, manufacture, use, administration, delivery, transfer, or transportation of marijuana or paraphernalia for the administration of marijuana to treat or alleviate a registered qualifying patient’s debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the patient’s debilitating medical condition.”

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July 25, 2014 Radio Commentary

They’re Here!

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 25, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

On July 24th, after Governor Nathan Deal learned from his staff that 1,154 unaccompanied children had been dumped in Georgia, he immediately shot off a letter to President Obama. This is part of that letter:

“This came as a complete shock to me as the governor of this state. I’m sure it will also shock the local communities around the state where these individuals currently reside. It is unconscionable that your administration failed to pick up the phone, email or send a letter to my office to inform us that these children were being sent to our communities … that must provide support to these children and families as they await … adjudication of their immigration status. Mr. President, we do not know where these children are being sent, how long they will reside in our state or who they are even residing with while they are in our state.”

Those 1,145 illegal aliens were released in Georgia between January 1 and June 30, 2014. Since they arrive announced and details are sketchy, it’s entirely possible they were dropped off in the dead of night as, reportedly, was done by buses to Terrell Middle School in Houston. Continue reading