January 22, 2016 Radio Commentary

The Grow-Marijuana-in-Georgia Bill

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 22, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Last year Representative Allen Peake got his 12-page H.B. 1 passed to legalize medical marijuana! This year he’s trying to pass his 25-page H.B. 722 that would legalize a marijuana-growing and product-selling business in Georgia.

Last year’s bill authorized the use of marijuana for eight specific medical conditions; this year’s bill more than doubles that number, to 16 conditions, plus “any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the commissioner.”

The commissioner would have until December 1st, to register as many as six Georgia medical marijuana producers and new producers could be hired every December 1st. July 1, 2017 is the target-date for producers to supply marijuana, but this bill requires distribution to patients to begin by July 1st this year. Continue reading

January 1, 2016 Newsletter

(The January 1, 2016 Newsletter content includes these topics: Casinos, horse racing, marijuana, new legislators)

Critical Issues Await 2016 General Assembly

Carryovers from 2015 Session

  • Bills left-over for 2016 – 438 House bills (H.B.) and 179 Senate bills (S.B.) – total 617.
  • Resolutions left-over for the 2016 session – 92 H.R. and 77 S.R. – total 169.
  • Left-over totals – 786 bills and resolutions remain alive for action in 2016.

House and Senate Action in the 2015 Session

  • Of the 955 bills introduced in the 2015 General Assembly, 706 H.B. passed and 249 S.B. passed.
  • Of those 955 bills introduced, only 12 were defeated or withdrawn.
  • Of the 1,610 resolutions introduced in 2015, 960 H.R. and 650 S.R. passed – total 1,439.
  • Governor Deal signed 239 House bills and vetoed eight House bills.
  • Governor Deal signed 62 Senate bills and vetoed three Senate bills.

The governor’s signature on a bill indicates his support, and frequently prompts a signing ceremony and photo-op for supportive citizens and organizations, as well as the bill’s author and other legislators. Legislation the governor signs may become law upon his signature, but other bills that passed become law on the up-coming July 1st or as specified in the legislation.

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January 8, 2016 Radio Commentary

2016 Session Convenes Next Monday

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 8, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Next Monday our senators and representatives report to work at 10:00 o’clock to begin this year’s 40-day legislative session. Among the legislators will be eight new representatives and two new senators, who won special elections since last session.

If I were a new legislator, I would be astonished to learn that 786 bills and resolutions are still alive from last year’s session and I would be even more astonished to know how critically important some of those bills are.

For example: If I were a new representative, I might ask Representative Ron Stephens why he waited until the last week of last session to introduce two highly controversial bills. One is H.R. 807 that would change the State Constitution to authorize the building and operation of six resort casinos in Georgia. The other is his 127-page H.B. 677 that would legalize and regulate those six resort casinos. Then, I would ask him why he thinks Georgia needs an industry that charges a half-million-dollars to simply apply for a license. If the application is accepted, the license will cost the applicant $25,000,000 or $10,000,000 depending on where the casino will be located. Even if the application is turned down, the half-million-dollars won’t be refunded. Continue reading

June 2015 Newsletter

Step-by-Step Decay, and Nobody Stopped It

Court Decisions. During serious discussions, 1963 is often cited as the beginning of cultural decay in the U.S. However, in 1962 the U.S. Supreme Court’s Engle v. Vitale decision had already prohibited officially-sponsored prayer in public schools. The infamous 1963 case, Murray v. Curlett filed by atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, expanded the attack on Christianity by proclaiming Bible reading to be unconstitutional in public schools. The resulting void was filled by atheistic humanism that now permeates public schools. And nobody stopped it!

National Education Association (NEA) is not a conservative influence on students. The NEA openly defies and denies family values and standards by affirming, supporting, and promoting behavior modification and situation ethics, by agitating for compulsory education from very early childhood and unrestricted sex education (now morphing into transgender, gender ID and alternate lifestyles). NEA endorses decriminalization of marijuana, secular humanism, national health insurance, teacher unions and strikes, federal control over education, population control, importation of foreign nationals, and a global society. And nobody is stopping it!

NEA openly opposes local control and local financing of public schools, parental supervision of textbooks, tuition tax credits, public initiative legislation, and favors world government over U.S. sovereignty. For the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the NEA created a Bicentennial Committee and Bicentennial Ideabook, with a Foreword that includes this statement: “…teachers are the major resource through which to effect (sic) a world community based on the principles of peace and justice.”

For the same event, the NEA fashioned its own Declaration of Interdependence in 1975, while endorsing Dr. Henry Steele Commanger’s identically named Declaration of Interdependence published by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. And nobody stopped it!

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Content includes topics on Decay, Worker Bees, Marijuana,  and Resettlement