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 When I re-read H.B. 510, I found that only the (d) Section of Georgia Code 3-3-21 is being repealed, and there’s no possibility that a casino or liquor store or beer garden will be built next to a school or church or public housing development in Georgia.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 7, 2017 Radio Commentary

Driver-less Vehicles Coming to Georgia Roads

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, April 7, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Some day in the near future little Sam or Susie might not need a driver’s license to get to school, and they won’t need you, either. Autonomous vehicles have been authorized and can be legally registered in Georgia, when S.B. 219 becomes law on July 1st.

If you have an autonomous vehicle equipped with the right hardware and software, you or someone else may program the vehicle with the appropriate destination. Then, tell the kids to get in and buckle up. When the vehicle’s program is activated, they’re off to school in a driver-less, computer driven vehicle that weaves through traffic, makes the appropriate stops and turns, and arrives at the programmed destination to deposit the kids. Then, the empty-of-all-human-occupants vehicle parks or proceeds to its next programmed destination.

If no one in the vehicle has a driver’s license, that’s okay. They’ll be passengers, not drivers. Hardware and software of the “fully autonomous motor vehicle with the automated driving system engaged” is programmed to perform real-time steering, accelerating and slowing down, accident avoidance, and proper-response traffic maneuvers. Visualize it as a vehicle operating without anyone in the chauffeur’s seat, or the high-tech simile of a “head-less horseman.” Continue reading

March 31, 2017 Radio Commentary

Switcheroo, Agreed, Done!

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, March 31, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

During the first two months of this session, five marijuana bills were introduced – four in the House and one in the Senate. It seemed strange that Senator Watson would introduce S.B. 16 to qualify one more condition for marijuana treatment and lower the THC level of medical marijuana from five- to three-percent, when five-percent passed last year. But, if he introduced S.B. 16 to meander through the process and become a vehicle for a more comprehensive bill that failed to pass by the end of Cross-Over Day, his strategy worked perfectly!

The Senate, dutifully, passed S.B. 16 on February 16th and it went to the House Judiciary Non Civil Committee, where it languished, awaiting the next step in the process. That committee stripped S.B. 16 of its original language and clothed it with Representative Peake’s much more comprehensive restructuring of current marijuana law.

During the switch, the House retained the expedient components of the original S.B. 16 – its all-important title (S.B. 16) and position (poised to pass), and autism, that was already among the six additional diseases Mr. Peake’s legislation was qualifying for marijuana treatment.

When the new law goes into effect July 1st, several requirements of current law will be repealed, as will the one-year Georgia residency now mandatory for marijuana treatment. Without that restriction, Georgia could become a hub for out-of-state drop-in buyers of medical marijuana. Continue reading