On the heels of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoing a religious freedom bill that critics said would discriminate against gays and lesbians, two similar bills in the Georgia House and Senate appear to be dead in the water. According to a report in The Georgia Voice, Georgia-based businesses were already beginning to criticize the Legislature, including strongly worded letters from Delta Air Lines and InterContinental Hotels.
A House committee debating a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Georgia, and actually allow cannabis to be grown here under tight restrictions, gave the bill unanimous approval to the bill Wednesday. According to a report from WSB-TV, bill sponsor Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) made changes to the bill because the federal government won’t allow medical marijuana to be transported across state lines. Peake said his bill would allow academic research institutions to grow the plant, not businesses or individuals.
A bill to create a city of Lakeside in DeKalb County has been approved by the state Senate. On Feb. 26, the Senate approved the Lakeside bill in a vote of 32-17, according to a report in Reporter Newspapers. If approved by the House of Representatives and signed by the governor, the bill would allow for a May 20 referendum for voters to decide on incorporating the city. Lakeside is one of three proposed cities hoping to incorporate in the same area of DeKalb County this year. The proposals for cities called Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker all overlap in the Northlake Mall area.