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Jill Nolin

Jill Nolin

Jill Nolin has spent nearly 15 years reporting on state and local government in four states, focusing on policy and political stories and tracking public spending. She has spent the last five years chasing stories in the halls of Georgia’s Gold Dome, earning recognition for her work showing the impact of rising opioid addiction on the state’s rural communities. She is a graduate of Troy University.

Rural Georgia lawmaker wants Legislature to settle stink raised by casting sludge upon the soil

By: - February 3, 2023

Tankers hauling mystery sludge have been a common – and unwelcome – sight in rural Wilkes County for more than a decade, regularly filling the country air with a putrid aroma. But those haulers have been skipping past Wilkes County lately. That probably has something to do with a fish kill last summer that attracted […]

Mental health advocates descend on Georgia Capitol to rally for continued service improvements

By: - January 31, 2023

When last year’s behavioral health parity bill was signed into law, Janet Norris was sitting in a Bartow County jail cell. A lot has changed for her since then. After struggling with addiction for 27 years, the Cartersville resident found recovery through mental health court. She says the program saved her life, reunited her family, […]

Georgia lawmakers renew push to devote hazardous waste fees to cleaning dangerous sites

By: - January 26, 2023

More than two years ago, Georgia voters overwhelmingly backed a ballot question that constitutionally dedicated the revenues from certain taxes and fees to the programs lawmakers originally claimed they were needed to fund. Proponents pressed hard for the change, branding their decade-long campaign as a push for “truth in fees” or “anti-bait and switch” or […]

Georgia GOP lawmaker pushes bill to protect ‘vital and precious’ Okefenokee from new mining proposals

By: - January 25, 2023

While an Alabama-based company’s controversial mining proposal moves through the permitting process, a south Georgia Republican lawmaker is again attempting to head off any future attempt to mine an important site near the Okefenokee Swamp. Rep. Darlene Taylor, a Thomasville Republican, has revived the legislative effort just days after the state Environmental Protection Division started […]

Health advocates push for more resources for moms in a post-Roe Georgia

By: - January 23, 2023

Advocates for maternal health gathered outside the state Capitol Monday to rally for more resources to support Georgia’s mothers. “We’ve made some strides over the last several years – and I don’t want to discount that – but we have a lot more work to do. Our goal cannot just be, ‘Don’t die,’” said Ky […]

Georgia’s six-week ban not enough for anti-abortion activists pressing for more restrictions at Roe’s 50th anniversary

By: and - January 21, 2023

Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court case guaranteeing the right to an abortion that was overturned last year. Since the landmark ruling fell last summer, Georgia’s six-week abortion ban has been on and off and now back on as a legal challenge moves its way through the courts. “It’s […]

New Georgia House speaker says state tobacco tax hike is possible, dims hopes for Medicaid expansion

By: - January 20, 2023

This story was updated at 2:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 with additional comment.  If anyone was harboring hope that a new House speaker might want to take a fresh look at full Medicaid expansion in Georgia, House Speaker Jon Burns dumped cold water on that Thursday. Burns is only the second speaker since the […]

Kemp trumpets Georgia economy overseas as state economist warns tax collections will slow

By: - January 18, 2023

State lawmakers have started digging into Gov. Brian Kemp’s $32.5 billion spending proposal for next year. The second-term governor’s budget includes initiatives he promised on the campaign trail – like a one-time property tax break and another bonus tax refund – as well as $2,000 pay raises for educators and state workers, $130 million for […]

Georgia’s U.S. senators, governor trumpet major expansion by solar panel maker QCells

By: - January 11, 2023

Solar panel manufacturer Qcells plans to expand its Dalton plant – again – and build a new facility in Cartersville, which state leaders say is a $2.5 billion investment that will bring new 2,500 jobs to Georgia. It’s also the latest in a string of high-profile green energy projects planned for the state. The South […]

Georgia lawmakers kick off 2023 session with new House speaker, UGA football on their minds

By: and - January 10, 2023

The state Capitol was bustling Monday with first-day-of-school energy as lawmakers returned to Atlanta for this year’s legislative session. The General Assembly got off to a quick start, swiftly electing a new speaker after the death of longtime House Speaker David Ralston in November. There was another reason for the fast tempo, though: Some lawmakers […]

Georgia lawmakers hope to build on 2022’s mental health reforms

By: - January 9, 2023

Last legislative session lawmakers stepped up state oversight for a 2008 federal law requiring insurers to provide behavioral health benefits that are on par with physical health. But what happens when consumers try to access those benefits and can’t book a timely appointment with an in-network therapist or find a substance abuse treatment provider in […]

More than 500,000 Georgians could begin to lose health coverage by spring if pandemic-era Medicaid relief ends

By: - December 22, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of Georgians who have had health insurance through Medicaid during the pandemic could begin to lose their coverage this coming spring under the proposed federal spending bill unveiled this week. The congressional proposal would end the pandemic-era rule requiring states to continue covering Medicaid enrollees even if they no longer qualify under […]