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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.

Superior court judge puts Echols’ Democratic PSC challenger back on November ballot

By: - August 18, 2022

A Fulton County judge has reversed Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s decision to disqualify Democrat Patty Durand as a candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission. Superior Court Judge Melynee Leftridge ruled Thursday that a 12-month residency requirement for PSC candidates was unconstitutionally applied to Durand.  The state commission regulates Georgia’s utilities and plays an […]

State rolls out plan to use federal cash for Georgia’s EV charging network

By: - August 18, 2022

Georgia’s multiyear plan to spend $135 million in new federal funding to boost electric vehicle charging will focus on the state’s rural and underserved communities, where fast public charging can be hard to come by. But many details – such as where exactly the chargers will go and what private groups might partner with the […]

Superior court judge declines to immediately block Georgia’s abortion ban

By: - August 15, 2022

The state’s six-week abortion ban will remain in affect while a judge hears arguments that the law violates the state constitutional right to privacy. Health care providers and advocates who filed the constitutional challenge had asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert C.I. McBurney to block the law while their legal challenge was being resolved. […]

Biden administration suspends Kemp’s health care plan months before planned start

By: - August 10, 2022

The Biden administration has followed through on its threat to suspend Georgia’s plan to bypass healthcare.gov, blocking the state’s alternative program from going live as planned this November.  The decision took effect Tuesday, which was the same day state officials were notified, and the move means Georgia consumers will continue to be able to sign […]

Warnock optimistic on priorities of drug price negotiation, premium tax credits

By: - August 3, 2022

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock says he has been assured that two of his health care priorities are in the Senate’s climate, health and tax bill that would move forward key elements of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda. The proposal had seemed to stall earlier when Sen. Joe Manchin III, a moderate West Virginia Democrat, was […]

Legislation to boost U.S. computer chip production heads to Biden’s desk 

By: - July 28, 2022

Congress has passed a $280 billion proposal designed to lift domestic semiconductor production – after chip shortages caused shutdowns at plants like West Point’s Kia campus – and boost the country’s competitiveness globally. The bill was voted out of the House Thursday with a 243-187 vote, with two dozen Republicans supporting the proposal. Among Georgia’s […]

ACLU, doctors open new legal front to challenge Georgia anti-abortion law

By: and - July 26, 2022

A new attempt to stop Georgia’s anti-abortion law has been filed in Fulton County Superior Court, opening a new front in state court for the post-Roe legal fight one week after a federal appeals court let Georgia’s law take effect. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia on behalf […]

Georgia behavioral health advocates call for the state to build on new parity law

By: - July 25, 2022

Advocates who rallied behind enforcing federal behavioral health parity rules in Georgia are pushing for continued reforms of the state’s system – including more work on parity. This year’s bipartisan mental health law took effect early this month and is still being implemented, and advocacy groups are calling for additional changes that they argue will […]

From miscarriage liability to taxes, lots to sort out in Georgia’s anti-abortion law 

By: - July 22, 2022

A court decision ordering Georgia’s anti-abortion law to immediately take effect Wednesday has left a trail of uncertainty and unanswered questions in its wake. The state’s abortion providers, who expected the law to take effect later in the summer, were left scrambling Wednesday to adjust quickly to a drastically shortened window for abortions. The law, […]

Court rules Georgia’s strict anti-abortion law with ‘personhood’ clause is now in effect

By: - July 20, 2022

This story was updated at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2022.  Georgia’s ban on most abortions after about six weeks into a pregnancy is now in effect after a three-judge panel ruled Wednesday that the 2019 law can no longer be seen as unconstitutional.  Wednesday’s ruling comes nearly a month after the U.S. Supreme Court […]

Georgia abortion law’s ‘personhood’ clause debated in the wake of abortion ruling

By: and - July 18, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court may have cleared the way for Georgia’s ban on most abortions after about six weeks, but the debate over the state law’s far-reaching “personhood” provisions remains unsettled. The state’s anti-abortion law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court judge in 2020, and the state’s appeal of that decision was paused last […]

Georgia agency to answer calls for help over new 988 mental health crisis hotline 

By: - July 15, 2022

The phone lines at Georgia’s crisis call center lit up for days after comedian Robin Williams took his own life in 2014. And the call volume spiked again when celebrity chef and popular TV show host Anthony Bourdain committed suicide in 2018. These celebrity suicides left callers struggling to reconcile the happy and confident on-screen […]