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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.

The Dirty Dozen: Coal ash and shipwreck on infamous water polluter list

By: - December 14, 2021

Massive amounts of toxic coal ash will be left in unlined pits – where they sit submerged in groundwater at five sites – under Georgia Power’s current plans for the toxic waste left behind after decades of burning coal to generate electricity. Those plans, which state regulators are reviewing, were flagged again as one of […]

State agency drops plan to limit at-home care for dozens of people with disabilities

By: - December 10, 2021

State agency officials have abandoned a controversial plan that would have limited at-home nursing care for about 200 people with disabilities, potentially upending life as they know it. Under the proposed change, dozens of people who are receiving up to 24-hour care in their own or family home would have seen their aid limited to […]

Advocates rally against plan to bypass healthcare.gov as feds seek public input

By: - December 7, 2021

Advocates are calling on the public to weigh in – again – on the governor’s plan to bypass healthcare.gov. Gov. Brian Kemp’s health care proposal would divert consumers looking for insurance to a privately run process. His plan was approved by the Trump administration last year but is now being scrutinized by the Biden administration, […]

Perdue challenges Kemp, upending Georgia’s race for governor

By: - December 6, 2021

Former Georgia U.S. Senator and Trump ally David Perdue has now publicly declared he will challenge Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, setting the stage for a messy – and expensive – race for governor next year. Perdue – who held one of the two seats flipped by Democrats in January – announced his campaign in a […]

U.S. Supreme Court considers new limits on abortions in Mississippi case

By: , and - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is weighing potentially sweeping changes to the right to an abortion, after two hours of arguments Wednesday morning on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court’s conservatives, who hold a 6-3 majority, appeared through their questions to be sympathetic to Mississippi’s arguments that its […]

State lawmakers consider lifting raw milk restrictions to include humans

By: - November 30, 2021

Raw milk can only be sold in Georgia as a pet product, but there is growing concern about how much of that unpasteurized – and largely unregulated – milk is being sloshed into a glass for human consumption. A legislative study committee has taken up the issue and is mulling potential legislation that would allow […]

Congressional map critics make last-ditch plea, but redistricting nears end game

By: - November 18, 2021

A new congressional map that would undo some of the political gains made in recent years by Democrats in Georgia is teed up for a Senate vote Friday. The GOP-drawn map, which would make a seat flipped by Democrats in 2018 more favorable to a Republican candidate, cleared the Senate redistricting committee along a party-line vote […]

Biden appoints Blackman to regional EPA post after he fell short in PSC bid

By: - November 18, 2021

Daniel Blackman, who came up short in his bid to be the lone Democrat on the state Public Service Commission, has been appointed by President Joe Biden to oversee the southern region for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The White House announced the appointment Thursday afternoon. “Daniel brings deep experience in the region that will […]

State lawmakers reach across aisle, say 2022 is ‘the year of mental health’

By: - November 11, 2021

Bipartisan momentum for action on mental health in the wake of the pandemic appears to be building ahead of next year’s legislative session. A group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and both chambers gathered this week at the state Capitol for a press conference, with several declaring 2022 to be “the year […]

Legal threats fly as lawmakers build momentum for new Georgia Senate map

By: and - November 10, 2021

The state Senate passed its new district map with a party-line vote after a three-hour debate Tuesday that offered a preview of the likely legal arguments to come. The 34-to-21 vote moves the new Senate districts over to the House, but the opposite chamber typically signs off on the other’s plan. The House is set […]

Max Cleland’s life of courage and public service celebrated at U.S., Georgia capitols

By: - November 9, 2021

Tributes for the late Max Cleland poured in from both sides of the aisle after the former U.S. senator and Veterans Affairs administrator died Tuesday Cleland was also a former Secretary of State, state senator and an appointee to federal panels, most recently the American Battle Monuments Commission. And he did it all as a […]

Georgia GOP lawmakers draw fire over planned redistricting maps

By: and - November 5, 2021

Tensions are rising at the state Capitol as Republican lawmakers push forward new district maps they hope will protect their majority into the future and survive a likely court challenge.  Senate Republicans voted their map out of a committee Friday afternoon, teeing it up for a vote in the full Senate in the second week […]