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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.

House bill to create mental health insurance parity hits Senate turbulence

By: - March 17, 2022

Broad consensus is apparent among state lawmakers that more should be done to ensure health insurance companies are following a federal law requiring behavioral health benefits to be on par with physical coverage. But one high-profile proposal to ramp up enforcement of the 14-year-old federal law is already running into questions in the Senate over […]

Crossover Day wrap: Righting wrongs and medical cannabis do-overs

By: - March 16, 2022

The Legislature’s self-imposed deadline for a bill to clear at least one chamber to have the smoothest path to becoming law has now come and gone. The daylong voting spree Tuesday yielded its share of controversial bills, like more changes to the state’s voting laws, an attempt to legalize horse racing and a failed push […]

Battle for Georgia ballot 2022. Qualifying ends, candidates ready to rumble

By: and - March 14, 2022

Hundreds of candidates just cut a check and filed paperwork to be on the ballot in Georgia this year. Six of them are touting the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, whose fixation with Georgia has driven a wedge within the GOP and handed Democrats a rallying point and potential opening.  Trump has endorsed in […]

State House passes bill ending license requirement to carry a handgun

By: - March 11, 2022

The House approved a measure that would nix the requirement for someone to have a state license to carry a firearm. The bill passed late Friday with a 94-57 vote that fell along party lines after a spirited hourlong debate. The Senate passed its version of a permit-less carry bill early this month, all but […]

Kemp officially in against Perdue for chance to face Abrams in governor’s race

By: - March 10, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp officially kicked off his bid for a second term Thursday with a large group of lawmakers and supporters backing his campaign. Within minutes of qualifying, Kemp took aim at likely Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in remarks at the state Capitol during an event with a rally flair. Supporters chanted “four more years” […]

Georgia House OKs $1B state income tax cut as critics say wealthy benefit most

By: - March 9, 2022

House lawmakers signed off a tax cut proposal Wednesday that would cut state revenues by $1 billion over objections the proposal disproportionately benefits Georgia’s wealthiest residents. The proposal would replace the state’s graduated income tax rate system, which now tops out at 5.75%, with a single, reduced 5.25% known as a flat tax.  The bill […]

Georgia House delivers overwhelming support for mental health services overhaul

By: - March 8, 2022

A measure designed to improve access to mental health services in Georgia cleared the House with overwhelming bipartisan support Tuesday. That may not be too surprising, considering the bill’s lead sponsor is the chamber’s top leader, Speaker David Ralston. But the bill’s sponsors have proposed changes they hope will also clear the state Senate, and […]

Stacey Abrams campaigns on health care again as she makes governor bid official

By: - March 8, 2022

Former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, who became a national figure when she ran for governor four years ago, has officially put her name back on the ballot. Abrams will once again bring star power to her campaign if her appearance Tuesday at the state Capitol to qualify is any indication. She was surrounded by […]

Trump factor to be tested as hopefuls qualify to run for Georgia’s top elected posts

By: and - March 8, 2022

The 2022 election in Georgia officially began Monday as candidates flocked to the state Capitol to put their names on the ballot. Candidates have until noon Friday to qualify to run, but the first day saw big crowds at the Capitol, where Democrats and Republicans queued up to fill out their paperwork in separate rooms. […]

Farmer nuisance suit protection, or ‘bad neighbor bill’?  Ga. House gives OK

By: - March 4, 2022

A controversial bill that proponents say is meant to keep farmers out of court has again collided with private property concerns and fears the measure will make way for large-scale industrial farms.   A similar proposal, dubbed the “right to farm” act, stalled a couple years ago after backers bemoaned changes made in the Senate. A […]

Georgia House panel advances bill to broadly expand mental health services

By: - March 2, 2022

A House panel backed the speaker’s wide-ranging mental health plan, but not before hearing from him directly first. Speaker David Ralston’s role as the first signer on the bill is mostly symbolic – he’s called it his top priority for the session – but even so, the lead sponsor typically shepherds the bill through the […]

Georgia House Speaker calls for ‘responsible’ $1 billion income tax cut

By: - March 2, 2022

Georgia House Republicans unveiled a $1 billion tax cut package Tuesday on the same day their GOP colleagues approved the governor’s proposed $1.6 billion plan to send some of the state’s surplus revenues back to taxpayers. Speaker David Ralston and the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Shaw Blackmon, who chairs the Ways and Means Committee, announced […]