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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.

Georgia Senate Committee OKs bill to ban access to abortion pills by mail

By: - February 9, 2022

Senate Republicans have advanced a proposal that would bar abortion medication from being mailed to Georgia women. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Bruce Thompson, is a response to the Biden administration’s pandemic-loosened rules that allow for mail-order medication abortion. The Food and Drug Administration made the change permanent in December.  Thompson, a Republican from […]

Support grows at Statehouse for extended Medicaid coverage for new moms

By: - February 7, 2022

Tina Marie Marsden’s son was about four months old when she was diagnosed with postpartum cardiomyopathy. Two decades later, the Griffin mom now depends on an eight-pound device that keeps her heart pumping. She carries it constantly and everywhere, including into the shower.  If she’d had Medicaid coverage after she gave birth, Marsden says she […]

Georgia Power plans to finish shift from coal-fired plants by 2035

By: - January 31, 2022

Georgia Power plans to power down the last of its coal-fired plants by 2035, when Plant Bowen in northwest Georgia is poised to close, according to long-term planning documents the company filed Monday. The documents filed Monday present the utility’s long-term plans to produce energy, which the Georgia Public Service Commission must sign off on. […]

State coal ash cleanup process unsettled after new federal EPA directive

By: - January 28, 2022

Georgia’s top environmental regulator says his agency is adjusting to what he called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “new interpretation” of an Obama-era coal ash disposal rule. Rick Dunn, who is the director of the state Environmental Protection Division, says it was a “change in course” when the federal government announced earlier this month it […]

House Speaker unveils broad legislation to improve access to mental health aid

By: - January 26, 2022

A bipartisan group of lawmakers led by the highest-ranking Republican in the House unveiled a proposal Wednesday designed to begin the work of lifting Georgia from near the bottom when it comes to access to mental health treatment. House Speaker David Ralston, a Blue Ridge Republican, told a large crowd assembled at the state Capitol […]

Advocates for increased mental health services rally at Capitol for more support

By: - January 24, 2022

There was a time when Jasmine Turner was reluctant to talk about her recovery from addiction. But today, the Sandy Springs mom says she wants to share her story with anyone who will listen. Or in this case, any observant motorist who looks up. Turner is one of more than a dozen Georgians in recovery […]

Atlanta Mayor takes opposition to Buckhead split to state Capitol

By: - January 24, 2022

Atlanta’s new mayor, Andre Dickens, brought his campaign to keep Georgia’s capital city intact to the lawmakers who have backed the Buckhead secession movement. Dickens spoke to both legislative chambers at the state Capitol Monday, including the state Senate where a GOP-led bill letting Buckhead residents vote this November on seceding from Atlanta has likely […]

Georgia sues Biden administration over rejected Medicaid work requirement

By: - January 21, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp has followed through on his threat to sue the Biden administration over its recent decision to reject major elements of the governor’s health care plan. Kemp argues his plan to slightly expand Medicaid should be allowed to move forward as originally envisioned since it was approved by the Trump administration in late […]

Georgia’s boom should soon slow to ‘more normal pace,’ state economist says

By: - January 18, 2022

The state economist predicts Georgia’s economic growth will slow this year as federal coronavirus aid dries up and the state’s economy works to pick up the slack. “Not a recession, just a slowdown as we sort of struggle with replacing all the free money with actual productive income earned in the economy, but we should […]

Governor pitches more spending for education, health care in election year budget

By: and - January 13, 2022

The state budget will swell under Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposed spending plan as a surge in revenues clears the way for the rest of a promised teacher pay raise, a salary hike for state workers and $1.6 billion in refunds for taxpayers. The governor, who is in a tough reelection battle, released his proposed $30.2 […]

Kemp to propose tax refund for Georgians, no taxes on veteran retirement income

By: - January 12, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp is set to propose $1.6 billion in refunds for taxpayers and the elimination of the tax on retirement income for military veterans as the state sits on a record budget surplus. And the governor said he remained open to proposals to cut the state’s income tax, which has been cut twice in […]

Georgia Power coal ash storage plans in limbo after new EPA crack down

By: - January 11, 2022

The Biden administration unveiled federal coal ash plans Tuesday that could complicate Georgia Power’s plans to leave massive piles of coal ash in unlined pits, where the toxic waste left behind after decades of burning coal for energy sits in groundwater. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced several proposed steps on coal ash, including […]