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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.

Feds propose protection for hefty Suwannee alligator snapping turtle

By: - April 7, 2021

A rare prehistoric looking turtle only found in south Georgia and north Florida might soon gain federal protection after struggling to rebound. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that it has proposed listing the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The announcement kicks off a public comment period that will wrap […]

Georgia’s congressional Dems urge Biden to scrap state’s Medicaid plan

By: - April 5, 2021

This story was updated at 10:10 p.m. Monday.  Georgia’s U.S. senators and congressional Democrats are urging the Biden administration to “fully rescind” a health care plan that federal officials first paused in February – and to do so soon. Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration has pushed back on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ decision to withdraw […]

Lawmakers embrace pecans, skip sports bets in 2021’s masked session

By: , and - April 1, 2021

This story was updated on April 4. Lawmakers just concluded a legislative session dominated by the GOP’s push to remake Georgia’s election laws after Republicans suffered stunning losses at the ballot box. Even as the law-making continued under the Gold Dome this week, the struggle to define the sweeping election bill was already playing out […]

Police funding bill passes as other contentious criminal justice bills falter

By: and - April 1, 2021

Lawmakers considered several measures this session that critics argued were tone deaf and ignored the pleas for police reform that followed 2020’s string of high-profile shootings of Black Americans.  By the time the ceremonial tattered papers flew shortly after midnight, legislators had backed a bill that would prohibit city and county officials from cutting their […]

Lawmakers approve $27.2B budget for new year as federal relief flows

By: - April 1, 2021

State lawmakers finalized a $27.2 billion spending plan for next year, although it remains to be seen how exactly the state will dispatch the billions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money that will soon flood Georgia. Both chambers overwhelmingly approved the budget on the final day of this year’s legislative session Wednesday, sending it […]

Georgia House OKs bill to give farms room to spread sludge, ignore stink

By: - March 29, 2021

State lawmakers are trying to scale back a law that they passed just last year in hopes of cracking down on the sludge that was being passed off in some areas as a soil aid. But some GOP lawmakers say an oversight got through during the frenzied end of last summer’s mid-pandemic session when they […]

Ga. GOP bets on limited Medicaid expansion despite fed’s push for more

By: - March 29, 2021

Georgia’s governor is pressing forward with a limited – and now uncertain – expansion of Medicaid coverage as supporters of fully expanding the program’s eligibility are championing new federal incentives. The sweetened deal, which is baked into the latest round of coronavirus relief, targets the remaining 12 holdout states like Georgia that did not expand […]

Senate passes bill intended to block cities from cutting police budgets

By: - March 25, 2021

The state Senate has now backed a bill that would block cities and counties from significantly cutting their local police department budgets from the prior year. The proposal comes in response to the wave of social unrest and calls for policing reforms across the country last summer. Demonstrators often pushed for reallocating resources for social and mental […]

Georgia lawmakers set to hash out final details of $27.3 billion budget

By: - March 23, 2021

State lawmakers are putting the final touches on a $27.3 billion spending plan for next year that will also benefit from billions of dollars in new federal coronavirus relief aid. The Senate unanimously backed its version of the budget Tuesday, setting the stage for both chambers to dispatch their negotiators to hash out a finished […]

Governor signs modest income tax cut for standard deduction filers

By: - March 22, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp quickly signed into law a tax cut that Republicans said earlier could be imperiled by the new federal coronavirus relief bill. The measure increases the state’s standard deduction, creating a modest tax break. For an individual, the tax relief will be about $46; married couples will see about $63 savings. The change […]

Bill to preempt local bans on natural gas hookups clears Senate

By: - March 22, 2021

The state Senate has now backed a measure that would block cities and counties from trying to ban natural gas hookups as part of any local plan to reduce their carbon emissions. The 34-to-15 vote Monday in the Senate saw some bipartisan support, but a slight change made to the bill will send it back to the […]

‘Heart wrenching’ meeting with Asian Americans at Emory for Biden, Harris

By: - March 19, 2021

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris consoled a grieving community in the wake of Tuesday’s spa shootings in metro Atlanta and condemned the rise in hostility toward Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The trip to Georgia was already in the works before Tuesday’s shootings that claimed the lives of eight people who […]