State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, will help guide the state through issues about how to use a marijuana extract.
Peake, co-chairman of the Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions Joint Study Committee, said in a statement he hopes to look at how other states are helping people find relief from certain medical disorders. Another focus will be listening to producers of a very specific cannabis oil used to treat seizure disorders in children.
“As legislators, we have a duty to craft legislation that safeguards the health and well-being of all Georgians,” he said in the statement. “It is discouraging to know that families are moving out of our great state because they cannot receive the type of treatment that they desire.”
Peake is co-chairman of the committee with state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford. Five hearings are set up, including the first, at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Georgia State Capitol, and the second, at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at Mercer University in Macon.
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The committee was created through a state resolution.
Perdue on the hustings in midstate
David Perdue’s campaign for U.S. Senate will swing through Houston County on Saturday. He is scheduled to visit The Lodge at Kathleen at noon for a fish fry. The Lodge is located at 206 Houston Drive in Kathleen.
Perdue, a former Dollar General CEO, faces Rep. Jack Kingston in the July 22 runoff.
The two men have spent a combined $11 million in the race to date.
The race is among a dozen that pundits across the country are watching closely as Republicans seek control of the Senate. Democrats hope that their nominee, Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, will win the seat and help them retain a majority in the Senate.
Layson job hunt continues
Steve Layson’s search for a new job continued well before his position as Bibb County’s chief administrative officer was phased out with consolidation with the city of Macon.
Now Layson’s hunt for a new job continues as he works as Macon-Bibb County’s assistant county manager for infrastructure.
Layson is a finalist to become city administrator for Augusta, according to a report from the Augusta Chronicle, which reported a decision could come in the next two weeks.
Cagle appoints Lucas to committee
Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle this week appointed state Sen. David Lucas, D-Macon, and two other senators to the Joint Study Committee on Transportation Infrastructure Funding.
According to House Resolution 1573, the committee can have up to eight meeting days but must deliver its recommendations to Cagel’s office by Nov. 30.
Besides Lucas, state Sens. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, and Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla, also were appointed to the committee.
Middle Georgians named to state boards
Gov. Nathan Deal recently made appointments to several state boards.
Ben H. Hall Jr. of Dublin was appointed to the Georgia Ports Authority. He is chairman of Dublin Construction Co. Inc. and B.H. Hall Ready Mixed Concrete Inc. He previously led the Dublin Rotary Club and the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority. He graduated from the University of Georgia and from Southern Poly Tech.
Jacob F. Redmon was reappointed to the Georgia Development Authority. Redmon has worked for Houston Fertilizer & Grain Co. for 34 years and is past president of the Georgia Plant Food Society and Georgia Crop Production Alliance. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, both from the University of Georgia.
Robert W. Krueger, of Hawkinsville, was reappointed to the Jekyll Island State Park Authority. He is vice chairman of the board of ComSouth Corp., and he serves as treasurer of the Georgia Telecommunications Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia, and is a former U.S. Navy officer.
Tom McMichael of Warner Robins was reappointed to the Georgia Peace Officer Standards Training Council board. A Houston County commissioner for 18 years, he retired from Bank of America with 40 years of banking experience and is past president of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Banking.
Telegraph writers Mike Stucka, Phillip Ramati and Oby Brown contributed to this report.