The sponsor of a medical marijuana bill said Monday after a three-hour legislative hearing that the proposal must get significant revisions before it can move forward in the Georgia General Assembly. But state Rep. Allen Peake’s efforts drew support from the vast majority of people who packed the hearing room.
Georgia is one of two study sites for a national research program to improve how children are represented in welfare systems around the nation. More than a hundred Georgia lawyers will participate. Half will continue representing children without change; the other half will test a best-practices model that asks them to learn more about the child’s life and be more proactive in their cases.
A report by federal monitors says foster children in Fulton and DeKalb counties are being abused and neglected at the highest rate in four years. The report found that 25 of just over 21-hundred children were abused or neglected.