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Georgia medical board dismisses most complaints without taking disciplinary action

(The Center Square) — The Georgia Composite Medical Board routinely dismisses an overwhelming majority of the complaints it receives, but unreliable data make it challenging to say precisely how many cases it closes without taking action. Additionally, investigators at the agency potentially handle hundreds of cases annually, seemingly leaving them with little time to investigate the volume of complaints. The Center Square’s findings this spring align with a November 2020 state audit that warned the

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Pedestrian deaths increase in Georgia and officials blame speeding and distracted driving

(The Center Square) — Georgia is increasingly dangerous for pedestrians, and a new analysis revealed the state outpaces the increase nationally. In 2021, the number of pedestrian traffic fatalities in The Peach State increased by 45.6% from 2019 and 23.8% from 2020, according to an analysis from the Governors Highway Safety Association. But it’s not just a Georgia problem; the organization’s review found that the 7,485 pedestrian traffic deaths nationwide in 2021 was a 16.7%

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Kemp signs executive order to extend suspension of Georgia’s motor fuel tax until July 14

(The Center Square) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order to extend the suspension of the state’s excise tax on motor fuel sales through July 14. On Thursday, Kemp also signed an executive order to renew the state of emergency for supply chain disruptions. It relaxes some restrictions on hours for commercial drivers and the size of trucks allowed to operate in the state. In March, Kemp signed House Bill 304 to suspend

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Kemp ponders extending Georgia motor fuel tax suspension

(The Center Square) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has not said whether he would seek to extend the state’s motor fuel tax suspension when it expires at the end of May. However, during a Wednesday morning interview with an Atlanta radio station, the governor indicated an announcement might be looming. “I know Georgians need it; they’re getting killed at the pump right now, and they’re getting killed at the grocery store because of [President Joe]

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Former Georgia insurance commissioner charged with running health care fraud scheme

(The Center Square) — A federal grand jury indicted a former Georgia insurance commissioner on charges of running a health care fraud and money laundering scheme. John W. Oxendine, 60, of Duluth, faces federal charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The former insurance commissioner “conspired to obtain kickbacks for unnecessary genetic and toxicology lab tests, and used his insurance business to hide those kickbacks,” U.S. Attorney Ryan