Political Notes — Fireworks for Christmas and New Year? Deal says OK

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal has rescinded the executive order he signed last month banning consumer fireworks displays out of concern they would cause fires in drought-stricken areas.

He cancelled that order this week, just in time for the holidays.

Since he issued the original order on Nov. 14, Deal noted that “much of the state has received rainfall amounts sufficient for the State Forestry Commission and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to life their bans on outdoor campfires.”

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens “has determined that increased precipitation in recent weeks has diminished the threat posed by consumer fireworks and has requested that the prohibition against the ignition of consumer fireworks be lifted,” Deal added.

Two new judges

Deal has also appointed two new judges in Clayton County.

State Court Judge Aaron Mason has been appointed to fill a new Superior Court judgeship created by the General Assembly this year. Kathryn Powers will fill the State Court vacancy created by Mason’s appointment to the Superior Court.

Mason has served as a State Court judge since 2010. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a law degree from Emory University.

Powers is the executive assistant district attorney for the Clayton Judicial Circuit. She has a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and a law degree from Mercer University.

Reed honored

The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta has awarded Mayor Kasim Reed its first-ever Courage Award in recognition of his support for immigrants, refugees and people of all faiths.

“Every person – no matter their faith or their country of origin – is welcome in Atlanta,” Reed said. “They are welcome to bring their dreams, their passions and their contributions to our great city. We will not waver from this position, and will continue to offer every possible support to our foreign-born residents.”

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