Govenor Nathan Deal

Georgia's governor has appointed a state appeals court judge to fill a vacancy on the state's highest court.

In a news release Friday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment of state Court of Appeals Judge Charlie Bethel to the Georgia Supreme Court. Bethel is to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice P. Harris Hines.

Bethel previously represented a northwest Georgia district in the state Senate and served as an alderman for the city of Dalton. He holds a bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Georgia.

Georgia Gov. Deal Makes Endorsement in Race to Succeed Him

Jul 16, 2018
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has endorsed Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the Republican primary runoff to succeed him.

Deal made the endorsement Monday in Atlanta, calling Cagle the "the best one to continue" the work he started as governor.

The key endorsement, from a governor seen as leading the state on a path to economic prosperity, comes at a pivotal time for Cagle. He is locked in a contentious runoff battle with Secretary of State Brian Kemp that will be decided July 24.

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Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a $26.2 billion budget that will send more funds to Georgia's public schools.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that it's the first time in more than a decade that Georgia's budget fully funds the formula used to pay for the education of about 1.7 million children.

Deal signed the budget bill in a Wednesday ceremony at the Georgia Capitol.

The full funding of the school funding formula was announced in the closing days of the 2018 General Assembly session.

Tech Giants Urge Governor to Veto Georgia Cybercrime Bill

May 1, 2018

Tech giants Google and Microsoft have joined a chorus or cybersecurity experts urging Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to veto a bill that makes unauthorized computer access a crime punishable by up to a year in prison.

The 1½-page proposal, passed in March in the final chaotic hours of Georgia's legislative session, would make it illegal to intentionally access a computer or network without authorization.

Governor Nathan Deal will sign the “Hands-Free Georgia Act” tomorrow in Statesboro. Dozens of families are expected to attend the signing of HB 673.

The grassroots non-profit organization,, says hundreds of families in the state are impacted by distracted driving each year, and hopefully the “hands-free” law will help prevent loss of life.

The parents of the five nursing students killed a 2015 crash with a tractor-trailer on I-16 will be among those attending the signing which takes place at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport at 2 pm Wednesday.