A federal judge has halted garnishments in Gwinnett County, ruling that the state law that governs the process is unconstitutional.
The law is flawed because it doesn’t require creditors to tell debtors that some money — like Social Security benefits, welfare payments and workers’ compensation — is off limits to garnishments. When that money is wrongly taken, the law doesn’t require creditors to tell people how to get it back, and it doesn’t provide a timely procedure for determining whether funds should have been exempt, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Marvin H. Shoob wrote.
Tuesday’s decision only affects Gwinnett County because the lawsuit was brought against the clerk of court there. But many believe it could lead to changes in the state’s garnishment law.
“I think it’s probably going to affect the whole state of Georgia. Lawyers are going to be reluctant to file garnishments,” said William Randall, chief judge of civil and magistrate court in Bibb County. “It’s going to bring the whole process to a standstill.”
Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s big lobbying effort couldn’t convince the Legislature this year to let it see more Georgia patients.
But on Thursday, a state board approved a plan that could help the politically-connected facility in Newnan shed its in-state patient cap. In doing so, it reignited a decade-long war between Georgia’s hospitals and the national cancer treatment chain, which has a huge stable of well-connected lobbyists and a track record of generous giving to elected officials.
Other hospitals counter that if the company wants to see more Georgia patients, it should go through the same process they face if they want to expand. They also contend the company cherry-picks patients with the highest-paying insurance coverage while leaving them to shoulder the burden of care of Medicaid and other indigent cancer patients.
A long-simmering dispute between Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob has become so bitter, it’s ensnared others in its wake.
The dust-up has erupted into a bar complaint and a contempt finding against a sex-crimes prosecutor, and an ethics investigation of Shoob.
Both the DA and the judge have retained high-profile lawyers. And both those lawyers agree that Shoob’s disdain for mandatory-minimum prison sentences is at the heart of the controversy.
“The friction is caused by the minimum mandatories,” said former Gov. Roy Barnes, who is representing Shoob. “And that friction, plus the fact there’s a disagreement between the district attorney and the judge over the actions of an assistant DA, has led to dueling complaints.”
After the battle, Perry sent a famous dispatch to U.S. General William Henry Harrison that read, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.” The Battle of Lake Erie forced the British to abandon Detroit, ensuring U.S. control over Lake Erie and the territorial northwest.
The public is invited to bring their bicycles and join in the leisurely-paced historical rides, which takes approximately two hours. National Park Service rangers will talk about the history of the battlefield while Outdoor Chattanooga staff and volunteers provide ride leadership and support.
Loaner bicycles from the Outdoor Chattanooga mobile bicycle fleet will be available for riders five feet tall and over at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of the Park and the Chattanooga Bicycle Club. Reservations for these bicycles are required, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241.
The monthly tours begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Ride length is approximately three to four miles on flat to moderately-hilly terrain.
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Hopefully, Senator David Perdue was able to get it across that he will vote against the Iran Deal, as he spoke against the deal three times yesterday. First, a video released by his office:
“Congress has a Constitutional role to advise and consent on treaties, yet this opportunity was not even afforded by President Obama, who purposely sought to go around Congress, and instead make his deal with Iran a non-binding political agreement.”
“That’s why I supported the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives to guarantee Congress and the American people had a say in this Iran deal.”
“This fight is not over, and as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I completely reject this dangerous deal, and I will definitely vote to stop it.”
Then at a rally against the Iran Deal in front of the Capitol and hosted by Tea Party Patriots.
Calhoun, Georgia is a mixed bag as Mayor Jimmy Palmer faces challenger Mary Mays and Council Post 1 member George Crowley faces challenger Jackie Palazzolo and three other city council incumbents are reelected without opposition, according to NorthwestGeorgiaNews.com.
Citizens in the City of Brookhaven will not see a question on the November ballot as to whether the City should allow the Development Authority to issue up to $2.9 million in bonds to purchase Skyland Center from the State of Georgia.
The City says the issuance of bonds by the Development Authority in this case is appropriate without requiring a referendum because the bonds do not constitute a debt of the City, although the bonds will be guaranteed by the City.
If the City wanted to have a referendum and let the people decide, they certainly could do that and there is even enough time to get it on the November ballot. Consultants told the City Tuesday however, the measure would likely not pass if it did go to a vote.
On Saturday at 8:30 AM, the Fulton County Republican Party will host Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker as their featured breakfast speaker. The event is at St. Ives Country Club in Johns Creek. R.s.v.p. via Facebook or on the Fulton GOP website. Cost is $15 by pre-registration or $16 at the door.
“As I’ve traveled across Georgia, I have heard your concerns about President Obama’s dangerous Iran deal. I share those concerns and I will vote against it this week in the United States Senate.
From the beginning, I have always believed that any international agreement of this magnitude should of course be a treaty.
This belief was reinforced when I personally met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel. He shares our concerns. The most dangerous threat to mankind’s future is a nuclear Iran.
Still, President Obama and Secretary Kerry made it clear they didn’t want to subject their nuclear agreement to such scrutiny and seriousness.
Congress has a Constitutional role to advise and consent on treaties, yet this opportunity was not even afforded by President Obama, who purposely sought to go around Congress, and instead make his deal with Iran a non-binding political agreement.
That’s why I supported the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives to guarantee Congress and the American people had a say in this Iran deal.
This was the only tool to ensure that Congress even got a vote. Without this legislation, President Obama could have waived sanctions on Iran the same day he brokered his bad deal.
There would have been no review period for Congress and no way to reimpose sanctions potentially should Iran cheat.
Every single Senate Republican has come out against this agreement. Democrats who support this dangerous deal have put partisan politics and special interests ahead of national security.
Sadly, President Obama and Secretary Kerry will stop at nothing to force this agreement through against the will of Georgians and the majority of the American people.
This fight is not over, and as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I completely reject this dangerous deal, and I will definitely vote to stop it.”
Happy 72d birthday to former Congressman John Linder. Linder served in the State House from 1974-1980 and 1982-90. In 1990 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress against incumbent Democrat Ben Jones; in 1992, after redistricting, Linder was elected to Congress from the 7th District and served until his retirement after the 2010 election.
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Candidates for the November 3, 2015 Special Election to fill the House District 122 seat vacated by former State Rep. Ben Harbin and the Special Election to fill the Senate seat formerly held by now-Judge Ronald Ramsey will qualify next week.Continue Reading..