History Up Close at U.S. Supreme Court Health Care Arguments

By Mike Klein Monday morning millions will pay attention via media reports but only a few dozen will be inside when the U.S. Supreme Court begins three days of arguments that will decide the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s federal health care reform law.  Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will be among those few who have a seat in the Court where history will begin to unfold. “We won’t know the opinion until the end of June,” Attorney General Olens said this week when he discussed the case before Georgia … Continue Reading →

Deal, Olens Welcome Supreme Court Health Care Review

Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens issued strong statements on Monday in support of overturning federal health care reform, just a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court said it will review  legislation that became law 20 months ago. Olens said the Supreme Court hearing scheduled for early next year is “a crucial step in our long fight to reign in the federal government’s unconstitutional over-reach into the healthcare marketplace.”  Deal’s statement recognized “the fight against the crippling mandates of Obamacare,” which has become a popular term for … Continue Reading →

Deal, Olens Praise Rejection of ObamaCare Individual Mandate

Georgia’s governor and attorney general said Friday’s decision by the federal appeals court in Atlanta that strikes down the federal health care reform individual mandate is “a huge step toward victory” but ultimately, ObamaCare will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens issued a statement about two hours after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta released its 2-to-1 opinion: “We applaud today’s ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit striking down the individual mandate as ‘a wholly … Continue Reading →

Open Meetings, Records Act Rewrite Pushed by AG Olens

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet on August 30 to discuss a rewrite of the state Open Meetings and Records Act that has become a priority for Attorney General Sam Olens. House Bill 397 was filed late in this past spring’s session and a vote is possible next year.  “My goal is to pass the bill,” Olens said.  “I’m not putting myself out here for failure.” Making public records easier to obtain, opening more meetings to citizen eyes and cracking down harder on those who prevent that from … Continue Reading →

Georgia Attorney General Will Investigate Cherokee County School District

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said Friday that his office will open an investigation into how the Cherokee County School District responded to a citizen’s request for information.

The Georgia Open Records Act should give citizens a reasonab…

Attorney General Olens Asks Supreme Court to Reconsider Charter Schools Decision

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider its recent decision that declared the state charter schools commission is unconstitutional.

“Today we filed a motion for reconsideration in an effort to protect t…