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Disabilities and caretaking responsibilities are not sufficient “qualifying activities” for Georgia Pathways

An applicant for Medicaid benefits was found ineligible for the new Georgia Pathways waiver program because she did not meet the “qualifying activities” requirement, for which she must be employed, engaged in job training, or performing community service for a certain number of hours. The applicant appealed this denial, arguing that her disabilities and obligations […]

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Noncustodial parent unsuccessful in vacating 8-year-old child-support order

A Judge denied a noncustodial parent’s untimely motion to vacate a default child-support order entered against him by this Court more than eight years prior. Because the parent conceded he became aware of the default order only a few months after it had been issued, he did not establish good cause for the years-long delay

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Nonprofit lacks standing to challenge EPD’s issuance of discharge permits  

An environmental nonprofit challenged the Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD’s) reissuance of three general permits allowing stormwater discharge associated with construction activity. The Court dismissed the case, finding that the nonprofit lacked standing to bring the challenge.  Specifically, the nonprofit was not able to demonstrate an actual or imminent “injury in fact” that was traceable to

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Candidate’s fabrication of contributions and failure to disclose reports lead to $11,000 in civil penalties

Following a hearing, the Court concluded that a candidate for the mayorship of Athens-Clarke County violated the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Act when he failed to file two required reports for campaign contribution disclosures. In ordering the candidate to pay the maximum civil-penalty total of $11,000 for the two violations, the Judge took

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Court weighs several factors before issuing $26,000 in civil penalties to county commission candidate

The State Ethics Commission alleged that an unsuccessful candidate for a Cobb County commissioner seat neglected to submit four campaign contribution disclosure reports, as mandated by Georgia campaign finance laws. Following a hearing—for which the candidate failed to appear—the Court ruled that the Ethics Commission had proven the violations and ordered the candidate to pay

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Parent and student fall short of proving link between student’s physical altercation and autism diagnosis

A 17-year-old student and his mother sought a hearing under the Individuals with Disabilities and Education Act (IDEA) after the school district’s manifestation-determination review concluded that a physical altercation with a classmate was not a result of the student’s disability. After reviewing the procedure used in the manifestation review, the Court affirmed the school district’s

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