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TANF applicant entitled to conciliation following first material violation.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2016-05-31 
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A TANF applicant’s failure to attend a meeting due to her mistake in recording the date and time of the appointment constituted a material violation of program rules.  However, as the applicant’s failure to keep the appointment was the first material violation she had committed, [..] Read More..

Acceptance of partial payment insufficient to show alteration of Admission Agreement.

Topic: Health Law, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2016-06-06 
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The fact that the owner of a personal care home accepted partial payments from a resident did not alter the terms of the Admission Agreement where the resident assured the owner he would make up for the difference in payment at a later date.  Therefore, [..] Read More..

Lack of utilities in candidate’s purported home refutes residence claim.

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1638942 , Decision Date: 2016-04-20 
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A candidate for the Georgia legislature failed to establish that he met residency requirements in the district for which he sought office where his purported home in the district was without water service during the time he claimed to have resided there.  Further, the candidate’s [..] Read More..

School district ordered to hire consultant to develop, oversee child’s educational program.

Topic: Special Education, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1600119 , Decision Date: 2016-01-05 
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Petitioner, an autistic child receiving special education services, was not offered a free appropriate public education (FAPE), as guaranteed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).  First, the school district’s staff improperly relied upon the results of invalid functional behavioral assessments, failed to [..] Read More..

Vendor terminated for failure to meet minimum square footage requirement.

Topic: Public Health, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1561610 , Decision Date: 2015-10-02 
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The Georgia WIC Program requires vendors to maintain 3,000 square feet of continuous retail food sales space open to the public, including administrative and storage space. The store at issue only contained 2,138 square feet of continuous retail food sales space, including administrative and storage [..] Read More..

Evasive, unreliable testimony regarding criminal record insufficient to establish mitigation.

Topic: Health Law, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1616599 , Decision Date: 2015-11-04 
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The Department of Community Health denied an application for authorization to work at a personal care home due to two felony convictions.  Although the applicant initially testified that she had since been involved in no criminal activity, she admitted during cross-examination that charges of financial [..] Read More..

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