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Physician cannot waive requirement of in camera review and nondisclosure to the public.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2017-02-15 
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Because the governing statute provided that the results of physical and mental examinations at issue in actions against physicians’ licenses “shall be” received in camera and not disclosed to the public, the physician could not exercise any privilege to waive disclosure of the record.

Former party chair falsely claimed to reside in Third Congressional District.

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1652126 , Decision Date: 2017-02-06 
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After his home was redistricted from the Third to the Thirteenth Congressional District, the Respondent, the former chair of the Fayette County Republican Party, submitted a voter registration change of address to his rental property, which remained in the Third District after redistricting. However, a [..] Read More..

Facility not entitled to hearing to contest plan of correction.

Topic: Procedure, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1701961 , Decision Date: 2016-09-27 
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The Department of Community Health was required to provide notice and an opportunity for a hearing prior to only certain administrative actions specified by statute.  Therefore, as requiring a facility to submit a plan of correction was not among the administrative actions for which prior [..] Read More..

Scope of review limited to whether candidate met residency qualifications for office.

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1638940 , Decision Date: 2016-05-18 
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A candidate for State House District 151 failed to establish that he met the residency requirements for that office.  The evidence showed that, as a result of decennial redistricting by the state legislature, James Ricardo Williams’s residence was moved from District 151 to District 154 [..] Read More..

Licensee not in default where service of hearing notice not perfected.

Topic: Procedure, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1642577 , Decision Date: 2016-06-20 
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The Court declined to enter a default order for a licensee’s failure to appear at the hearing where service of the Notice of Hearing by certified mail was unsuccessful and the Georgia Board of Nursing did not demonstrate that it attempted personal service, sought to [..] Read More..

Agency authorized to revoke teaching certificate based on out-of-state disciplinary action.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1617917 , Decision Date: 2016-01-21 
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Facing disciplinary action for misconduct, an educator resigned from his position in Florida and moved to Georgia, where he applied for a teaching certificate.  On his application, the educator failed to disclose that he was at that time under an investigation by the Florida disciplinary [..] Read More..

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