Posts tagged with "Mary Margaret Oliver"

State of the Democratic Party a focus in the House District 82 race

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 3, 2016

The House District 82 race is shaping up to be a battle between an older generation of Democrats and a newer generation looking for a change. Brian Westlake believes he represents the future of Georgia’s Democratic party. He wants to unseat a longtime incumbent, state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, because he believes she is […]

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver draws challenger in Democratic primary

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 3, 2016

Brian Westlake, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and social studies teacher who lives in Decatur, is challenging state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, for the House District 82 seat. Westlake will face Oliver in the Democratic primary on May 24. Westlake says Oliver voted in favor of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District legislation, which […]

Decatur state representative pushes for ban on assault weapons

Posted by January 13, 2016

State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, thinks it’s time for Georgians to have a serious discussion about guns. She’s introduced a bill for consideration in this year’s Legislative session that would ban certain assault weapons. It’s a bill that seems doomed to go nowhere in Legislature that approved a broad expansion of gun ownership rights nearly two years […]

DeKalb lawmakers update residents on possible cityhood reforms

Posted by November 19, 2015

By Dyana Bagby, contributor More than 30 people attended the Clairmont Heights Civic Association meeting on Wednesday to hear from their elected officials. State Sen. Elena Parent and State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver tag-teamed a discussion on changes they would like to see in the cityhood process. The House and Senate appointed study committees this […]

Senate cityhood and annexation committee will hold first meeting

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 20, 2015

This story has been updated.  State Sen. Elena Parent says the first meeting of a senate committee studying the state’s processes for annexations and creating new cities will take place on Monday, Aug. 24 at the state Capitol. The meeting of the Annexation, Deannexation, and Incorporation Senate Study Committee will begin at 10 a.m. in Room […]

Rep. Oliver posts survey asking for input on cityhood, annexation

Posted by Dena Mellick July 29, 2015

Georgia state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, is asking for input on the annexation and cityhood issue. Rep. Oliver was recently appointed to the House Study Committee on Cityhood, Annexation and De-Annexation. She said in the email to her constituents, “Hearings have been scheduled by Chairman Jan Tankersley at the Capitol for September 1, 24, and October […]

Fireworks sales now legal in Georgia

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 3, 2015

Kaboom. That’s the sound of money going up in smoke now that people can buy bottle rockets and firecrackers big enough to – as state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver put it – “blow the child’s hand off.” As of July 1, fireworks sales are legal in Georgia. That might come as a shock to people who […]

Committee appointed to study annexation and cityhood

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 2, 2015

The state Legislature is looking to reform the convoluted annexation and cityhood process that vexed DeKalb County delegation this year. The House has appointed a study committee on Annexation, Deannexation, and Incorporation. All of its five members are Republican, except state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur. “I have served on the House Governmental Affairs Committee through all […]

Reports: U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 25, 2015

This story has been updated.  It looks like the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – is here to stay. On Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling against a legal challenge to subsidies provided to residents of states that did not set up healthcare exchanges, according to the New York […]

Legislature lifts alcohol restrictions that would limit Callaway development

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 3, 2015

This story has been updated.  The state Legislature on Thursday passed general legislation that gave a boost Decatur’s plans to redevelop the Callaway property. While the General Assembly did not pass the city’s annexation plan or its plans to expand the homestead tax exemption, it did vote to lift certain alcohol restrictions. Currently, state law prohibits the sale […]

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