Mary Margaret Oliver
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August 26, 2016

We celebrate this week the 100th Anniversary of the creation of our national parks!  I have been fortunate  to recognize this important date by visiting both Yosemite in California and Acadia in Maine--lucky me and a big part of a very nice summer!  I hope you and your family are also enjoying each other and times outdoors. 


And the biggest news of the Summer is the arrival of new family member HENRY!  A lot of trouble but very cute.


My political activities for HD 82 this summer have also been positive, and as always, I ask for your advice and input.  Thank you, and please contact me anytime I may be of help.



Emory Annexation into City of Atlanta


Last week, Emory University announced its intention to petition the City of Atlanta to be annexed into the city limits using the "100% Method of Annexation".  This method of annexation allows a property owner to petition an adjoining city to be included in the city upon a showing that the area to be annexed has a physical link of 50 feet or 1/8th mile, whichever is less.  There is no required action by the voters or by the General Assembly, and Emory intends to complete this petition process and obtain a favorable response from Atlanta by the end of this year.  Emory has drawn a map including its 621 acres, and a handful of other property owners, and takes no residential houses or neighborhoods or schools into its map.  Emory claims this action will not impact residents on the borders of the Emory campus, but the proposed map does include a DeKalb Fire Station located on Clifton Road, and the Emory Point development.  


I attended a meeting of neighborhood leaders and other elected officials called by Commissioner Jeff Rader this week, and have met personally with DeKalb School Board members, other county commissioners, and Emory officials.   There is a great deal of interest and some anxiety about this unilateral and unanticipated action by Emory, and many issues to resolve.  How much tax money will DeKalb lose based on this move from the Emory Point and Emory Conference Center entities, and who will provide fire protection and back up to the Emory police department? And, perhaps most importantly, how will zoning related to Emory's future construction be reviewed and determined?  Important issues need to be addressed and soon.  Stay tuned, and continue to raise your own questions and concerns.  



Ban on Assault Type Weapons Bill


With the encouragement and help of many, I have decided to again introduce legislation to ban the sale in Georgia of assault type weapons and high capacity magazines in the 2017 Session. I am gathering co-sponsors and supporters to this legislation, and making some modifications from HB 731, which I filed during the 2016 Session.  Thank you for your continued  positive interest in the issue of reducing gun violence.  I anticipate meetings and public discussions on this 2017 legislative project and hope you will attend and participate.  

DNC Rules Committee 

I was honored to be named to the National Democratic Party's Rules committee chaired by former Congressman Barney Frank, and traveled to Philadelphia the Saturday before the Convention convened for the scheduled first meeting.  The committee totaled about 160 members, four from Georgia,  and about one third of the members were Bernie Sanders supporters and 2/3 were for Hillary.  About 30 amendments were brought forward for votes, and many but not all  focused on the number and role of the super delegates.  After about 10 hours, the Rules Committee voted to create the Unity Reform Commission to address, on a specific time table, and with numbered goals, to review the super delegate issues.  The long day was fascinating to me, and I thank the party leaders for the opportunity to serve.    
Study Committee Appointments for 2016

Speaker Ralston has appointed me to three study committees that are already at work, specifically Committee on Mental Illness Initiative, Reform, Public Health an Safety; Committee on Judicial Qualification Commission Reform; and House Science and Technology Sub-Committee on Commercial Space. Below is the press release announcing these appointments.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Betsy Lynch Thursday, August 25, 2016 (404) 656-3996
Rep. Oliver Appointed to Three House Study Committees
ATLANTA - House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) recently appointed State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) to three House study committees: the Special Study Committee on Judicial Qualifications Commission Reform, the Study Committee on Mental Illness Initiative, Reform, Public Health and Safety, and the Science and Technology Subcommittee on Commercial Space.
"I am pleased to serve on these study committees this summer, and thank Speaker Ralston for these opportunities," said Rep. Oliver. "I enjoy the variety of issues, and look forward to working with advocates and colleagues on discussions about mental health reform, oversight of the judiciary, and economic development relating to the emerging outer space industries. These topics interest me and are important."
The House Special Study Committee on Judicial Qualifications Commission Reform, chaired by Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Spring), is created by House Resolution 1363 and consists of seven members. This special committee will investigate and study the operations of the Judicial Qualification Commission and recommend any action or legislation which the committee deems prudent. The special study committee is authorized to issue subpoenas of witnesses and documents pertinent to the scope of the committee's investigation.
The five member House Study Committee on Mental Illness Initiative, Reform, Public Health and Safety, chaired by Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome), is created by House Resolution
1093 and will study efforts in treating and supporting mentally ill individuals, community based housing, residential mental health facilities and county and municipality care infrastructures.
The House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Commercial Space, chaired by Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine), will refine the ongoing efforts to bring the commercial space industry to Georgia. The seven member subcommittee will issue a report of its findings to the full House Science and Technology Committee and the House of Representatives.
For more information on HR 1363, please click here . For more information on HR 1093, please click here .
Representative Mary Margaret Oliver represents the citizens of District 82, which includes portions of DeKalb County. She was elected into the House of Representatives in 2002, and she currently serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Resources and the Governmental Affairs, Judiciary, Juvenile Justice, and Science & Technology committees.



The State of Georgia is looking to expand to many more counties, the requirement that able bodied adults without children be employed or lose their food stamps.  The AJC reported on this issue, and I was quoted.  Article here

Do you support policy that denies food stamps to unemployed "able bodied adults without children"?


Discussion:  The numbers of Georgians eligible for the federal defined food stamp program has grown and most recipients are working adults with children.  There are unemployed adults who are not employed and do not have children, and receive no other assistance who are eligible for food stamps and the average monthly benefit is $194.  Do you think only employed adults, or adults with children should be eligible? 


Click here to take survey.  





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