The political game in Georgia is more dynamic than ever. From local elected officials to state and federal government, we're facing complicated issues. On "Political Rewind," hosts Bill Nigut and Chase McGee take the time to break down these issues, speaking directly to Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver and other key decision-makers. Get caught up on what's happened in this fast-changing political world and look ahead to know what to expect.Tune in on GPB every Monday through Friday.
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In the upcoming legislative session next year, Oliver said legislators are hoping to address transportation challenges for mental health. In fact, that's a big drill down we're doing now in in our next phase is to understand what are the transportation issues, particularly at rural communities, but all communities face.
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Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, introduced a bill last year giving cities, counties, and school districts the right to participate in bond validation hearings. However, the bill failed to gain traction in the House.
ATLANTA — Georgia is starting “the decade of mental health reforms,” Kevin Tanner, chairman of the state’s Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission, said this week.
State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) supports a call for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the DeKalb County Commission District 2 election, the race that required a hand count and resulted in a delayed certification of election results.
The Georgia House Democratic Caucus held a press conference Monday in which representatives – all women – decried the potential loss of abortion rights in Georgia and urged voters to support pro-choice candidates in upcoming elections.
Democratic Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, a long-time family law attorney in Decatur, said the new law was crafted to meet the court's suggestion.
Friday on Political Rewind: State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver is a longtime Democratic elected official representing Decatur and the surrounding area. She was first elected to the Georgia House in 2003 and authored key bills, like the 2022 session's Mental Health Parity act.
I am most happy with the Mental Health Parity Act because this will truly help people. I am proud I voted NO on every piece of legislation that would limit teachers’ ability to teach. I’m most disappointed that we failed to authorize a distribution system to get medical cannabis to those who need it, and I am embarrassed we did not get it done because many families have waited too long to legally fill medical marijuana prescriptions. This failure is our biggest and most visible mistake of 2022.
Clapping and cheering could be heard in the Georgia General Assembly on March 30 as lawmakers passed the Mental Health Parity Act, which aims to improve mental health services in the state.
Over the past 18 months, I have drilled down on analyzing and understanding the impact of development authorities. This work resulted in the passage Tuesday of HB 923. I feel good about this effort to bring greater transparency and accountability to development authorities. HB 923 adds two provisions to the existing law:
Presenting the Mental Health Parity Act on the House floor. It passed 169-3 on Tuesday, March 8, and we have had three hearings before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and its subcommittees. Hearings four and five are planned for next Monday and Wednesday.
State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, the Decatur Democrat who’s been a strong advocate for mandatory reporting, said the case showed the importance of quickly reporting child abuse. That is especially true, she said, when the children have special needs. “They are the children who are the most vulnerable,” Oliver said, citing factors including the difficulty some special needs children have with verbal communication and expressing themselves to investigators.
The bills from state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) follow a series of investigative reports by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News last summer that showed loose financial controls, mismanagement and improper per diem payments to some board members of the Development Authority of Fulton County.
I preview bipartisan legislation that I hope will make an actual difference to you and other Georgians.
Georgia state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, a long-time Democratic lawmaker, surprised a lot of people when she applied for a committee chair position in the GOP-controlled House earlier this year.
On Wednesday, November 10, I took the well to speak in opposition to HB 1 EX, the Republican redistricting map for the House. We have finished the Special Session the Governor called for reapportionment and redistricting, and the Governor's signature will soon be on laws creating new maps of Georgia senate and house districts and federal congressional districts.
In the past week, the first redistricting map was released by state Senate leaders Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Sen. John D. Kennedy, and the real mathematical and political work now begins with the 2020 Census data being entered into computer databases using sophisticated algorithms to plot potential districts.
I enjoy connecting with constituents between sessions. This summer, I have met with groups and helped constituents who have reached out about a wide variety of topics. Please invite me to meet with your group at the Capitol or your location or on Zoom.
There is very little transparency in the work of development authorities, and their accountability to citizens or other governments is weak, untested, or unknown. I invite a debate on these important policy questions.
Three state lawmakers attended the rally, including Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, who told the crowd that elected officials have not adequately listened to disease survivors and family members.
We are in a once a decade frenzy over how you will be represented at the federal and state levels when the General Assembly gathers in the fall to engage in reapportionment and redistricting. These two terms are used interchangeably, but they actually refer to two different processes.
Passage of Senate Bill 202 election restrictions dominated our work and performance in the 2021 session, and as a result many good efforts were left undone. I am already thinking about the 2022 session and work left on the table for legislation which should be passed but perhaps more importantly, budget decisions delayed or not even discussed.
In many ways, Sine Die 2021 was typical: chaos, conflict, and last minute surprises before the ritual tearing and tossing bills at the end. But this year, there was an unusual level of tension, extra security, and protestors around the voting bill and Rep. Park Cannon's arrest (photos below). All those created some logistical obstacles as well as heightened conflict on the floor and off. The anger from many was authentic and expressed.
We have passed a budget for FY 2022. There are still major gaps—such as Georgia's refusal to participate in Medicaid funding that would help so many Georgians. Very disappointing. Highlights from the House Budget and Research Office.
For over three hours Monday, with over 1,000 people watching on livestream, the House debated HB 531-- the Republican omnibus bill trying to 'fix' nonexistent voting problems. The idea that we should pass laws to give our voters "more confidence" is predicated on two false premises: that Mr. Trump won in Georgia and the discredited, unproven claim that there was fraud.
Last Monday, my bills HB 23, 24, and 66 received a hearing before the House Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on State and Local Government. I was glad to have testimony in favor of the bills from DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader, DeKalb County Board of Education member Marshall Orson, Kathleen Bowen of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, and Martha Gross, a citizen from Brookhaven.
Democratic state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver will lead the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee.
The package of bills recently pre-filed by state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) would give counties and school districts more agency in the often controversial processes.
“It is a tragedy. It is malpractice on the part of the state of Georgia, and on the counties,” said Mary Margaret Oliver, a Georgia Democratic lawmaker and former magistrate court judge. Oliver said substandard mental health care in jails must be tackled when lawmakers convene in January. “Jails are significantly the largest mental health facility in the state,” she said. “And we are not attending to the combination of mental illness, addiction, and significant physical health issues.”
In my long political career, no threat to Georgia lives has been greater than the current COVID-19 virus, and never have public policy decisions and leadership been more critical to saving lives.
Other states like New York have recently passed laws giving victims a limited window to sue for cases dating back decades ago. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, said Wednesday that Georgia should follow their lead. “We’ve got to get in line,” she said. “We are preventing victims from getting in that line without passing this bill.”
All four bills were authored by state Rep. Kimberly Alexander, D-Hiram. Trammell provided the second signature on each. Mary Margaret Oliver of Decatur, the ranking Democrat on the House Governmental Affairs Committee, which is overseeing the measure, provided the third signature.
“Georgia has to be part of the national discussion,” said Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, a Decatur Democrat. “We have the largest coal power plant in the United States of America in our state, and we know that there are issues of toxic coal ash residue reaching our wells. That is something that people care about, and we have a responsibility to protect our water sources.”
Georgia’s local jurisdictions jailed about 6,500 17-year-olds in Georgia in recent years, said state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, citing data from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The information doesn’t say how long those 17-year olds stayed in adult jails before being released or whether they have since committed new crimes. It’s been a struggle getting local sheriff’s offices overseeing county jails to give her a full picture of what happens to jailed teens.
State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver is one of the co-sponsors of HB 228, which would raise the age when children in Georgia can marry from 16 to 17.
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver is one of the six House members to propose new legislation that would outlaw any symbols, monuments, memorials or other dedications to the Confederacy on public property – including the monument at Stone Mountain.