Governor Nathan Deal responded firmly Wednesday morning to the news that Florida officials plan to file a lawsuit in the ongoing water war between the states. Georgia, Florida and Alabama have been fighting for decades over how much water each is entitled to from their shared river networks.
The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday in the fight over a hospital purchase in southwest Georgia. The court ruled unanimously that it violates antitrust laws for the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County to own both Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Palmyra Medical Center. The authority bought Palmyra in December 2011.
Following Gov. Nathan Deal's lead, Georgia's community health commissioner says the agency is holding off on a wholesale overhaul of the state's Medicaid program because of uncertainty at the federal level.
Democratic leaders say Georgia's Republican governor should fully implement President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now that the U.S. Supreme Court says its key parts are legal. Democratic state Sen. Vincent Fort said Thursday that Republicans leaders need to be "responsible." He cited as precedent that former Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue accepted federal stimulus money from the Obama administration despite having political misgivings.
Georgia's Republican lawmakers reacted with disappointment Thursday to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling upholding the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Georgia was one of 28 states to challenge the constitutionality of the law.
The U.S. Supreme Court will not intervene in a tri-state water dispute between Alabama, Georgia and Florida that has threatened the metro Atlanta area's water supply. The decision Monday by the top court means that a ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta still stands. That appeals court ruling was a significant victory for Atlanta and area communities since a lower judge had earlier threatened to severely restrict the region's access to its main water source.