Valdosta Daily Times

State News

May 10, 2013

Olens running for re-election

VALDOSTA — Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens made several stops in Valdosta Thursday, ending the day by speaking at the annual Valdosta Bar Association’s annual banquet.

Olens spoke briefly at the Nurses Week Recognition ceremony at Valdosta State University Thursday afternoon, and was able to give a brief interview afterwards, acknowledging that he has kicked off his campaign for re-election in 2014.

In the past several years, Olens has chosen a cause to promote, in order to assist in getting new legislation passed. This year, Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed the pill mill legislation to assist law enforcement in cracking down on pain management clinics that are little more than a front for dispensing large amounts of prescription pain killers to patients.

Olens also assisted with the recent legislation which focused on sex trafficking in the state.

“Linda Smith of Shared Hope International said we probably already have the best laws in place of any state to combat sex trafficking,” Olens said. “You’ll soon see billboards going up around the state for ‘Georgia’s Not Buying It,’ a campaign to get the message out to those who solicit young girls that it’s not okay and they will be prosecuted.”

Olens said his office is also currently working on an opinion concerning Jekyll Island development, as environmental groups, developers and the Jekyll Island Authority are seeking guidance.

“The problem is that the size of the island has changed with beach erosion, so they want our help in determining whether or not more of the island can be developed,” Olens said.

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