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Georgia attorney general Sam Olens visits Augusta

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Food and money collected in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy could benefit the Golden Harvest Food Bank.
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Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens visited Augusta on Monday to launch a food drive by legal professionals and speak about U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the health care reform legislation.

Olens visited the Augusta Rotary Club and Golden Harvest Food Bank to urge lawyers to participate in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, a competition among law firms to collect food and money to support food banks.

The competition was modeled after an initiative in Virginia that collects 200 million pounds of food each year. Olens hopes 250 Georgia law firms will participate to reach a goal of 100 million pounds in the event’s first year.

“Nothing is more important than reducing hunger, and there’s not a ZIP code in our state where people aren’t suffering from hunger,” Olens said.

The attorney general said lawyers have an opportune time to help the hungry, especially schoolchildren who will need meals during summer vacation.

“We’re blessed in our profession with our education to make a good living, and with that comes an obligation to improve the world, to improve our community,” Olens said amid eight judges and lawyers representing participating Augusta groups.

Olens’ last stop Monday was a meeting sponsored by the CSRA Republican Women’s Club for a briefing on the Supreme Court hearings, a court case he said is concerned with the constitutionality of the law and not the necessity of health care improvements.

“This case is not about health care. It’s about the Constitution. It’s about the limits of the federal government,” he said. “Let’s assume we win the case. The Republican Party better have a bill that’s immediately filed to improve health care in this country or it will be detrimental in the November election.”

Earlier in the day, Olens visited with Mayor Deke Copenhaver for what was described as a meeting between friends. Olens praised the mayor for his leadership and vision.

“I think he is one of the leading local leaders in our state that truly has vision for his community,” Olens said. “He isn’t just going through the motions but constantly strives to improve the community.

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