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Administrative law continues to be a front-burner item in the practice of law because each day more and more activities, businesses, and persons fall under a state or local agency's regulatory sphere of influence. While the number of appellate cases reviewed in this Article has dropped slightly from recent years, reports from several agency heads in state and local governments would lead one to believe that agency workloads only continue to increase. Given the current economy and resulting shortfalls of tax revenues, it will be interesting to observe what effects static or reduced levels of enforcement and regulatory officials will have on the number of agency cases and resulting appellate filings.

This Article is a review of administrative law cases from the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals from June 1, 2002 through May 31, 2003. It is not an attempt to review all reported cases under the amorphous grouping of administrative law. Most topics reflecting the subject matter of other survey articles in this issue have been omitted. Because of the commonality of the interpretations of governing statutes and procedures between administrative agencies and local government entities, authorities, and agencies, some local government cases reported in this Article may also be reported in the local government law article. The cases in this Article focus on processes, procedures, and prelitigation activities and should be distinguished from comparative reviews.