2018 Capitol Update Week 4 – Adoption, Efficiency, Opioids
Adoption, Efficiency, Opioids
Efficiency improvements were unanimously supported in the House with passage of HB 661that I co-sponsored with Rep Bruce Williamson and HB 694 that I authored. HB 661 creates a more efficient and transparent process for filing and removing tax liens. HB 694 updates monthly motor fuel filings requiring electronic reporting by distributors and wholesalers. Both measures streamline and modernize reporting while providing added transparency and improved auditing.
Harrell Chairs House Rules for the day – that was cool!
Setting our calendar for Monday, February 5, I prioritized HB 701 by Rep Kevin Tanner and placed it on the floor for a House vote. HB 701 expands employment drug testing to include opioids. As you know, over one-half million opioid pills were prescribed in Georgia last year and while these medications are important properly prescribed for severe pain, they are too often abused and leading to numerous unnecessary deaths. Employment drug screening for unprescribed opioids may aid in reducing the illicit use of these prescription medications.
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Should you find yourself in Atlanta during the Session, please stop by and visit me at my Capitol office, and please call or email if you have any question or concerns regarding any state issue. My capitol office, phone, and email are listed below.
Thanks again for allowing me to serve,