2018 Capitol Update Week 6 – Taxes and Transportation

Feb 18, 2018 No Comments ›› Brett

Week 6 on the House floor We have just completed Week 6 and we are officially over half-way through this year's session. "Cross Over Day" is Tuesday, February 27 - just a few legislative days away. In an effort to increase transparency and eradicate surprise hospital billing for scheduled procedures, the House passed HB 678 this week. Authored by Insurance Committee ...

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Capitol Update Week 5 – the pace quickens

Feb 10, 2018 No Comments ›› Brett

Full speed ahead The pace quickened during Week 5 at the House. Most importantly, the House passed HB 683 the Amended Fiscal Year 2018 (AFY 18) budget by a vote of 167-8. The AFY 18 budget is balanced at $25.3 billion and focuses on education, healthcare, and human services.   The House also passed HB 701 to permit employment testing for illegal opioid use. Georgia ranks 11th in opioid ...

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2018 Capitol Update Week 4 – Adoption, Efficiency, Opioids

Feb 3, 2018 No Comments ›› Brett

Adoption, Efficiency, Opioids The big news of week four was the House's unanimous passage of House Bill 159, legislation that would provide the first comprehensive update to Georgia's adoption laws in nearly thirty years. With the strong support of Governor Deal and Speaker Ralston, the House collaborated with the Senate and passed Rep. Bert Reeve's amended bill. Let me be clear, HB 159 as passed the ...

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2018 Capitol Update Week 3 – Off to Rules

Jan 27, 2018 No Comments ›› Brett

 Legislative Day 10 Done . . . Off to Rules With Legislative Day 10 done, we are now one-fourth of the way through the 40-day session. The House and Senate agreed and passed an adjournment resolution that set our legislative schedule for the remainder of the session. The 2018 Session of the Georgia General Assembly will end ...

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