28 Feb News From The Capitol: Week 5
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No Rest for the Weary
Despite a brief respite on Monday for President’s Day, it was the most active week of session so far and the pace will only continue to quicken as we race towards Crossover Day on March 7. Crossover Day is the deadline for a bill to be adopted by its authoring chamber: House Bills must pass the House and Senate Bills must pass the Senate. With this major milestone on the horizon, the General Assembly will begin working into the evening to position bills to be considered by the full chambers. Next week they will meet Monday through Friday, ticking off five more legislative days.
SB 75: Professional Health Program Sen. Ellis Black, R-Valdosta
Adopted by the Senate on 2/20
This legislation allows the state board, via the Secretary of State’s Office, to contract with a professional health program to provide rehabilitative services to impaired veterinarians. A similar program exists but it limited to physicians and other professionals licensed by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. This is a priority of the Association’s Wellness Committee. The bill has been assigned to the House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee.