News from the Capitol: Week 6

News from the Capitol: Week 6

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Critical Crossover Day Approaches

Thursday, March 7th, is Crossover Day, a critical procedural milestone in Georgia’s forty-day legislative session.  March 7 is the last day for Senate Bills to pass the Senate and House Bills to pass the House if they are to have a chance at making it to the Governor’s desk this year.

As a result, this has been a remarkably busy week as committees work to get bills in position to be considered by the full chambers before the deadline.  Legislation that does not crossover is technically dead as a standalone measure, but contents of entire bills are often added to other germane legislation in an effort to keep issues alive.

Legislators will convene each day next week except for Wednesday.  Lawmakers will likely work well into the evening on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in an effort to pass as many bills as possible.

Priority Issues

SB 75: Professional Health Program                                                   Sen. Ellis Black, R-Valdosta

Pending in the House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee

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.

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