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Laws that can negatively impact veterinarians, animals, or animal health should never be passed. Your GVMA membership gives our profession a voice. Together, we’re able to keep veterinary medicine in our state uncompromised.   Legislative Days 30-32                                                                                              March 15, 2019 The Steady March towards Sine Die Two years ago, at the start of the 2017 session, the House and Senate agreed to move Crossover from legislative day 30 to legislative day 28.  The change not only allows two additional days for considering viable legislation, but it has slowed the overall pace between Crossover and Sine...

Laws that can negatively impact veterinarians, animals, or animal health should never be passed. Your GVMA membership gives our profession a voice. Together, we’re able to keep veterinary medicine in our state uncompromised.   Legislative Days 26-29                                                                                                March 8, 2019 Crossover Day Passes The critical Crossover Day milestone was Thursday.  While the Senate adjourned shortly before 7pm, the House worked until after 11pm.  Their debate included hate crimes legislation and an abortion measure that was so contentious it threatened to derail the chamber’s remaining business. Legislators were back to work on Friday, but met only briefly...

Laws that can negatively impact veterinarians, animals, or animal health should never be passed. Your GVMA membership gives our profession a voice. Together, we’re able to keep veterinary medicine in our state uncompromised.  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...

Laws that can negatively impact veterinarians, animals, or animal health should never be passed. Your GVMA membership gives our profession a voice. Together, we’re able to keep veterinary medicine in our state uncompromised.  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...

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Pace Quickens It’s been a busy week under the Gold Dome as legislators were in session all five days.  Enough legislation has come out of committees that both the House and Senate are able to pass a small number of measures each day.  Despite the start-and-stop beginning, the 2019 session is moving along at its usual pace now and there’s no sign of a slowdown.   Next week, lawmakers will spend President’s Day in their districts before returning to Atlanta for a four-day work week.  The Monday off is their only break in...

Laws that can negatively impact veterinarians, animals, or animal health should never be passed. Your GVMA membership gives our profession a voice. Together, we’re able to keep veterinary medicine in our state uncompromised.  Things Finally Get Moving After a start-and-stop beginning to the 2019 session, business under the Gold Dome is now humming along at its typical pace.  This week, legislators convened four days and introduced over 225 pieces of new legislation.  Nearly every committee and subcommittee met at least once.   GVMA Priority Issue: Professional Health Program For Ga. Veterinarians SB 75: Professional Health Program                                                  ...

Wednesday, January 30 was Veterinary Medicine Day.  About a dozen legislators joined the group for breakfast before hearing from Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb.  Veterinarians were also recognized in the Senate by Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman John Wilkinson (R-Toccoa) and presented with a copy of SR 22, declaring it to be Veterinary Medicine Day at the state capitol.  Thanks to everyone who braved the chilly weather to join colleagues for a fun and informative day on the hill! Week 2 Full Legislative Update Laws that...

From Hill's Pet Nutrition Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including...

Laws that can negatively impact veterinarians, animals, or animal health should never be passed. Your GVMA membership gives our profession a voice. Together, we’re able to keep veterinary medicine in our state uncompromised.  Settling In          January 18, 2019                                           The legislature convened for the first day of the 2019 session on Monday.  The largely organizational day culminated with the swearing-in of Governor Brian Kemp, other constitutional officers, and newly...

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