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Capitol Catch-Up with Advocacy Manager Melissa Sinden

Posted on 03/09/18

Capitol Catch-Up was on a brief hiatus, but Melissa Sinden is back to provide you with the details of the latest happenings under the Gold Dome. The text of her video is below. Happy viewing!

“Only nine days remain in the 2018 Georgia Legislative Session. Because this is the second year of a two-year session, any bills that do not pass by March 29 would need to be reintroduced in 2019. Here’s a recap of recent activity.

Committee on March 11. The bill will next be considered by the Senate Rules Committee.

SB 351, sponsored by Senator Renee Unterman, would allow APRNs in Georgia to conduct radiographic imaging tests and would expand the number of nurses with whom a physician may enter into a protocol agreement from four to eight. This bill was passed by the Senate on Feb. 28 and will next be considered by the House of Health and Human Services Committee.

SB 444, also sponsored by Senator Renee Unterman, would create a Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan Advisory Council to develop a strategy for the state in response to the growing number of Georgians with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This bill passed the Senate on Feb. 28 and passed the House Human Relations and Aging Committee on March 8. This legislation will next be considered by the Senate Rules Committee.

SB 406, sponsored by Senator Brian Strickland, would require comprehensive criminal background checks for owners, applicants for employment, and employees providing care or owning a personal care home, assisted living community, private home care provider, home health agency, hospice care, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or an adult day care. This bill passed the Senate on Feb. 26 and was passed by the House Human Relations and Aging Committee on March 8. The bill will next be considered by the Senate Rules Committee.

On Thursday, Feb. 15, the House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 635, sponsored by Representative Sharon Cooper, which would develop an effective review process for abuse related to elderly and disabled adults. This bill will next be considered by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Representative Chuck Efstration sponsored HB 897 which would make technical corrections to the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (passed in 2017). This bill was passed by the House of Representatives on Feb. 28 and passed by the Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee on March 7. The bill will next be considered by the Senate Rules Committee.”

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