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2023 Georgia General Assembly

Monday, January 23    Day 5

This week things get underway at the state capitol in earnest. On Wednesday, Governor Kemp will deliver his State of the State address and outline further details of his budget for Fiscal Year 2024 and his priorities.  Last week, the session was off to allow for the Appropriations Committees of both chambers to hear budget presentations from the various Department Commissioners.

Both the House (especially) and Senate had some changes in committee leadership and also establishing some new committees.  The House, for example, now has three committee dealing with Health issues. Before it had one.

The bill that caught our attention right away is Senate Bill 1 (SB1).  This bill would make permanent the prohibition for the state or any school district to require COVID vaccination. We along with all of medicine will oppose this. It’s lead sponsor is Sen. Greg Dolezal, R-Cumming.

And please don’t forget to look up your state legislators….your state senator and your state legislator.  You can do so on our website by clicking on the “Find your legislator” tab (see above).  It’s the first and crucial step in advocacy in state government issues.  And it’s easy!

The Chapter Legislative Committee meets regularly during the session. It’s open to any chapter member, so if you’re interested contact Michelle Hudson at mhudson@gaaap.org at the Chapter office.

Melinda Willingham, MD, FAAP
Chair, Legislative Committee

Key House Leaders on Child Health Issues

Matt Hatchett, Dublin
Chair, Appropriations Committee

Rep. Butch Parrish, Swainsboro
Chair, Appropriations Sub-committee on Community Health/Medicaid

Rep. Katie Dempsey, Rome
Chair, Appropriations Sub-committee on Public Health (DPH, DBHDD, DHS)

Rep. Jon Burns, Statesboro
Speaker of the House

Rep. Jan Jones, Milton
Speaker Pro Tem

Rep. Chuck Efstration, Dacula
House Majority Leader

Rep. Sharon Cooper, Marietta
Chair, Health & Human Services

Key Senate Leaders on Child Health Issues

Lt. Governor Burt Jones, Jackson
President of the Senate

Sen. Blake Tillery, Vidalia
Chair, Appropriations Committee

Sen. Ben Watson, MD, Savannah
Chair, Health & Human Services Committee

Sen. Dean Burke, MD, Bainbridge
Chair, Appropriations Sub-committee on Community Health (Medicaid)

Sen. Steve Gooch, Dahlonega
Senate Majority Leader

Sen. John Kennedy
Senate President Pro Tem

Further Information

For a complete text of any these bills you can visit the Georgia General Assembly website:  www.legis.state.ga.us.   For more information on these or other bills, contact Rick Ward, at the Chapter office, at mhudson@gaaap.org. Thanks to the members of the Legislative Committee for their efforts during the session and to all our members who contacted their legislators about our issues.  Your support and participation in the legislative process is vitally important to our advocacy.