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Legislative Agenda 2014        Legislative Agenda 2014 Text Accessible

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2014 Georgia Legislation Tracked in Moving Forward as of March 28, 2014 Wrap-up Issue:

HOUSE FINAL PASSED:

HB 743: Ralston, David; Supplemental appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014; 2/26/2014; House Date Signed by Governor

HB744
: Ralston, David; General appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015; 3/25/2014; House Sent to Governor

HB 766: Lumsden, Eddie; Work Based Learning Act; enact; 3/24/2014; House Sent to Governor HB 0772; Morris, Greg; Public assistance; drug testing for applicants for food stamps; require; 3/27/2014; House Sent to Governor

HB 870: Tanner, Kevin; Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund; imposition of additional fine for reckless driving; provide; 3/26/2014; House Sent to Governor

HB 899: Cooper, Sharon; Unlicensed personal care homes; criminal penalties for owning or operating; provide; 3/26/2014; House Sent to Governor

HB 973: Lindsey, Edward; Medicaid; changes to civil penalties for false or fraudulent claims; provisions; 3/26/2014; House Sent to Governor

HB 990: Jones, Jan; Social services; expansion of Medicaid eligibility through increase in income threshold without prior legislative approval; prohibit; 3/26/2014; House Sent to Governor

HOUSE FINAL DEAD

HB 0290: Dempsey, Katie 13th; Family Care Act - to allow employees to use sick leave for the care of immediate family members; 2/3/2014; House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute

HB 0695: Carson, John 46th; Public assistance; provide reimbursement for Medicaid providers; provisions; 1/14/2014; House Second Readers

HB 0700: Waites, Keisha; Public facilities; State Capitol and CLOB; persons with disabilities; provide increased accessibility; 2/24/2014 16:50 House Committee Favorably Reported by Substitute

HB 0707: Spencer, Jason 180th; The Georgia Health Care Freedom and ACA Noncompliance Act; enact; 3/13/2014; Senate Read Second Time

HB 0754: Waites, Keisha; Blind Persons' Braille Literacy Rights and Education Act; enact; 1/17/2014; House Second Readers

HB 0760: Welch, Andrew; General Assembly; committees have ability to subpoena department and division heads to testify and produce documents for examination; provide; 1/21/2014; House Second Readers

HB 0853: Stover, David; Mental health facilities; certificate of need; revise exemption; 1/31/2014; House Second Readers

HB 0868: Fludd, Virgil; Community Health, Board of; contract with at least two vendors to provide health insurance benefits for retiring and retired state employees; require; 1/31/2014; House Second Readers

HB 0885: Peake, Allen; Medical cannabis; continuing research into benefits to treat certain conditions; provisions; 3/20/2014; Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute

HB 0894: Peake, Allen; Continuing care providers and facilities; provide for continuing care at home; provisions; 2/5/2014; House Second Readers

HB 0910: Kelley, Trey; Community Health, Department of; authorize medical-legal partnerships; provisions; 2/25/2014; Senate Read and Referred

HB 0913: Kelley, Trey; Community Health, Board of; persons having certain conflicts of interest from serving on board; prohibit; 3/18/2014; Senate Tabled

HB 0914: Wilkerson, David; Social services; school personnel required to report child abuse shall be notified by child protective agency upon receipt of report and completion of investigation; provide; 3/20/2014; House Agrees Senate Amend or Sub As Amended

HB 0942: Gordon, J. Craig; Online Voter Registration Act of 2014; enact; 2/10/2014; House Second Readers

HB 1084: Weldon, Tom; Community Health, Department of; infraction of condition under Medicare or Medicaid not constitute negligence per se; provide; 2/26/2014; House Second Readers HR 0024; Kidd, E. Culver "Rusty" 145th; General Assembly; additional penalties or fees for parking in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities; provide ; 1/28/2013; House - House Second Readers

HR 1087: Welch, Andrew; General Assembly; dedication of revenues derived from fees or other assessments to public purpose for which such fees were imposed; provide – CA; 1/23/2014; House Second Readers

HB 0910: Kelley, Trey; Community Health, Department of; authorize medical-legal partnerships; provisions; 2/25/2014; Senate Read and Referred

HB 0913: Kelley, Trey; Community Health, Board of; persons having certain conflicts of interest from serving on board; prohibit; 3/18/2014; Senate Tabled

HB 0914: Wilkerson, David; Social services; school personnel required to report child abuse shall be notified by child protective agency upon receipt of report and completion of investigation; provide; 3/20/2014; House Agrees Senate Amend or Sub As Amended

HB 0942: Gordon, J. Craig; Online Voter Registration Act of 2014; enact; 2/10/2014; House Second Readers

HR 1087: Welch, Andrew; General Assembly; dedication of revenues derived from fees or other assessments to public purpose for which such fees were imposed; provide – CA; 1/23/2014; House Second Readers

SENATE FINAL PASSED

SB 0023: Davenport, Gail 44th; "Stacey Nicole English Act"; aid in the location of missing persons; incapacitated due to medical conditions; establish; 3/25/2014; Senate Sent to Governor

SR 0746: Unterman, Renee; State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias; express support; 3/25/2014; Senate Sent to Governor

SENATE FINAL DEAD

SB 0065: Unterman, Renee 45th; Mental Health; authorize licensed professional counselor to perform certain acts; secure certification; 3/26/2014; Senate - Senate Sent to Governor

SB 0207: Albers, John 56th; Probation of first offenders; person disqualified from employment when discharged as felony offender; add private home care providers to list; 3/20/2014; Senate Agrees House Amend or Sub

SB 0220: Hill, Judson 32nd; Public Assistance; provide for a pilot program; smart cards for Medicaid program recipients; 2/27/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

SB 0291: Unterman, Renee; Georgia Adult and Aging Services Agency; create; 3/20/2014; House Passed/Adopted By Substitute

SB 0292: Unterman, Renee; Alzheimer's Disease Registry; establish within the Department of Public Health; 3/20/2014; Senate Agrees House Amend or Sub As Amended

SB 0298: Murphy, Jack; License Plates; submission of a doctor's prescription; application for a special parking decal for persons with disabilities in lieu of an affidavit; notary public not available; 3/20/2014 ; Senate Agrees House Amend or Sub

SB 0329: Wilkinson, John; "Work Based Learning Act"; 2/17/2014; House Second Readers

SB 0349: Bethel, Charlie; Behavioral Health and Developmental, Dept. of; changes to the powers and duties; 3/10/2014; House Passed/Adopted

SB 0397: Golden, Tim; Autism; provide for certain insurance coverage of autism spectrum disorders; definitions; limitations; premium cap; 3/3/2014 ; House Second Readers

SB 0409: Jackson, Lester; "Blind Persons' Braille Literacy Rights and Education Act"; enact; blind or visually impaired child; determine need for Braille instruction; 2/26/2014; Senate Read Second Time

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