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The main objective of our public policy efforts is based on promoting policies that make sense for the public we serve and allows the integration between people with developmental disabilities, the people who support them and the community as a whole. The GCDD’s resources, vision, values, goals and mission create the solid platform that continues to influence the direction of public policy at state and federal levels. This is a platform that fosters change in service provision, reflects the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, and promotes public awareness of those needs.

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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 0015: Waites, Keisha 60th; Elementary and secondary education; annual reporting of bullying incidents; require; 1/28/2012; House - House Prefiled

HB 0018: Waites, Keisha 60th; Blind Persons' Braille Literacy Rights and Education Act; enact; 2/26/2013; House - House Second Readers

HB 0051: Hatchett, Matt 150th; Hospital Medicaid Financing Program Act; enact; 1/16/2013;House - House Second Readers

HB 0067: Kidd, E. Culver "Rusty" 145th; Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund; penalty assessments for additional violations; authorize; 1/28/2013; House - House Second Readers

HB 0074: Lindsey, Edward 54th; Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Act; enact; 1/28/2013; House - House Second Readers

HB 0078: Willard, Wendell 51st; Crimes and offenses; protection of disabled adults and elder persons; change provisions; 7/1/2013 House - Effective Date

HB 0097: Brooks, Tyrone 55th; Minimum wage; substantive and comprehensive reform of provisions regarding the law; provide; 1/29/2013; House - House Second Readers

HB 0102: Shaw, Jason 176th; Special license plates; veterans of the United States armed forces; provide; 1/29/2013; House - House Second Readers

HB 0119: Marin, Pedro "Pete" 96th; Sentencing; defendants guilty of crimes involving bias or prejudice, circumstances, and parole; repeal certain provisions; 1/30/2013; House - House Second Readers

HB 0166: Bruce, Roger 61st; Parent Protection Act; enact; 2/1/2013; House - House Second Readers

HB 0205: Lindsey, Edward 54th; Psychiatric Advance Directive Act; enact; 2/7/2013; House - House Second Readers

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 0309: Harbin, Ben 122nd; Ava's Law; enact; 2/13/2013; House - House Second Readers

HB 0398: Maxwell, Howard 17th; Consumer transactions; licensed personal care homes and community living arrangements to use certain terms; authorize; 3/28/2013; House - House Withdrawn, Recommitted

HB 0546: Beverly, James 143rd; Public Health, Department of; pilot program to assess need for and effectiveness of using protocol technicians in areas which do not have access to a hospital; establish; 3/11/2013; House - House Second Readers

HB 0606: Knight, David 130th; Private home care providers; revise definition to exclude contractual arrangements with independent contractors; 3/20/2013; House - House Second Readers HB 0608; Houston, Penny 170th Community Health, Department of; criminal background check requirements for applicants for employment by certain licensed facilities; expand; 3/21/2013; House - House Second Readers

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 0049: Waites, Keisha 60th; Congress; pass legislation restoring the deep cuts to mental health services; request; 1/29/2013; House - House Second Readers

HR 1039: Waites, Keisha 60th; State Capitol and CLOB; accessibility by the blind and visually impaired; 11/25/2013; House - House Prefiled

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

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 0049: Waites, Keisha 60th; Congress; pass legislation restoring the deep cuts to mental health services; request; 1/29/2013; House - House Second Readers

HR 1039: Waites, Keisha 60th; State Capitol and CLOB; accessibility by the blind and visually impaired; 11/25/2013; House - House Prefiled

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 0034: Donzella, James; 35th; Public Order and Safety; unlawful for mentally incompetent person to possess a handgun; penalties; 1/15/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

SB 0046: Orrock, Nan 36th; Insurance; establish the Georgia Health Insurance Marketplace Authority; 1/15/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

SB 0047: Fort, Vincent 39th; Insurance; provide each individual accident/sickness policy; coverage for treatment of dependent children with cancer/autism; 1/15/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

SB 0050: Henson, Steve 41st; Election; change time periods for advance voting; 1/16/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

SB 0057: James, Donzella 35th; "Universal Kindergarten Mandate For Early Starts Act"; change ages of mandatory education; 1/17/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

SB 0063: Hill, Judson 32nd; State Government; federal health care reform legislation; legislative findings; 1/28/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

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 0079: Jackson, Lester 2nd; Education; raise the age of mandatory education from 16 to 17; 1/30/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

SB 0090: Gooch, Steve 51st; Governor's Development Council; periodic submission of certain information by state, regional, and local transportation authorities; S2/1/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

SB 0141: Beach, Brandon 21st; 'Patient Injury Act'; create an alternative medical malpractice litigation; 2/11/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

SB 0163: Ligon, Jr., William 3rd; Community Health Dept.; required to study and identify options for Medicaid reform; 3/28/2013; House - House Withdrawn, Recommitted

SB 0186: Ligon, Jr., William 3rd; Mental Health; provide for authorization of ambulance personnel to transport certain mentally ill patients; 2/21/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

SB 0191: Albers, John 56th; "Ava's Law"; provide definitions; certain insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders; 2/22/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

SB 0202; Unterman, Renee 45th; Litigation code changes; 2/25/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

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

SR 0012: Henson, Steve 41st; Governor; urge to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act; 1/15/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

SR 0020: James, Donzella 35th; Autism Spectrum Disorders; request screening; 1/16/2013; Senate - Senate Read and Referred

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