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Legislative Days 39 and 40 (of 40)

Legislative Days 39 and 40 (of 40) Just over a week ago, the Georgia General Assembly adjourned Sine Die, marking the end of the legislative session.  This year also marks the end of legislators’ two-year term of office.  As expected, there was a flurry of activity on those two days, with bills passing like ping … Read more

Legislative Days 33-35 (of 40)

Legislative Days 33-35 (of 40) Legislators honor former Speaker David Ralston APRN/ PA bill advances COVID liability sign bill passes in final form Visitation bill passes committee by substitute Last week legislators worked in session Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  This week. legislators have the same schedule, we are in session again Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with … Read more

PA LOBBYIST REQUEST

PA LOBBYIST REQUEST As you know HB557 has passed out of the house and senate and is off the to the Governor to sign. To ensure this bill is signed we need your help. We need letters of support, ideally from PAs, PA schools, and especially Doctors. The letters would, ideally, talk about the need … Read more

Legislative Days 26-28 (of 40)

Legislative Days 26-28 (of 40) Legislative Report Crossover Elections PA ratio bill advances Bill related to death certificates passes Appropriations Last week, legislators worked in session Monday, Tuesday, and late into the night on Thursday.  The week, because of crossover day,  was marked with the usual flurry of activity getting bills advanced from one chamber to … Read more

Legislative Days 23-25 (of 40)

Legislative Days 23-25 (of 40) PA ratio bill advances This week, legislators worked in session Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  While Monday, Presidents’ Day, is typically a holiday, the House held a number of hearings.  Next week, legislators will be in session Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, days 26-28.  Thursday is ‘crossover day’ the final day for … Read more

Legislative Days 19-22 (of 40)

Legislative Days 19-22 (of 40) New Rules Chairman Former Representative,  Tim Bearden wins open Senate Seat Legislative Elections Last week legislators worked in session Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  This week, they will be in session Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for legislative days 23 -25.  Crossover day, the last day for all bills to pass out … Read more

HB 557 Passes

GAPA priority legislative PASSES! HB 557, a culmination of four years of immediate work and many more before, passed in final form.  The bill allows PAs and APRNs to prescribe a 5-day supply of hydrocodone and oxycodone and related compounds to adult patients in an emergency.  The bill also simplifies some of the procedures of … Read more

Legislative Report Days 15-18 (of 40)

Legislative Report Days 15-18 (of 40) GAPA priority legislative PASSES! Legislation regarding PA:MD ratio introduced Midyear Budget Passes House Tax Reform Bills Tort: Direct Action advances This week, legislators worked in session Tuesday through Friday, legislative days 15-18.  Next week, they will be in session on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. GAPA Legislative Priorities HB 557, … Read more

Legislative Report Days 11-14 (of 40)

GAPA Legislative Report Days 11-14 Mourning the passing of Chairman Richard Smith (R-Columbus) Governor signs bill defining antisemitism Senate Republican Caucus unveils legislative priorities Resolution commending Morehouse PA program Healthcare wellness legislation passes in final form Prior Approval/ Gold Carding legislation advances This week, legislators worked in session Monday through Thursday, days 11-14 (of 40).  The schedule going … Read more

Legislative Report Days 6-10 (of 40)

Legislative Report Days 6-10 (of 40) Income tax reduction legislation introduced Legislation defining antisemitism passes in final form APRN/ PA scope of practice We’ve completed the first quarter of the legislative session, but that is arguably the easiest.  While committee work and floor action has definitely picked up, over the next few weeks, we will … Read more