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Georgia Legislative Updates

Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates works to pass laws that advance access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information including comprehensive sex education. From town halls to the State Capitol, Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates ensures that everyone can access quality, affordable reproductive health care.

Bills to Watch for During Georgia's 2020 Legislative Session

Bill # Description Link
HB 577 A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 34 of the O.C.G.A., relating to labor and industrial relations, so as to enact the "Working for Two Act"; to require certain accommodations in the workplace for pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions. View Details
HB 693 A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to social services, so as to require the Department of Community Health to allow mothers giving birth to newborns to retain Medicaid eligibility for one year following such birth. View Details
HB 717 A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 31 of the O.C.G.A., relating to health, so as to repeal in its entirety Chapter 26, relating to the practice of midwifery; to amend Title 43 of the O.C.G.A., relating to professions and businesses, so as to provide for the licensure and regulation of midwives. View Details
HB 719 A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 16 of the O.C.G.A., relating to crimes and offenses, so as to provide for the modernization of HIV related laws to align with science to ensure that laws and policies support current understanding of best public health practices for preventing and treating HIV. View Details
HB 731 A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 48-11-2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the excise tax on tobacco products. View Details
HB 745 A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 2A of Title 31 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the Department of Public Health, so as to enact the "Georgia Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act"; to provide for legislative findings and intent; to provide for definitions; to require perinatal facilities in this state to implement evidence based implicit bias programs for its health care professionals; to require certain components in such programs; to provide for initial and refresher training. View Details
HB 746 A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 9A of Title 31 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the "Woman's Right to Know Act," so as to authorize any female upon whom an abortion is to be performed to decide not to receive or review informational materials regarding an unborn child. View Details
HB 789 Would provide for the creation of a surprise bill rating system and require insurers include hospital surprise bill ratings online and in print. View Details
HB 800 Would allow OBGyn providers in border states (within 50 miles) to be reimbursed by Medicaid at the same rate as in-state providers. View Details
HB 801 Would limit the number of patients that may be assigned to a registered professional nurse in specified situations in hospitals. View Details
HB 809 Would prohibit the sale of tobacco products and tobacco related objects (i.e. vaping) to persons under 21 years of age. View Details
HB 813 Would establish a Medicaid expansion program to provide health care coverage to uninsured individuals and allow for submission of a federal waiver request. View Details
HB 864 Would apply an excise tax on the sale of sale of vapor devices and consumable vapor products and would require licensure for persons dealing with vapor devices. View Details
SR 263 A RESOLUTION creating the Senate Emergency Medical Services Study Committee; and for other purposes. View Details
SB 298 Would increase penalties for selling vaping products to minors, set the age of purchase for all tobacco and vaping products to 21, and restrict certain flavors and marketing imagery as it pertains to the sale of tobacco and vaping products. View Details
SB 303 Would provide for the disclosure of certain pricing information through insurer websites to allow consumers to compare prices on non-emergency healthcare services. View Details
SB 307 Would provide supportive housing for pregnant and postpartum women up to 18 months after delivery. View Details
SB 330 Would establish a Medicaid public option program to provide healthcare coverage to individuals not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, or the PeachCare for Kids Program. View Details
SB 324 Would provide Medicaid coverage for pregnant women for a period of not less than 12 months after delivery. View Details
SB 327 Would require employers to provide reasonable break time to an employee who needs to express breast milk for her nursing child. View Details
SB 334 Would provide for the licensure and regulation of certified community midwives and create a Certified Community Midwife Board. View Details
SR 435 A RESOLUTION urging the State of Georgia to increase its cigarette excise tax to offset indigent health care costs; and for other purposes. View Details
SR 520 A RESOLUTION creating the Senate Study Committee on Midwifery Practices; and for other purposes. View Details
SR 545 A RESOLUTION recognizing March 16, 2020, as Birth Safety Awareness Day at the state capitol in recognition of Kason Choice and Robin Rohe-Oji, two children in recovery from severe birth injuries, and their families; and for other purposes. View Details

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Latest News

Crossover Work

Feb. 21, 2020

Senate Bill 368: Legislation allowing faith-based adoption agencies to deny services in Georgia based on religious preferences was introduced Wednesday in the state Senate.  Senate Bill 368, is the latest push in Georgia for so-called “religious freedom” laws that permit businesses and churches to sidestep catering to same-sex couples or others who forgo traditional family arrangements.

BREAKING: Budget cuts could negatively impact state's most vulnerable

Atlanta - Feb. 6, 2020

The Governor has asked for a $200M budget cut this fiscal year and a $300M deduction for next year. 

This is one of the biggest cuts that the Georgia legislature has faced and has caused serious infighting primarily among the Republicans. Georgia’s economy is still growing, but state agencies will have to look for ways to cut their budgets, under a directive the Kemp administration sent out Tuesday.

It is the first time budget cut proposals have been requested from agencies since the state was hammered by the after-effects of the Great Recession nearly a decade ago.


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Crossover Work

Feb. 25, 2020

HB 1114: (Sharon Cooper, R- Marietta) - Expands medicaid for new moms from 60 days to six months. This will empower new moms to seek medical treatment in those crucial postpartum months. While it isn’t the full year we would have wanted this is a step to help alleviate Georgia’s higher than normal maternal mortality rate.

Crossover Work

Feb. 24, 2020

House Bill 719: Modernization of HIV Laws - (Deborah Silcox, R-Sandy Springs) Updates the current crimes and offenses statutes related to HIV transmission. Specifically decriminalizes the unintentional transmission of HIV. [Passed the House Health & Human Services Committee]

Crossover Work

Feb. 26, 2020

HB 1060: (Ginny Ehrhart, R- Marietta) - Makes providing gender reassignment therapy to minors a felony. This bill would also strip physicians, nurses and other health care professionals of their licenses if they participate in reassignment surgeries and/or classify parents who sign off on the treatments as child abusers. 

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