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November 2014 General Election

Constitutional Amendment B regarding the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission

WHAT IS IT? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

The General Assembly and the Governor approved House Bill 870/HR1183 to ask the voters of the State of Georgia if they would approve a penalty to be added upon conviction of Reckless Driving. This added fine would provide additional funds for the care and rehabilitation of Georgians who have sustained a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury through the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission.

The Constitutional Amendment is important as the number of reported traumatic brain and spinal injuries and the costs of rehabilitation have risen sharply.

The resources provided to Georgians with traumatic brain and spinal injuries are funded solely from DUI convictions that are statutorily assigned to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission. The Commission does not receive any tax revenue to support those in urgent need. DUI convictions in Georgia have fallen dramatically in recent years. Convictions of DUI were over 41,518 in fiscal year 2008 and fell to 29,634 in fiscal year 2013. This has meant that 25% percent of the annual funding for those seriously injured has been lost. This lost funding has necessitated the institution of a waiting list for Georgians applying for urgently needed grants for resources. Lifetime cost of care for severe traumatic injuries can easily exceed one million dollars.

If you plan to vote in the upcoming election in November you will be asked to vote Yes or No on the following:

“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow additional reckless driving penalties or fees to be added to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund to pay for care and rehabilitative services for Georgia citizens who have survived neurotrauma with head or spinal cord injuries?”

Over 75,000 Georgians (2012) are either treated in the emergency department or hospitalized for a traumatic brain injury each year. Traumatic brain injury is not a one-time event. It is disease causative and accelerative. It is one of the most common predictors of educational, social and vocational failure in the United States.

For more information about the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund please see our Commission-At-A-Glance Fact Sheet here (www.ciclt.net/ul/bsitf/BSITFCAtAGlance_10-1-2014.docx ).

Our annual reports can also be found here: (http://www.ciclt.net/sn/clt/bsitf/default.aspx?ClientCode=bsitf ) and contain additional information regarding the Commission and our mission of assisting our fellow Georgians with life-long catastrophic injuries.

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The Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission enhances the lives of Georgians with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Guided by the aspirations of people with traumatic injuries, the Commission supports lives of meaning, independence and inclusion. As the state's Lead Agency on Traumatic Injuries, we:
  • administer the Central Registry to identify those who are injured,
  • distribute resources through the Trust Fund, and
  • advocate for improvements in statewide services.

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