Legislation Assigned to the House Health and Human Services Committee (15)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0178 WatchCreation of "Assisted Outpatient Treatment" Pilot Programs Don Hogan
2/11/2019 House Second Readers Health and Human Services --
2019/02/08 Report Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
This legislation creates pilot program for "Assisted Outpatient Treatment" for persons who have been court ordered to treatment as a result of Involuntary Commitment by the probate court.  The bill provides for procedures, standards, and criteria for the program as well as a framework for services to be delivered in every county.  The bill also creates an Assisted Outpatient Program Advisory Council to oversee and make recommendations to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
HB 0264 OpposeEMSC Transparency Bill William Werkheiser
6/25/2020 House - House Conference Committee Appointed #2 116th, 157th, 16th Health and Human Services Ethics -
2019/02/22 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/22 Report 2019/03/29 Report
Debra Nesbit EMS/Ambulance Health and Human Services Public Safety and Courts
This legislation sets forth requirements for lobbying disclosures when promoting or opposing any matter before one or more local coordinating entities.  The bill also requires that all meetings be conducted in accordance with the open meetings statute and requires that each member of the local coordinating entity to comply with conflict of interest policies.  The legislation also prohibits any employee, operator, contractor, or owner of an ambulance provider currently providing service for a territorial zone or of an ambulance provider that has submitted a proposal for a new ambulance service in such territorial zone from serving on any committee, subcommittee, or ad hoc committee that is involved in the seletion of ambulance provider for the zone or from voting on any proposals from ambulance providers for new service within the zone.  The bill also sets forth procedures for appealing decisions and provides the final decision under the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act. Finally the legislation requires the Department of Public Health to make recommendations to each local coordinating entity on benchmarks for accountability standards for each territorial zone.  On and after October 1, 2020 each ambulance provider shall submit quarterly reports outlining the number of 911 calls received; the number of 911 call answered; the response times; and a copy of quarterly reports submitted to the local entity.
HB 0345 NeutralProhibition of Shackling Female Inmates in Labor or Postpartum Sharon Cooper
10/1/2019 Effective Date Health and Human Services Health and Human Services -
2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/29 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation prohibits the shackling of female inmates who are in labor, or in the immediate postpartum period unless they are a threat to themselves or others.  If the inmate is a threat to themselves or others they can only be handcuffed at the wrist in the front of their body, not behind the back.
HB 0475 OpposeMandated Doula Services In Local Jails David Dreyer
2/27/2019 House Second Readers Health and Human Services --
Correctional Institutions/Jail Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that all local jails provide doula services (perinatal emotional and physical support during labor and delivery and intermittently during the prenatal period or postpartum) to all inmates during the period of 22nd week of gestation and ending one week after childbirth.  These comprehensive services would be required at the expense of the local taxpayers.
HB 0514 SupportCreation of the Georgia Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission Kevin Tanner
7/1/2019 Effective Date Health and Human Services Health and Human Services -
2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/22 Report Debra Nesbit
Health and Human Services
House Bill 514 creates the Georgia Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission. The purpose of this commission is to conduct a comprehensive review of the behavioral health system in Georgia. The commission will review the behavioral health services and facilities available in Georgia, the identification of behavioral health issues in children, adolescents, and adults, as well as the role the education system has in the identification and treatment of behavioral health issues. Additionally, the commission will review the impact behavioral health issues have on the criminal justice system, the state's homeless population, delivery of care, access to care, the role of payers in such access, and the impact untreated behavioral illness has on children transitioning into adulthood. The commission will conclude on June 30, 2023.  
HB 0518 OpposeAutomatic Qualification for EMS Zone Within Boundaries of Existing Zones Michael Wilensky
3/1/2019 House Second Readers Health and Human Services --
2019/03/01 Report Debra Nesbit EMS/Ambulance Health and Human Services Public Safety and Courts
This legislation provides automatic approval for an EMS zone within the boundaries of an existing zone for municipalities that would qualify for seven or more ground ambulances.  
HB 0881 NeutralAddition of Ambulance Services to Locations Required to Become a Safe Place for Newborns Sharon Cooper
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Health and Human Services Assignments -
2020/02/07 2020/03/13 Report Debra Nesbit EMS/Ambulance Fire Services
Health and Human Services Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that ambulance services become one the mandated locations for a Safe Place for Newborns.  All ambulances will be required to place a sign on their vehicles indicating that they are a Safe Place for Newborns.
HB 1007 NeutralHigh Risk Youth Sports Coaches Must Get Safety Training Demetrius Douglas
2/26/2020 House Second Readers Health and Human Services --
2020/02/28 Report General County Government Government Immunity Health and Human Services Todd Edwards
This bill requires any organizations that "administer or conduct" high risk youth athletic activities, for kids age 14 and under, on county property to require all unpaid or volunteer coaches and athletics personnel to complete an online or residence course that provides information on measures to reduce the likelihood that youth athletes will sustain serious injuries.  High risk activities include the sports of football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, ice or field hockey, cheer leading, rugby, wrestling and lacrosse.        
HB 1090 NeutralGovernments Must Provide Time and Location for Expressing Breast Milk - Worker's Compensation Benefit Changes Deborah Silcox
8/5/2020 Effective Date Health and Human Services Insurance and Labor -
General County Government Personnel/Employment Todd Edwards
This bill requires all Georgia's state and local governments to provide paid break time of a reasonable duration to an employee who desires to express breast milk during work hours.  Each government must provide a room or other location, other than a restroom, in close proximity to the employee's work area where the employee can express breast milk in privacy.  The legislation also authorizes the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor to revise "deductible earnings" (which will change how worker's compensation benefits are calculated); develop rules for revising benefits and their distribution during an emergency; and changes how benefits are calculated.                  
HB 1103 SupportRequires Department of Human Resource Notify Locals when a Personal Care Home or Child Caring Agency is Licensed to Operate Calvin Smyre
3/9/2020 House Second Readers Health and Human Services --
2020/03/06 Report Debra Nesbit Fire Services General County Government Health and Human Services
Land Use/Zoning Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that the Commissioner of DHS notify the local law enforcement agency, fire department, licensing department, planning and zoning department of the county or municipality, as applicable in which such personal care home, child caring institution, or foster care home. 
HR 1280 NeutralJoint Study Committee on Childhood Lead Exposure Katie Dempsey
3/5/2020 House Committee Favorably Reported Health and Human Services --
Health and Human Services Kathleen Bowen Public Safety and Courts Utilities Water Quality
This resolution creates the Joint Study Committee on Childhood Lead Exposure who will be tasked with studying the full effect of lead exposure in children and recommending how Georgia can effectively prevent adverse outcomes.
SB 0115 SupportAllow Out of State Physicians to Engage in the Practice of Telemedicine in Georgia Renee Unterman
7/1/2019 Effective Date Health and Human Services Science and Technology -
Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
Senate Bill 115 amends the 'Medical Practice Act of the State of Georgia' by authorizing the Georgia Composite Medical Board to issue telemedicine licenses to physicians who are licensed in other states but not licensed in Georgia for the specific practice of telemedicine
SB 0345 NeutralDepartment of Public Health Requirements for Permitting Festivals and Short Term Events Kay Kirkpatrick
8/5/2020 Effective Date Health and Human Services Health and Human Services -
2020/02/07 2020/02/21 Report 2020/03/06 Report Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
This legislation sets forth new requirements for permitting of food service at short term events and festivals.  Specifically local governments can no longer direct the Department of Public Health to handle permitting.  Local Governments will be responsible for permitting those events.
SB 0372 NeutralModernize Public Health Statutes Blake Tillery
7/1/2020 Effective Date Health and Human Services Health and Human Services -
2020/03/06 Report Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
This legislation modernizes the statutes regarding public health and updates certain sections.  The bill also eliminates certain council and committees that are no longer needed.
SR 0194 EvaluatingJoint Study Committee on Transferring Oversight of Developmental Disabilities to the Department of Community Health; create Gregory Kirk
3/13/2020 House Second Readers Health and Human Services Rules -
Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
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