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Feb 14, 2014

Georgia General Assembly Week in Review: Feb.10th- Feb. 14th

 

Along with the rest of Atlanta, the Capitol was at a complete standstill for the majority of the week. The two short days of session were eventful for House and Senate members, with Monday kicking off the week with both the House and Senate honoring U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss for 20 years of service. The General Assembly also passed an Adjournment Resolution outlining the timeline for the remainder of the session. Currently, Crossover day (the day in which a bill must pass one Chamber) is set for March 3rd, and SINE DIE (the final day of the legislative session) is set for March 20th.
 
Other Georgia news:  
 
 
Georgia is 281 years old
 
James Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia 281 years ago on February 12th. Many believe Georgia’s history to be tied around the notion that it was a place to send former prisoners and criminals, however, Oglethorpe’s main concern at the time was the reform the prisons in England and set precedence in the new colony. Today, 281 years later, Georgia has about 10 million people living within its borders and is still working diligently to reform the correctional processes in Georgia to ensure correctional facilities are doing the best they can to benefit Georgians.
 
 
 
 
Tax break to physicians who train others
 
A new bill is being debated that would give Practicing physicians who train at least three doctors, physician’s assistants or nurse practitioners a state income-tax deduction. The argument for this bill is that this deduction would motivate practicing physicians to share their experience with young colleagues who may still need the hands-on training.
 
 
 
 
Medicaid expansion
 
Legislation was introduced into the House of Representatives this week by that would prohibit Medicaid eligibility in Georgia from being expanded without the approval of the legislature. The bill argues that the legislators should have the ultimate decision on the issue since it is the their responsibility to adopt a balanced state budget.