We’re halfway there!
Friday marked legislative day 21, so we are now past the halfway mark of the 40-day legislative session. Expect more bills to start coming through each day and for our time in the chamber to run longer as we head toward Crossover Day on March 12.
Gracie’s Law Passes the House
On Friday, February 28, I was among the 160 representatives to vote YES on HB 842, often referred to as Gracie’s Law. This bill prohibits discrimination against people with mental or physical disabilities seeking organ donations. The bill honors a Georgia child named Gracie with Down syndrome who would have trouble receiving an organ transplant if she needed one, as people with disabilities do not receive equal consideration.
Disabled Adults and Elder Protections Act Passes the House
I was also among the 160 representatives that supported HB 987, the Disabled Adults and Elder Protections Act. This bill protects disabled and elderly adults who live in long-term care facilities with a number of requirements for nursing homes, including staffing ratios, caretaker training, and notices of ownership changes. The bill also provides for stronger penalties for violations of facilities’ licenses, particularly those that cause harm to a resident. This bill is a crucial first step in protecting the seniors and disabled adults living in these facilities in our community.
Bills to Watch
Every year, we lose some of our best and brightest Georgia high school students because they are ineligible for in-state tuition. Once these students leave our state to find affordable education, they often don’t come back. This is why I support HB 896, the Tuition Equity Bill. Let’s keep this talent in Georgia!
WIN List 20th Anniversary Luncheon
There’s nothing quite like having lunch surrounded by strong, smart, motivated women. That’s what I got the chance to do last week during Georgia WIN List’s 20th Anniversary Luncheon. Georgia’s WIN List supports women seeking elected office, and they have been a transformative force in our state’s politics.
It was my pleasure to welcome Dr. Ammar Divan as the General Assembly’s Doctor of the Day for the second year in a row. Dr. Divan is a pain management specialist that resides in District 54 with his wife and three children. We are grateful that he gave up the day to serve us at the Capitol!
The last day to register to vote for the 2020 Presidential Primary is Monday, February 24th, 2020. The last day to request an absentee ballot is Friday, March 20, and the deadline to return the ballot is Monday, March 23. The 2020 Presidential Primary is on March 24th, and early voting is March 2nd – March 20th.
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Meet & Greet: Coffee with your representative
My next Meet & Greet is scheduled for Saturday, February 29th, 2020, at 1:30 pm at KarmaFarm, 54 Pharr Road, Atlanta 30305. Join me for coffee (or lunch or gluten free baked goods) and chat and share your feedback! What better way to use your extra day this year than to get more involved in local government?
If you haven’t already, please browse my website, betsyforgeorgia.com.
As your Representative, your concerns are important to me. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-656-0116 with questions, concerns, or solutions you may have regarding legislation or other happenings in District 54.
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I encourage you and your family to visit our State Capitol and my office, where all constituents are welcome. I look forward to connecting with you!
My office is located at:
18 Capitol Square, SW
409-B, Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.
Representative Betsy Holland
GA House District 54