Bleary-eyed legislators left the State Capitol around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, having passed almost 40 bills out of the House of Representatives. Monday was Crossover Day, the last day a bill could be passed from the House or Senate and move to the other chamber for consideration. With last Friday marking Day 31 of the legislative session, we’re more than 75% of our way through our annual law-making process. Both chambers of the Georgia legislature now race to hear bills in committee and get them to the floors for a vote before Sine Die, the last day of session, on March 31.
My Voting Record
HB 479, the bill that overhauls our state’s citizen’s arrest law, passed unanimously in the House on Crossover Day. Georgia is the first state in the nation to remove this Civil War-era law from its books.
HB 272 raises the age for charging most adults with crimes from 17 to 18. This bill passed the House with my yes vote.
HB 255 creates a tracking system of rape kits from initial collection to receipt, storage and analysis. This bill passed the House with my yes vote, and I commend my colleague Rep. Scott Holcomb on his work in empowering victims by allowing them to track the evidence of their cases.
Bills to Watch
HB 732 provides a homestead exemption from City of Atlanta Independent School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $15,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that school district. I am a proud co-sponsor of this local legislation.
SB 241 passed the Senate on Crossover Day. This bill rolls back no-excuse absentee voting and requires more voter identification. Four GOP Senators opted not to vote on this bill, and Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan refused to preside over the passage of the measure. This bill will now be heard in the House Special Committee on Election Integrity.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Currently the following groups are eligible for the COVID vaccine in Georgia:
- Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.)
- Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
- Adults aged 65+ and their caregivers
- Law enforcement, firefighters, first responders
- Educators and staff (Pre-K, K-12, DECAL licensed or exempt childcare programs)
- Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers
- Parents of children with complex medical conditions who are at high risk for COVID complications
Beginning March 15, 2021, the following populations will be eligible for COVID vaccination in Georgia:
- Adults aged 55 and over
- Individuals with disabilities
- Individuals aged 16 years and older with certain medical conditions that increase their risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 16 and older. Conditions include:
- Cerebrovascular Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Heart Conditions
- Immunocompromised State
- Liver Disease
- Neurologic Conditions
- Overweight and Obesity
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Sickle Cell Disease
You can pre-register for the Georgia mass vaccination sites here:
You can pre-register for Georgia Department of Health vaccinations here:
This website tracks open appointments at pharmacies:
Pharmacies with vaccine appointments are linked from here:
Please remember that two thirds of Georgians will qualify for vaccination as of this Monday, and it is still difficult to book slots in the metro Atlanta area. You may have better luck looking outside of Atlanta. It’s also worth checking often, as pharmacies open up their appointments at different times.
Join me this Sunday, March 14th at 4 pm for another Listening Session! This week, I will be joined by Southern Center for Human Rights Executive Director Sara Totonchi. SCHR works for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system in the Deep South.
The next sessions are scheduled for March 21st and March 28th.
Registering once will automatically register you for every Zoom, but feel free to only attend the ones you want!
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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When this is all over, 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