Week Six of the 2019 has come to a close. We have completed 21 days of the 2019 Legislative Session and during week 6 the House passed HB 158, HB 59, and HR 37. I am looking forward to seeing all that the House will accomplish in the remaining weeks of the 2019 Legislative Session! I’ve detailed for you below a short recap of the bills that passed during week six.
House Bill 158
House Bill 158 will require that persons who are on either Medicaid or the AIDS Drug Assistance Program formulary for HIV/AIDS medications will be able to stay on their regimen even if their economic status changes. An important component of this bill is the emphasis on single-tablet regimens, because all studies shows that patients are more likely to remain compliant if one pill is taken each day. Currently, each HIV/AIDS patient, if treated, costs Medicaid $338,000. If left untreated, each patient will cost the system $1.79 million.
To learn more about House Bill 158 click here.
House Bill 59
This bill allows parents or guardians on active military duty to pre-enroll their children into school when official military orders are received that require them to transfer into or within Georgia. The children will be allowed to enroll in the same manner and time as children residing within the school system, in the public school of the attendance zone in which the children will be residing, or in a public school in a school system in which the military base or off-base housing is located.
To learn more about House Bill 59 click here.
House Resolution 37
House Resolution 37 creates the Georgia Commission on Freight and Logistics for the purpose of studying and determining the best course of action for the future funding and policy development of the freight and logistics industries
To learn more about HR 37 click here.
Once again, if you are interested in learning more about all that goes on during the Legislative session then the Georgia House of Representatives website has everything you need to stay up to date and informed. From press releases to live video broadcasts of the House Floor, you can experience your state government in action up close. Click here to learn more.
I want to remind my readers that I am honored to serve on three committees in The Georgia House. These committees are:
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these committees please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
As the 2019 Session continues to move forward, I promise I will continue to work diligently to pass meaningful and helpful legislation for all citizens of Georgia. If you find yourself in Atlanta during this session, I encourage you to visit me at my Capitol office! Also, please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns regarding any current or upcoming legislation. My Capitol office is located at 401-D Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg, 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA 30334. My office phone number is 404.656.0152. I can also be reached via email at Dale.Washburn@house.ga.gov.
As always, thank you for allowing me to be your representative and God bless you and your family.