Archives: Bills

“Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact”; enter into compact; licensing provisions; revise

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 44 of Title 43 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to speech-language pathologists and audiologists, so as to revise licensing provisions; to enter into an interstate compact known as the “Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact”; to authorize the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology to administer the compact in this state; to provide for definitions; to provide for conditions; to provide for eligibility; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

‘Georgia Right to Shop Act’; greater transparency of prices for nonemergency healthcare services; provide

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 24 of Title 33 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to insurance generally, so as to provide for greater transparency of prices for nonemergency health care services; to provide for a short title; to provide for definitions; to provide for the disclosure of certain pricing information through insurer websites to allow consumers to compare prices; to provide that insurers may use third parties to comply with such requirements; to provide for certain notice requirements; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

‘Balance Billing Consumer Protection Act’; certain consumer protections against balance billing; provide; enact

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 33 of the O.C.G.A., relating to insurance, so as to provide for certain consumer protections against balance billing; to amend Chapter 1 of Title 10 of the O.C.G.A., relating to selling and other trade practices, so as to provide the Attorney General with new enforcement authority against providers; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.


Crimes and Offenses and Education; protections for and education to minors regarding smoking and vaping; provide

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Titles 16 and 20 of the O.C.G.A., relating to crimes and offenses and education, respectively, so as to provide protections for and education to minors regarding smoking and vaping; to revise and provide certain definitions regarding the sale or distribution to, or possession by, minors of cigarettes, tobacco, tobacco related objects, and vapor products to include vapor products that do not contain nicotine; to prohibit such sales or distribution to individuals under the age of 21; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Mental health; authorization of peace officers to take a person to a physician or emergency receiving facility for emergency examination under certain circumstances; provide

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 3 of Title 37 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to examination and treatment for mental illness, so as to provide for authorization of peace officers to take a person to a physician or emergency receiving facility for emergency examination under certain circumstances; to provide for immunity; to provide for reports; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Excise tax; certain tobacco products; increase

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 48-11-2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the excise tax on tobacco products, so as to increase the amount of such tax with respect to certain tobacco products; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Social services; two or more dental service organization administrators for dental services for Medicaid recipients and PeachCare for Kids participants; provide

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 7 of Chapter 4 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to medical assistance generally, so as to provide for two or more dental service organization administrators for dental services for Medicaid recipients and PeachCare for Kids participants; to require the Department of Community Health to competitively bid out and contract with such dental service organization administrators; to provide for requirements for the dental service organization administrators; to provide for applicability; to provide for an amendment to the state plan if necessary; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Crimes and offenses; modernization of HIV related laws; provide

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 16 of the O.C.G.A., relating to crimes and offenses, so as to provide for the modernization of HIV related laws to align with science to ensure that laws and policies support current understanding of best public health practices for preventing and treating HIV, scientific evidence about routes of transmission, and the public health goals of promoting HIV prevention and treatment; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Georgia Licensed Midwife Act; enact

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 31 of the O.C.G.A., relating to health, so as to repeal in its entirety Chapter 26, relating to the practice of midwifery; to amend Title 43 of the O.C.G.A., relating to professions and businesses, so as to provide for the licensure and regulation of midwives; to provide for definitions; to provide for the creation of the Advisory Board for Licensed Midwives; to provide for its membership and duties; to provide for licensure requirements; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.


Highways, bridges, and ferries; funding sources and a consolidated state entity for the planning and implementation of mobility and transit services; provisions

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Titles 32, 36, 45, 48, and 50 of the O.C.G.A., relating to highways, bridges, and ferries; local government; to repeal and reserve Chapter 32 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority; to amend Title 40 of the O.C.G.A., relating to motor vehicles and traffic, so as to correct a cross-reference; to amend Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 32 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the State Road and Tollway Authority, so as to redesignate Code sections relative to such authority to a new chapter and make conforming changes to reflect such transfer; to amend the O.C.G.A., so as to make conforming and cross-reference changes relating to such redesignation and transfer; to reserve Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 32 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the State Road and Tollway Authority; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.