Daily report, 2017 March 21

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Daily Report for March 21, 2017

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DAILY REPORT Tuesday
March 21, 2017

Committee Day

House Budget & Research Office (404) 656-5050

House Media Services (404) 656-0305

The House will reconvene for its 37th Legislative Day on Wednesday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. The Rules committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. 5 bills / resolutions are expected to be debated on the Floor.

Committee Actions
Bills passing committees are reported to the Clerk's Office and are placed on the General Calendar.

Health & Human Services Committee
HR 464 House Study Committee on Infectious Disease Preparedness; create
Bill Summary: HR 464 creates the House Study Committee on Infectious Disease Preparedness to study the conditions, needs, issues, and problems associated with the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases, including but not limited to Zika virus, Ebola, West Nile disease, and other emerging infectious diseases, and recommend any actions or legislation which the committee deems necessary or appropriate.
The committee shall be composed of five members of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives. The speaker shall designate a member of the committee as chairperson of the committee. The chairperson shall file a report prior to the date of abolishment on December 1, 2017.

SB 4

Authored By: House Committee:

Rep. Betty Price (48th) Health & Human Services

Committee Action:

03-21-2017 Do Pass

"Enhancing Mental Health Treatment in Georgia Act"; Georgia Mental Health Treatment Task Force; establish
Bill Summary: This bill establishes the Georgia Mental Health Treatment Task Force. The task force is composed of three members of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and three members of the Senate to be appointed by the president of the Senate. Eleven members will be appointed by the governor, to include: the commissioner of the Department of Community Health or his/her designee; the commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the commissioner of the Department of Public Health, the commissioner of the Department of Human Services; the commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs; a representative from the Georgia Sheriffs' Association; two representatives from mental health advocacy groups; one member of an acute care hospital that maintains in-patient psychiatric beds; one member from a private free-standing psychiatric institution; and one representative from a state community service board.
The task force will examine the current mental health landscape in the state with particular attention to the number of residents affected by serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders and their health insurance coverage status, both public and private. The task force will evaluate whether the

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current Medicaid program provides adequate and effective mental health care services to the portion of the population suffering from, and at risk for, serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders. There will also be verification of the impact on the state's hospitals, emergency rooms, law enforcement, prisons, jails, and related institutions and services resulting from a lack of treatment of those with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Finally, a report will be submitted to the General Assembly detailing the task force's findings and recommendations, including whether to submit a Section 1115 waiver application to the Department of Health and Human Services or apply for a block grant for the provision of services related to serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Renee Unterman (45th) Health & Human Services

Committee Action:

03-21-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SB 40

Mental Health; transport certain mentally ill patients; authorization of emergency medical services personnel
Bill Summary: This bill relates to the examination, hospitalization, and treatment of involuntary patients, to provide for the authorization of emergency medical services personnel and peace officers to transport certain mentally ill patients.
Emergency medical services personnel, such as emergency medically certified technicians, cardiac technicians, paramedics, or first responders, may transport any person within the county directly to an emergency receiving facility if (1) any such services personnel have been dispatched in response to an emergency, (2) any such services personnel have probable cause for believing that the person is a mentally ill person requiring involuntary treatment, and (3) any such services personnel have consulted with the emergency receiving facility physician and it is the opinion of the physician that it is in the best interest of the person and the public that the patient be transported immediately to the facility. The services personnel shall execute a written report detailing the circumstance will be made a part of the patient's clinical record.
Emergency medical services personnel or a physician shall not be liable for any civil damages as a result of any action unless those damages are a result of a physician's negligence.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Renee Unterman (45th) Health & Human Services

Committee Action:

03-21-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SB 106

Pain Management Clinics; health care professionals who must be on-site; revise a provision
Bill Summary: This bill relates to licensure requirements for pain management clinics. The bill states that no controlled substance shall be prescribed or dispensed in a pain management clinic. Also, no controlled substance prescription can be distributed to a patient from a pain management clinic or medical treatment or services provided to a patient, unless a physician, a physician assistant authorized, or an advanced practice registered nurse authorized to prescribe controlled substances is on-site at the pain management clinic.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Greg Kirk (13th) Health & Human Services

Committee Action:

03-21-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

Judiciary Committee
SB 130 Right To An Attorney; waiver of the right to counsel; provisions; clarify Bill Summary: SB 130 amends Code sections relating to the Juvenile Code, specifically relating to appealing judgments of the juvenile court and waiver of the right to counsel.
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Currently, appeals of final judgments of the juvenile court are taken to the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court in the same manner as appeals from superior court, provided however, the judgment or order of the trial court stands unless superseded by the trial court, or reversed or modified by the reviewing court. This is amended to now allow the trial court to also modify such orders in its discretion, but adds that an appeal of an order granting a petition to terminate parental rights shall stay an adoption proceeding of the respective child involved in those proceedings.

Also, currently the Code requires that a party other than a child shall be informed of his or her right to an attorney, and the right to either obtain one of the party's own choice or have one appointed by the court. This notice must still be provided before any hearing, but now for the party to waive the right to an attorney he or she must do so knowingly, voluntarily, and on the record.

Currently, the court may accept an admission of guilt at arraignment, which is when the defendant is brought before the court to hear the charges and enter his or her plea, if a child is represented by counsel. If a child's liberty is not endangered at an arraignment the child may still waive the right to counsel at said arraignment, but now must make such waiver knowingly, voluntarily, and on the record. Where a child's liberty is in jeopardy and unrepresented by counsel, the court still cannot accept an admission of guilt.

Currently, the court may accept an admission of guilt at arraignment, which is when the defendant is brought before the court to hear the charges and enter his or her plea, if a child is represented by counsel. If a child's liberty is not endangered at an arraignment the child may still waive the right to counsel at said arraignment, but now must make such waiver knowingly, voluntarily, and on the record. Where a child's liberty is in jeopardy and unrepresented by counsel, the court still cannot accept an admission of guilt.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Blake Tillery (19th) Judiciary

Committee Action:

03-21-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

Judiciary Non-Civil Committee
HR 340 United States Congress; legislation on policies for hemp and marijuana; consider
Bill Summary: HR 340 is an urging resolution for the federal government to reschedule marijuana for the purpose of making it legal to research.

Authored By: House Committee:

Rep. Heath Clark (147th) Judiciary Non-Civil

Committee Action:

03-21-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SB 104

Kidnapping, False Imprisonment and Related Offenses; human trafficking hotline model notice in government buildings; require posting
Bill Summary: SB 104 requires government buildings to post signage with the human trafficking hotline model notice and requires government entities to have a hyperlink located on their websites to the same model notice. In addition, the bill removes the sunset provision on the posting of said model notice.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Donzella James (35th) Judiciary Non-Civil

Committee Action:

03-21-2017 Do Pass

SB 154 Assault and Battery; public safety officer while engaged in his or her official duties; provide for the offenses of aggravated assault and aggravated battery
Bill Summary: SB 154 expands the scope of individuals in schools who are within the sexual

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assault statute by including all school employees who have the lawful authority to enforce school rules or the ability to give direction to students.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Greg Kirk (13th) Judiciary Non-Civil

Committee Action:

03-21-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

Ways & Means Committee
SB 14 State Income Taxes; rural hospitals income tax credit; clarify the amount of an exemption for certain entities under the contributions
Bill Summary: Senate Bill 14 amends 31-7-94, relating to grants to hospital authorities, by including rural hospital organizations as an authorized recipient of these grants. Rural hospital organization is defined in the same manner as in 31-8-9.1, relating to tax credits for donations to certain rural hospitals.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Dean Burke (11th) Ways & Means

Committee Action:

03-21-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SB 156

Sales and Use Taxes; equalized homestead option sales and use taxes; provide certain restrictions
Bill Summary: Senate Bill 156 amends 48-8, relating to sales and use tax, by allowing for an exemption of local sales and use tax on food purchased for off-premise consumption in counties which have a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and an Equalized Homestead Option Sales Tax (EHOST). The bill also expands the allowable uses for SPLOST funds in connection with an EHOST to include transportation purposes, public safety facilities and related capital equipment, for the repair of capital outlay projects, and debt service purposes for which a municipality used proceeds from the Homestead Option Sales Tax.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Fran Millar (40th) Ways & Means

Committee Action:

03-21-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SB 180

Hospital Care for the Indigent; additional reporting requirement for rural hospitals; provide
Bill Summary: Senate Bill 180 amends 31-8-9.1, relating to tax credits for donations to rural hospitals, by requiring the report submitted by the rural hospital organization to the Department of Revenue to show all contributions received from individual and corporate donors and the manner in which those funds were utilized and also include any payments made to a third party to solicit, administer, or manage the donations. Also, the definition of 'rural county' is revised by raising the population limit from 35,000 to 50,000. The bill also amends 48-7-29.20 by increasing the amount of the tax credit from 70% of the donation to 90% of the donation or $5,000 per year for individuals, $10,000 per year for married couples, and 75 percent of a corporation's income tax liability, whichever is less. This bill also flattens the tax credit cap at $60 million for 2017, 2018, and 2019. A taxpayer preapproved to receive the income tax credit will receive the credit even if the rural hospital organization the taxpayer donated to does not file the appropriate reports with the Department of Revenue.

Section 4 of the bill adds 48-7-29.21 which replaces the preceptor tax deduction with a tax credit. The credit of $500 for the first through third preceptorship rotation and $1,000 for the fourth through tenth preceptorship rotation for physicians and $375 for the first through third preceptorship rotation and $750 for the fourth through tenth preceptorship rotation for advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants. The bill also requires that a report be issued by the commissioner to the

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Governor, the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee on August 1, 2018 and annually thereafter which describes the participation in the program.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Dean Burke (11th) Ways & Means

Committee Action:

03-21-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

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Committee Meeting Schedule
This meeting schedule is up to date at the time of this report, but meeting dates and times are subject to change. To keep up with the latest schedule, please visit www.house.ga.gov and click on Meetings Calendar.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 8:00 AM AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER AFFAIRS - 403 CAP 9:00 AM RULES - 341 CAP 10:00 AM FLOOR SESSION (LD 37) - HOUSE CHAMBER 1:00 PM GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS - 406 CLOB 1:00 PM NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT - 403 CAP 1:30 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL - 132 CAP 1:30 PM GAME, FISH AND PARKS - 403 CAP 2:00 PM SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - 606 CLOB 3:00 PM Regulations Subcommittee on Regulated Industries - 406 CLOB 3:00 PM SPECIAL RULES - 515 CLOB

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