Last week’s political highlight was a Thursday evening town hall meeting aired statewide on TV stations and the PBS radio network. Governor Brian Kemp was joined by Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, Insurance Commissioner John King and GEMA Director Homer Bryson, each of whom held forth at a different media outlet or venue.
Although the current legislative session has been suspended due to concerns about COVID-19, there is still plenty of news to report from the state capitol. From the public health state of emergency, to the FY 20 amended budget, get the latest in our legislative report.
Reacting to the growing coronavirus crisis, the Georgia General Assembly went into “suspension” for an undetermined amount of time after meeting very briefly Friday morning. The House and Senate completed crossover day on Thursday, passing dozens of bills that just beat the deadline to clear at least one house or be dead for the session. Many others did not pass.
The Georgia House and Senate have just announced they will be “in suspension” beginning Monday. Legislators have been told not to come to the Capitol Friday, but to go home. Staff are to work from home. The end of the suspension will be determined as the coronavirus crisis abates.
The GPHA Nutrition Section was privileged to receive a photo and recognition from Governor Brian Kemp on Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, Wednesday March 11th.
Your input is requested as leaders of the “Futures Initiative” propose changes to the 10 Essential Public Health Services. Comments will be accepted through April 2, 2020.
Every week during the legislative season, our legislative liaison Scott Maxwell provides an update on bills related to public health. Find out what happened during the week ending March 6, 2020.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has assembled a statewide task force to manage the response to the coronavirus threat. The task force brings together subject-matter experts from the private and public sectors to advise on preventive measures, strategic deployment of resources, and more.
The Senate Labor and Insurance Committee approved SB 327 that modifies the requirement for businesses to provide break time and a private location for an employee who needs to express milk for her nursing child. The changes appeared to have support from both the business community and advocates for nursing mothers.
In recognition of the public health contributions of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists throughout our state, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has proclaimed March 11, 2020 “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day” in Georgia.