The Georgia legislative session has advanced beyond “Crossover Day,” the deadline by which a bill must have passed at least one chamber and moved to the other chamber, or be stranded until next year.
Our legislative liaison Scott Maxwell of Mathews & Maxwell has an update on the status of bills involving public health as well as other issues, including HB 83. This bill, introduced by Demetrius Douglas (Stockbridge-D), mandates at least 30 minutes of supervised, but unstructured recess daily for schoolchildren in grades K-5. Douglas played football for the University of Georgia before a brief stint in the NFL, and says recess is an important tool in fighting obesity in children. The bill passed the House by an overwhelming margin.