The 2023 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly has ended.
Throughout the legislative session, our liaison Scott Maxwell provided a weekly report on bills and any other legislative activity related to public health. Reports are posted below.
Review the weekly updates from the 2023 legislative session below:
- Report #1: Week ending Jan. 13
- Report #2: Week ending Jan. 20
- Report #3: Week ending Jan. 27
- Report #4: Week ending Feb. 3
- Report #5: Week ending Feb. 10
- Report #6: Week ending Feb. 17
- Report #7: Week ending Feb. 24
- Report #8: Week ending Mar. 3
- Report #9: Week ending Mar. 10
- Report #10: Week ending Mar. 17
- Report #11: Week ending Mar. 24
- Report #12: Adjournment Sine Die, March 29
Looking for a recap of previous legislative sessions? Click here to view an archive of legislative reports for 2018 – 2022.
2023 Policy Positions
GPHA supports programs and funding to protect and promote the public’s health throughout the state, including:
- Maintaining sufficient funding of county health departments through the Grants-to-Counties formula.
- Salary enhancements to promote recruitment, retention, and succession efforts for public health staff.
- Financial incentives for primary care professionals to practice in Georgia, especially in rural areas.
- Opposition to legislation that weakens food safety laws and DPH rules for restaurants and mobile food vehicles.
- Support of telehealth, telemedicine, and teledentistry initiatives that improve public health.
- Support of adding a significant excise tax to the sale of tobacco products.
- Support of legislation to revise the Smoke Free Air Act to include vaping.
- Legislation updating the definition of sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Georgia law.