Public Health Bills in the GA Legislature


Every week during the legislative season, our legislative liaison Scott Maxwell provides an update on bills related to public health. That’s no small task – here are the bills we’re currently following:

  • HB 17, Smoking inside vehicle when person under 13 is present; provide for offense (Rep. Sandra Scott-D)
  • HB 160, Bariatric Pilot Program (Rep. Katie Dempsey-R)
  • HB 214, Relating to vaccine protocol agreements (Rep. Ron Stephens-R)
  • HB 264, Persons promoting or opposing any matter regarding the EMSC Program are subject to transparency and lobbyist disclosure laws (Rep. Bill Werkheiser-R)
  • HB 328, Regulation and permittance of body artists and body art studios (Rep. Karen Mathiak-R)
  • HB 369, Development of an educational fact sheet that provides information concerning the use and misuse of opioid drugs for youth athletes prescribed an opioid for a sport-related injury (Rep. David Wilkerson-D)
  • HB 416, Create the State Vaccine Consumer Protection Office (Rep. Rick Williams-R)
  • HB 442, Grant program to encourage certain physicians to practice in underserved areas of the state (Rep. Kim Schofield-D)
  • HB 477, Public swimming pools; exempt pools located in condominium complexes (Rep. Ron Stephens-R)
  • HB 521, Temporary licenses for dentists licensed in other states to provide dental care to indigent populations in this state (Rep. Houston Gaines-R)
  • HB 615, Allow minors to receive vaccinations without parental consent (Rep. Teri Anulewicz-D)
  • HB 717, The practice of midwifery (Rep. Karen Mathiak-R)
  • HB 731, Tobacco excise tax increase (Rep. Ron Stephens-R)
  • HB 767, Commission on Veteran Suicide Prevention (Rep. Sandra Scott-D)
  • HB 809, Crimes and offenses; sale of tobacco products and tobacco related objects to persons under 21 years of age; prohibit (Rep. Angelika Kausche-D)
  • HB 864, Excise tax; sale of vapor devices and consumable vapor products; provide (Rep. Bonnie Rich-R)
  • HB 881, Domestic Relations; provisions relating to safe place for newborns; revise (Rep. Sharon Cooper-R)
  • HB 882, Sales and use tax; exemption for the sale of food and food ingredients to qualified food banks; eliminate sunset period (Rep. Penny Houston-R)
  • HB 909, Crimes and offenses; sale of distribution of cigarettes, tobacco, tobacco related objects, vapor products, and marijuana flavored products; increase age (Rep. Sharon Cooper-R)
  • HB 1054, Health; newborn screening for various disorders; revise provisions (Rep. Sharon Cooper-R)
  • HB 1090, Labor and industrial relations; provisions regarding employer’s obligation to provide break time for an employee to express breast milk; revise (Rep. Deborah Silcox-R)
  • HB 114, Medicaid coverage for postpartum care and lactation care (Rep. Sharon Cooper-R)
  • HR 1248, House Study Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality Among African Americans; create (Rep. Jasmine Clark-D)
  • HR 1280, Joint Study Committee on Childhood Lead Exposure; create (Rep. Katie Dempsey-R)
  • HR 1302, Joint Study Committee on Chronic Weight Management and Type 2 Diabetes; create (Rep. Katie Dempsey-R)
  • SB 199, Testing of drinking water in child care learning centers and schools for lead contamination (Sen. Nikema Williams-D)
  • SB 226, Use of safety belts in passenger vehicles (Sen. Randy Robertson-R)
  • SB 298, Smoking and Vaping Restrictions (Sen. Renee Unterman-R)
  • SB 307, “The Living Hope Home Act”; related to supportive housing for pregnant women age 18 or older; enact (Sen. Renee Unterman-R)
  • SB 321, Physician Assistants; relating to the number a physician can authorize and supervise at any one time; provisions; revise (Sen. Chuck Hufstetler-R)
  • SB 324, Medicaid; coverage for pregnant women for a period of not less than 12 months; provide (Sen. Jennifer Jordan-D)
  • SB 327, Labor and Industrial Relations; employers to provide reasonable break time to employee to express breast milk for nursing child; require (Sen. Zahra Karinshak-D)
  • SB 345, Standards, Labeling, and Adulteration of Food; nonprofit organizations to prepare in accordance with Department of Public Health requirements; provide (Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick-R)
  • SB 372, Public Health; provisions; modernize, clarify, and update; certain councils and committees; eliminate (Sen. Blake Tillery-R)
  • SB 375, Cigarettes and Tobacco Related Products; additional penalties regarding any person under 21 years of age; provide; definition of vapor products; revise (Sen. Jeff Mullis-R)
  • SB 454, Food Service Establishments; mobile food service units that provide food for pickup and delivery via a smartphone or web-based application; provide (Rep. Brandon Beach-R)
  • SB 484, Health; Solemn Covenant of the States to Award Prizes for Curing Diseases; adopt (Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick-R)

Get more details in our weekly legislative report – click the button below for information about the week ending March 6, 2020.

Legislative Report for March 6, 2020