Legislative Update 2-29-16

Legislative Update 2-29-16

Friends,

With only 11 days remaining in the 2016 Legislative Session, we are working diligently to pass legislation that enhances outcomes for students, empowers job creators, and encourages economic growth.

Crossover Day on Monday, February 29, 2016

Today is the last chance for legislation to pass from the House to the Senate; remaining legislation will be required to renter the process next legislative year. There are many pieces of legislation yet to be on the House floor so we will be working very long hours on Monday.  We want to be sure that we give key House bills the passage they deserve to receive consideration this session.

Licensed Professional Counselor/Psychologist Bill  

I am proud to support and co-sponsor HB 498, which passed the House and will now go to the Senate to be heard in committee and, hopefully, on the Senate floor.  This bill adds diagnose to the scope of practice of the licensed professional counselor and defined psychological testing as testing to be done by psychologists.

Grayson High School Girls Soccer Team

The State House was honored to host the Grayson High School Girls Soccer team last week at the Capitol.  I am so proud of this team for not only winning the 6A State Championship but for their commitment to excellence in the classroom and community.  It is an honor to serve them and all of our student athletes in District 105!

Welcome Coach Kirby Smart!

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Last Tuesday, we welcomed the University of Georgia’s new head football coach Kirby Smart to the State House. Best of luck to Coach Smart this year and Go Dawgs!

Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

The ABLE act eases the financial strains on individuals with disabilities by allowing them to save private funds in tax-exempt accounts and not become ineligible for Medicaid.  Eligible individuals may have a tax-free savings account that can cover medical care, education, community-based supports, housing, employment training, and transportation.

The Honorable Jimmy Carter Cancer Treatment Act

HB 965 was probably the most meaningful life-saving measure passed in the House last week.  This bill provides patients who have been diagnosed with stage four metastatic cancer increased access to treatment.  With HB 965, if a doctor recommends an advanced cancer treatment drug for a patient with stage four advanced, metastatic cancer, the patient would not be required to have taken and failed previous cancer drugs.  This legislation would ensure that all Georgians with insurance covering cancer  have access to the best available treatment and drugs as did President Carter to combat the advanced spread of this aggressive disease.

As we approach the final days of session, please do not hesitate to call (404.656.0254), e-mail (Joyce.chandler@House.Ga.Gov) or engage on Facebook with your feedback.  It is an honor to represent you in the General Assembly and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Joyce Chandler
District 105
Georgia General Assembly

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