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13th of April 2021

Thank Our 2021 Legislative Champions!

2021 Legislative Wins The 2021 legislative session ended with a number of wins for moms, babies, and families across the state of Georgia. Below is a summary of the victories we saw this year. –HB 146 -Provides three weeks of paid parental leave for teachers and eligible state employees following the birth, adoption or foster placement of […]


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6th of April 2021

2021 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

The 2021 Legislative Session Comes to A Close On Wednesday, March 31 the Georgia General Assembly ended the 2021 legislative session. The legislature is expected to reconvene in November 2021 to redistrict based on 2020 Census data. Below is a summary of what happened this year.  Paid Parental Leave Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk HB […]


31st of March 2021

Keeping Current @ the Capitol – Sine Die Edition

Today is Sine Die! Today, March 31, is Sine Die, the final day of the 2021 Georgia legislative session. Bills have until the end of today to pass both chambers (House & Senate) before heading to Governor Kemp’s desk. If a bill does not proceed before the close of Sine Die, it is still eligible […]


23rd of March 2021

Keeping Current @ the Capitol – Week of March 22, 2021

Parental Leave Bill Passes Senate Committee On March 16, HB 146 (Houston Gaines, R – Athens) unanimously passed the Senate Insurance & Labor Committee. This bill would provide three weeks of paid parental leave to state employees for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child. The bill is now expected to move on to the full […]


16th of March 2021

Keeping Current @ the Capitol – Week of March 15, 2021

Congress Passes COVID-19 Relief Package On March 11, 2021 President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (HR 1319). This $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill includes provisions that will help in improving maternal and infant health across the country. They include:  An option for states to extend Medicaid coverage to 12 months postpartum  $50 […]


10th of March 2021

Keeping Current @ the Capitol – 2021 Crossover Update

Monday, March 8 was Crossover Day for the Georgia General Assembly. In order for bills to progress to law, they have to pass both the House of Representatives and Senate. They are then sent to the Governor’s desk for approval. Legislative Day 28 is known as Crossover Day and is the last day a bill can cross from one chamber to the other.  See what […]


2nd of March 2021

Keeping Current @ the Capitol – Week of March 1, 2021

Preparing for Crossover Day Crossover Day is scheduled for Monday, March 8th. In order for bills to progress to law, they have to pass both the House of Representatives and Senate. Legislative Day 28 is known as Crossover Day and is the last day a bill can be passed from one chamber to the other. Bills that fail to […]


23rd of February 2021

Keeping Current @ the Capitol – Week of February 22, 2021

Parental Leave Bill Passes Full House House Bill 146, sponsored by Representative Houston Gaines (R – Athens), passed the full House last week with a vote of 155-2. This bill would provide three weeks of paid parental leave to state employees for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child. The bill will now move […]


16th of February 2021

Keeping Current @ the Capitol – Week of February 15, 2021

Parental Leave Bill Passes Committee House Bill 146, sponsored by Representative Houston Gaines (R – Athens), passed the House Health & Human Services (HHS) Committee last week. This bill would provide three weeks of paid parental leave to state employees for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child. The bill is now expected to move […]


9th of February 2021

Keeping Current @ the Capitol – Week of February 8, 2021

Georgia Receives “F” Rating for Tobacco Policies The American Lung Association gave Georgia “F” ratings for tobacco taxes, prevention funding, access to cessation services, and flavored tobacco products in its “State of Tobacco Control 2021″ report. Georgia has one of the lowest tobacco tax rates in the nation, ranking 49th of 50 states. Currently, the Georgia tobacco […]