Keeping Current @ The Capitol: Week of March 18th


Week of March 18, 2019:

Charles Johnson Receives Senate Proclamation
Today, HMHB Program Advisory Committee member, 2017 Wetzel Award Winner and maternal mortality advocate received a proclamation in his honor delivered by Senators Burt Jones (R-25th) and Freddie Powell Sims (D-12th). “I am here as a guest, but I am also here to respectfully demand that the General Assembly take bipartisan action to address our maternal mortality crisis in Georgia,” said Johnson as he addressed the Senate body. Charles Johnson lost his wife, Kira Johnson, during a routine, scheduled c-section. Charles founded 4Kira4Moms and has been advocating for measurable change to address the maternal mortality epidemic both in Georgia and across the United States. He was accompanied by his family members, friends, and the HMHB team. You can read the full proclamation online.

House Bill 345 – Preventing shackling of incarcerated pregnant and postpartum women  – will be heard on Wednesday at 3 PM in Senate HHS. Please contact Chairman Watson and members of the Committee to let them know you support this critical legislation! See list here.

Session Ends April 2 – Have You Met With Your Representatives?
HMHB will resume regular legislative updates next week. In the meantime, we want to make sure you have been able to connect with your elected Senator and Representative in the Georgia General Assembly! Need some help? We are happy to help you research what your elected officials have supported for maternal and infant health, as well as how they can be influential on pending legislation this session. Email us at You can also find your legislators by entering your address at

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