ATLANTA — We are halfway through the Legislative Session. Here is some legislation pending as of Feb. 27th:
HB 318 – Georgia Tourism Development Act, Rep. Ron Stephens
To create the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Georgia grown products.
HB 338 – Georgia Council for the Arts, Rep. Joe Wilkinson
The legislation clarifies the role of the Georgia Council for the Arts as it relates to economic development by making the council an advisory body.
HB 176 – Mobile Broadband, Rep. Don Parsons
The legislation will allow previously approved wireless support structures and wireless facilities to be modified collocated without additional zoning or land use review.
HB 315 – Nurses; continuing competency requirements, Rep. Sharon Cooper
Beginning in the 2016 license renewal cycle, applicants must satisfy one of 1 of 5 continuing competency requirements.
HB 317 – Medical Practice Act, administrative medicine licenses, Rep. Sharon Cooper
To allow for “administrative medicine” to be defined and licensed in the State of Georgia.
HB 179 – Pharmacy Audit Bill, Rep. Andrew Welch
No recoupment of the cost of drugs or medicinal supplies.
HB 219 – Juvenile proceedings, Rep. Buzz Brockway
Amends code provisions when a child was a victim of sexual abuse or trafficking.
HB 99 – Amount of malt beverage produced by a person at their residence, Rep. Jason Spencer
No more than 100 gallons per year may be produced by a person in their residence.
HB 122 – Sexual offender registration Review Board, Rep. Kevin Tanner
Allows GBI and the Board of Pardons and Paroles to share confidential supervision records of an offender with the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board.
HB 178 – Pain management clinics, Rep. Tom Weldon
Requires all pain management clinics to be licensed by the board and biennially reviewed. They are also required the clinics to be owned by physicians licensed in the state.
HB 235 – Optometrists, Rep. Earl Ehrhart
Allows optometrists to continue to prescribe schedule III – IV drugs.
HB 132 – Georgia Board of Pharmacy and Board of Dentistry, Rep. Lee Hawkins