Archive for May, 2017

“Cove’s Law” Signed into Georgia Law

HB 241CLEVELAND (May 24, 2017) | On Monday, May 8, 2017, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 241 into Georgia law. Senator Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) carried HB 241 in the Senate to ensure Krabbe disease would be added to the list of metabolic and genetic conditions a baby is screened for at birth. Ms. Brooke Adams Nix, a White County teacher, brought to light the need for HB 241 and worked with Sen. Gooch and his colleagues to get Cove’s Law passed and signed into law. (more…)

Sen. Renee Unterman to Host Mental Health Summit

ATLANTA (May 15, 2017)  |  Sen. Renee Unterman (R – Buford), along with Superior Court Judge Kathryn Schrader, will hold a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Summit at the Gwinnett County Courthouse on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:00pm. They will be joined by Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald, collaborative stakeholders and state and local community leaders.


The purpose of the summit is to bring together mental health stakeholders to discuss community based therapy services for people in need.


WHO:               Sen. Renee Unterman and Superior Court Judge Kathryn Schrader


WHAT:             Mental Health and Substance Abuse Summit


WHEN:             Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


WHERE:          Gwinnett County Courthouse


                           75 Langley Drive

                           Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046


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For Immediate Release:
May 19, 2017

For Information Contact:

Ines Owens, Acting Director
(404) 656-0028

Senate Bill 15 Signed Into Law

Sen. Rhett SB 15ATLANTA (May 15, 2017) | Senate Bill 15, sponsored by Sen. Michael Rhett (D – Marietta), was signed into law on Monday, May 9, 2017. (more…)

“Briley’s Bill” Becomes Georgia Law

SB 258 Signing ATLANTA (May 15, 2017)  |  On Monday, May 8, 2017, Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 258 into Georgia law. SB 258, also known as “Briley’s Bill” after the Vidalia Heritage Academy freshman who inspired the legislation, was sponsored by Sen. Blake Tillery (R – Vidalia). (more…)

Nurse Compact Legislation Signed into Law

ATLANTA (May 10, 2017) | Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 109 into Georgia law on Monday, May, 8, 2017. SB 109 addresses several healthcare topics including the creation of a “Nurse Licensure Compact” which was originally proposed in SB 166 sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R – Buford). (more…)