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Update from the Georgia Capital

by Krystle N. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Georgia Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on March 20, so bills are moving at breakneck speed!  As we have passed Day 30, Crossover Day, many bills did not “cross over” from one chamber to the other and are dead, so they will not become law.

Here are some highlights of bills that have crossed over and the American Heart Association is watching closely.

  • E-cigarettes: A bill bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and on the internet in Georgia, but also classifies it as a non-tobacco product.  The American Heart Association supports what many other states have done, which is include e-cigarettes in the definition of a tobacco product.
  • Health care coverage: Numerous bills are still alive that shift the power of Medicaid expansion from the Governor to the legislature and restrict any government worker (state or local) from advocating or assisting with enrollment onto an Affordable Care Act health care plan.  The American Heart Association believes that insured people are healthier people, with access to preventive care, diagnostics and appropriate treatment.
  • Food deserts: A resolution in the House of Representatives raises awareness of the lack of access to healthy, fresh food for many Georgians. To learn more about food deserts, please read the article from Atlanta Magazine, March 2014, “Stranded in Atlanta’s Food Deserts.”

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