As legislative session nears end, health bills await their fate
Monday shapes up as a pivotal day for high-profile health bills as the General Assembly enters its final week. Those expected to get a Senate floor vote include a bill that would establish rules for cameras in nursing home residents’ rooms. Senators will also consider a recently gutted measure... Read more
Showdown with House looms after Senate panel guts patient visit bill
A Senate committee has gutted legislation that would require hospitals and long-term care facilities to allow a “legal representative’’ to visit a patient or resident during a health emergency. A stripped-down House Bill 290 was approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday after about 90... Read more
Cameras in nursing homes: Bill advances after close vote
A Senate health committee narrowly passed a bill Tuesday that promotes the use of cameras in rooms of residents of long-term care facilities to prevent neglect or abuse. The split vote reflected the panel’s vigorous debate over the differences between cameras that are hidden, and those that would be... Read more
Kemp extending vaccine to all adults, seeks to reduce hesitancy
Georgia’s COVID vaccine campaign is shifting from seeking supply to stoking demand. Starting Thursday, all Georgians 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday at a news conference at the state Capitol. Last week, Kemp allowed people 55 and older and those with... Read more
Though shaken by spa shootings, state may get new gun rights law
By Andy Miller and Rebecca Grapevine As the nation reels from last week’s shooting spree that killed eight in the Atlanta area, a gun rights bill is poised for passage in the Georgia General Assembly. House Bill 218 got through most of the legislative process before the shootings March 16... Read more

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