Legislative Update: Firefighters, Medicaid & More

February 17, 2017

Friends,

The General Assembly is in full gear as we work through legislation in committees. I was happy to hear from many of you on important issues.  Your feedback and advice is so helpful as we advance legislation to move Georgia forward.

Community Coffee

Thank you to the 20+ neighbors who came out to Atlanta Bread on Saturday morning for our community coffee! It was so valuable to hear your feedback on legislation and engage in a productive dialogue. Join us again next Saturday – we’ll have a bigger location and more doughnuts!

You are welcome to join us on any of the following dates:

  • February 25th, 9:00AM – Fowler YMCA Community Room – 5600 W Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners, GA
  • March 11th, 9:00AM – 45, South Café – 45 S Peachtree St, Norcross, GA
  • March 25th, 9:00AM – Duluth Rexall Pharmacy – 3165 Buford Hwy, Duluth, GA

This Week’s Notable Legislation:

HB 146 passed the House overwhelming with bipartisan support and would benfit Georgia’s brave firefighters. The legislation would require fire departments to provide and maintain adequate insurance coverage for Georgia’s firefighters who have served on-duty at their department for 12 consecutive months, have been diagnosed with cancer and are disabled and unable to continue to work as a result of that cancer.

HB 83 & 84 would offer greater flexibility and investment options for the Firefighters’ Pension Fund, helping this agency provide even greater benefits for Georgia’s heroic firefighters.

HB 75 would protect Georgia’s children by allowing law enforcement or prosecution agencies to confidentially share vital information regarding ongoing child abuse, neglect or dependency investigations with governmental child protective agencies. HB 75 unanimously passed the House.

SB 71 renewed the ‘Hospital Provider Fee’ for another three years in order to prevent close to a $900 million gap in Medicaid funding.  The fee will generate over $300 million in funding and allow Georgia to tap into $600 million in federal funding. This necessary legislation was passed overwhelming by the House and Senate and signed into law by the Governor.

Congressional Term-Limits 

I am proud to co-sponsor House Resolution 217, which urges Congress to call an Article V convention to pass congressional term limits for members of the U.S. House and Senate.  By limiting the number of years that career politicians spend in Washington, we can ensure accountability and transparency in the federal government.

Standing With Surgeons 

In addition to welcoming veterinarians, physical therapists, and representatives from Georgia CORE to the State Capitol, we also hosted the Georgia Society of American College of Surgeons. Trauma is a leading cause of death in Georgia and these hardworking physicians work around the clock to keep our families and our community well.

District 95 – News & Notes:

Congratulations to District 95 resident and Johns Creek City Councilman, Bob Gray, who recently announced his candidacy for Congress!  Bob is running for the 6th Congressional District seat to replace Rep. Tom Price who was recently affirmed as our next Secretary of Health & Human Services.  While most of our District is represented by Rep. Rob Woodall, I would encourage you to visit Bob’s website and consider supporting him: https://www.bobgrayga.com

Our District continues to attract new jobs and businesses to the area.  This week included the Grand Opening of our newest grocery store – ALDI Foods – which is exciting for many neighbors.

We also welcomed the opening of D-BAT, an in-door baseball training facility.  D-BAT, which stands for Developing Beliefs And Traditions, is located at 3039 Amwiler Road, Suite 130, Peachtree Corners, GA 30360, telephone, 678-459-2457, more information is available on the website

Showcasing Simpson Elementary School

It was an honor to host Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks at Simpson Elementary School. So proud to show off the great schools we have in our community.  As a member of the House Education committee I look forward to fostering a healthy, innovative, parent-driven K-12 environment in Georgia.

Watch the Legislature Live

Want to watch the legislature in action from the comfort of your home or office? Click HERE for a real-time camera feed from the Georgia State Capitol.

As always, thank you for your strong and continued support.

If I can ever be of service you are welcome to call me at 404.951.8902 (cell), or e-mail, Scott.Hilton@house.ga.gov.

Sincerely,

Rep. Scott Hilton
Georgia General Assembly
District 95