Gold Dome Report - February 10, 2017
Lawmakers, for the most part, ended their work week around noon today so that they could head home to their districts. However, before departing, there were significant matters addressed. The most important for the moment was House passage of the Governor's bill, SB 70, the renewal of the hospital provider fee, carried by one of his Senate Floor Leaders, Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville). SB 70 generates a total of approximately $911 million which is used to help fund the State's Medicaid program. It is a financing scheme which other states also employ to draw down federal funds. After the legislation cleared the House, Governor Deal issued a statement on the initiative as he intends to sign the legislation into law on February 14, 2017. His full press release may be found in this link: http://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2017-02-10/deal-applauds-legislature-passage-sb-70
Late this morning, Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), made a motion requesting that the House suspend its rules so he could have a bill read for the first time. It has been his anticipated legislation on addressing Georgia's failing schools. This legislation comes after the proposal from 2016, the idea to create the Opportunity School Districts, failed to receive voter approval in November. Rep. Tanner's legislation is HB 338.
As mentioned above, the House passed SB 70 with a vote of 152-14. Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), a House Floor Leader for Governor Deal, presented the legislation, explaining its benefits. Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna) was one of the legislators who took the well claiming that this legislation was a mechanism to allow rural hospitals the ability to "thrive." Rep. Butch Parrish (R-Swainsboro) and Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's Health Subcommittee reminded his colleagues that SB 70 was current law – all it did was to extend the date of the hospital provider fee and it would allow the State to continue to obtain necessary funding to fund the Medicaid program. He also stated that lawmakers should have concerns on how to make up the $911 million which the "fee" generates if the legislation does not pass. Under present law, the fee is set to expire on June 30, 2017. This legislation extends it to June 30, 2020. There were added passionate remarks reflecting that this legislation was "fair and reasonable" and sometimes it was necessary to say "yes" when it was difficult. Rep. Scot Turner (R-Canton), leader of the Freedom Caucus, told colleagues that his preference would essentially be to extend the fee for one year rather than three.
Reginald Mason, M.D. (and a Southeastern Permanente Medical Group physician) was recognized as Doctor of the Day by his Representative, Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta).
The Senate entertained a special guest. John Schuerholz was acknowledged by Sen. John Kennedy (R-Macon) for his accomplishments with the Atlanta Braves.
The Senate also confirmed the following individuals as members of the Judicial Qualifications Commission. Sen. Bill Cowsert (R-Athens) provided his colleagues information on these appointees:
- Edward Tolley
- Lester B. Jackson
- Paul Holmes
- Richard Lee Hyde
- Patsy Porter
- Tillman Self
SB 40, by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), was presented and passed by Committee Substitute with a vote of 47-1. This legislation provides for the authorization of emergency medical services personnel and peace officers to transport certain mentally ill patients to an emergency receiving facility in O.C.G.A. § 37-3-42.
The Senate also passed SB 18 by Committee Substitute with a vote of 47-1. A Floor Amendment was offered by Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen) but it failed. The legislation amends Georgia's weapons carry provisions, allowing certain individuals to carry weapons anywhere who (1) have retired with at least ten years of aggregate service as a law enforcement officer with arrest powers; (2) separated from their employment in good standing; and (3) possess their identification card issued by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. These individuals are exempt from Code Sections O.C.G.A. § 16-11-126 through O.C.G.A. § 16-11-127.2
In the third major issue today, the Senate passed the dental hygienists' proposal, SB 12. That legislation was also presented by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and passed by Committee Substitute with a vote of 48-1. It adds definitions for the terms 'direct supervision' and 'general supervision' in O.C.G.A. § 43-11-74. It no longer requires direct supervision for licensed dental hygienists who are performing their duties when those dental hygienists are personnel of the Department of Public Health or county boards of health at approved off-site locations. It also outlines those duties of a licensed dental hygienist which must be performed under direct supervision in a private dental office setting as well as those functions which may be done in the same setting under general supervision when certain criteria are met. It also allows dental hygienists to perform certain procedures in a school setting with the parent's permission (apply fluoride and perform application of sealants and oral prophylaxis) and they can provide these same services to individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, federally qualified health centers, hospices, rural health clinics, long-term care facilities, and free health clinics – however, no dental hygienist in these settings may provide these services if the patient is in pain or has widespread dental disease but refer the patient to the authorized licensed dentist for clinical examination and treatment. There are also requirements for the licensed dental hygienist to follow in providing these services in the settings other than a dental office and what he or she must provide to that patient – including their name and license number as well as the name of the dentist and his or her license number. These dental hygienists are required to have professional liability insurance coverage according to board rules and regulations. With both House and Senate bills moving to conclusion, this major subject of contention over many years is resolving.
HB 324, by Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell), proposes to amend O.C.G.A. § 40-5-21.1 and add a new subsection (d) to require that the term 'noncitizen' be included on temporary licenses, permits, special identification cards, foreign licenses or identification cards as evidence of legal presence in the United States. If passed, he proposes this become effective on July 1, 2018.
HB 325, by Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), seeks to amend O.C.G.A. § 48-5-2(3), regarding ad valorem taxation, to provide a revised definition for the term 'fair market value of property.' In the new definition, it would read:
the amount a knowledgeable buyer would pay for the property and a wiling seller would accept for the property at an arm's length, bona fide sale. The income approach, if actual income and expense data are supplied by the property owner, shall be considered in determining the fair market value of income-producing property. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter to the contrary, the transaction amount of the most recent arm's length, bona fide sale in any year shall be the maximum allowable fair market value for the next taxable year. With respect to the valuation of equipment, machinery, and fixtures when no ready market exists for the sale of the equipment, machinery, and fixtures, fair market value may be determined by resorting to any reasonable, relevant, and useful information available, including, but not limited to, the original cost of the property, any depreciation or obsolescence, and any increase in value by reason of inflation. Each tax assessor shall have access to any public records of the taxpayer for the purpose of discovering such information.
HB 328, by Rep. Sam Watson (R-Moultrie), proposes revisions relating to laws governing Georgia's highways and uniform rules of the road. It seeks to provide for the maximum length and load of vehicles in O.C.G.A. § 32-6-24(b)(2)(C) so that the maximum length does not exceed 100 feet – in this maximum length it now requires that it shall include the federal allowance for automobile and boat transporter loads to overhang up to three feet over the front of the vehicle and overhang up to four feet from the rear of the vehicle. His proposal extends the four feet to six feet over the rear. It also addresses enforcement of load limits in O.C.G.A. § 32-6-27(a)(3), amending requirements when idle reduction technology is used. It eliminates in O.C.G.A. § 32-9-4.1 that the FlexAuto lane usage is to be determined by the Department – now, those lanes are not to be used more than eight hours per day and this legislation strips out that limitation and it further strips out that FlexAuto lanes are not to be implemented at more than 80 separate locations in Georgia until the Department has completed a one-year test use of those lanes. It addresses the meanings of "flashing red" and "flashing yellow" lights, noting now those are "circular," in O.C.G.A. § 40-6-23. Finally, it amends O.C.G.A. § 40-6-70(a), regarding the law on approaching or entering an intersection, clarifying when two vehicles approach or enter an intersection with a traffic light in un-activated dark mode.
HB 329, by Rep. Jay Powell (R-Camilla), seeks changes in Chapter 7 of Title 48 and the imposition, rate and computation and exemptions of income taxes. It would set the income tax rate at 5.4 percent in O.C.G.A. § 48-7-20(b), eliminating the current tables for such taxes for single individuals, married person, or head of household and married persons' filings. It also amends subsection (b)(3) of O.C.G.A. § 48-7-27 so that there "shall be added to taxable income any income taxes imposed by any tax jurisdiction to the extent deducted in determining federal taxable income." It adds a new Code Section at O.C.G.A. § 48-7-29.21 permitting a taxpayer to receive a credit imposed by the tax in O.C.G.A. § 48-7-20 in an amount equal to 10 percent of the federal credit that such taxpayer is allowed under Section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code. If the total amount of the credit exceeds the taxpayer's income tax liability for a taxable year, then excess funds shall not be refunded to the taxpayer or applied to any preceding or succeeding year's tax liability.
HB 330, by Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta), proposes to alter O.C.G.A. § 15-11-211(c) regarding the relative search by the Division of Family and Children's Services of the Department of Human Services. It specifies additional information to be provided in the notice to relatives. Further, the notice would now "also contain the contact information for a regional DFCS case worker qualified to assist a kinship caregiver or the contact information for a director of a county or district department of family and children services."
HB 332, by Rep. Sam Watson (R-Moultrie), proposes to create the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund in Chapter 6A of Title 12. It would further create funding mechanisms in order to protect and preserve conservation land and provide for their operation. It would become effective on January 1, 2019 if approved in a ballot by the voters as an amendment to the State's Constitution for an allocation of 75 percent of the revenue derived from the State sales and use tax with respect to the sale of outdoor recreation equipment be used to fund this Trust fund and such funds be used for the protection and preservation of conservation land.
HB 334, by Rep. Keisha Waites (D-Atlanta), proposes to change Georgia's gun laws and enacts "April's Law." Specifically, it would amend O.C.G.A. § 16-11-129(b)(2)(I.1) so as to prohibit the issuance to and maintenance of a weapons carry license to any person against whom a restraining order or protective order has been issued pursuant to Article 7 of Chapter 5 of Title 16 or Article 1 of Chapter 13 of Title 19 for the duration of such restraining order or protective order. It also seeks to add a new Code Section at O.C.G.A. § 16-11-131.1, defining "family violence" and make it a felony if a person is convicted of an offense involving family violence and who receives, possesses, or transports any firearm will be guilty of a felony and upon conviction, will be imprisoned for not less than one nor more than five years.
HB 335, by Rep. Keisha Waites (D-Atlanta), proposes to amend O.C.G.A. § 35-1-14, providing a standard by which certain local law enforcement agencies are to authorize the engagement of vehicular pursuits. It outlines specifically that no county or local enforcement agency with jurisdiction within any county or municipality having a population of more than 100,000 according to the United States decennial census of 2010 or future census is to authorize the engagement of vehicular pursuits unless under certain conditions (such as conditions of O.C.G.A. § 40-6-6 are met; probable cause exists to be believe that the person(s) being pursued committed or are committing murder, aggravated battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or other offense in Article 3 of Chapter 5 of Title 16; rape; armed robbery; or any offense that creates an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury to another person or a substantial threat to the safety of another.
HB 338, by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), is the 2017 legislation in response to Governor Deal's failed Opportunity School District proposal which the voters did not approve on the November ballot. It seeks to provide a system of supports and assistance for Georgia's low-performing schools which have been identified as those in the greatest need of assistance. At O.C.G.A. § 20-14-43, it proposes to create a "Chief Turnaround Officer" who will be appointed by the State Board of Education (this person is required to have a number of qualifications, including an advanced degree in K-12 education and with extensive experience in turning around failing schools). This Chief Turnaround Officer makes recommendations of individuals who are experienced in turning around schools, serving as turnaround coaches – these coaches are to assist with creating local collaborations to address personal and community conditions (e.g., poverty, lack of economic development, safety, transportation, etc.). In O.C.G.A. § 20-14-45, the Chief Turnaround Officer is required to annually identify the low-performing schools that are in the greatest need of assistance based on "the number of years such schools have received an unacceptable rating and any other factors deemed appropriate by the Chief Turnaround Officer." Further, the Chief Turnaround Officer is required to then extend an opportunity to the local boards of education for each school identified to amend the contract entered into pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-83 for strategic waivers school systems or to amend the charter for charter systems. If the school declines to amend the contract, then the State Board of Education is required to, within 60 days, either implement one or more of the interventions which are enumerated in O.C.G.A. § 20-14-41(a)(6) or terminate the contract or charter. In O.C.G.A. § 20-14-46, it requires that the Chief Turnaround Officer establish a system of assistance and support for identified schools and within 90 days of entering into a contract amendment or intervention contract between the State Board of Education and a local board of education, a turnaround coach in partnership with the RESA is to conduct a comprehensive on-site evaluation of the low-performing school in order to determine the cause of the low performance and lack of progress. The Chief Turnaround Officer does have discretion to retain an approved third party to assist in this evaluation at the expense of the State. This third party is to be selected by the local board of education from an approved list – this list of third-party consultants is to be annually established by the State Board of Education through a request for proposal process. After the evaluation and recommendations, the school is then to develop an intensive school improvement plan with the Chief Turnaround Officer, addressing the academic insufficiencies. If the school does not improve after two years, the Chief Turnaround Officer has certain requirements in terms of interventions to be made. At O.C.G.A. § 20-14-47, it creates the five-member Education Turnaround Advisory Council (made up of the executive directors (or their designee) of each of these entities: Georgia School Boards Association, Georgia School Superintendents Association, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, and Georgia Association of Educators and the president of the Georgia Parent Teacher Association), which is to report to the State Board of Education; it provides advisement regarding the qualifications and manner of conducting the identification and selection process for the position of the Chief Turnaround Officer. This Council may also provides names of potential candidates for the Chief Turnaround Officer and turnaround coaches. O.C.G.A. § 20-14-48 creates the 14-member Joint Study Committee on the Establishment of a State Accreditation Process, tasked with looking at the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a State accreditation process for public schools and school systems. Any findings and recommendations made by this Study Committee are to be filed by December 31, 2018 – it does require a majority vote of the quorum of the committee for approval of any report. The legislation also contemplates an additional mechanism for the removal of local school board members upon potential loss of accreditation in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-73 and the process for the State Board of Education to follow if one-half or more of a local school system has received an unacceptable rating. It requires in O.C.G.A. § 20-14-41 that the State Board of Education is to prepare an annual report detailing the schools that have received an unacceptable rating for one or more consecutive years and the interventions applied – this report is to be sent no later than December 31 for the prior academic year to the Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and chairs of the House Committee on Education and Senate Education and Youth Committee.
HB 339, by Rep. Erica Thomas (D-Austell), seeks to increase the amount of the minimum wage paid by employers to employees in O.C.G.A. § 34-4-3(a). Under current law, it is $5.15 per hour; this proposal increases it to $7.25 per hour. If adopted, it would become effective on January 1, 2018.
SB 154, by Sen. Greg Kirk (R-Americus), proposes changes in Title 16 to the crimes and offenses involving assault and battery and specifically providing for the offenses of aggravated assault and aggravated battery upon a public safety officer while the public safety officer is engaged in, or on account of the performance of, his or her official duties. The definition of public safety officer means "peace officer, correctional officer, emergency health worker, firefighter, highway emergency response operator, or officer of the court" in O.C.G.A. § 16-5-19(6). It also outlines punishment for those who are convicted of such crimes which includes not only imprisonment but also a fine of $5,000.00 which are to be used with fifty percent paid to the Georgia State Indemnification Fund and fifty percent to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. It also increases the amount a surviving un-remarried spouse, dependents or the legal guardian may elect to receive in the form of a lump sum payment from $100,000.00 to $150,000.00 still to be paid in equally monthly installments for five years or a lump sum reduced to present value upon the basis of interest calculated at the rate of six percent per annum (these payments are when there is a death or a case of organic brain damage suffered by the public safety officer). It further amends O.C.G.A. § 51-2-3, regarding imputable negligence relating to the liability for malicious acts of a minor child. Under current law, in (b) of this Code Section, "every parent or guardian having the custody and control over a minor child or children under the age of 18 shall be liable in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00 plus court costs for the willful or malicious acts of the minor child or children resulting in reasonable medical expenses to another, damage to the property of another, or both reasonable medical expenses and damage to property. This states that such amount will "not be limited for willful or malicious acts against a public safety officer while such public safety officer was engaged in, or on account of the performance of, his or official duties."
SB 156, by Sen. Fran Millar (R-Atlanta), proposes changes to Georgia's Tax code in Chapter 8 of Title 48 to provide certain restrictions with regard to equalized homestead option sales and use taxes. It amends O.C.G.A. § 48-8-109.3(d), regarding the creation of special districts and application of tax with regard to equalized homestead option sales taxes, stating that "while the sales and use tax authorized by this part is being levied, the amount of the levy of the sales tax for purposes of a metropolitan area system of public transportation, as authorized by the amendment to the Constitution set out in Georgia Laws, 1964, page 1008; the continuation of such amendment under Article XI, Section I, Paragraph IV(d) of the Constitution; and the laws enacted pursuant to such constitutional amendment, shall not increase beyond the level at which such tax was being levied when the sales and use tax authorized by this part is approved by the voters in a referendum pursuant to Code Section 48-8-109.4." It seeks to add a new Code Section at O.C.G.A. § 48-8-109.10 so that no sales and use tax provided in this part are to be imposed in a special district upon the sale or use of (1) prepared food and food and food ingredients sold and served to students and employees of public schools as part of a school lunch program; (2) prepared food and food and food ingredients consumed by students and employees of bona fide private elementary and secondary schools approved by the commissioner as school eligible to receive tax deductible contributions when application for exemption is made and established; (3) drugs lawfully dispensed by prescription (including insulin); (4) drugs lawfully dispensed or distributed by prescription for the treatment of natural persons without charge to physicians, dentists, clinics, hospitals, or any other person or entity located in Georgia by a pharmaceutical manufacturer or distributor and drugs and durable medical equipment lawfully dispensed or distributed without charge solely for the purposes of an approved clinical trial; (5) insulin and blood glucose level measuring strips dispensed without a prescription; (6) food and food ingredients to or by an individual consumer for off-premises human consumption; food and food ingredients to or by a qualified food bank; (7) food and food ingredients which are donated to a qualified nonprofit agency and used for hunger relief purposes; (8) food and food ingredients which are donated following a natural disaster and used for disaster relief purposes; and (9) food and food ingredients to and by member councils of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and Boy Scouts of America in connection with fundraising activities. It adds in O.C.G.A. § 48-8-111(a)(1)(N) that the taxes levied in conjunction with an equalized homestead option sales and use tax are to be used (as approved by voters) for transportation including roads, bridges, public transit, rails, airports, buses, and seaports (including roads, streets, and bridges).
SB 157, by Sen. Ben Watson, M.D. (R-Savannah), seeks to amend Georgia's Certificate of Need laws to create additional exemptions – including one which physicians have wanted for a multi-specialty ambulatory surgery centers.
- O.C.G.A. § 31-6-2(32.1), relating to definitions, proposes a new definition of "rural restriction area" so that such means a "county that is served by a single hospital with no more than 100 inpatient beds."
- O.C.G.A. § 31-6-47, regarding exemptions, adding at (19.1) for "any multi-specialty ambulatory surgical center not located in a rural restriction area that is the sole ambulatory surgical center owned by a multi-specialty group practice or its members that has at least 25 physicians as members or employed by the group, has been in operation for no less than five years and is a Medicaid provider:" (A) is the only multi-specialty ambulatory surgical center in the county owned by the group practice and has two or fewer operating rooms (if exempt and wanting to add more operating rooms will require a certificate of need); (B) has a hospital affiliation agreement with a hospital "within a reasonable distance from the facility or the medical staff at the center has admitting privileges or other acceptable documented arrangements with such hospital to ensure the necessary backup for the center for medical complications. The center must have the ability to transfer a patient immediately to a hospital with adequate emergency room services; hospitals are required not to unreasonably deny a transfer agreement or affiliation agreement; (C) provides care to Medicaid beneficiaries and if the facility provides medical care and treatment to children, to PeachCare for Kids beneficiaries and provides uncompensated indigent and charity care in an amount equal to or greater than 4.5 percent of its adjusted gross revenue; or if the center is not a participant in Medicaid or PeachCare, provides uncompensated care to Medicaid beneficiaries and, if the facility provides medical care and treatment to children, to PeachCare uncompensated indigent and charity care, or both in an amount equal to or greater than 9 percent of its adjusted gross revenue; and (D) provides annual reports as outlined in O.C.G.A. § 31-6-70. It addresses monetary penalties for noncompliance. At (19.2), it adds an exemption for any single specialty ambulatory surgical center not located in a rural restriction area that has operated under an exemption such as a letter of nonreviewability; (A) is transferred or sold to a multi-specialty group or its members; and (B) the center continues to operate as single specialty ambulatory surgery center.
SB 158, by Sen. Ben Watson, M.D. (R-Savannah), is another piece of legislation proposing to alter Georgia's Certificate of Need laws. It in part creates standards for freestanding emergency services. Specifically, it:
- Amends O.C.G.A. § 31-6-2, adding two new definitions: 'freestanding emergency service' and 'rural restriction area.'
- Adds in O.C.G.A. § 31-6-40(d), relating to CON required for new institutional health services and exemption, so that a county "without a hospital shall be deemed to have a need for a freestanding emergency service and only one freestanding emergency service shall be operated in each county. Applications for a certificate of need for a freestanding emergency service shall be filed no later than December 31, 2017. If multiple applications are received during such period, the department shall competitively review the applications using criteria including service delivery, financial soundness, staff qualifications, and local support for each applicant. In the event the certificate of need granted to a freestanding emergency service is not implemented or the service closes, the department shall accept applications for a freestanding emergency service in the county at issue."
- Amends O.C.G.A. § 31-6-42 adding a new subsection (b.3) regarding qualifications for issuance of a certificate so that "in the case of applications for construction, development, or establishment of a freestanding emergency service, the applicable considerations as to the need for such service shall not include paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (8), (9), (11), (12), (14), and (17) of subsection (a) of this Code Section but shall include paragraphs (4), (5), (6), (7), (10), (13), and (15) of subsection (a) of this Code Section."
- Adds additional exemptions in O.C.G.A. § 31-6-47:
- All expenditures by a hospital with a CON except for expenditures related to the increase of more than 10 percent in the number of inpatient beds
- Those identified in SB 157 above at (19.1) and (19.2), relating to multi-specialty surgical centers and single specialty ambulatory surgical center not located in a rural restriction area.
House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee – Setzler Subcommittee
In a lengthy hearing this afternoon, Chairman Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) hosted a discussion on HB 116 by Rep. Bert Reeves (R-Marietta). There were attempts to reach some sort of compromise on this proposal which originally sought to give the superior court exclusive original jurisdiction for cases involving aggravated assault involving the use of a firearm and aggravated battery against a person age 65 and older when such cases involve juveniles. Currently, these cases are before the juvenile court judge unless they are transferred (there is a process for transfer of the cases in Title 15). Rep. Reeves brought the legislation due to a Marietta policeman who was shot in the line of duty in August of 2016. The shooter in that case was 15 years old and a gang member with a history of crimes with firearms. However, the juvenile court judge declined to provide consent to transfer the case to superior court. His proposal was to allow the elected judge make the decision rather than the appointed judge. In Georgia law now, there are eight crimes where the superior court has exclusive jurisdiction over juvenile offenses which are essentially the "seven deadly sins." Subcommittee members asked a range of questions including whether the court would take into consideration the mental capacity or whether the youth had mental illness; there is a process for that addressed in the Code. There were other questions regarding whether this case from Marietta was the only such case where the court declined to make a transfer of such a crime. An assistant Cobb County District Attorney was also on hand and spoke about the legislation's placement of discretion with the court, noting that if there is a firearm involved, then the case should start in superior court. Chuck Spahos, with the Prosecuting Attorneys Council, spoke about the policy changes but did indicate that aggravated assault may grab individuals that really belong in juvenile court. Subcommittee members discussed the "abuse of discretion" which must be the standard in addressing appeals for such cases. There were a number of individuals who spoke about the proposal noting that they had concerns about the current language, including Melissa Carter with the Barton Child Law Clinic; Macey Lynn Causey with the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Sara Vincent, M.D., a child psychiatrist; Polly McKinney with VOICES for Georgia's Children; and Marissa Dodson with the Southern Center on Human Rights. Some of the comments were that the bill was overly broad and perhaps should be narrowed so that a definition for firearm be included as well as a definition for victim so as to include police officers and those over the age of 65. No vote was taken in this hearing. Chairman Setzler asked Rep. Reeves to talk to members of this Subcommittee over the weekend to see what their ideas might be; it is possible that another hearing on HB 116 will be held prior to the full Committee meeting on Monday.
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