The 26 community boards that offer services to Georgians with behavioral health problems and developmental disabilities would face new oversight under a state Senate bill introduced this week. The legislation follows recent trouble connected with one such community service board in Coastal Georgia. A September state report on Gateway Behavioral Health Services last year said its operation was riddled with financial irregularities and management problems.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed his Senate floor leaders for the legislative session beginning Jan. 14. Sen. Rick Jeffares and Sen. Charlie Bethel will help carry the governor's agenda in the General Assembly's upper chamber.
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee Monday passed a bill allowing pharmacists and nurses to give vaccination shots. Senator Charlie Bethel of Dalton says this bill is an extension of a previous bill that allowed pharmacy's to give flu shots.
Republican lawmakers want Georgia to join with other states to assert each state’s right to regulate its healthcare industry. Today they passed a measure that will allow the state to enter a compact with others.