What a busy week. 

We had very busy fifth week of business! From my FIRST (of many) morning order in the well, to voting on some issues that are very important to me, to changes to laws that could affect your morning and afternoon commute, we got quite a bit accomplished. 

The week in review.

This week under the gold dome, we got quite a bit accomplished. After what seemed like a bit of a slow start to the session, the pace has picked up tremendously, and we are voting on bills almost daily. There were also several committee and caucus meetings to discuss bills seeking to change healthcare delivery and access in GA.

We started the week by voting on the School Bus law, SB 25, which clarifies when cars must stop when a bus stops. The bill makes it clear that drivers can ONLY pass a stopped school bus when the roadways are divided by a grass median, unpaved area, or physical barrier. You must stop when traveling I’m the opposite direction if the roadway is only separated by a painted turn lane. The Governor signed this bill into law on Friday.
Other important bills that passed through the House this week include HB62 or “Margie’s Law” which assists in early detection and treatment of breast cancer by requiring mammography examiners to notify patients when dense tissue is found. Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to detect cancer through mammography and can increase the risk for breast cancer.

Similarly, we also voted on HB 63, which strengthens the ability for doctors and patients to make decisions that are in the best interest of the patient. Step therapy, used by insurance companies, requires patients to try and fail one or more medications preferred by the insurer before receiving coverage for the medication originally prescribed. This bill gives doctors the ability request exceptions to step therapy.

Science in the Well

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to tell the story of Henrietta Lacks to my colleagues in the House. It was an incredible opportunity to share my passion for science and tell her amazing story of how even in her death, Henrietta Lacks lives on and saves the lives of many. You can watch here.

“Fragmented People”

I had the pleasure of welcoming my pastor, Reverend Richard B. Haynes of Salem MIssionary Baptist Church in Lilburn, GA, as the Chaplain of the Day this week. He was hosted by my fellow Gwinnett Representative Dewey McClain. His message about not discarding broken people was extremely timely.

Georgia is in play!

Gwinnett County had the pleasure of hosting Presidential Candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren on Saturday. She was very personable and made it a point to meet with local party members and elected officials. She also laid out her plan for boosting the workers of America. The significance of this visit is not lost on me, as it shows that candidates view Georgia as a key State on the road to the White House. 

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