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Friday, February 03, 2017

NOTES FROM THE SENATE, FEBRUARY 3, 2017

BREWPUB BILL PASSES SENATE

The Senate voted 49-2 to pass SB 85, which changes the regulations affecting breweries and brewpubs. SB 85 would allow brewers to sell up to 288 ounces of malt beverages for carry home per customer per day, so long as the beverages were produced on site.

Brewers would be allowed to sell up to 3,000 barrels of malt beverage per year, with a maximum of 288 ounces allowed to be sold for consumption off premises. There is no limit to the amount of beverages which may be sold for consumption on site. Applicable taxes must be paid and local ordinances adhered to.


LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE THIS WEEK

SB 79 - Calls for a referendum to create the Georgia Gaming Commission in charge of granting licenses for two casinos in Georgia. The state would receive 20% of revenues. These funds would be split between the HOPE scholarship (70%) and a new needs based scholarship (30%).

SB 81 - Provides that the state health officer may issue a standing order allowing the issuance of opioid antagonists such as naloxone, which counteract narcotic overdose.

SB 88 - Provides for regulation of narcotic treatment programs, including minimum standards of quality; licensure of programs; application review committee and requirements; record requirements; inspections; license application denial, license revocation, and license suspension.

SB 95 - Changes the procedure for Superior Court clerks compiling the master jury list from which jurors are chosen, to prevent the collection of data regarding race, ethnicity, and social security numbers. Provides for the identifying of individuals who are deceased or deemed mentally incompetent.

SB 96 - Authorizes the pronouncement of death by registered professional nurses, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants, of patients in nursing homes or hospices, even if the deceased is an organ donor.

SB 101 - Allows some hourly employees of the Department of Natural Resources to buy creditable service for prior service for retirement purposes.

SB 102 - Establishes the Office of Cardiac Care within the Department of Public Health, which will designate emergency cardiac care centers and award grants encouraging the establishment of these centers.

SB 105 - Would alter the penalty for marijuana possession: for one-half ounce or less, a fine not to exceed $300.00; for one-half ounce but not more than two ounces, imprisonment for a period not to exceed 12 months or a fine not to exceed $1,000.00.

SB 106 - Allows registered nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia in a pain management center.

SB 108 - Requires the Commissioner of Veterans' Services to maintain a Women Veterans' Office to improve awareness of eligibility for federal and state veterans' benefits and services, and to conduct assessments of the specific needs of women veterans.

SR 146 - Constitutional Amendment for a Victim's Bill of Rights. Allowing notification of victims by alleged criminal's stages in the process and calls for victims input in decisions like parole.


PASSED BY THE HOUSE, NOW IN THE SENATE

HB 38 - Legalizes for Class C licenses, three-wheeled motor vehicles that use a steering wheel for directional control, while Class M licenses will include three-wheeled motorcycles with handlebars for directional control.

Full transcripts of bills may be found at http://www.legis.ga.gov/en-US/default.aspx . Simply type the bill number into the box at the top left-hand corner of the screen and specify if it is in the House or the Senate. As always, I welcome any questions you may have.


ATTENTION PARENTS AND SENIORS - UNG SCHOLARSHIPS

The University of North Georgia awards 42 full scholarships annually to high school seniors to earn a bachelor's degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Georgia Army National Guard after graduation. In addition to having their uniforms, tuition, books, fees, and housing costs covered, recipients receive monthly pay and stipends, a total value of approximately $70,000 over four years.

Requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.0, and applicants must meet the physical and health standards for serving in the Guard. Recipients agree to repay the scholarship by serving part-time in the Georgia Army National Guard for at least four years after graduating.

Interested students may visit www.ung.edu/cadets/scholarships or contact Tony Moss, Chairman of the UNGMS Selection Committee, at tony.moss@ung.edu for more information. The deadline for application is March 1st. I can provide the required Legislator's letter.

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