Georgia Advocacy

 

FINAL UPDATE, 2015 GEORGIA LEGISLATIVE SESSION 5-14-15

 

On May 5, Governor Nathan Deal signed SB109—POLST—Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment.  The Georgia Chapter joined with the POLST Collaborative and others in support of the bill, and ensuring that the needs of those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias were protected in this legislation.

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On May 5, Governor Deal also signed HB72—Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation Bill Signing.  The Georgia Chapter joined with the Council on Aging, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council and others in support of the bill, and ensuring that the needs of those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias were protected in his legislation.

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On Tuesday, May 12, the Governor issued vetoes and corresponding statements on 15 pieces of legislation, among them on HB86—Reposition the Aging Agency Bill.  Below is the Governor’s statement regarding his veto of the bill:

Veto Number 4

HB 86  House Bill 86 seeks to transfer the Division of Aging Services (DAS) from the Department of Human Services (DHS) to create the Georgia Adult and Aging Services Agency as an attached agency to the Department of Community Health. The legislation would transfer social services such as senior employment services, elderly legal assistance, in-home services, home delivered meals and adult protective services to the Department of Community Health, an agency responsible for the planning and delivery of health care to the citizens and employees of the State of Georgia. 

This legislation attempts to merge two agencies with diverse missions and methods of service delivery while failing to align elderly services to the agency whose mission and scope is to deliver human services throughout the state. I welcome the opportunity to revisit the restructuring of Division of Aging Services in the future to create a more tailored alignment of services to agency mission. Accordingly, I hereby VETO House Bill 86. 

Ginny Helms, Vice President for Programs, Services and Public Policy, for the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, stated that we plan to continue to work with the Governor to get the state fully behind the state’s aging programs and services and funding, and to ensure that the agency does not take a disproportionate number of cuts within the Department of Human Services.

 

JUNE IS ALZHEIMER’S AND BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH

Pledge to go purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month — an opportunity to join the global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, a fatal disease that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.  During the month of June, the Alzheimer’s Association® asks people around the world to take the Purple Pledge and use their brains to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Help us turn the world purple! Take the pledge and do one or more of the following
:

• Wear purple throughout June and especially on Sunday, June 21 – The Longest Day®.
• Ask friends and family to take the pledge and join the cause.
• Turn your Facebook profile purple.
• Sign up to be an advocate-- Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today.

 Visit www.alz.org/pledge to take the pledge today!  

 

Interested in looking up Federal or State Legislation? These two sites will help:

For Federal Legislation:

Legislative Information
A service from the U.S. Library of Congress. Includes a schedule of current floor activities in Congress, documentation of all major legislation, summaries of bills and their status, text of the Congressional Record, committee reports, and home pages. Provides information about other Congressional Internet sites, Library of Congress Web links and a directory of e-mail addresses for members of Congress.
     See: https://beta.congress.gov/

For Georgia Legislation: 

To check the status of a bill in the Georgia Legislature, or to see a photo of your GA state senator or GA state representative, go to: www.legis.state.ga.us. On the left-hand menu bar, click on "Search Legislation" to find a specific bill. On the same menu bar, click on "Picture Book," to find a photo of your legislator. It sometimes takes a little time for the picture book to be updated during the first year of the two-year session.