News From Under The Gold Dome
Hello!

We returned to the Gold Dome on Tuesday, February 7 to begin another eventful week of the legislative session which included a full schedule of House committee activity and hearings on many important topics. With a month of session behind us, many bills are beginning to make their way out of their respective committees and onto the House floor for a vote, and this week, my colleagues and I saw the passage of several significant bills that would better the lives of the citizens in our state.

In our local community news, the Covington Rockdale Chamber of Commerce has a busy calendar this month with many interesting events. I hope you will visit HERE and get involved!

I would also encourage you to check out the Community Job Board for opportunities in our community.

Visit Georgia Resists to find ways to get involved in state issues as well. EDUCATE. ADVOCATE. AGITATE! 

I am honored serve on the following committees: Education, Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications, Judiciary Non-Civil, Juvenile Justice, Appropriations Sub-Committee on Transportation, and Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment.

I want you to know you are always welcome to visit me at my capitol office, call or  email me.
 
I hope you will take the opportunity to review my updates to stay informed on legislative matters that affect our district and state. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.

For updates throughout the year, please be sure visit my Facebook  page.    
 
Sincerely,
Representative Pam Dickerson 


Week In Review  

SB 70 Our health care community asked us to help insure that our hospitals can continue to provide health care to their communities by extending the Hospital Provider Fee. This fee generates $311 million in funds that is used to draw down $600 million in federal matching dollars. Together, these funds are returned to hospitals according to the level of Medicaid care they provide to help level the financial playing field among hospitals as Medicaid reimbursement rates are less than the cost of care. I am always happy when I can do anything to help our local hospitals!

Chief Magistrate Court Judge Phinia Aten at the Capitol for Magistrate Judge Day


Another helpful bill for Georgia citizens is HB 154 because access to dental care is a rural issue. This bill authorizes licensed dental hygienists to perform certain application of sealants, oral prophylaxis, fluoride treatment, oral hygiene education, processing of radiographs, and any protocols regarding urgent dental issues that arise under the general supervision of the authorizing licensed dentist. Licensed dental hygienists shall perform their duties only if a licensed dentist is in the dental office.

Dental screenings in schools, volunteer community health settings, senior centers, family violence shelters hospitals, clinics, state, county, local and federal public health programs will not require direct supervision.
In support of our firefighters I supported HB 146 which requires legally organized fire departments to maintain insurance coverage for all firefighters in the department to pay claims for cancer diagnosed after a firefighter has served the department for 12 consecutive months.
Rockdale County School nutritionist at the Capitol speaking to their Legislators. Thanks Peggy for advocating for healthy meals in our schools.


HB 176 is definitely a bill that supports farmers. Basically, it allows our own Georgia Department of Agriculture to inspect and enforce federal standards. I support our department of Agriculture and am more comfortable with them enforcing standards rather than the federal government.

For those of you involved in the real estate business HB 39 allows for a 10-day grace period for real estate appraisers, brokers, and salespersons to notify their respective board or commission, in writing, when such person is convicted of a crime. The respective board then has the authority to revoke the license after 60 days from the date of conviction if no notice has been provided.

HB 88 amends general provisions regarding superior court judges by adding that a judge must also remain in such good standing with the State Bar of Georgia while serving as a judge. When a judge is disbarred or suspended from the practice of law by the Supreme Court, voluntary or involuntary, the office shall be vacated immediately, regardless of bar status at the time of election.

We will reconvene on Tuesday, February 14 for the 17th legislative day.

 
Falcons defensive player #97 Grady Jarrett being honored at Rockdale County High School
                                         
Stay Connected
Our House website, www.house.ga.gov , has a number of tools to help you stay up-to-date on what's going on at the Capitol: you can watch a live stream of the House proceedings, view live and archived committee meetings, and review legislation we are considering.

If you know a student 12 and over who would like to learn more about the House Page Program you can do so HERE. 

Contact Representative Dickerson

Capitol Address

611-E Coverdell Legislative Office Building

Atlanta, GA 30334

404.656.0314 - Office

 

District Address

PO Box 1016

Conyers, GA 30013

770.602.0085 - Office


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