By Rep. Alan Powell
On Monday, Gov. Nathan Deal released the final report and recommendations from the Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee, which was created last year to identify and provide solutions to address the financial struggles of Georgia’s rural hospitals.
The committee’s purpose is to review and recommend steps to ensure that all Georgians, no matter where they live, have the ability to receive adequate health care and to strengthen a system that affects not only our citizens’ wellbeing but also the condition of our local economies.
As the next step in Georgia’s highly successful criminal justice reforms of the past several years, legislation proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal is now being considered to combine the supervision functions of three state agencies into a new Department of Community Supervisions.
As reported last week, the Transportation Funding Act introduced by the chairman of the House Transportation is a work in progress and has already been significantly amended from its original form. A subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee approved the amended version of the legislation on Feb. 9.
Members of the House of Representatives voted unanimously Jan. 29 to approve amendments to the state budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2015, which ends June 30. Changes to the $20.9 billion budget add $276 million worth of appropriations, 70 percent of which is devoted to education.