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Session Update- Weeks 3 & 4

As always, Capitol Hill was full of excitement as we continue to make our way through the 2017 legislative session. Week three was eventful as we overwhelmingly passed the amended fiscal year 2017 budget and during week four, we took up measures regarding public safety and agriculture.

House bills 38 & 58 are public safety initiatives aimed at keeping us in line with federal regulation. HB 38 clarifies the definition and license requirements where three-wheeled vehicles controlled by a steering wheel are concerned. HB 58 simply updates the reference date in current law to federal regulations regarding the safe operation of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicles. All bills that have passed the House are now under consideration in the Senate.

House Bill 49 works to protect our Georgia farmers from fraudulent activity in regards to the sell and acquisition of livestock. Fraud has dramatically increased with the use of internet sale transactions. This bill will tighten regulations regarding licenses and close regulatory loopholes within the Department of AG. 

Sponsored Legislation

In addition to vetting initiatives presented by fellow House members, I have also been working hard on legislation of which I am the primary sponsor. I am pleased to announce that two of my bills have successfully jumped the first legislative hurdle, each favorably passing out of committee. Last year, you may remember House Bill 216, which I sponsored in an effort to allow firefighters workers compensation for a work related cancer diagnosis as a result from their service on the job. After working with our firefighters and state leadership, we have decided to continue these efforts in the form of two separate bills. 

House Bill 146, requires legally organized fire departments to provide and maintain certain insurance coverage for firefighters and includes an exemption for benefits received under insurance coverage. The legislation also allows for local governing authorities to allocate public dollars in funding for the needed insurance coverage. HB 146 was passed out of the Insurance Committee and now moves to the House Rules Committee. 

House Bill 152  would add cancer to the list of occupational diseases covered by a firefighter’s worker’s compensation benefits if it is proven that the cancer was caused by the individual’s employment. The coverage is currently not allowed under state law. HB 152 will change that. The bill was voted out of the House Industry & Labor Committee and now awaits its fate in the House Rules Committee before moving to the floor for a full House vote. 

This legislation is personal to me because my family is full of firefighters, and I see what they go through on a daily basis. I am committed to continuing the fight for this legislation. These brave men and women diagnosed with cancer due to their service deserve a fighting chance. I will continue to update you on these efforts as we make our way towards the last day of session which has been set for March 30th. 

Always love having my family to the Capitol!
Huge thanks to my dad Michael Gravley, Sr., and my brother-in-law Steve Paintin who came to support me for the presentation of both Firefighter Bills, and the Medical Cannabis Working Committee. 

Sponsored Resolutions

On January 24th, I had the pleasure of recognizing Douglas County's many film contributions through House Resolution 93, which honored the Douglas County Film Trail efforts. Over the years, Douglas County has been instrumental in growing Georgia's thriving film industry, as it has played host to nearly 40 T.V. and movie productions since 1976. The Douglas County Film Trail welcomes tourists to our area as individuals use digital maps or hard copies from the Douglas County Welcome Center and Film Office to conduct semi-structured, self-guided tours of various film sites. As a lifelong resident of this area, it has been amazing to experience first-hand our growth within the film industry. To put it more simply, Douglas County was a pioneer in Georgia's film industry, before filming in Georgia was "cool." Proud to represent Douglas County!     
Celebrating Georgia Tourism with my colleague and friend, Rep. Jay Collins, and our very own Douglas County Tourism, Economic Development, and Film leaders, along with our Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and City of Douglasville. Big thanks to Collin Cash, Breezy Turner Straton, Samantha Rosado with Douglasville Tourism, and Whitney Constien for being at the Capitol to represent Douglas County and Douglasville as we payed tribute to Douglas County's contributions to the Film Industry.

Thank you local media!

When it comes to politics, you rarely see an elected official thanking news outlets, however, we are truly blessed in our region of the state to have responsible and fair media outlets! I would like to thank my friends at the Douglas County Sentinel, the Dallas New Era and the Paulding Neighbor for ensuring that we are all informed on district happenings.

I would also like to say thank you to these publications for always reaching out to ensure they haven't missed the latest news from the Georgia General Assembly! In fact, last week, all three news outlets featured articles in regards to my work in the state legislature. I am so grateful to these publications for allowing me the opportunity to share how we are working on your behalf under the Gold Dome.

I encourage you to subscribe to these area papers if you have not done so already! You will not be sorry. Below are a few links to the stories they covered in the last week regarding my ongoing work as your Representative.

The Douglas County Sentinel:

The Dallas New Era: Gold Dome Report

The Paulding Neighbor:
Georgia House recognizes Douglas County's historic role in film industry

Thankful for positive coverage outside of our district!
I will return in a couple of weeks with the latest news from the Gold Dome! In the meantime, if you need anything at all, please let me know. I would love to hear your ideas, insights, questions or concerns. As always, thank you for allowing me to serve you! 

Rep. J. Collins and I welcomed Douglas County Superior Court Judge David Emerson to the Capitol for the State of the Judiciary. 
Copyright © 2017 Micah Gravley for House District 67, All rights reserved.

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