Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., releases overview of 2020 legislative session

The office of Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick distributed the following press release on August 5…

Today, Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D. (R-Marietta) joined Gov. Brian P. Kemp for the final signing of bills for the 2020 legislative session. In total, the session saw the passage of 342 bills and resolutions, including local and general, 11 of which were legislation carried or sponsored by Sen. Kirkpatrick.  

“In spite of the challenges of the 2020 legislative session and my own bout with COVID, I had a very successful session,” said Sen. Kirkpatrick. “I was able to pass six important bills that help the citizens of Georgia and carry five others that also passed. These bills are helpful to patients, especially women, as well as victims of domestic violence, nonprofit organizations, and the Holocaust Commission. As a physician, I look forward to continuing my health care agenda and representing District 32.”

An overview of Sen. Kirkpatrick’s legislation…

Sponsored Legislation

Senate Bill 134: Would reassign the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. S.B. 134 was signed by the governor on August 5.

Senate Bill 345: The “Save our Sandwiches” bill will update Georgia Code to allow nonprofit organizations to safely operate summer feeding programs to distribute food to hungry children. S.B. 345 was signed by the governor on August 5.

Senate Bill 477: Defines the term “predominant aggressor” during investigations of family violence and allows an officer to arrest an individual identified as such. S.B. 477 was signed by the governor on August 5.

Senate Bill 391: Requires health insurers to provide early refills for a 30-day supply of certain prescription medications. S.B. 391 was signed by the governor on August 5.

Senate Bill 308: Removes the Georgia Bureau of Investigation from the process of investigating abandoned vessels in public waters. S.B. 308 was signed by the governor on July 29.

Senate Bill 381: Asserts that certain information and data obtained by the state from the Department of Agriculture from the Food and Drug Administration will remain confidential under specific circumstances. S.B. 381 was signed by the governor on July 29.

Carried Legislation

House Bill 521: Allows dental professionals licensed in another state to temporarily receive a license to practice in Georgia in order to provide care to low-income patients. H.B. 521 was signed by the governor on July 16.

House Bill 752: Revises the background check and licensure process for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and psychologists as it relates to the submission of fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Crime Information Center. H.B. 752 was carried by Sen. Bruce Thompson (R-White), but it included language from Senate Bill 417, which was sponsored by Sen. Kirkpatrick. S.B. 417 related to criminal background checks for an expedited physician licensee. H.B. 752 was signed by the governor on August 3.

House Bill 791: Allows health insurers to provide early refills for a 30-day supply of certain prescription medications in the case of emergencies, as well as to dispense up to a 90-day supply of certain maintenance medications. H.B. 791 was signed by the governor on August 5.

House Bill 1114: Provides Medicaid coverage for postpartum mothers for a period of up to six months following the date of birth, as well as coverage for lactation care and services. H.B. 1114 was signed by the governor on July 16.

House Bill 1125: Requires the Georgia Department of Public Health to create and maintain a list of factors that can indicate a higher risk for breast cancer, as well as for the State Health Benefit Plan to provide coverage for breast cancer screenings for individuals aged 30 or higher that are at high risk. H.B. 1125 was signed by the governor on August 5.

All 2020 legislation signed into law by Gov. Kemp

Sen. Kirkpatrick serves as the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee. She represents the 32nd Senate District, which includes portions of East Cobb and Sandy Springs. She may be reached at 404.656.3932 or kay.kirkpatrick@senate.ga.gov.