Georgia Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., to serve on three study committees

The office of Georgia Sen. Kirkpatrick, M.D., distributed the following press release on August 22…

Georgia Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D. (R-Marietta) was appointed by Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan to serve on three study committees: Senate Study Committee on Evaluating and Simplifying Physician Oversight of Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Senate Study Committee on Protection from Sexual Predators, and Senate Study Committee on Educational Development of African American Children in Georgia.

“It is an honor to serve on each of these study committees,” said Sen. Kirkpatrick. “These committees will provide us the opportunity to study critical subjects in-depth over the next few months so we have the background needed to propose legislation for the 2020 legislative session, if necessary. I would like to thank the Lt. Governor for recognizing the importance of these committees, and I look forward to working with my colleagues, stakeholders and our citizens on these important issues.”

The Senate Study Committee on Evaluating and Simplifying Physician Oversight of Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses was created by the passage of S.R. 202 and has five members who will review the current regulations surrounding physician oversight, the various state licensing boards that govern the parties, and the realities of implementing the regulations in practice.

The Senate Study Committee on Protection from Sexual Predators was created by the passage of S.R. 371. The five members on the study committee will review the implications of the Supreme Court of Georgia Park v. State case, which “found that the statutory authorization of lifetime satellite based monitoring of sex offenders who are no longer serving any part of their sentences was unconstitutional pursuant to the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

The Senate Study Committee on the Educational Development of African American Children in Georgia was created by the passage of S.R. 468 and has five members who will review educational success in regards to African American youth and consider any needed changes to education in Georgia.

Each of these study committees must report their findings on or before December 1, 2019.

Sen. Kirkpatrick serves as 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.