Georgia General Assembly Week In Review

February 6, 2015

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Week Five Update

Georgia Health Insurance
The Department of Health stated Wednesday that 448,512 residents of Georgia have signed up for health insurance using the federal marketplace. About 7.5 million have chosen plans or were re-enrolled into their plans nationwide. Read more… 

Transportation Plan
Talks on the transportation plan continued this week at the capitol. The state wants to invest a billion dollars in improving the infrastructure in Georgia. They plan on raising these funds with House Bill 170. Currently taxes on gas are a 4% sales tax and a 7.5 cents per gallon excise tax. Under House Bill 170 the sales tax would be eliminated and an excise tax of 29.2 cents per gallon will be added for gasoline and 33 cents per gallon. In the current realm of gas prices this would raise the gas price significantly. In addition to this, if you drive a car run on electricity, propane or natural gas there will be an annual $200 fee for regular drivers and $300 for commercial drivers. Read more…

Medical Cannabis
The house continued with talks of legalizing medical cannabis for the use of seizure disorders and other chronic illnesses. 17 families have gone out of the state of Georgia and found positive results with cannabis treatment. Read more…