Final Week Before Cross-Over Day
Monday, February 22, 2016
2016 GEDA Legislative Monitor Report #6
The General Assembly reconvened Tuesday, February 16, 2016, Day 21, and recessed on Friday, February 19, 2016, Day 24. The General Assembly will convene Monday through Friday Feb. 22-26. Day 30—Cross -Over Day—will be Monday, February 29. Bills that do not pass from one chamber to the other by Day 30 cannot be considered for passage by both chambers and receive the Governor’s signature.
The House passed the FY-2017 budget and transmitted it to the Senate for consideration. The Senate began committee hearings that will continue this week.
HB 751-Ralston of the 7th
The bill creates the FY-2017 Budget.
HB 919-Duncan of the 26th
Amends Titles 31 and 48 of the O.C.G.A. relating to health and revenue and taxation, respectively, so as to approve rural health care organizations which provide health care services to underserved areas in this state; to provide for definitions; to provide for tax credits for contributions to rural health care organizations; to provide for the amount, nature, limits, and procedures for such tax credits; to provide for related matters; to provide for applicability; and for other purposes.
The bill proposes to create an income tax credit for individuals and corporations that make contributions to qualified rural health care organizations. The aggregate amount of tax credits allowed per tax year is capped at $250 million. Tax credits must be preapproved by the Commissioner of Revenue. The Commissioner of the Department of Public Health will approve ‘rural health care organizations’ that qualify for the contributions. Rural health care organizations must be certified by the Department of Public Health. They are defined as being located in a rural county; participating in both Medicaid and Medicare and accepting both Medicaid and Medicare patients; providing health care services to indigent patients; and receiving at least 25 percent of its gross net revenue from treating indigent patients.