State Representative Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) announced today the final passage of House Bills 198, 288, 443, 567, and 568 during the 2015 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. These pieces of legislation, which were all sponsored by Rep. Dempsey, will now be considered by Governor Nathan Deal.
“I appreciate my colleagues’ support in helping to pass each of these very important bills this session,” said Rep. Dempsey. “These pieces of legislation strive to strengthen the lives of all who call Georgia home through support for some of our most precious assets: our children, families and veterans.”
HB 198, also known as the Jason Flatt Act-Georgia, requires all certificated public school personnel to receive annual training in suicide awareness and prevention. HB 198 also requires each local school system to adopt a policy to address procedures relating to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. HB 198 unanimously passed the House on February 19 and passed the Senate on March 24 by a vote of 45-1.
HB 288 adds two members, appointed by the governor, to the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council. The Behavioral Health Coordinating Council is charged with identifying overlapping services regarding funding and policy issues in the behavioral health system. HB 288 passed the House on March 11 by a vote of 161-7 and passed the Senate on April 2 by a vote of 46-4.
HB 443 permits employers to create policies that provide preferential hiring, promoting, or retention to veterans of the United States armed forces. HB 443 unanimously passed the House on March 13 and passed the Senate on March 27 by a vote of 51-1.
HB 567 allows a contempt proceeding for enforcement of a child support order to be brought in a court other than the court that issued the order. This measure will specifically allow child support orders to be brought to court in the county where the person owing the duty of support may be found or is employed. HB 567 unanimously passed the House on March 13 and unanimously passed the Senate on April 2.
HB 568 requires paternity testing in all new child support cases in Georgia involving children who are born out of wedlock where paternity has not been established. Under HB 568, any alleged father that is proven to not be the biological father will be relieved from the duty to pay child support. HB 568 unanimously passed the House on March 13 and unanimously passed the Senate on April 2.
For more information on the legislation sponsored by Rep. Dempsey, please click here.