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House approves ‘bed tax;' most local lawmakers vote yes
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February 03, 2013 06:00 PM | 1072 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Georgia House of Representatives Friday voted 147-18 with five abstaining and 10 absent, to approve the state’s Hospital Medicaid Financing Program Act (Senate Bill 24), which renews Georgia’s “bed tax,” a fee levied on every hospital’s bed in the state to help overcome Medicaid cuts.

House members representing the area — District 48’s Harry Geisinger, R-Roswell; District 54’s Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta; District 56’s “Able” Mable Thomas, D-Atlanta; District 51’s Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs; District 52’s Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs; and District 53’s Sheila Jones, D-Atlanta — all voted yes.

Jan. 17, the Senate approved the bill 46-9, with one senator abstaining. It now only needs Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature to become law.

Senators representing the area mostly voted along party lines, with District 56’s John Albers, R-Roswell; District 6’s Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna; District 32’s Judson Hill, R-Marietta; and District 36’s Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, voting yes and District 39’s Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, and District 38’s Horacena Tate, D-Atlanta, voting no.

Information: www.legis.ga.gov.
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