“The public comments are important because they become part of the legal record,” said Laura Colbert, who submitted a letter opposing the proposal on behalf of Georgians for a Healthy…
Back in December, The Public Health Commission issued its final report to the Governor, Speaker, and Lieutenant Governor recommending that the Division of Public Health become an independent, cabinet-level state agency, with the Commissioner reporting directly to the Governor and serving as the state’s chief health officer. On February 10, 2011, Representative Mickey Channell (R-Greensboro) introduced House Bill 214 that would do just that. The legislation would take the Department of Public and Health out of the Department of Community Health and would make it its own stand-alone agency effective July 1, 2011. The bill has the support and backing of Governor Deal and key Republican Leadership, as well as members of the public health community.
On Wednesday, the legislation won unanimous approval from the House Health and Human Services Committee and now moves on to the Rules Committee before moving on to the House floor.
Click here to read a release from Partner Up! for Public Health Campaign on this legislation.