State Advocacy

Georgia continues to have a strong research base, but must actively work to create a supportive environment that enables entrepreneurs and companies to convert innovative ideas into marketable new products, services, and jobs.

2018 Session Recap

The legislative session concluded with Sine Die on Thursday, March 29.  All bills that successfully made it  through this year will now head to the Governor’s desk for his approval. He has 40 days to sign or veto legislation.  

This legislative session was characterized by a highly charged political environment going into the 2018 elections. After eight years in office, Governor Deal will finish out his final year as Governor and there is a large field of candidates gearing up for the Republican  and Democratic primaries on May 22. Georgia Bio will monitor election activity over the  next months and keep members informed on election results. Georgia Bio will also be working with our members this year  on our legislative priorities going into the 2019 session.


2018 State Policy Priorities

I. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TAX REFORM

Preserve existing tax exemptions and economic development incentives related to life sciences companies and organizations. Enact new tax policies and incentives to spur company and capital formation, and job growth.

II. UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

Maintain FY 2018-19 funding levels for college and university life sciences-related research through allocations to the Georgia Research Alliance and the University System of Georgia.

III. PATIENT ACCESS

Ensure patients’ access to innovative therapies in any modifications to commercial health insurance plans and the State’s Medicaid and state employee health plans. Monitor Medicaid program and oppose reductions in state funding.

Assist healthcare providers in their efforts to improve patient outcomes.

Support modifications to commercial health insurance, Medicaid, and state employee health plans, which promote patient access to adequate provider networks and enhance plan transparency.

IV. REGENERATIVE AND REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE

Georgia should support the federal regulations governing research and technology applications in regenerative and reproductive medicine.

V. STEM EDUCATION STANDARDS

Encourage education that enhances economic development and competitiveness, specifically in the life sciences arena. Improve math standards and support Next Generation Science Standards to advance the states' employment pool and close the skills gap in Georgia's workforce.