Chamblee Annexation Meeting and Other News

2.14.2017
Staff

Today was the 17th Legislative Day at the Capitol. Things are beginning to pick up in the General Assembly as well as in the 81st House District, and there are a few important updates I'd like to share with you.

Proposed Chamblee Annexation:
Yesterday I spoke on the phone with John Oselette, a resident of the Hawthorne area, who is leading an effort by a group of citizens who would like to have a part of unincorporated DeKalb annexed into Chamblee. I am sharing a copy of the draft map that was provided to me below. I will be following this closely and will keep you updated.

An annexation of this size would require a referendum by the voters in the proposed annexation area. Residents of the existing city would not be able to vote in that referendum, however. For this reason, the first step in considering any annexation would be a thorough consideration of the feasibility and all pros and cons by the Mayor, the City Council, and the citizens they now represent. Mr. Oselette and his group will be presenting their proposal to the City Council in a work session this Thursday, February 16th, at 6 PM at the Civic Center, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee, GA 30341. Following that, I expect that there will be extensive discussion among the members of the City Council and their constituents.

Vista Grove:
I also received a call concerning a proposed new city named Vista Grove. I do not have many details but here is the website: www.vistagrove.org.

Dekalb County Ethics Legislation:
I mentioned in my last email that I am sponsoring local legislation requested by DeKalb County's Board of Ethics. This bill will update the county ethics code to include provisions that are generally found in ethics codes. These include anti-nepotism provisions, gift restrictions, and anti-retaliation provisions for individuals who report ethics violations. This will require a vote by the public because it will update the ethics legislation passed and approved by voters in 2015.

Hospital Provider Fee:
This past week, the House voted on a bipartisan basis to extend the hospital provider fee for an additional three years. The hospital provider fee is a tax of 1.45% on revenue hospitals earn from treating patients, the cost of which is offset through state Medicaid funding and the additional federal funding that results from that state investment. This will allow the state to fill a $900 million gap in Medicaid funding.

Update on Rape Kit Backlog:
The work on clearing the rape kit backlogs continues. As you may have read in the AJC this past week, the GBI recently finished processing rape kits picked up from cases involving children. Of the 218 kits processed, 8 have been matched to men now in prison, 3 have been matched to other unsolved cases, and enough DNA was recovered in 36 its to build profiles on the CODIS DNA database to be used by law enforcement nationwide. You can read the article here. I will continue to work on this extremely important issue.

Thanks for reading, and take good care.

Very truly yours,
Scott



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