Lawmakers will be tied up in budget hearings all week after kicking off the 2023 session of the Georgia General Assembly last Monday. Both the House and Senate opened the new session by adopting rules that will govern the two chambers for the next two years – some which have drawn heavy criticism. And the Senate saw two bills dropped during the first few days of session that deal with COVID.

Sen. Greg Dolezal, R-Cumming, is the main sponsor of Senate Bill 1 which would remove the automatic repealer of the prohibition on state and local governments from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for government services. The bill also amends an Act relating to “prohibitions on local boards of education, local school superintendents, or school administrators, teachers, or other school personnel from making or enforcing any rule that requires a student to wear a face mask or face covering while present on school property.” 

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