Hospital Tax Squeaks through Senate

Update: House Speaker David Ralston said this afternoon that his chamber will not consider changes made to the bill by the Senate. Unless both chambers agree on a common version, the bill cannot become law.

Original Post: After a contentious debate, the state Senate passed a bill to tax hospital revenues and put the money toward Medicaid. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The so-called hospital “sick tax” was on life-support Thursday when it reached the floor of the Georgia Senate.

By the end of the day, after hours of debate, delays, backroom politics and hurt feelings, the Senate approved HB 307, which would impose a hospital tax to help fill a $600 million gap in Medicaid funding.

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