A Georgia Trauma Care Funding Amendment
did not make the November 2012 ballot
in Georgia as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
. The measure would have alloted $10 from vehicle registration fees into a trauma care trust fund. According to the proposal it would not have raised current fees or taxes.
The proposed legislation, SR 140, was sponsored by Senators Greg Goggans, Cecil Staton, William Jackson, Buddy Carter, Renee Unterman and Bill Cowsert.
- See also: Georgia Trauma Care Funding, Amendment 2 (2010)
A similar measure appeared on the ballot in 2010. Amendment 2 called for imposing a $10 registration fee on motor vehicles to raise funds for the state's trauma care centers. The new fee was projected to raise $80 million per year. The measure was defeated following a 53% to 47% vote on November 2, 2010.
- Kevin Bloye of the Georgia Hospital Association said, "We have a severe shortage of trauma centers in the state, especially when you look at the south Georgia area. We want to grow the network, but we're very concerned about those already providing the service. Or maybe they'll downgrade their designation to a Level 2. That would be disastrous."
- Alan Essig of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, said that the proposal may solve one problem but create another. "The answer is to come up with additional revenues so we're not cutting one vital service to pay for another vital service," Essig said. The proposal, he said, may make it difficult for lawmakers in the future to move funds in the budget.
Path to the ballot
- See also: How the Georgia Constitution is amended
The amendment required approval on a two-thirds vote by both the State House and State Senate.
Georgia Trauma Care Funding, Amendment 2 (2010)
- ↑ Associated Press, "Senator revives, reworks trauma care fund proposal," February 11, 2011
- ↑ WALB, "Sen. Goggans proposes more trauma centers," February 11, 2011
- ↑ Georgia General Assembly, "2011-2012 Regular Session - SR 140," accessed February 11, 2011
- ↑ Atlanta Business Chronicle, "Legislature passes trauma care funding measure," April 29, 2010
- ↑ 11Alive, "GA Legislature 2010 Session Wrap Up," April 30, 2010
- ↑ MyFoxAtlanta, "Newsmaker: Trauma Care Amendment," October 7, 2010
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 CNBC, "Ga. lawmaker looks to fill trauma care trust fund," February 20, 2011