Only 12 days into the 2017 legislative session, Georgia Senators took on a controversial issue — the state’s tax on hospital beds — and overwhelmingly passed it.

The Hospital Provider Payment Agreement — or what has become known as the bed tax– was set to expire June 30, and had been identified as a top priority for the 2017 session by Gov. Nathan Deal and other top Republican leaders. Thursday, lawmakers took the first steps in extending the bed tax for three more years on a 50-3 vote of approval by Senators. SB 70 now moves on to the House of Representatives. 

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