Candidate Announcement: June Krise-Georgia State Senate, District 51

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June Krise

June Krise, RN, has qualified with the Democratic Party of Georgia to run for State Senate District 51, which includes
White, Dawson, Gilmer, Fannin, Lumpkin, Union, half of Pickens, and a small part of Forsyth Counties. She is moved
by all she has learned from residents within this district and is seeking the office of State Senator to positively give
back to her community.

A resident of White County, June and her husband, Dr. Richard Krise, moved to the area in 2001 when Dr. Krise
accepted the position of Principal at White County High School. June and Richard have three children and five
grandsons, ranging in age from 2 to 13.

June is a graduate of Kennesaw College, and has over 30 years of practice in the health care field as a Registered
Professional Nurse. After 12 years in regulatory services and community care Medicaid policy, June opened her
own consulting firm — Quality of Life Enterprises, Inc., to lend her expertise by helping others start up small
healthcare businesses. In addition to her consultation work, June is an advocate for the elderly, as well as
intellectually and/or developmentally delayed adults. She aids them and their families in their efforts to maneuver
through the eligibility process for the Community Care Services Program, SOURCE waivers, and DD waivers.

June is constantly inspired by those with whom she has interacted, and on whose behalf, she has advocated. She is
committed to work toward translating the needs of the people into legislative proposals in the Georgia Senate, and
she will work hard to bring positive change to the lives of District 51 residents.

In particular, Krise intends to focus her efforts on:
• Improving access to HEALTHCARE — especially for the blind, the disabled, the elderly, and mothers and babies
(Georgia ranks 44th out of 50 for infant mortality, and 50th for maternal mortality). She believes the state of
Georgia should expand the waivers that assist the elderly find quality, affordable housing and personal care,
help fight addiction, and support rural hospitals.
• Supporting EDUCATION by looking out for our TEACHERS and STUDENTS in North Georgia’s excellent public
school system, emphasizing dual enrollment and vocational options, and returning the full HOPE scholarships,
which provide affordable access to technical schools and colleges.
• Protecting our ENVIRONMENT through common-sense legislation to ensure clean air and water, protection
for our mountains, and HIGH-SPEED INTERNET, resulting in an influx of environmentally friendly businesses
seeking out this region to build their futures, as well as employing residents of this area.
• Expanding TOURISM and the ARTS in North Georgia. June realizes that these are significant sources of
revenue for this district and she will aim her sights on identifying new cities ripe for growth and economic
expansion while working with already thriving cities to further enhance their reputations as tourist magnets.

June’s background and accomplishments qualify her to accomplish these legislative goals, and she realizes this CAN
be accomplished by reaching across the aisle and working with her Republican counterparts. Her experiences have
allowed her to learn the skills of executive management, clear communication, information transfer, teambuilding,
cooperation, and negotiation that underlie the processes of developing and passing legislation. She has served as
President of the 9th District Democratic Women, is currently a State Committee Member of the Democratic Party of
Georgia, an officer of the White County Democratic Committee, Chair of the DPG’s 9th Congressional District, and
1st Vice Chair of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women.

To learn more about June, please visit her website: junekriseforGeorgia.com, follow her on Facebook at “June
Krise for Georgia,” or contact her via phone at 770-722-7994.

Update from the Gold Dome: Week 7

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Sen. Steve Gooch

By: Sen. Steve Gooch (R — Dahlonega)

This week, the Senate completed Legislative Days 17 through 21, meaning we are now officially past the halfway point of the 2020 session.

In these 21 days, the Senate has addressed issues across the spectrum of policy areas including healthcare, public safety and foster care reform.

Our state has a lot to be proud of, especially our designation as the number one state in which to do business. However, a large part of fostering a positive business climate is having a strong legal system that promotes fairness and is efficient enough to handle some of the complex litigation that arises from business liability disputes. Currently, Georgia is severely lacking in several aspects of our legal environment that need to be addressed quickly in order to improve our civil justice environment.

Last summer, a Senate Study Committee traveled across the state to hear from stakeholders in the business and legal communities on some of the major areas of litigation that need to be improved in Georgia. This committee ultimately supplied a list of recommendations, which were taken into account in Senate Bill 415, which I sponsored. SB 415 received an extensive hearing in an Insurance and Labor subcommittee and addresses a variety of issues that would allow our judicial process to operate more efficiently and even the playing field for both mom and pop shops on main street, as well as larger corporations.

I am hopeful that this bill will move quickly through the legislative process so we can begin to make the incremental changes necessary to improve Georgia’s civil justice climate. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the senate to perfect this bill and get Georgia back on the right track.

In keeping with the theme of making Georgia’s business climate as strong as it can be, the Senate passed a bill that would allow the legislature to determine the economic viability of certain tax credit programs. While tax credits are undoubtedly an asset in attracting businesses to locate to or expand in Georgia, we also need to ensure that we are receiving a beneficial return on investment.

Senate Bill 302 would allow the Chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee to each request five economic analyses of tax credits each year. These analyses must include, among other things, the net change in state revenue associated with the credit. Having this data available will not only allow us to determine which current tax credits are more beneficial than others, but will also inform how tax credits are implemented in the future.

Healthcare was another issue that was addressed this week and the Senate made meaningful process in addressing an issue that has affected many patients across the state. “Surprise billing” has been an area the legislature has been trying to fight for years and this week we passed a bill that attempts to resolve many of the issues faced by consumers.

Senate Bill 359 would take the patient out of the middle of a price dispute when they unexpectedly receive out-of-network care and outlines an arbitration and negotiation process to allow insurance companies and healthcare providers to work these discrepancies out themselves. This will allow the consumer to focus on getting better and grant them more peace of mind when undergoing a medical procedure.

Since we are now past the official halfway point of the session, our next important deadline will be Crossover Day, which will fall on March 12. While that may sound far off, at the pace the Senate has been moving it will be here before we know it. There is still a lot of work to accomplish in the time we have remaining, such as the budget, but I am never too busy to hear from you. If you ever have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to reach out to my office.

Sen. Steve Gooch serves as Majority Whip of the Senate Majority Caucus. He represents the 51st Senate District, which includes Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Union and White counties, and portions of Forsyth and Pickens counties. He may be reached at 404.656.9221 or via email at [email protected]

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