- Playmaker: Judy Fitzgerald.
- Role: Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
- Tenure: 2016 to present.
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Food insecurity in Georgia is huge, and a Senate bill hopes to bring parties together to figure out how to fix it
A two-year effort to tackle food insecurity in Georgia may be coming to fruition. The General Assembly is now moving on SB 177, a bill to create a Food Security Advisory Council that would find ways to get more healthy food to economically disadvantaged people in underserved areas. It began in early 2021, when Sen. Harold …
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