This week, in the race for Senator Johnny Grant’s Senate District 25, a mailer was sent, from the Democratic Party of Georgia, on behalf of Democratic Candidate Bruce Gilbert.
The mailer makes this claim: “Johnny Grant voted to eliminate breast cancer and autism screenings from basic health insurance coverage in Georgia. That’s just plain wrong.” The mailer then gives the following citation as “proof” of it’s claim: “Check the facts: SB 174 3/11/2005.”
Fact check: What passed out of the Senate Committee on Insurance and Labor and was subsequently voted upon on the floor of the Senate was a Committee Sub which may be seen .
This version contained coverage of newborns, complications of pregnancy, ovarian cancer screenings, colorectal cancer screenings, treatment of dependent children with cancer, diabetes self management training, child wellness exams, and mammograms, pap smears, and prostate cancer screenings under Georgia Code Section 33 – 30 – 4.2. This LC 21 8314S is the version that passed the Senate which you can see here.
The long and short of it is that if you go look at the public record, Senator Johnny Grant didn’t vote against mammograms, he actually voted to preserve them in the new law in Senate Vote #212 on March 11, 4:07 PM.