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GA Senate backs bill creating Alzheimer's registry
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ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has endorsed legislation that would establish a state registry of people with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders.

State senators voted 45-6 on Monday to support establishment of the registry, which would be maintained by the Department of Public Health, to assist with public policy and planning. The bill allows for the disclosure of only non-identifying data for planning and research.

The Senate also voted 45-5 in favor of creating the Georgia Adult and Aging Services Agency to work with community partners in business and local government to address adult and aging needs. Republican Sen. Renee Unterman of Buford says the agency would be funded with money appropriated to the state Division of Aging Services, which it would replace.

Both bills head to the House for consideration.