ATLANTA, Ga. -- Melissa Solares holds her 14-month-old sleeping daughter, rocking back and forth, as she explains to the lawmaker she has stopped in the hallway, that the autism insurance bill has the support of the Surgeon General.
It's Hail Mary Monday at the capitol.
"Yeah. This is it. Yeah." Anna Bullard knows it is no longer a fight to get the autism insurance bill to a vote. That fight is over. The fight now is to simply get a hearing before it goes to the insurance mandate commission, where it will sit until next year.
Of the three bills going to the commission, the autism bill is the only one not to get a hearing.
Bullard says, "I've voted republican my whole life."
The lawmakers not supporting the bill are people for whom Anna Bullard voted.