Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) recently honored Representative Jenny A. Horne for her significant commitment to the public health of South Carolina’s citizens.
Horne was awarded the Douglas E. Bryant Legislator of the Year Award, which recognizes an elected state legislator for sponsorship, service and support of important public health initiatives.
As a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives representing House District 94 (Dorchester and Charleston Counties), Horne has sponsored and supported several bills to the benefit of South Carolinians. With a strong sense of social responsibility, she has fought the good fight for common sense approaches and real solutions. She is a consistent champion for health and education as the two issues must be intertwined in order to be successful.
Some of Representative Horne’s accomplishments and advocacy efforts include the following:
1. Licensure of In-Home Care Services Act
In 2011 she sponsored legislation that led to the licensing of all in-home care providers. The law assures consumer protection and provider accountability for our most vulnerable citizens.
2. Healthy Youth Amendment (H.3435)
The Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA) was passed in 1988 to standardize health education and sex education in public schools. The act has not been updated in 26 years. Representative Horne co-sponsored the amendment that would bring CHEA up to date and include provisions for increased district/monitoring/evaluation, better teacher preparation, and medically accurate instructional materials. Despite receiving bipartisan support, a minority report was placed on the bill in the Senate therefore stopping the bill with procedural delays.
3. Birth Centers Bill (H.5002)
In 2014, she sponsored a bill that would require birth centers to set up transfer guidelines for moving high risk deliveries to a hospital and also require accreditation of birthing centers. The bill was assigned to the Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.
4. Medical Cannibus Therapeutic Treatment Research Act (H.4803)
She sponsored a bill which allows patients under a doctor’s care to legally use an oil derived from the marijuana plant. The marijuana extract has the potential to help patients with epilepsy and other serious conditions. This bill is currently being voted on in the Senate.
She has been out front on many important issues to promote and protect community health. She is also committed to advancing the critical discussion of state educational system reforms. She wears many hats as a wife, mother, small business owner, and community leader in addition to her elected duties. The Association thanks Representative Horne for her vision, courage, passion and outstanding service to South Carolina. The awards presentation was made at the SCPHA Annual Meeting held May 21-22, 2014 in Columbia at the Columbia Marriott Hotel.