Georgia General Assembly Has Committee Work Day

There may be a calm before most storms, but there certainly isn’t one before Crossover Day in the Georgia General Assembly. Contrary to the popular idiom, House members spent late Tuesday and Wednesday pleading, cajoling, and, in some cases, ramming legislation through committee with quickly fading hopes of making it to the House floor before the gavel falls on Legislative Day 28. There’s been so much activity that we’re here with a special Committee Work Day edition of the #GoldDomeReport.

Crossover Day is indeed shaping up to be a chaotic gale. The Senate set a Rules Calendar with 58 measures to take up, and the House will start the day with 44 agenda items. But be on the lookout for a Supplemental Rules Calendar in the House, because on Crossover Day and Sine Die, one is never enough.

In this Report:

  • Committee Reports
  • What’s Next

Committee Reports

House Public Health Committee

The House Public Health Committee, chaired by Representative Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta), met late on Tuesday to consider the following measures:

  • HB 1408, authored by Representative Jodi Lott (R-Evans), amends Title 31 to add ulcerative colitis as a condition for which low THC oil may be used for treatment. Lott presented the bill to the committee, explaining that ulcerative colitis is similar to Crohn’s Disease, which is already on the list.
  • HB 1409, authored by Representative Rob Leverett (R-Elberton), amends Title 51 to limit liability for mental health care providers under certain circumstances. Specifically, the bill limits liability for mental health care providers providing care to individuals age 21 or under to instances of gross negligence (instead of mere negligence), provides considerations for the jury in such cases, and limits liability for punitive damages.

Leverett presented the bill to the committee, explaining that it is intended to increase access to mental health care and open up additional psychiatric hospital beds. John Bozeman also spoke to the bill on behalf of UHS, which operates a number of private psychiatric hospitals in Georgia and is promoting the bill. He explained that these facilities, like emergency rooms, are required to care for any individuals who present in crisis and therefore deserve similar liability protections as emergency rooms. Bozeman also indicated that psychiatric hospitals also agreed to have Certificate of Need protections removed in House Bill 1399 to help bring more beds online.

Leverett explained that a substitute is forthcoming that will change the burden of proof from clear and convincing evidence to a preponderance of evidence. However, he asked that the committee advance the bill as introduced so that it can keep moving ahead of Crossover Day.

Representative Shelly Hutchinson (D-Snellville) spoke in support of the bill. Representative Teddy Reese (D-Columbus) expressed concern about ensuring that patients are protected and that the “pendulum does not swing too far” from protecting patients to promoting growth in services. Anna Adams of the Georgia Hospital Association explained that psychiatric hospitals have two layers of state regulation (DCH and DBHDD) to protect patients and quality care.

Chairman Cooper explained that the proposed substitute will be taken up as a Rules Committee Substitute. The committee recommended the bill DO PASS and be sent to the Rules Committee.

  • SB 375, authored by Senator Brian Strickland (R-McDonough), amends Title 37 to add the commissioner of veterans service as a member of the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council.

Strickland presented the bill to the committee, which recommended the bill DO PASS and be sent to the Rules Committee without discussion.

House Health Committee

Chairman Lee Hawkins (R-Gainesville) and the House Health Committee met late Tuesday evening, taking up the following measures:

  • HB 663, authored by Representative Matt Hatchett (R-Dublin), addresses hospital visitation policies and is to be known as the “No Patient Left Alone Act” in O.C.G.A. 31-7-430 et seq. Hatchett indicated he had worked with the Georgia Hospital Association on this proposal which was brought because of his own personal experiences. His mother died in December 2020 without him being able to be physically present for her and he also had a very close, long-time friend who developed COVID-19 and was hospitalized for 110 days. His friend’s wife had been denied the ability to be with her husband (but she was an attorney and managed to get around some of the issues — they were lucky according to Hatchett, as she worked with the hospital in the care of her husband who has survived). There were individuals in the audience who spoke for the need of the bill, including Frontline Policy. The legislation had no changes in the committee and received a DO PASS recommendation by committee substitute.
  • HB 1326, authored by Representative Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), is Georgia’s annual dangerous drug update in Chapter 13 of Title 16. There was no discussion or testimony. The legislation received a DO PASS recommendation.
  • HB 1046, authored by Representative David Clark (R-Buford), is the legislation amending current law to permit APRNs and PAs the ability to write orders for home health and issue death certificates. This legislation has been heard multiple times. No testimony was permitted at this meeting and Clark presented a new substitute to the proposal. The new version stripped out the permissions for APRNs and PAs the ability to write home health orders; it left intact the permission for them to sign death certificates and granted them the authority to do so in Titles 31 and 43. This permission for signing the death certificates had been requested by the funeral home industry. The APRN or PA would be required to have such authority in the practice agreement or protocol from the physician. Additionally, they will be required to complete biennial continuing education regarding the recognition and documentation of the causes of death and appropriate execution of death certificates, as approved by the Composite Medical Board. This legislation received a DO PASS recommendation.
  • HB 1314, authored by Representative Ruwa Romman (D-Duluth), addresses EMS services at O.C.G.A. 31-11-13. It designates that emergency medical services, including ambulance service, whether they are provided by a public, private nonprofit, or private for-profit entity, are declared to be essential services in this state. Roman indicated that this designation would be helpful for disaster-related grants. The legislation received a DO PASS recommendation.
  • HB 1302, authored by Representative Karen Bennett (D-Tucker), addresses Chapter 2A of Title 31 dealing with maternal mental health screenings during prenatal and postpartum stages. The legislation mandates, when deemed necessary, that a physician or healthcare provider providing prenatal or postpartum care to the woman conduct these screenings at various intervals:
  • At the pregnant woman’s first prenatal visit;
  • When the pregnant woman is at 28-32 weeks gestation;
  • Between delivery and discharge from the facility where the pregnant woman gives birth;
  • At the woman’s six-week postpartum obstetrical visit;
  • If there is a pregnancy loss and at the follow-up obstetric visit after such loss; and
  • At a pediatric visit occurring when the infant is three months of age, or, if there is no such visit, at the postpartum woman’s healthcare visit any time from three months to one year after pregnancy loss or delivery.

The legislation received a DO PASS recommendation.

  • HB 1340, authored by Representative Scott Hilton (R-Peachtree Corners), amends Chapter 7A of Title 43 to provide for credentialing of qualified behavior analysts and qualified autism services practitioner-supervisors and to revise definitions as well as state board membership. It adds to the definition of “certifying entity” that the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board or its successor be included along with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. It further defines “qualified behavior analyst” as an “individual who is credentialed to provide applied behavior analysis program oversight, supervision, assessment, analysis of data, goal development, and other aspects of treatment and ethical integrity.” The committee struggled with this legislation as it amends the law created two years ago in HB 412, authored by Representative Katie Dempsey (R-Rome), which has not been fully implemented. This “Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board” is an international board per testimony and these analysts focus on providing services to children who have a diagnosis of being on the Autism spectrum. There were also comments that this “QABA” certification is a lesser certification but some states have adopted it. Despite questions, the legislation received a DO PASS without changes.

House Education Committee – Policy Subcommittee

The Policy Subcommittee of the House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Scott Hilton (R-Peachtree Corners), met on Wednesday to consider the following measure:

  • HB 1384, authored by Representative Brent Cox (R-Dawsonville), amends Title 20 to increase from three to five the number of accumulated sick leave days teachers and other school personnel may take each school year for personal or professional reasons. The bill does not increase the total number of sick leave days that school personnel must be granted.

Cox presented the bill to the subcommittee, reiterating that it does not increase the number of sick days that a teacher must be granted. Representative Rick Townsend (R-St. Simons Island) expressed support for the bill but reminded the subcommittee that schools are not fully reimbursed for the cost of substitute teachers. The subcommittee recommended the bill DO PASS and be sent to the full Education Committee.

House Education Committee – Curriculum Subcommittee

The Curriculum Subcommittee of the House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Bethany Ballard (R-Warner Robins), met on Wednesday to consider the following measures:

  • HB 914, authored by Representative Imani Barnes (D-Tucker), is the Safe Teens Act. The bill amends Title 20 to authorize local boards of education and other public school governing bodies to offer driver education as an elective course. These courses could be funded with local education funds, student fees (with waiver for financial hardship), or State appropriations if provided.

Barnes presented the bill as a substitute that deletes “financial hardship” from the bill because it is already defined in statute. She also presented a new fiscal note, which shows a $359,000 startup cost to the Department of Driver Services and a $279,000 annual operating cost. There were several questions about who would pay for the driver education course and requests for clarification. Representative Scott Hilton (R-Peachtree Corners) expressed interest in working with the author to clean up the bill and moved to table the bill for the moment. The subcommittee voted 5-2 to TABLE the bill.

  • HB 1036, authored by Representative Lauren Daniel (R-Locust Grove), amends Title 20 to require a course of instruction in pregnancy, health, and human development for students in grades nine through 12. The bill also requires that such courses be included in the course of instruction regarding health and physical education and that the content be delivered in collaboration between the Department of Education and Department of Public Health. The instruction must include stages and hallmarks of gestational development for humans (including showing an ultrasound or animation of gestational development) and comorbid conditions encountered in pregnancy.

Daniel presented the bill to the Subcommittee, explaining that the bill is aimed at educating women on health impacts of pregnancy, not teen pregnancy. According to Daniel, the course is not to include any instruction on sexual intercourse. Taylor Hawkins of Frontline spoke in favor of the bill. An amendment adding a start date of July 1, 2025 was discussed (and later adopted in the full Education Committee). The subcommittee recommended the bill DO PASS and be sent to the full Education Committee.

House Education Committee

The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Chris Erwin (R-Homer), met on Wednesday following its Subcommittees and recommended that HB 1036 and HB 1384 (both presented and passed during the earlier Subcommittee meetings) DO PASS and be sent to the Rules Committee.

House Judiciary Committee

Chairman Stan Gunter (R-Blairsville) called the Judiciary Committee to order late in the afternoon on Tuesday to discuss the following measures:

  • HB 931, authored by Representative Jordan Ridley (R-Woodstock), amends Title 21 regarding the personal information of judges. The measure seeks to protect judges from having their personal identifying information such as home address, home phone, and mobile phone numbers from being shared on the state ethics website. The measure received a DO PASS recommendation.
  • HB 840, authored by Representative Tim Fleming (R-Covington), amends Title 51 and was presented as a substitute measure. The measure seeks to protect minors from seeing performances that have restricted sexual conduct. This conduct includes descriptions of sexually explicit conduct or means of sexually provocative dances or gestures performed with certain accessories.

Representative Stacey Evans (D-Atlanta) expressed concern over the phrase “any depiction,” highlighting belly dancing and twerking as dances that could be inadvertently included in the measure. She specifically mentioned dancing at weddings, where children are often found on the dance floor. Fleming did not feel that belly dancing would be included. Representative Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) explained that according to his reading of this, Elvis Presley and the Super Bowl Halftime Show would have been prohibited. Representative Soo Hong (R-Lawrenceville) asked about the references to various code sections and that those references narrow the definitions the other members have been concerned about to sexual simulation. The author agreed. Representative Matt Reeves (R-Duluth) asked if other states had similar laws. They do and include some of our neighboring states. Representative Trey Kelly (R-Cedartown) clarified that dances and gestures have to have nudity in order to fall under this proposal. That is correct. Evans highlighted in line 23 that it was not limited to nudity. Kelly suggested adding “with” to the line. Representative Tyler Paul Smith (R-Bremen) inquired about case law on sexually explicit behaviors specific to dances and gestures.

An amendment offered by Kelly on line 23 to replace “that depict any” with “with” was approved. The measure received a DO PASS recommendation.

  • HB 1075, authored by Representative Scott Hilton (R-Peachtree Corners), amends Title 45 regarding notaries. The measure seeks to allow state agencies the ability to accept certain notarized documents performed in another state. This measure exempts real estate notarizations.

John Clayton, on behalf of his client Notarize, expressed support for the measure. Two Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorney Association representatives expressed concern over the measure.

The measure received a DO PASS recommendation.

  • HB 1296, also authored by Hilton, amends Title 39 to create restrictions for minors 16 years old and younger use of social media platforms. The measure seeks to prevent minors from creating an account without parental consent, and it requires the option for account supervision. The measure also prevents adults from messaging a minor unless the adult has a mutual relationship with another adult using the service and displays advertising based on a minor’s account. The Attorney General is given enforcement authority of this measure.

Kelly asked how current minor account owners would be treated should this be codified. They would likely be grandfathered in. Representative Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) inquired about the definition of commercially reasonable efforts. Hilton explained the use of algorithms to monitor accounts, and if someone wishes a happy 11th birthday, that would be caught. Representative Todd Jones (R-South Forsyth) asked if this would effectively allow a platform to “scrape” the internet and how VPNs would be treated. Platforms already check the internet. VPNs are difficult to manage anyway.

A 15-year-old Fulton County resident, Mike Griffin, from the Georgia Baptist Commission, and a representative from Frontline Policy Council spoke in favor of the measure.

An amendment was accepted, and the measure received a DO PASS recommendation.

  • HB 1371, authored by Representative James Burchett (R-Waycross), amends Title 51 regarding premise liability relating to third-party crimes. This measure arose from an opinion from the Supreme Court. This measure seeks to codify that opinion which limits a property owner’s liability.

Skin Edge, on behalf of NASCO and the Chamber, and Mike Iverson, an independent insurance agent, expressed concern over the measure.

The committee discussed this measure at length. Members discussed the increasing cost of property liability. There were significant conversations on what point does a property owner not need to consider activity around their property such as yardage, business next door, etc.

No amendments were offered, and the measure received a DO PASS recommendation. 

Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee

Chairman Bill Cowsert and his committee met on the following measures. No action was taken on these bills:

  • HB 1077, authored by Representative Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta), proposes, in Chapter 10 of Title 49, a loan mechanism to encourage individuals to become mental health professionals and address student debt by allowing them to receive benefit from a program, as funds are available if the professional once they have completed their education (and are licensed) and provide services to individuals who are Medicaid patients. This initiative is a recommendation from the Department and would be overseen by the Georgia Board of Healthcare Workforce. The Committee asked some questions on how the program might work, including how the student would enter into a contract with the Board. The Board would look at the debt being carried by the professional. The “flow” of funds was also queried as to whether the individual or institution would receive the loan repayment. The committee also asked about whether the funds would be taxable to the individual. There is language in the legislation allowing for the Board to apply for federal grants (which are in existence today).
  • HB 73, authored by Representative Joseph Gullett (R-Dallas), is a proposal initially introduced in 2023. It seeks to address issues around door-to-door sales of solar products in Chapter 3 of Title 46. This is to address the bad actors in these sales in the state. There have been ideas for changes. It sets up a certificate of authority, issued by the PSC, for rooftop solar companies to sell residential rooftop solar arrays. It also gives the PSC to take action on any bad actors (e.g. fine or revoke the certificate). Some changes requested are financial, and background checks would be eliminated; when PSC is looking at the viability of the company it would not look at these. Rather, it would look at contact information. It also would allow those selling already unless the certificate of authority is denied. Another change would be to require the allowance of rules and regulations. PSC is supporting the legislation. SB 149 addressed last year helped with this some. Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) is concerned about the protections and asked to have further conversations with the author. A question was raised if the installers were licensed and insured; Senator Michael Rhett (D-Marietta) was concerned if the installers were licensed. Senator Carden Summers (R-Cordele) asked for clarification on what would occur if there was a bad actor, and Gullett indicated a civil action is available now, but the legislation will allow the PSC to step in and suspend a certificate of authority. Cowsert indicated that the committee had discussed last year which entity would be better to oversee this — whether the AG’s office, the Secretary of State, or the Public Service Commission.

Andrew Long spoke in opposition to the proposal on behalf of the Georgia Solar Energy Association as they do not believe that the PSC is the right entity to manage and oversee these solar installers, and they are concerned about the certificate of authority. Senator Matt Brass (R-Newnan) asked who they would prefer to be regulated by; Long indicated that the AG’s Consumer Protection Division might be a good option.

Jennette Gayer, Environment Georgia, explained that her organization likes solar. They vet installers as well. They see savings with residential installations. The disclosures in the legislation are “great.” She asked to see the proposed changes in the legislation.

Doug Teper, with Georgia Conservation Voters, also spoke. The group works on energy and environmental issues. It is important to do something about the bad actors, and he expressed appreciation for the effort that has gone into this. He is opposed to the PSC regulating the industry, noting that the PSC has a tough enough job as it is.

Mark Woodall, with the Sierra Club, also opposed the initiative. He liked the disclosures included but cautioned about harming the small businesses.

Bo Butler asked that the legislation expressly state this addresses residential solar, not commercial solar.

  • HB 904, authored by Representative Ken Vance (R-Milledgeville), amends Titles 8, 10, 36, 43, and 46, relating to buildings and housing, commerce and trade, local government, professions and businesses, and public utilities and public transportation, respectively. The legislation seeks to change certain provisions relating to certain professions practicing in Georgia relating to electrical contractors, plumbers, conditioned air contractors, low voltage contractors, and utility contractors. It also provides for qualifications of the State Construction Industry Licensing Board and restrictions relating to classes of low voltage licenses. The legislation is mostly clean-up changes. No one spoke to the proposal.

House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee

Chairman Tyler Paul Smith (R-Bremen) called the House Committee to order Wednesday afternoon to discuss the following:

  • HB 1079, authored by Representative Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah), amends Title 41 relating to nuisances. This measure is directed at Tybee Island. The measure seeks to address promoted events that impede the travel of first responders. This would allow local governments the ability to file a claim against the event promoter. The measure received a DO PASS recommendation.
  • HB 446, authored by Representative Matt Reeves (R-Duluth), amends Title 16 relating to drive-by shootings. The measure seeks to ensure convictions on these crimes. The measure received a DO PASS recommendation.
  • HB 656, also authored by Reeves, amends Title 16 relating to child molestation. The measure seeks to address those who plan to come across state lines to molest a child. The measure enhances the penalties on anyone who crosses state lines with the intent to molest a child. The measure received a DO PASS recommendation.
  • Representative Soo Hong (R-Lawrenceville) motioned to reconsider SB 332. SB 332, authored by Senator Randy Robertson, amends Code Section 15-18-32 relating to the Prosecuting Attorneys Qualifications Commission. The measure removes the review by the Supreme Court from the Commission’s standard of conduct and rules for governance. The measure passed along party lines.
  • HB 1130, authored by Representative Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta), amends Title 16 to provide a path for human trafficking victims’ immunity prior to adjudication. Their crime must be a direct result of trafficking. Nebraska and Wyoming are the only two states that do this now. This would be a motion filed as a defendant before adjudicating the charge. If it failed, they would move through the process normally. The author intends that the information provided in a victim’s case would be used to prosecute a trafficker.

The Prosecuting Attorneys Council expressed concern with the measure.

The measure received a DO PASS recommendation.

  • HB 1360, authored by Representative Terry Cummings (D-Mableton), amends Title 16 regarding controlled substances. The measure seeks to treat fentanyl-like morphine and opium. The measure received a DO PASS recommendation.
  • HB 1383, also authored by Representative Matt Reeves, amends Title 17 relating to citizens arrest. The measure seeks to allow federal officers to detain someone without a warrant upon the request of state law enforcement to respond to the crime. When the state repealed the citizen’s arrest law in the wake of Ahmaud Arbery, it also repealed the ability of federal officers to similarly detain or arrest an individual. Thus making Georgia one of the two states that prevent federal officers from detaining or arresting individuals without a warrant.

The measure received a DO PASS recommendation.

What’s Next

The General Assembly will reconvene for Legislative Day 28 (Crossover Day) on Thursday, Feb. 29 at 10 a.m.

The House will consider the following legislation on Legislative Day 28:

  • HB 218 – Evidence; sexual assault hearsay for disabled adults and 17 year olds; provide
  • HB 441 – Professions; authorize and regulate teledentistry by licensed dentists pursuant to permits issued by Georgia Board of Dentistry (RULES Substitute)
  • HB 499 – Domestic relations; authorize child support and insurance policies for certain disabled children; provisions
  • HB 583 – Food, drugs, and cosmetics; authorize production and sale of homemade food items with certain exemptions, requirements, and disclosures
  • HB 589 – Audits and Accounts, Department of; require certain financial disclosures from entities performing work related to fiscal notes
  • HB 617 – Highways, bridges, and ferries; development and maintenance of a state-wide freight and logistics implementation plan; provide
  • HB 625 – Coroners; full-time county employees; provide
  • HB 839 – Social Work Licensure Compact Act; enact
  • HB 846 – Education; require local school systems to annually notify employees whether social security taxes will be withheld from their pay and eligibility of certain benefits
  • HB 910 – Minors; civil remedy for damages against commercial entities that distribute material harmful to minors without performing age verification; create
  • HB 924 – Insurance; discriminating against certain healthcare facilities and providers in connection with the administration of provider administered drugs; prohibit insurers
  • HB 926 – Second Chance Workforce Act; enact
  • HB 935 – Motor vehicles; standards for a conviction through the use of speed devices; provide
  • HB 1017 – Georgia Squatter Reform Act; enact
  • HB 1023 – Income tax; match tax rate imposed on corporations to that imposed on individual taxpayers
  • HB 1052 – Revenue and taxation; limitation on leased property as to certain entities; remove
  • HB 1053 – State government; prohibit governmental agencies from using central bank digital currency as payment
  • HB 1096 – Professional licensing boards; continuing education tracking solution to monitor compliance of licensees with applicable continuing education requirements; establish
  • HB 1099 – Crimes and offenses; knowing entry upon land or premises of another that has been marked with purple paint; provide for the crime of criminal trespass
  • HB 1104 – Quality Basic Education Act; address mental health risks for student athletes
  • HB 1116 – Income tax credit; rehabilitation of historic structures; home portion; extend sunset date
  • HB 1122 – Education; provide for funding requirements to apply to local agencies; charter schools; provisions
  • HB 1146 – Natural Resources, Department of; EPD to issue water permits to private companies in areas where no public service can be provided within a period of 12 months; require
  • HB 1180 – Income tax credit; film, gaming, video, or digital production; revise a definition
  • HB 1190 – Secretary of State; division director to issue licenses in certain instances ; authorize
  • HB 1197 – Income tax; expand revitalization zone tax credits to include rehabilitation of historic residential structures
  • HB 1201 – Criminal procedure; vacating of sentences of victims of trafficking; provisions
  • HB 1223 – Georgia Soil Amendment Act of 1976; provide for a new prohibited act
  • HB 1231 – Postsecondary education; allow academically successful students to use the full number of hours of HOPE scholarship eligibility
  • HB 1253 – Community Affairs, Department of; revise composition of governing council for regional commissions
  • HB 1255 – The Terry Act; enact
  • HB 1283 – Juvenile code; use of deadly weapon; revise provisions
  • HB 1292 – Property; clerks of superior courts obtain photographic identification cards of individuals who present deeds or other instruments for recording; require
  • HB 1312 – Agriculture, Department of; regulation and taxation of electricity used as motor fuel and electric vehicle charging stations; extend effective date of provisions
  • HB 1335 – Health; personal care homes, assisted living communities, and memory care centers; revise staffing requirements
  • HB 1338 – Georgia Surface Mining Act of 1968; three-year moratorium on acceptance of applications for new permits; provisions
  • HB 1344 – Behavioral Health Coordinating Council; allow for certain officials on to be represented by a delegate or agent
  • HB 1358 – Atlanta-Region Transit Link “ATL” Authority and Georgia Regional Transportation Authority; abolish and transfer all assets to State Road and Tollway Authority
  • HB 1409 – Torts; mental health care providers; limit liability under certain circumstances (RULES Substitute)
  • HR 302 – General Assembly; appropriation of funds received from certain legal judgments or settlements; provide – CA
  • HR 854 – Keith Jackson Memorial Intersection “Whoa Nellie”; Carroll County; dedicate
  • HR 1042 – Joint Study Committee on Judicial System Compensation; create
  • HR 1164 – Honorable Richard H. Smith Memorial Interchange; Muscogee County; dedicate
  • HR 1215 – Speaker David E. Ralston Interstate Connector; Fannin County; dedicate

The Senate will consider the following legislation on Legislative Day 28 (Crossover Day):

  • SB 180 – “Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act”; enact
  • SB 182 – Stalking; the offense of doxxing; provide
  • SB 198 – Georgians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Innovation Commission; create
  • SB 202 – Public School Property and Facilities; outdoor learning spaces pilot program; provide
  • SB 208 – ‘Georgia Development Impact Fee Act’; provide for fees for education
  • SB 307 – Private Review Agents; health insurers to implement and maintain a program that allows for the selective application of reductions; provide
  • SB 308 – Georgia Legislative Retirement System; retirement benefit amounts payable to former legislators upon retirement and to currently retired legislators
  • SB 320 – Sentencing and Imposition of Punishment; time frames for HIV testing; provide
  • SB 336 – Administration of Mental Health; Behavioral Health Coordinating Council to be represented by a delegate or agent; allow for certain officials
  • SB 347 – Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit; additional judge of the superior courts; provide
  • SB 363 – Georgia Public Safety Training Center law enforcement unit; establishment; provide
  • SB 371 – “Daniel D. Podsiadly, Jr. Act”; enact
  • SB 390 – To amend Titles 20, 36, 43, and 50, related to libraries, education, governmental entities, professions and business; acceptance and use of funds from the American Library Association prohibit under certain circumstances
  • SB 395 – Education; the possession of opioid antagonists in schools; authorize
  • SB 396 – Economic Development; Georgia State-wide Music Office; create
  • SB 403 – Ad Valorem Taxation of Property; language required to be included in the notices of current assessment; revise
  • SB 407 – Law Enforcement Officers and Agencies; documenting of certain information in incidents of family violence; require
  • SB 414 – “Personal Privacy Protection Act”; enact
  • SB 420 – Agriculture; acquisition of possessory interest in certain land by certain foreign persons and entities; prohibit
  • SB 422 – Public Utilities and Public Transportation; percentage limitation as to the amount of the investments an electric membership corporation may make; modify
  • SB 425 – Notaries Public; modernization of certain legal, notarial, and court services using electronic means; provide
  • SB 437 – Department of Agriculture; enforce certain criminal laws; authorize
  • SB 451 – Veteran Benefits; place certain requirement on the Department of Veterans Service
  • SB 454 – Alimony and Child Support; guidelines for child support award calculations; provide
  • SB 457 – Public Utilities and Public Transportation; a consumer utility counsel to represent consumers in matters before the Public Service Commission or other agencies; reestablish
  • SB 460 – Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Physician Assistants; number that a physician can authorize and supervise at any one time; prov.; revise
  • SB 464 – School Supplies for Teachers Program; establish
  • SB 469 – “College Success 529 Expansion Act”; enact
  • SB 472 – “Combating Organized Retail Crime Act”; enact
  • SB 474 – Unsolicited Inquiries; notices of solicitation including monetary offers; penalty; provide
  • SB 479 – Secondary Metals Recyclers; applicability of the definition of the term “used, detached catalytic converters” to said article; provide
  • SB 480 – Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce; student loan repayment for mental health and substance use professionals serving in certain capacities; provide
  • SB 484 – State’s Employee Benefit Plan Council; establish health savings accounts and continually provide for education or salary reductions for such accounts; require
  • SB 490 – Motor Vehicles and Traffic; felony offense of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer; provide
  • SB 491 – Licensed Pharmacist; Georgia State Board of Pharmacy to increase the maximum ratio of pharmacists; authorize
  • SB 493 – Sexual Offender Risk Review Board; additional penalties for registered sexual offenders; provide
  • SB 495 – Low THC Oil Patient Registry; term of validity of a registration card; provide
  • SB 496 – Ad Valorem Taxation of Property; extension of preferential assessment periods for certain historic properties; provide
  • SB 498 – Georgia Interagency Council for the Homeless; create
  • SB 499 – Coordinated and Comprehensive Planning and Service Delivery by Counties and Municipalities; revise provisions
  • SB 502 – Department of Administrative Services; state agencies from contracting for advertising or marketing services with certain companies or from supporting certain companies; prohibit
  • SB 503 – Residential and General Contractors; the general contractor license as a commercial general contractor license; rename
  • SB 505 – Hospitals and Related Institutions; required publication by hospital of certain financial documents on its website; provisions; revise
  • SB 507 – Special License Plates; “America First” specialty license plate; establish
  • SB 508 – Administrative Office of the Courts; accessibility of certain personal information of state and federal judges, justices, and spouses thereof; provide
  • SB 512 – Victims of Human Trafficking Fund and the Victims of Human Trafficking Fund Commission; create
  • SB 517 – Criminal Prosecutions; immunity from certain criminal prosecutions against law enforcement officers whose threat or use of force is justified or otherwise lawful; provide
  • SB 532 – Education; sex education for public school students in this state before fifth grade; prohibit
  • SB 533 – Proceedings; jail-based competency restoration programs; provide
  • SB 534 – “Fair Business Practices Act of 1975”; failure of a marketplace innkeeper to provide a consumer with an itemized receipt detailing certain taxes and fees is an unlawful business practice; provide
  • SB 542 – Water Rights; the public trust doctrine; remove references
  • SB 543 – Bingo; certain provisions relating to bingo games operated by nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations; change
  • SB 547 – Motor Carriers and Commercial Motor Vehicles; the reference date to federal regulations regarding the safe operation; update
  • SB 554 – Georgia State Indemnification Fund; qualification for indemnification benefits based on a public safety officer having COVID-19 at the time of death; create a presumption
  • SR 82 – Tax Commissioner; waive certain delinquent ad valorem property taxes; procedures and conditions; provide- CA
  • SR 189 – General Assembly; development impact fees for educational purposes; provide – CA
  • SR 542 – Colorectal Cancer Screenings; change of the minimum age; encourage
  • SR 616 – Victims of Human Trafficking Fund; allocation of certain additional penalties and assessments; provide – CA

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