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HB 0553 - State government; participation in hearings by electronic communications; provide

Tracking Level: Monitor
Sponsor: Stan Gunter
Last Action: 4/29/2021 - Effective Date 2021-04-29
House Committee: Judiciary
Senate Committee: Judiciary
Assigned To:
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

HB 553 amends Chapter 13 of Title 50 of the OCGA to allow administrative law hearings to be conducted via remote electronic communications, provided that all parties consent and an individual’s rights not be infringed upon. At the administrative law judge’s discretion, one or more witnesses may participate through remote electronic communications. The bill additionally allows the Office of State Administrative Hearings to require the electronic filing of documents and to serve any party electronically unless law requires alternative means of service. Records of hearings may also be made available and transferred by electronic means. Lastly, HB 553 adds the Department of Community Health to the code of “reviewing agency”. 

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