Legislation Assigned to the House Governmental Affairs Committee (89)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0024 NeutralAppointments to Local Boards, Authorities and Commissions Vernon Jones
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Governmental Affairs --
2019/01/18 Report 2019/02/15 Report General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation restricts appointments to local boards, authorities and commissions to those made by an elected official or officials. 
HB 0034 SupportQualifications and Removal of Development Authority Directors Rhonda Burnough
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Governmental Affairs --
2019/01/31 Report 2019/03/08 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Larry Ramsey
This legislation authorizes licensed business owners paying property taxes to be a development authority director without living in the county or city that created the authority.  It also authorizes directors to be removed by the governing authority for cause.
HB 0057 EvaluatingAbsentee Ballots - Mail to all Electors for all Elections Dar'shun Kendrick
1/30/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2019/01/31 Report Elections Todd Edwards
This bill mandates that the local board of registrars or absentee ballot clerks mail absentee ballots, and return envelopes, to all eligible voters for each presidential preference primary, general primary, general election, and special primary and special election where there is a candidate for a federal office on the ballot.  Absentee ballots must be mailed no more than 49 days but not less than 45 days prior to each election.   Shorter time periods apply to municipal other special elections.  Voters would still be eligible for advance and election day voting in person.    
HB 0073 WatchBail Bondsman Restrictions from Elected Office Marc Morris
1/30/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2019/01/31 Report Debra Nesbit Sheriff
This legislation restricts county elected officials, and court officers and attorneys from engaging in the bail bond business.  The bill specifically exempts a local elected school board member from the restriction.
HB 0117 NeutralElections - Electors Can Vote in any Precinct Roger Bruce
2/6/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2019/01/31 Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This bill authorizes counties to allow any elector within the county to vote in any precinct of the county that the elector choses in a primary, election or runoff.  The election superintendent has to ensure certain safeguards such as preventing electors from voting more than once, providing sufficient ballot styles at each precinct, and ensuring that each precinct has enough voting equipment and poll workers.  Should this bill progress, ACCG would like to see friendly amendments, including that counties could then be authorized to reduce polling places, addressing counties in which polling places do not have an internet connection, ensuring counties have the appropriate amount of equipment to carry this out, and eliminating the provision that counties would have to make this decision before each and every election.         
HB 0175 EvaluatingNo Confederate Monuments on Public Property Renitta Shannon
2/8/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation prohibits local governments from having a publicly or privately owned monument, memorial, plaque, marker, or memorabilia dedicated to, honoring, or recounting the Confederate States of America displayed on public property.  Such monuments may be displayed in museums.       
HB 0176 EvaluatingElections - All Offices Which Utilize Applications for Services are to be Voter Registration Agencies Renitta Shannon
2/8/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2019/02/08 Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation requires that all offices in the state "which utilize applications for services" serve as voter registration locations.    
HB 0191 EvaluatingElections; law regarding ballot access for political body and independent candidates; revise provisions Dar'shun Kendrick
2/11/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
HB 0210 NeutralElections: If Polling Places Open After 7:00 a.m., then Must Stay Open Later Donna McLeod
2/12/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This bill stipulates that if a polling place does not open by 7:00 a.m. on election day, then it must remain open for a time beyond the closing time equal to the time that the polling place was delayed opening.  The polling place must also notify those waiting in line at the time of the delay that it will remain open later.      
HB 0211 NeutralElections - Accept Student ID as Proper ID to Vote Donna McLeod
2/12/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
There are current six acceptable forms of identification which can be displayed in order to vote.  This bill authorizes a seventh: a valid student identification card containing a photograph of the elector issued by a public or private college or university in Georgia.  
HB 0248 EvaluatingElections - Absentee Ballot Revision Kimberly Alexander
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
This legislation alters the process by which absentee ballots are signed and by which disabled persons cast their ballot.  
HB 0249 EvaluatingElections - Absentee Ballot Revisions Kimberly Alexander
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
This legislation alters the grounds by which an absentee ballot can be rejected, and by which those voters whose ballots have been rejected are notified.   
HB 0250 EvaluatingElections - Revise Voter Registration Documentation Kimberly Alexander
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
This bill revises how documentation is reviewed and approved for those registering to vote.  If an applicant's identification is not verified, then additional steps must be taken to notify the applicant.   
HB 0251 EvaluatingElections - No Limit on the Number of Persons an Individual May Assist with Absentee Ballots Kimberly Alexander
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
Current law allows a person to assist up to 10 individuals complete and absentee ballot.  This bill allows a person to assist an infinite number of individuals figure how to cast their absentee ballot.   
HB 0252 EvaluatingElections - Register to Vote at Polling Place Kimberly Alexander
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
This legislation allows persons to register to vote at polling places on election day, or at any time during the advance voting period.  The person may then vote.    
HB 0255 EvaluatingElections - Those In Jail may Get Absentee Ballots to Vote Ricky Williams
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
Current law allows only disabled persons to be mailed absentee ballots to a location outside their permanent mailing address.  This bill authorizes persons in jail or other detention facility to be mailed absentee ballots.  
HB 0262 NeutralAddition of a Circumstance of Death in which the Coroner or Medical Examiner is Authorized to Investigate Sheila Nelson
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2019/02/15 Report Coroners/Medical Examiners Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services Public Safety and Courts
This legislation adds a circumstance of death in a compensated care setting to the list of circumstances in which the coroner or medical examiner is authorized to conduct an investigation.
HB 0270 EvaluatingElections - No Driver's License or Other ID Issued to a Noncitizen Can be Used to Vote Jeff Jones
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This bill prohibits driver's licenses or other identification cards issued to noncitizens from being used as an acceptable in order to vote.    
HB 0275 EvaluatingElections - Register to Vote at Age 16 Carolyn Hugley
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation authorizes persons to register to vote at age 16; however, they couldn't vote until age 18.  
HB 0283 EvaluatingElections - Numerous Changes to Election Law Scott Holcomb
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2019/02/15 Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards

Among many revisions to Georgia‚Äôs election law, this bill authorizes to register to vote at polling places during advance voting or on election day; requires the state to provide adequate funding for regular updates to voting equipment; adds a week to advance voting, statewide; prohibits any law which changes the duties of any elected office between the date of an election and the official taking office; and establishes the Georgia Voting Rights Commission.  The Commission will advise the state on Reapportionment; suggest improvements on voting systems; examine means to increase voter turnout; provide guidance to local elections superintendents; and advise the state on other elections enhancements, among other duties.  

HB 0284 NeutralCobb County; Magistrate Court chief judge; provide nonpartisan elections John Carson
4/2/2019 Effective Date Governmental Affairs State and Local Governmental Operations -
Intern 2 Local Legislation
HB 0285 NeutralCobb County; probate judge; provide nonpartisan elections John Carson
4/2/2019 Effective Date Governmental Affairs State and Local Governmental Operations -
Intern 2 Local Legislation
HB 0299 EvaluatingElections; time period allowing for public comment on precinct realignments; extend CaMia Hopson
2/15/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
General County Government Todd Edwards
HB 0308 EvaluatingState government; public records shall not be held exclusively by private entity; provisions Jason Ridley
2/19/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
General County Government Open Records/Meetings Act Todd Edwards
HB 0315 NeutralLocal Bids - Consultants Who Help Draft Must Disclose any Conflict of Interest Mark Newton
7/1/2019 Effective Date Governmental Affairs Government Oversight -
2019/02/15 Report 2019/02/22 Report 2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/15 Report
2019/03/22 Report 2019/03/29 Report General County Government Procurement Todd Edwards
This legislation requires consultants who help draft local governments' bid, proposal, procurement or purchasing specifications to disclose and detail whether they or their family have any possible conflicts of interest or financial interest with a firm who may respond to the bid/proposal.  There are exceptions for confidential economic development activities and economic development authorities, and while attorneys must disclose the existence of a conflict, they do not have to provide details.          
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