Legislation Assigned to the House Judiciary - Non-Civil Committee (41)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0038 EvaluatingDefinition of "Conviction" in Title 16 Rhonda Burnough
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Judiciary - Non-Civil --
Debra Nesbit
This legislation creates a new definition of "conviction" in O.C.G.A. 16-8-1.  The new definition reads - 'Conviction' means a final judgment of conviction entered upon a verdict, a finding of guilty of a crime or upon a plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere.
HB 0106 WatchRequire the Department of Driver Services Driver's Manual to Include Best Practices for Traffic Stop Sandra Scott
2/6/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
2019/01/31 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation requires the Department of Driver Services to include a chapter in their Driver's Manual that includes best practices for facilitating the safety of all parties during a traffic stop by law enforcement.
HB 0261 NeutralName Change of the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board and Transfers Former Investigators Positions Back to the Board. Mandi Ballinger
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the name of the Georgia Sexual Offender Registration Review Board to the Georgia Sexual Offender Risk Review Board.  Additionally this bill transfers investigator positions now housed with GBI back to the the Board effective July 1, 2019.
HB 0280 EvaluatingProhibit Use of Restraints on Pregnant Inmates During Labor Teri Anulewicz
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
Correctional Institutions/Jail Debra Nesbit
This legislation prohibits using any type of restraint on a pregnant inmate in labor unless there is a reason to believe the inmate may be a risk of harm to themselves or others.
HB 0340 NeutralWhen Accused of a Crime, Must See Judge and Post Bail Prior to Release Micah Gravley
2/20/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation prohibits any local ordinance from mandating releasing an accused on his or her own recognizance before being brought before a judge of any court of inquiry with an elected judge or other judge sitting by designation under authority of such judge enters a written order specifying the reasons why such person should be released upon their own recognizance.
HB 0426 NeutralHate Crimes Chuck Efstration
7/1/2020 Effective Date Judiciary - Non-Civil Judiciary -
Debra Nesbit
This legislation creates a new offense when it is determined that the crime was committed against another person involved bias or prejudice.  Increased penalities will attach upon determination that it was a hate crime in felony cases and some misdemeanor cases.
HB 0470 NeutralRequire Collection and Analysis of DNA for Individuals Charged with Felony Offenses Steven Sainz
4/28/2019 Effective Date Judiciary - Non-Civil Judiciary -
2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/29 Report Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires county correctional institutes to collect DNA evidence from felons.
HB 0471 NeutralRevision to Implied Consent Law for Driving Under the Influence Steven Sainz
4/28/2019 Effective Date Judiciary - Non-Civil Public Safety -
2019/03/01 Report Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation revises the implied consent notice to advise suspects that refusal to submit to blood or urine testing may be used as evidence against them in trial.
HB 0528 WatchGeorgia Crime Information Center Record Restriction in Certain Circumstances Mandi Ballinger
3/1/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
Criminal Procedure Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation provides for record restriction in certain felonies and misdemeanors for individuals who have completed all aspects of their sentence.
HB 0549 EvaluatingGeorgia Crime Information Center; fees associated with filing for record restrictions or the inspection and correction of criminal records; reduce Sandra Scott
3/4/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
Criminal Procedure Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
HB 0550 EvaluatingControlled substances; possession of certain quantities of marijuana constitute a misdemeanor; provide Sandra Scott
3/4/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
HB 0551 SupportProhibit Access to Kratom by Persons Under the Age 18 Dewayne Hill
4/26/2019 Effective Date Judiciary - Non-Civil Health and Human Services -
2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/29 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
HB 551 regulates "kratom," a tropical evergreen known as mitragyna speciosa that contains the alkaloid mitragynine. It is a misdemeanor to transfer possession to those under the age of 18, or for those under 18-years old to possess or buy it. Moreover, to sell kratom, the packaging must: clearly label ingredients; provide notice that the sale or transfer of possession to those under the age of 18 is prohibited; state the amount of mitragynine in the product; state the name and principal mailing address of the manufacturer; provide clear directions for safe use of the product; and note any precautionary statements to the safety and effectiveness of the product. 
HB 0576 SupportFines, Bond Forfeitures and Court Costs Owed to Counties Moves up in Priority on Partial Payments Ricky Williams
8/3/2020 Effective Date Judiciary - Non-Civil Public Safety -
2019/03/08 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/06/19 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation would move the county governing authority to #5 in the priority list when a partial payment is made on a fine owed to the county as a result of a criminal conviction.  Under current law, the county governing authority is #10 on the priority list.
HB 0624 EvaluatingSecond Chance Act; enact Viola Davis
3/21/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
HB 0724 EvaluatingAllow Counties to Adopt Ordinances Governing Sentences for Possession of Marijuana in Unincorporated Areas of the County Matthew Wilson
1/13/2020 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
2020/01/17 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation allows counties to adopt ordinances governing the punishment of possession of an ounce or less of marijuana in the unincorporated areas of the counties.  Violation of such ordinances may be punished by fines and each ordinance shall specify the maximum punishment.  Under no circumstances should the fine for a violation exceed $1000.  All fines shall be retained by the county and shall be paid into the county treasury.
HB 0754 WatchChange Date of Incorporation of Local Ordinances for Drug Free Zones Roger Bruce
1/15/2020 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
2020/01/17 Report Criminal Procedure Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the date of incorporation of local ordinances regarding intent to distribute controlled substances of marijuana within drug free zones to July 1, 2020.
HB 0799 NeutralAllow Early Reinstatement of Driver's License and Limited Driving Permits for Persons Convicted of Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs Shaw Blackmon
7/29/2020 Effective Date Judiciary - Non-Civil Judiciary -
2020/01/31 2020/02/28 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation provides for eligibility of persons convicted of driving while under the influence of prescription drugs (for which they have a prescription) to apply for early license reminstatement and/or a limited driving permit.  Under current law individuals convicted for DUI Drugs are not eligible for a limited driving permit.
HB 0858 SupportNotice Requirement for a Pending Sale of Unclaimed Property by Law Enforcement Josh McLaurin
2/3/2020 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
2020/02/07 Civil Procedure Debra Nesbit Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons General County Government
Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation allows law enforcement to post legal notice of a pending sale of unclaimed property on their website or the county website once a week for four weeks, in lieu of running an ad in the paper.
HB 0878 NeutralAllow Local Government to Adopt Ordinances and Resolutions Regarding Possession of Less than an Ounce of Marijuana Spencer Frye
2/5/2020 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
2020/02/07 Code Enforcement Criminal Procedure Debra Nesbit General County Government
Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
 This legislation enables local jurisdictions to adopt ordinances or resolutions pertaining to criminal charges for possession of marijuana less than one ounce.
HB 0909 NeutralIncrease in Age to Purchase Tobacco and Tobacco Related Objects, Vapor Products Sharon Cooper
2/19/2020 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
2020/02/07 Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation makes it a crime to sell any tobacco or tobacco related objects, vapor products or marijuana flavored programs to anyone under the age of 21.  The bill also sets up regulatory framework for those selling these products.
HB 0911 NeutralCreates Offense of Improper Sexual Conduct by a Foster Parent Ed Setzler
1/1/2021 Effective Date Judiciary - Non-Civil Judiciary -
2020/02/21 Report 2020/02/28 Report 2020/03/13 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation creates felony offenses for improper sexual conduct by a foster parent in the first and second degrees and sets penalites for both.
HB 0941 NeutralAttorney General Granted Statewide Authority to Investigate and Prosecute Crimes Chuck Efstration
2/28/2020 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Judiciary - Non-Civil --
2020/02/21 Report 2020/02/28 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation gives the Attorney General statewide law enforcement and prosecutorial authority with the ability to hire certified law enforcement personnel with investigative powers.
HB 0950 EvaluatingRestriction of Arrest Only Criminal History Records - Including Law Enforcement Gregg Kennard
2/21/2020 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
2020/02/21 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation retricts all criminal justice data for an individual who is arrested until there is a prosecution.  Law Enforcement is prohibited from sharing data until prosecution.
HB 0951 EvaluatingNo Court Can Impose a Period of Probation that Exceeds 24 Months Gregg Kennard
2/21/2020 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
2020/02/21 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation removes judicial discretion from imposing a probation sentence that exceeds 24 months in felony and misdemeanor cases.
HB 0954 NeutralPorch Piracy - Punish With Felony Bonnie Rich
3/5/2020 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Judiciary - Non-Civil --
2020/02/21 Report Public Safety and Courts Todd Edwards
This legislation increases penalties for those in possession of stolen mail or who conduct porch piracy, making both a felony crime in certain circumstances and punishable by imprisonment.  
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