Legislation Assigned to the House Judiciary Committee (45)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0021 NeutralGwinnett Judicial Circuit; additional judge of the superior court; provide Chuck Efstration
4/2/2019 Effective Date Judiciary Judiciary -
Local Legislation
HB 0028 NeutralGriffin Judicial Circuit; additional judge of the superior court; provide Karen Mathiak
5/6/2019 Effective Date Judiciary Judiciary -
Local Legislation
HB 0107 EvaluatingChange in Burden of Proof Required for Law Enforcement to Initiate a Civil Forfeiture Scot Turner
2/6/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary --
2019/01/31 Report Debra Nesbit Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Public Safety and Courts
This legislation increases the burden of proof for law enforcement to initiate a civil forfeiture proceeding against an individual charged with a crime.  The burden of proof is currently a preponderance of the evidence, this bill would increase that burden to "clear and convincing evidence" which is a tougher standard.
HB 0111 EvaluatingIncreased Reporting Requirements for Law Enforcement Agencies on Property and Proceeds from Civil Forfeiture Actions Scot Turner
2/6/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary --
2019/01/31 Report Debra Nesbit Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Public Safety and Courts
This legislation increases the current reporting requirements for law enforcement agencies on civil forfeiture actions to clearly identify which proceeds are attached to which criminal cases and the disposition of those cases.
HB 0115 EvaluatingProhibition of use of Federal Forfeiture Laws by Local Law Enforcement to Circumvent State Forfeiture Law Scot Turner
2/6/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary --
2019/01/31 Report Debra Nesbit Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Public Safety and Courts
This legisaltion prohibits the common practice of local law enforcement of seizing property and proceeds under the federal forfeiture statute to avoid the requiements of the state forfeture statute.
HB 0229 NeutralRequirement for Probate Judges to Report Involuntary Hospitalization Information to GCIC Debbie Buckner
2/12/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary --
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires the Probate Judges to report involuntary hospitalization Information to GCIC as well as the requirement for the Judges and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation preserve the confidentiality of patients' rights.
HB 0278 EvaluatingRequire Conclusion of Criminal Proceedings Prior to Civil Forfeiture Scot Turner
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary --
2019/02/15 Report Debra Nesbit Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that all criminal proceedings be concluded prior to the initiation of any civil forfeture proceeding.
HB 0288 NeutralSuperior Court Filing Fees Alan Powell
1/1/2020 Effective Date Judiciary Judiciary -
2019/02/15 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/29 Report Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance
This bill would eliminate the current per-page fees for filing deeds and other documents with the Superior Court Clerk and instead impose a flat $25 fee per document. It also increases the per-page plat filing fee from $7.50 to $10. The bill would also change the alternative Superior Court Clerk filing fees in counties with unincorporated populations of 350,000 or more.
HB 0295 EvaluatingRequirement for Judges to Stay Civil Forfeiture Proceedings in Criminal Cases Scot Turner
2/15/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary --
2019/02/15 Report Debra Nesbit Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires judges to issue a stay in all civil forfeiture proceedings until the final disposition and conclusion of the underlying criminal case.
HB 0296 NeutralHall County; Northeastern Judicial Circuit; revise term of Superior Court Lee Hawkins
7/1/2019 Effective Date Judiciary Judiciary -
Intern 1 Local Legislation
HB 0309 NeutralCriminal Record Restriction on Certain Misdemeanors and Felonies Upon Completion of Sentence and Payment of Restitution Gregg Kennard
2/19/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary --
Criminal Procedure Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires the clerk of court and GCIC to restrict access to the criminal records of persons convicted of certain misdemeanors and felonies upon completion of their sentence and payment of all restitution.  Serious felonies and certain misdemeanors involving sex offenses, DUI, etc. are not eligible for record restriction.
HB 0311 NegotiatingSovereign Immunity - Waiver for Certain Claims Andrew Welch
5/10/2019 Veto V5 Judiciary Judiciary -
2019/01/25 Report 2019/02/15 Report 2019/03/22 Report
 In response to several Georgia Supreme Court cases in recent years, this bill would waive the sovereign immunity of the state, counties, and cities with respect to certain non-monetary claims. As to local governments, a party could ask a court for an injunction or declaratory judgment based on an allegation that the government is acting in violation of 1) the U.S. or Georgia Constitutions; 2) state statute; 3) a state rule or regulation; or 4) a local ordinance other than a zoning ordinance. Such claims would have to be preceded by 30-days' notice to the government. A losing bidder in a public procurement would also have the power to challenge the award of a contract if that legal challenge is filed within 10 days of the contract's award. Other provisions limit lawsuits against government officers and employees in their individual capacity.
HB 0317 SupportRemoval of Collection Receptacles - Jurisdiction Removed from Superior Court and Given to Magistrate and Municipal Courts Dewayne Hill
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Judiciary --
2019/03/01 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation transfers the jurisdiction of removal petition of collection receptacles from the superior court to magistrate or municipal court.
HB 0387 NeutralAllows Private, Nonprofit and Volunteer Fire Departments to Levy a Property Lien for Unpaid Services Requested by the Property Owner Eddie Lumsden
7/1/2019 Effective Date Judiciary Judiciary -
2019/02/22 Report 2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/22 Report Debra Nesbit Fire Services
Public Safety and Courts
House Bill 387 establishes a new category of allowable liens to include those in favor of private, non-profit, volunteer fire departments for debts which stem from the performance of their services that are requested by property owners.
HB 0457 SupportViolation of Seat Belt Law may be Considered in any Civil Action as Admissible Evidence Todd Jones
2/27/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary --
2019/03/01 Report Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services Insurance
This legislation will allow violations of the seat belt law to be used as evidence in any civil action as admissible evidence.
HB 0485 NegotiatingStep Down Sunset of the Judicial Operations Fund Fee Andrew Welch
2/27/2019 House Second Readers Judiciary --
2019/03/01 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation provides a sunset provision for the Judicial Operations Fund with complete elimination by June 30, 2022.  In state court the $125.00 fee is shared with the county general fund, the state general fund receives $75.00 and the county general fund receives $50.00.  Effective 7/1/20 county general fund receives $35.00; 7/1/21 county general fund receives $18.00; total elimination on 6/30/22.
HB 0492 SupportRequire Writ of Possession be Made within 30 Days in Dispossessory Proceedings in Magistrate Court Bonnie Rich
7/1/2019 Effective Date Judiciary Special Judiciary -
2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/22 Report 2019/03/29 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
Sheriff
HB 492 amends the Code section relating to a writ of possession issued by a court order to recover possession of land or property. Applications to execute a writ of possession by a sheriff or marshal must be made within 30 days of issuance of the writ, unless the application is accompanied by an affidavit showing good cause for a delay. If the landlord fails to execute a writ of possession within 30 days from the issuance of any order granting the writ of possession, the landlord must reapply and pay additional filing fees for the writ. 
HB 0544 EvaluatingRevise Procedures Regarding Emergency Involuntary Treatment of Mentally Ill Chuck Efstration
3/10/2020 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Judiciary --
2019/03/01 Report Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
This legislation revises procedures for involuntary treatment for mentally ill, to include acceptance of affidavits that may become a part of the overall evaluation.  The bill also includes a provision to require notification of relatives or family members upon the release of individual from involuntary treatment.  The bill also includes a provision for mandatory outpatient treatment and case management.
HB 0729 WatchSuperior courts; filing of land installment contracts; provide Debra Bazemore
1/14/2020 House Second Readers Judiciary --
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts Superior Court
HB 0751 NeutralGuns - Make Georgia an Anti-Red Flag State Ken Pullin
1/15/2020 House Second Readers Judiciary --
Firearms/Carry Laws General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation directs the State of Georgia to ignore any federal statute, rule or executive order; federal or state judicial order; or judicial findings that would prohibit someone from having a firearm, or from confiscating their firearm, without due process.  Furthermore, local governments will be prohibited from accepting any federal grants to implement any federal statutes or rules that would prohibit firearm ownership or would confiscate a firearm and will charge anyone, including law enforcement officers, who violate these provisions with a felony.         
HB 0765 OpposeMagistrate Court Judges and Clerks Increase in Minimum Compensation Mitchell Scoggins
6/25/2020 Senate - Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute Judiciary State and Local Governmental Operations -
2020/01/17 Report 2020/01/31 2020/02/21 Report 2020/02/28 Report Debra Nesbit
Magistrate Court Public Safety and Courts

This legislation rolls all existing COLA's up and provides for a 5% COLA effective January 1, 2021.  Note:  The amounts listed in bill include all existing COLA's already awarded since 2006 to update the code, the only "new" salary increase is 5% on top of all the COLA's.

HB 0785 WatchNotary of Public Modernization within Superior Court Clerk's Office Joseph Gullett
1/27/2020 House Second Readers Judiciary --
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts Superior Court
HB 0786 NeutralSuperior courts; additional judge of the Flint Judicial Circuit; provide Andrew Welch
7/29/2020 Effective Date Judiciary Judiciary -
Local Legislation
HB 0814 EvaluatingState-wide Business Court; remove administrative attachment from the Court of Appeals Andrew Welch
3/4/2020 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Judiciary --
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
HB 0915 EvaluatingIllegal Immigration - Georgia Anti-Sanctuary Act Philip Singleton
2/19/2020 House Second Readers Judiciary --
2020/02/21 Report General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation will hold local governments accountable for either encouraging illegal immigration into Georgia or for shielding these immigrants from personal responsibility.  It will void any and all local government "sanctuary policies", or those policies failing to comply and cooperate with federal detainer laws or federal agencies cracking down on illegal immigration.       
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