Debra Nesbit (209)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0030 SupportAmended State Fiscal Year 2019 Budget David Ralston
3/12/2019 Effective Date Appropriations Appropriations -
2019/01/25 Report 2019/02/08 Report 2019/02/22 Report Debra Nesbit
 The Amended Fiscal Year 2019 budget recognizes $435.7 million in additional revenue for a 1.6% increase over the FY 2019 budget passed during the 2018 Special Session. This brings the total appropriation for Amended FY 2019 to $26.9 billion. Please click here for the overview of the Amended 2019 Budget.
HB 0031 SupportState Fiscal Year 2020 Budget David Ralston
5/10/2019 Effective Date Appropriations Appropriations -
2019/01/25 Report 2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/22 Report 2019/03/29 Report
Debra Nesbit
House Bill 31, the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, is set by a revenue estimate of $27.5 billion, an increase of $1 billion or 3.95% over the FY 2019 original budget. All education agencies receive 55% of available funds, followed by 22% budgeted for health and human services agencies, 8% for public safety activities and the remaining 15% for economic development and general government agencies.  Please click here for an overview of the 2020 Budget.
HB 0037 EvaluatingExpand Medicaid Now Act; enact Robert Trammell
1/29/2019 House - House Second Readers Appropriations --
Debra Nesbit
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4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Judiciary - Non-Civil --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 0047 EvaluatingGeneral appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 David Ralston
1/29/2019 House Second Readers Appropriations --
Appropriations Debra Nesbit
HB 0058 WatchProhibit those Convicted of a Misdemeanor Family Violence Offense from Possessing a Firearm Rhonda Burnough
1/30/2019 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
Debra Nesbit Firearms/Carry Laws
This legislation prohibits those persons convicted of a misdemeanor offense of family violence from receiving, possessing, or transporting firearms.
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 0074 WatchRide Share Drivers No Restrictions on Weapons Carry Scot Turner
1/30/2019 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
2019/01/31 Report Debra Nesbit Firearms/Carry Laws Public Safety and Courts
This legislation prohibits ride share network services and transportation referral services from disallowing drivers who are weapons carry license holders from possessing weapons in a vehicle used for ride share purposes, whether directly employed by ride share service or a contractor.
HB 0075 SupportClarify Law on Passing a Stopped School Bus Bill Hitchens
1/30/2019 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
2019/01/31 Report 2019/03/29 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts Roads
Traffic Enforcement
This legislation clarifies when it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus on a divided highway.  This clarification is part of ACCG's 2019 Policy Agenda.  The language of this bill is the same as SB 25.
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 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 0113 NeutralDistracted Driving Prohibit Individuals Under 18 from using Stand-Alone Electronic Devices John Carson
2/25/2020 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Public Safety and Homeland Security --
Debra Nesbit Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation prohibits any individual under the age of 18 from using a stand alone electrtonic device or wireless telecommunications device while driving.  The bill also eliminates the first offense waiver and raises the fine by $50 respectively for first, second and third offenses.  The legislation also requires points to be assessed on driver's license for each offense.  Additionally a $50 surcharge is assessed on each offense with the "intent" that the funds will be used for the Georgia Trauma Commission.
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 0137 EvaluatingPersons Convicted of Family Violence Offenses Prohibited from Possessing or Carrying Firearms Debra Bazemore
2/7/2019 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
Debra Nesbit Firearms/Carry Laws
This legislation prohibits anyone convicted of a offense family from possessing or carrying a firearm.
HB 0165 EvaluatingRequire Probate Court to Submit Fingerprints for All Weapons Carry License and Renewal License Robert Trammell
2/8/2019 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
2019/02/08 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires the probate judges to direct local law enforcement to process fingerprints for all weapons carry license applications as well and license renewal applications through a fingerprint background check with GBI. 
HB 0174 SupportRequirement that License Plates on Vehicles Be Fully Displayed Including all Renewal Stickers David Wilkerson
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Motor Vehicles --
2019/02/08 Report 2019/03/01 Report Debra Nesbit Traffic Enforcement
This bill requires that all license plates on vehicles be fully displayed at all times with no obstruction of view by tag holders, etc.
HB 0178 WatchCreation of "Assisted Outpatient Treatment" Pilot Programs Don Hogan
2/11/2019 House Second Readers Health and Human Services --
2019/02/08 Report Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
This legislation creates pilot program for "Assisted Outpatient Treatment" for persons who have been court ordered to treatment as a result of Involuntary Commitment by the probate court.  The bill provides for procedures, standards, and criteria for the program as well as a framework for services to be delivered in every county.  The bill also creates an Assisted Outpatient Program Advisory Council to oversee and make recommendations to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
HB 0195 SupportIncrease Benefit Amount Payable by the Georgia Firefighters' Pension Fund Tommy Benton
7/1/2020 Effective Date Retirement Retirement -
Debra Nesbit Fire Services Public Safety and Courts
This legislation increases the benefit amount payable to beneficiaries after a member of the Georgia Firefighters' Pension Fund upon death from $5,000 to $10,000.
HB 0198 EvaluatingElimination of the Certificate of Need Requirement for all Health Care Facilities Except Long Term Care Facilities James Hatchett
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Special Committee On Access to Quality Health Care --
2019/03/01 Report Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
This legislation eliminates the certificate of need requirements for hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, etc. with the exception of certain long term care facilities and services.  The bill also provides new reporting requirements for donors and extends the repeal date of the Rural Hospital Tax Credit until December 31, 2024.
HB 0205 WatchDepartment of Driver's Services Must Include Instructions for Best Practices for Safety of all Parties During a Traffic Stop Billy Mitchell
2/11/2019 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation requires the Department of Driver Services to include instructions for best practices for facilitating safety for all parties during a traffic stop into their driver's manual.
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 0234 NeutralAnti-Human Trafficking Protect Response Act Chuck Efstration
3/5/2019 Senate Read and Referred Juvenile Justice Judiciary -
2019/03/22 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation allows the Department of Family and Children Services to provide emergency care and supervision without a court order for a period of seven days if the child is a victim of sex trafficking.
HB 0236 OpposeAllows Any First Responder to Engage in Emergency Transport of Patients Roger Bruce
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
2019/02/15 Report Debra Nesbit EMS/Ambulance Fire Services Health and Human Services
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation circumvents the current process for obtaining an EMS zone through the rules of the Department of Public Health to provide EMS services.
HB 0242 NeutralFramework for the Regulation of Massage Therapy Lee Hawkins
5/6/2019 Effective Date Regulated Industries Regulated Industries and Utilities -
2019/02/15 Report 2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/22 Report 2019/03/29 Report
Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services

HB 242 establishes board certification of massage therapy educational programs, within and outside the state, which meet the standards for training and curriculum set by the rules of the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy. The bill allows the board to request on-site inspections of massage therapy businesses and requires these businesses to continuously maintain liability insurance coverage for bodily injuries and property damages. Further, massage therapy businesses must comply with appropriate advertising. The bill increases fines for non-compliance and unlawful acts.  A provision was added that allows local governments to run criminal background checks on owners and employees.  The massage therapists themselves will undergo a criminal background check through the secretary of state.

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