Law Enforcement (29)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0279 WatchDepartment of Revenue Agents Approved Use of Department Vehicles for Off-Duty Jobs Eddie Lumsden
5/10/2019 Veto V4 Public Safety and Homeland Security Public Safety -
Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation allows Department of Revenue Agents to use department vehicles for approved off duty jobs.
HB 0395 EvaluatingRequire Local Law Enforcement to Immediately Open an Investigation of Missing Veterans Sandra Scott
2/22/2019 House Second Readers Defense and Veterans Affairs --
2019/02/22 Report Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires law enforcement agencies to immediately open an investigation of missing veterans who have a physical or mental injury as a result of their service.
HB 0417 NeutralComprehensive Regulation of Trauma Scene Cleanup Services Alan Powell
1/1/2021 Effective Date Public Safety and Homeland Security Regulated Industries and Utilities -
2019/03/01 Report Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation provides for system of registration for persons or entities providing trauma cleanup services.  After January 1, 2020 is shall be public policy that all trauma care cleanup services must be registered through the GBI.
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 0541 SupportWireless Service Providers Required to Make Call Location Information Available to Law Enforcement Ricky Williams
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications --
2019/03/01 Report Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires all wireless service providers to provide call location information of it subscribers to law enforcement when requested.  This bill also provides immunity to the wireless providers for information provided.
HB 0636 EvaluatingUse of Force Data Collection Act; enact Renitta Shannon
3/22/2019 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
HB 0726 NeutralRequire Law Enforcement Agencies to Enter Report of Missing Persons into Database Maintained by the Department of Justice Darlene Taylor
1/14/2020 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
2020/01/17 Report Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This bill requires that law enforcement to report missing persons to designated databases upon the determination the person is indeed missing.
HB 0760 WatchAuthorization for Additional Discretion for First Responders Transporting Mentally to Emergency Receiving Facility Sharon Cooper
1/16/2020 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
2020/01/17 Report Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services Law Enforcement
This legislation expands the jurisdiction of law enforcement to transport those believed to be in mental health crisis.
HB 0838 NeutralPeace Officer and First Responder Bill of Rights Bill Hitchens
1/1/2021 Effective Date Public Safety and Homeland Security Public Safety -
Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts

This legislation changes the name of the Office of Public Safety Officer Support to the Office of Public Safety Support to allow access for all responders for services.  This bill also sets for civil penalties for those who harass, intimidate or terrorize another person because of that person's employment as a first responder, give law enforcement officers the right to bring a civil action in situations where bias is involved.

HB 0854 NeutralBattery-Charged Electric Fences Dale Rutledge
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Governmental Affairs Assignments -
2020/02/07 2020/02/28 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report Agriculture
Animal Control General County Government Law Enforcement Preemption Public Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards

This bill stipulates that local governments shall treat/regulate battery-charged "fence detection systems" as they do other alarm systems as defined in law.  A fence detection system is an alarm system or electronic security system and ancillary components attached to the system that must be surrounded by a nonelectric perimeter fence or wall that is at least five feet tall and marked with conspicuous warning signs reading "Warning-Electric Fence".   These fences may only be deployed in industrial and commercial districts.    

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 0886 NeutralAnimals - Vets Must Scan for Microchip to Verify Proper Owner Andrew Welch
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Assignments -
2020/02/07 2020/03/13 Report Animal Control District Attorneys General County Government
Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts Solicitors Todd Edwards
This bill requires veterinarians and veterinary technicians to scan the animals they are treating for microchips to ensure that the animal's owner is the same person presenting the animal for treatment.  If not, the veterinarian must notify law enforcement.     
HB 1017 NeutralRevise when Dependents of Public Officers/Employees Qualify for Payment from Georgia State Indemnification Fund Dominic Lariccia
7/1/2020 Effective Date Public Safety and Homeland Security Public Safety -
Correctional Institutions/Jail Debra Nesbit Emergency Management/Preparedness EMS/Ambulance Fire Services
Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation provides for benefits to be payable to the guardian of those public officers/employees who suffer organic brain injury.
HB 1103 SupportRequires Department of Human Resource Notify Locals when a Personal Care Home or Child Caring Agency is Licensed to Operate Calvin Smyre
3/9/2020 House Second Readers Health and Human Services --
2020/03/06 Report Debra Nesbit Fire Services General County Government Health and Human Services
Land Use/Zoning Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that the Commissioner of DHS notify the local law enforcement agency, fire department, licensing department, planning and zoning department of the county or municipality, as applicable in which such personal care home, child caring institution, or foster care home. 
HR 1269 EvaluatingCreate House Study Committee on Local Law Enforcement Retirement Kevin Tanner
3/9/2020 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Public Safety and Homeland Security --
Debra Nesbit General County Government Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts Retirement
This legislation creates a study committee to access local law enforcement retirement.
SB 0019 SupportHigher Education Grants for Public Safety Officers Michael Rhett
1/17/2019 Senate Read and Referred -Higher Education -
2019/01/25 Report Debra Nesbit EMS/Ambulance Fire Services Law Enforcement
Public Safety and Courts Sheriff
This legislation would create a new tuition grant program for public safety officers that have been employed for at least 36 months and are pursuing their first baccalaureate degree.  Public safety officers shall maintain full-time employment as a public safety officer for a period of sic months for each grant payment received.
SB 0025 SupportPassing Stopped School Bus Bill Heath
2/15/2019 Effective Date Public Safety and Homeland Security Public Safety -
2019/01/31 Report 2019/02/08 Report 2019/02/15 Report Budget Debra Nesbit
Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts Roads
Senate Bill 25 allows drivers to continue driving past a stopped school bus on a highway with separate roadways only when the roadways are separated by a grass median, unpaved area, or physical barrier when the bus is on the separate roadway.
SB 0039 EvaluatingDisposition of Seized Firearms Lester Jackson
1/30/2019 Senate Read and Referred -Public Safety -
2019/01/31 Report Debra Nesbit Firearms/Carry Laws Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation amends the process for disposition of seized firearms, and clarifies the requirements for municipal corporations.  The bill also prohibits the sale of any seized firearm that law enforcement deems unsafe, and sets forth method for the firearm to be destroyed by the GBI.
SB 0153 NeutralRegistration and Regulation of Companies Providing Trauma Scene Cleanup Services Tyler Harper
5/10/2019 Veto V13 Regulated Industries Regulated Industries and Utilities -
2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/29 Report Debra Nesbit
Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
SB 153 regulates for-hire trauma scene cleanup companies through a registration process. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is directed to oversee the registration process, promulgate rules and regulations, provide the proper forms, and maintain a current list of all registered trauma scene waste management practitioners on the GBI website. A trauma scene waste management practitioner must apply with the GBI and: pay a $100 registration fee; submit to a fingerprint-based criminal background check conducted by the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); submit a surety bond in the amount of $25,000; and provide proof of insurance coverage in the amount of at least $100,000. The registration is valid for three years and may be renewed every three years thereafter with a $100 renewal fee and completed application. It is unlawful to perform or engage in the cleanup of a trauma scene unless properly registered with the GBI. Moreover, trauma scene waste management practitioners must provide a good faith estimate of expected cost of services to clients. 
SB 0193 EvaluatingGeorgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council; power and duty to establish basic and in-service training courses; post-traumatic stress disorder; provide Zahra Karinshak
2/27/2019 Senate Read and Referred -Public Safety -
Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
SB 0249 SupportPeace Officers' Annuity and Benefit Fund Increase Monthly Dues and Amount Collected from Fines John Albers
8/3/2020 Act 551 Retirement Retirement -
2020/02/28 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report 2020/06/19 Report Debra Nesbit
Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts

This legislation adds jailers to those in law enforcement eligible to receive benefits from the Peace Officers' Annuity and Benefit Fund (POAB); increases the monthly contribution from members from $20 to $25 per month; increases the amount of benefit from $17.50 per month per years of service to $25.15 per month per years of service, and then to $30 per month per year of service effective january 1, 2021.

The legislation also increases the fine add on to 10% or $10 per bond forfeiture or fine, whichever is greater and provides for an add on for 5% or $5.00 whichever is greater to any pre-trial fee collected. 

SB 0317 OpposeHome Rule Violation: New Process to Abolish County Police Department Bypassing County Commissioners William Ligon
2/3/2020 Senate Read Second Time -Government Oversight -
2020/01/31 Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation seeks to allow local legislative delegations to bypass county commissioners by general legislation.  This bill is a general bill that will allow a local legislative delegation to pass local legislation calling for a local referendum to abolish a county police department.  Under current law the county must pass a resolution to create a county police department and have a referendum prior to that creation.  The decision to abolish a county police department is at the sole discretion of the County Commission.  Please click here for talking and legal points.
SB 0392 EvaluatingEmployment and Training of Peace Officers; bill of rights for peace officers under investigation; enact Randy Robertson
2/20/2020 Senate Read and Referred -Public Safety -
2020/02/21 Report Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
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