Government Immunity (6)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 1007 NeutralHigh Risk Youth Sports Coaches Must Get Safety Training Demetrius Douglas
2/26/2020 House Second Readers Health and Human Services --
2020/02/28 Report General County Government Government Immunity Health and Human Services Todd Edwards
This bill requires any organizations that "administer or conduct" high risk youth athletic activities, for kids age 14 and under, on county property to require all unpaid or volunteer coaches and athletics personnel to complete an online or residence course that provides information on measures to reduce the likelihood that youth athletes will sustain serious injuries.  High risk activities include the sports of football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, ice or field hockey, cheer leading, rugby, wrestling and lacrosse.        
HB 1083 NegotiatingRequire Law Enforcement of Verify Immigration Status Prior to Release Jesse Petrea
3/9/2020 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Judiciary - Non-Civil --
Criminal Procedure Debra Nesbit General County Government Government Immunity Immigration
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that law enforcement verifiy immigration status of anyone arrested for ICE detain orders.  Release of a person who does have detain order can subject the local government to liability for the actions of that person and waives the soverign immunity.
HB 1089 EvaluatingTort Reform Bill Tom McCall
3/5/2020 House Second Readers Special Committee on Access to the Civil Justice System --
Civil Procedure General County Government Government Immunity Larry Ramsey Public Safety and Courts

This bill would make extensive changes to the rules regarding civil lawsuits. 

HR 1023 NeutralSovereign Immunity - Waiver for Certain Non-Monetary Claims Andrew Welch
8/5/2020 Effective Date Judiciary Judiciary -
2020/02/07 2020/02/21 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/06/19 Report General County Government
Government Immunity Larry Ramsey
This proposed constitutional amendment would waive governmental sovereign immunity to allow lawsuits against the state, counties, and cities for declaratory judgments for actions allegedly outside the scope of their legal authority or in violation of the Georgia or U.S. Constitutions. As amended in the Senate, courts would be authorized to enforce its rulings via injunction on such declaratory rulings. Damages, attorney's fees, and other monetary costs would not be available under this amendment. Such lawsuits would be against the governmental entity, and could not be brought against individual government officials/employees. Governments would retain all other legal defenses to such lawsuits, such an ante litem notice and time limitations on bringing such actions. If ratified by the voters, the amendment would apply to claims arising on or after January 1, 2021.
SB 0415 NeutralTort Reform Bill Steve Gooch
3/12/2020 Senate Tabled -Insurance and Labor -
Civil Procedure Criminal Procedure General County Government Government Immunity Larry Ramsey
Public Safety and Courts
This bill makes significant changes to procedures and rules of evidence for various civil tort actions, including limiting premises liability claims. 
SR 0841 NeutralSovereign Immunity - Waiver for Certain Non-Monetary Claims John Kennedy
6/22/2020 House - House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Judiciary Judiciary -
2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report General County Government Government Immunity Larry Ramsey
The original version of this proposed constitutional amendment would waive sovereign immunity of the state, counties, and cities to allow person to seek a court declaratory judgment that a government action is beyond the government's authority or violates the state or federal constitutions. As amended in the House, the bill was revised completely and now proposes a constitutional amendment to expand gaming/gambling options. 
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