Public Safety and Courts (158)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

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 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 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 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 0245 NeutralAllow Surviving Spouse to Retain Peace Officer Annuity Fund (POAB) if Remarried Debbie Buckner
7/1/2020 Effective Date Retirement Retirement -
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts Retirement
Currently surviving spouses who receive POAB benefits from a deceased spouse must relinquish all benefits when remarried.  This legislation provides for the retention of benefits for surviving spouses without regard to their future marital status.
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 0262 NeutralAddition of a Circumstance of Death in which the Coroner or Medical Examiner is Authorized to Investigate Sheila Nelson
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2019/02/15 Report Coroners/Medical Examiners Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services Public Safety and Courts
This legislation adds a circumstance of death in a compensated care setting to the list of circumstances in which the coroner or medical examiner is authorized to conduct an investigation.
HB 0264 OpposeEMSC Transparency Bill William Werkheiser
6/25/2020 House - House Conference Committee Appointed #2 116th, 157th, 16th Health and Human Services Ethics -
2019/02/22 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/22 Report 2019/03/29 Report
Debra Nesbit EMS/Ambulance Health and Human Services Public Safety and Courts
This legislation sets forth requirements for lobbying disclosures when promoting or opposing any matter before one or more local coordinating entities.  The bill also requires that all meetings be conducted in accordance with the open meetings statute and requires that each member of the local coordinating entity to comply with conflict of interest policies.  The legislation also prohibits any employee, operator, contractor, or owner of an ambulance provider currently providing service for a territorial zone or of an ambulance provider that has submitted a proposal for a new ambulance service in such territorial zone from serving on any committee, subcommittee, or ad hoc committee that is involved in the seletion of ambulance provider for the zone or from voting on any proposals from ambulance providers for new service within the zone.  The bill also sets forth procedures for appealing decisions and provides the final decision under the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act. Finally the legislation requires the Department of Public Health to make recommendations to each local coordinating entity on benchmarks for accountability standards for each territorial zone.  On and after October 1, 2020 each ambulance provider shall submit quarterly reports outlining the number of 911 calls received; the number of 911 call answered; the response times; and a copy of quarterly reports submitted to the local entity.
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 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 0289 EvaluatingGeorgia Firearms and Weapons Act; enact Mary Oliver
2/15/2019 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
Debra Nesbit Firearms/Carry Laws Public Safety and Courts
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 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 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 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 0345 NeutralProhibition of Shackling Female Inmates in Labor or Postpartum Sharon Cooper
10/1/2019 Effective Date Health and Human Services Health and Human Services -
2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/29 Report Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation prohibits the shackling of female inmates who are in labor, or in the immediate postpartum period unless they are a threat to themselves or others.  If the inmate is a threat to themselves or others they can only be handcuffed at the wrist in the front of their body, not behind the back.
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