Legislation Assigned to the Senate Ethics Committee (14)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 5/10/2019

HB 0042 InactiveElections - Superintendent Authorized to Correct Minor Ballot Mistake Eddie Lumsden
2/23/2017 Effective Date Governmental Affairs Ethics -
2017/01/13-Report 2017/02/17-Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards

This legislation allows the election superintendent to correct mistakes or omissions in the printing of official ballots or the programming of the display of the official ballot on the DRE voting equipment for local government candidates.  Currently, said correction must be required by the superior court following an application by an elector.   

HB 0268 NeutralElections - Numerous Changes Barry Fleming
7/1/2017 Effective Date Governmental Affairs Ethics -
2017/02/10 - Report 2017/02/17-Report 2017/02/24 - Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/17 - Report
Elections General County Government Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts Todd Edwards
This legislation makes several changes to the elections laws, including the deadlines for election superintendents to complete their certification course; repeal of the nomination petition requirement; dates for filing the notice of candidacy; revisions to third-party filings for candidacy; removing references to municipal election registrars; the evidence of citizenship for voting purposes; requirements for personal identification on voter registration forms; provisions for changing a voter's address; polling places outside a voter's precinct; correcting printed and electronic ballots; application for an absentee ballot; oath of application absentee ballot; and the conduct of campaign activities in the vicinity to polling places.  For the Senate's summary of the bill, please click here.    
SB 0020 OpposeLimit SPLOST Referendums to only the General Election Joshua McKoon
1/23/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Ethics -
Alcohol/Tobacco Financing Form of Government General County Government Revenue & Finance
Sales Tax-Local Todd Edwards
This legislation would restrict counties and cities from asking the voters to approve a special purpose local option sales tax, general obligation debt, or any other question raising revenue only at the November election.
SB 0022 EvaluatingCampaign Contributions Cannot be made by Businesses Receiving More than $50,000 in Contracts Joshua McKoon
1/23/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Ethics -
Elections Ethics General County Government Procurement Todd Edwards
This bill prohibits any business whose contracts with local governments exceed $50,000 annually from contributing to any candidates for the office responsible for awarding said contracts.  Violating contracts can be voided within 90 days following the discovery of the violation.    
SB 0032 EvaluatingElections - Change Qualifying Dates for Nonpartisan Elections Joshua McKoon
1/23/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Ethics -
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation amends the dates for qualifications, as well as for advance and absentee voting.
SB 0057 SupportElections - State Reimburses Locals in Certain Circumstances Joshua McKoon
1/25/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Ethics -
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation allows county governments to be reimbursed by the state for the cost or a portion of the cost of special primaries and special elections (to vill a vacancy in public office) not held in conjunction with a general primary or general election.
SB 0059 NeutralElections - Require a Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail Horacena Tate
1/25/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Ethics -
Elections General County Government Mandate Todd Edwards
This legislation requires that only direct electronic voting systems that provide a voter verified paper audit trail can be purchased after January 1, 2018.  
SB 0107 NeutralElections - Campaign Finance Disclosure Report Date Change Francis Millar
2/20/2018 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs Ethics -
2017/02/03-Report Elections Ethics General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation changes the filing date of campaign contribution disclosure reports.
SB 0192 NeutralNon-Partisan Elections Rick Jeffares
2/17/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Ethics -
Clerk of Court Coroners/Medical Examiners District Attorneys General County Government Public Safety and Courts
Revenue & Finance Sheriff Tax Commissioner Todd Edwards
This legislation authorizes, via subsequent adoption of local legislation, the non-partisan election of candidates for the offices of district attorney, sheriff, coroner, tax commissioner and clerk of superior court.   
SB 0225 NeutralElections - Begin Tabulating Advance Voting Ballots on Election Day Michael Williams
1/8/2018 Senate Recommitted -Ethics -
2017/02/24 - Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation allows advance voting ballots that are cast on DRE voting equipment to be processed and tabulated beginning at 7:00 a.m. on election day.  Currently, only absentee ballots can begin to be tabulated at this time.    
SB 0309 NeutralElections - Special Primaries Required for Special Elections Joshua McKoon
3/1/2018 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs Ethics -
2018/01/12 Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/2 Report Elections General County Government
Todd Edwards

This legislation partly eliminates the need for the Governor to call a special election when there is a vacancy for a U.S. House, U.S. Senate and General Assembly office - the Governor will appoint a replacement if less than 12 months remain on the term.  The bill does call for a special primary to proceed a special election in an even-numbered year which does add a race to the ballot; however, it shouldn't entail additional costs to the county.  Savings should be incurred as special elections can no longer be held in odd-numbered years and are held in conjunction with primary elections.   

SB 0363 NeutralElections - Begin Tabulating Early Voting Ballots after 6:00 pm on Election Day Matt Brass
3/15/2018 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Governmental Affairs Ethics -
2018/02/02 Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/09 Report 2018/03/16 Report 2018/03/2 Report
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation allows election superintendents to begin processing and tabulating early voting DRE ballots after 6:00 p.m. on the date of a primary, election or runoff.  Currently, only absentee ballots can be tabulated prior to the closing of the polls on election day.  No results from these ballots shall be transmitted by modem or other devise prior to the close of the polls.  The bill also closes the City of Atlanta's polls at 7:00 p.m. - that currently stay open until 8:00 p.m.  Lastly, the bill establishes the weekend days for early voting as either the third Saturday or Sunday, but not both, prior to a primary or general election during the hours of 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.    
SB 0380 NeutralElections - Illegal for Candidates to Conspire with Foreign Governments Nikema Williams
2/5/2018 Senate Read and Referred -Ethics -
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation makes it illegal for anyone to conspire or collaborate with a foreign government to influence any primary or election being conducted in Georgia.  Those guilty shall be imprisoned for not less than five nor more than 30 years or life in prison, a fine not to exceed $1 million, or both.       
SB 0403 SupportVoting Equipment - Establish Election Transition Commission Bruce Thompson
3/29/2018 Senate Disagreed House Amend or Sub Governmental Affairs Ethics -
2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/16 Report 2018/03/2 Report Elections
General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation creates the Georgia 2020 Election Transition Commission to study the feasibility, practicality and desirability of acquiring new voting systems for use in Georgia's elections.  The Commission will consist of six House members, six members of the Senate, two local elections officials (as non-voting members), the chairperson of the Georgia Republican Party and Georgia Democratic Party (both non-voting).  The bill also extends the day for the certification of an election to the Wednesday of the week following the day of the election.            
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