Legislation Assigned to the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee (7)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0167 SupportCOVID-19 Liability Protections Darlene Taylor
6/23/2020 Senate - Senate Transmitted House Insurance Insurance and Labor -
2020/06/19 Report Kathleen Bowen
This legislation, titled the "Georgia Pandemic Business Protection Act", seeks to provide liability protection from COVID-19 related lawsuits. County government employees and county government facilities are included in the definition as being afforded liability protection. 

No cause of action (lawsuit) shall exist for the transmission or contraction of COVID-19 unless an entity or person performed willful and wanton misconduct or intentional infliction of harm.
HB 1090 NeutralGovernments Must Provide Time and Location for Expressing Breast Milk - Worker's Compensation Benefit Changes Deborah Silcox
8/5/2020 Effective Date Health and Human Services Insurance and Labor -
General County Government Personnel/Employment Todd Edwards
This bill requires all Georgia's state and local governments to provide paid break time of a reasonable duration to an employee who desires to express breast milk during work hours.  Each government must provide a room or other location, other than a restroom, in close proximity to the employee's work area where the employee can express breast milk in privacy.  The legislation also authorizes the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor to revise "deductible earnings" (which will change how worker's compensation benefits are calculated); develop rules for revising benefits and their distribution during an emergency; and changes how benefits are calculated.                  
SB 0046 NeutralIncrease Georgia's Minimum Wage Donzella James
2/5/2019 Senate Read and Referred -Insurance and Labor -
General County Government Personnel/Employment Todd Edwards

This legislation increases Georgia's minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $15 per hour.  Furthermore, starting January 1, 2021 and continuing forward, the minimum wage is adjusted upwards to reflect the increase in the cost of living, if any, determined by the Georgia Department of Labor.       

SB 0188 WatchReinsurance of Risks; adequate regulation of reinsurers; incorporation of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners reinsurance model into the Georgia Insurance Code; provide Larry Walker
7/1/2020 Effective Date Insurance Insurance and Labor -
Insurance Intern 2 Larry Ramsey
SB 0374 NeutralOffers to Settle Civil Claims John Kennedy
3/4/2020 House Second Readers Insurance Insurance and Labor -
General County Government Larry Ramsey
 This bill would expand the list of information to be included in settlement offers in civil lawsuits, and would broaden the statute's applicability to all civil claims rather than only motor-vehicle claims. The bill would also extend the time for accepting such offer to 40 days rather than the current 10 days.
SB 0377 NeutralPrivate 3rd Party Plan Review and Inspections Burt Jones
6/30/2020 Effective Date Insurance Insurance and Labor -
2020/06/19 Report Todd Edwards
Last year, HB 493 was signed into law and expanded options for private third parties to perform building plan review and inspections; however, it exempted this review process for hospitals, nursing homes, jails, airports, high rises and buildings that impact national and homeland security.  SB 377 removes these exemptions, allowing third parties to now perform plan reviews and inspections on the above structures.     
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. 
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