Public Safety and Courts


HB 0005SupportChange in Grants to Counties Formula for Juvenile Judge SalariesJohnnie Caldwell
7/1/2017Effective DateJuvenile JusticeJudiciary
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportCompensation
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentJuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the current amount for juvenile court judgeship grants-to-counties funding.  The grant increases from $85,000 to $100,000 per circuit, with an additional funding for circuits with four or more superior court judgeships, the grant will include $25,000 per superior court judgeship over four. For example a circuit with nine superior court judgeships would receive $225,000 per year for that circuit.
HB 0010NeutralGuns - No License RequiredMary Oliver
1/25/2017House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Criminal ProcedureFirearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
HB 0014InactiveClarification - All Fees Collected By the Sheriff Go To General FundJeff Jones
5/1/2017Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
2017/01/13-Report2017/03/10 - ReportDebra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsPublic Safety and Courts
Revenue & FinanceSheriff
During the 2010 legislative session, a bill was passed and enacted dealing with juries.  Inadvertently, language requiring sheriffs to remit fees collected to the county within 30 days of receipt was deleted from this particular code section.  This legislation simply adds the language back. 
HB 0015NegotiatingMandatory Electronic Filing for Civil Cases in Superior and State CourtsWendell Willard
3/30/2017Senate Conference Committee Appointed 46th, 30th, 19thJudiciaryJudiciary
2017/01/27-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportCivil ProcedureClerk of Court
Debra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation mandates all clerks of superior court accept electronically filed cases by January 1, 2018.  The cost of such filing shall not exceed $7.00.  The bill includes a hardship clause that extends that deadline for six months for counties who need additional time.  An amendment was added to the bill that prohibits the Council of the Superior Court Clerks, any state entity, or governing authority of any local government from keeping any portion of the fee.  NOTE:  This bill has been added to SB 407, the Governor's Criminal Justice Reform Bill.
HB 0020EvaluatingElections; automatic registration of voters who obtain, renew, or change their name or address on a driver's license or identification card issued by the Department of Driver Services; provideSandra Scott
2/9/2017House Second ReadersGovernmental Affairs
ElectionsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation changes provisions relating to automatic registration of voters. 
HB 0032WatchCrimes and offenses; sexual contact between school employees or agents and enrolled students; prohibitJoyce Chandler
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedJudiciary Non-Civil
Correctional Institutions/JailHealth and Human ServicesIntern 2JuvenilesLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and CourtsSex Offender
This legislation changes the definition of sexual assault to include sexual contact between any school employee and a student.
HB 0034WatchOpen Proceedings for Board of Pardons and ParoleJesse Petrea
1/12/2017House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Debra NesbitDistrict AttorneysGeneral County GovernmentOpen Records/Meetings ActParole
ProbationPublic Safety and CourtsSuperior Court
This legislation makes the records relating to the supervision of probationers and parolees open records, as well as makes other changes to the probation and parole system.
HB 0037EvaluatingEducation; private postsecondary institutions in Georgia shall not adopt sanctuary policies; provideEarl Ehrhart
7/1/2017Effective DateHigher EducationHigher Education
General County GovernmentImmigrationLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation prohibits private colleges from adopting sanctuary policies that prohibit their staff from cooperating with law enforcement regarding the status of their students (i.e., information about whether the student has violated law, is in not legally in the country, etc.).   
HB 0038WatchMotor vehicles; issuance of a noncommercial Class C and Class M driver's license; provideAlan Powell
2/6/2018Senate Passed/Adopted By SubstituteMotor VehiclesPublic Safety
Econ. Dev. & TransportationIntern 1Public Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation requires three wheeled motorcycles to have handlebars for steering control in order to operate on the road.
HB 0040WatchEvidence; confidentiality of certain medical information of animals within a veterinarian's care; provide exceptionScot Turner
3/19/2018Senate Committee Favorably ReportedAgriculture & Consumer AffairsAgriculture and Consumer Affairs
Animal ControlGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesIntern 2Open Records/Meetings Act
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation maintains the privacy of animal medical records maintained in a veterinarian's office with the exception of rabies vaccination history. 
HB 0043InactiveAmended FY 17 Supplemental BudgetDavid Ralston
2/15/2017Effective DateAppropriationsAppropriations
AppropriationsDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation contains amendments to the State's current budget for fiscal year 2016-2017.  It is generally referred to as the "supplemental budget."  For a summary of this bill click here.
HB 0044InactiveFY 18 Big BudgetDavid Ralston
5/1/2017Effective DateAppropriationsAppropriations
AppropriationsDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation contains the State's budget for fiscal year 2017-2018.  For a summary of the budget, click here.
HB 0053WatchJuvenile Code Jurisdiction for Children Under the Age of 18Mary Oliver
1/23/2017House Second ReadersJuvenile Justice
2017/01/13-ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitHealth and Human Services
JuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation increases the age of children who are subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and juvenile facilities from 17 to 18 years, thereby increasing the case loads of the juvenile court and juvenile probation.
HB 0060SupportLiquor - Distiller May Sell Directly to Public Ron Stephens
1/24/2017House Second ReadersRegulated Industries
Alcohol/TobaccoBusiness and Occupation TaxGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation authorizes licensed distillers to obtain a retail package liquor store license and sale up to 10 percent of the total liquor it produces each year, or 1,000 barrels, whichever is greater, directly to the public from the distillery.  Excise taxes will be collected and paid by the distiller.  It also authorizes distilleries to have a food service establishment on the premises.    
HB 0065WatchLow THC Oil Patient Registry; conditions and eligibility; change provisionsAllen Peake
7/1/2018Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilHealth and Human Services
Health and Human ServicesIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation adds conditions that are eligible for low THC oil. 
HB 0075EvaluatingSocial services; certain records from disclosure; excludeWendell Willard
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
General County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesJuvenilesLaw EnforcementOpen Records/Meetings Act
Public Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation creates an exception from the open records law for information held by the Department of Human Services or a governmental child protective agency provided by law enforcement or the prosecutor in any pending investigation or prosecution involving child abuse, neglect or dependency.
HB 0079NeutralRequire Law Enforcement to Purge Tag Reader InformationJohn Pezold
7/1/2018Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/16 Report2018/03/09 ReportDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County Government
Law EnforcementOpen Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation allows law enforcement to use high speed cameras to capture images of license plates.  However, the data captured from the images may not be used for anything other than law enforcement purposes.  The data must be destroyed no later than 30 months after it is collected unless the data is needed for law enforcement purposes.  The collected data is exempt from the open records law.
HB 0081SupportHospital Authorities and Contractors Intercept Income Tax Returns to Pay Medical BillsTom McCall
3/1/2018Senate Read and ReferredWays and MeansFinance
2017/01/27-Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/2 ReportClerk of CourtDebra Nesbit
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsHealth and Human ServicesHospital AuthorityIndigent Health CareJuveniles
Magistrate CourtProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceState Court
Superior Court
This legislation allows health care facilties created, formed or operated on behalf of a hospital authority to intercept tax refunds to pay outstanding medical bills. 
HB 0083WatchFirefighters' Pension Fund; invest up to 10 percent in real estate; provideHoward Maxwell
7/1/2017Effective DateRetirementRetirement
Fire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentIntern 1Public Safety and CourtsRetirement
This legislation allows the Georgia Firefighters' Pension Fund to invest up to 10% of its assets in real estate.
HB 0084WatchFirefighters' Pension Fund; invest up to 10 percent in alternative investments; provideHoward Maxwell
2/14/2017Senate Read and ReferredRetirementRetirement
Fire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentIntern 1Public Safety and CourtsRetirement
This legislation allows the Georgia Firefighters'  Pension Fund to invest up to 10% of its assets in alternative investments. 
HB 0088NeutralQualifications of Superior Court JudgesBarry Fleming
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciaryRules
Debra NesbitPublic Safety and CourtsSuperior Court
This legislation requires superior court judges to be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia.
HB 0090NegotiatingLand Purchase - Illegal for Board Member to Discuss if Conflict of InterestRobert Gasaway
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedJudiciary Non-Civil
2017/01/27-ReportCriminal ProcedureEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentEminent Domain/Condemnation
EthicsGeneral County GovernmentProcurementPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation makes it a misdemeanor for members of the board of commissioners, city council, school board or local board or authority to knowingly and intentionally vote, attempt to influence a vote, or be present in executive or closed session when their respective body is considering or discussion the acquisition of property if the member has direct or indirect ownership interest in the property, or any business in which the member serves in a fiduciary capacity has an ownership interest in the property.      
HB 0116NeutralSuperior Court Exclusive Jurisdiction of Juvenile Cases Involving Aggravated AssaultAlbert Reeves
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedJudiciary Non-CivilPublic Safety
Correctional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitFirearms/Carry LawsHealth and Human Services
JuvenilesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsSuperior Court
This legislation gives the superior court exclusive jurisdiction over juveniles charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.  The language of this legislation was added to SB 160 "Back the Badge".
HB 0119WatchEmployees' Retirement System of Georgia; member shall be eligible to transfer funds to Georgia Judicial Retirement System; provideTrey Kelley
1/26/2017House Second ReadersRetirement
District AttorneysGeneral County GovernmentIntern 2Public Safety and CourtsRetirement
SolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
This legislation allows certain members of the Judicial Retirement System to transfer funds from the Employees' Retirement System of Georgia if they were previously an active member.
HB 0120WatchRevision of Notary LawAndrew Welch
1/26/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
Clerk of CourtDebra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
This law revises the requirements for becoming and performing as a public notary.  
HB 0126NeutralRestructure of Judicial Qualifications CommissionWendell Willard
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
Debra NesbitMagistrate CourtProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsState Court
Superior Court
This legislation changes the provisions governing the Judicial Qualifications Commission.
HB 0135EvaluatingGeorgia Employees' Retirement System - Credit for Service to Local Governments of this StateAmy Carter
7/1/2018Effective DateRetirementRetirement
2017/01/27-ReportGeneral County GovernmentLarry RamseyLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
Retirement
This amends the Employees' Retirement System of Georgia as it relates to state law enforcement officers who are eligible to receive service credit for service to a local government. The bill clarifies that such prior service must have been to a local government within Georgia, and the employee cannot be eligible for current or future benefits under any retirement plan of that local government.
HB 0137NeutralRestriction of Contingency Fees for Appointed Assistant District Attorneys in Forfeiture ActionScot Turner
3/7/2018Senate Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteJudiciaryJudiciary
Clerk of CourtCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation prohibits district attorneys from compensating appointed assistant district attorneys on a contingent basis by percentage of assets realized from a forfeiture.
HB 0138NeutralSuperior courts; fifth judge of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit; provideLee Hawkins
1/1/2018Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
Local LegislationPublic Safety and CourtsSuperior Court
HB 0144NegotiatingRetail Pet Stores - Preempt Local Ordinances Earl Ehrhart
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedAgriculture & Consumer Affairs
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/03-ReportAnimal ControlGeneral County GovernmentPreemption
Public Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation preempts counties and cities from adopting or enforcing ordinances that directly or indirectly prohibit the sale, delivery or transfer of a dog or cat from a properly licensed retail pet store or from imposing restrictions in addition to the requirements of state law. Many attempts were made to add this preemptive language to other bills late in the session.  All attempts failed. 
HB 0146NeutralRequirement for Local Governments to Provide Cancer Benefit to All FirefightersMicah Gravley
1/1/2018Effective DateInsuranceState and Local Governmental Operations
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/03-Report2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report
2017/03/10 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportDebra NesbitFire ServicesGeneral County Government
Insurance InsurancePublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation requires fire departments to purchase insurance coverage on each firefighter to pay claims for cancer diagnosed after serving at least 12 consecutive months as a firefighter in the department if the cancer or treatment makes them unable to perform their firefighter duties.
HB 0149NeutralRequirement for Counties to Use Only GBI Approved Trauma Scene Cleanup Services and Consolidation of Fire ServicesAlan Powell
3/29/2018Senate Disagreed House Amend or SubPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2017/03/06 - Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/23 ReportBusiness and Occupation TaxCode Enforcement
Coroners/Medical ExaminersDebra NesbitEmergency Management/PreparednessEMS/AmbulanceFire Services
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementNat. Res. & the Environment
Public Safety and CourtsSheriffSolid Waste
This legislation preempts county and city governments from requiring licenses or permits for trauma scene waste management practitioners or regulated waste transporters.  When hiring a company to cleanup or remove trauma scene waste, counties and cities must hire a company approved by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  This bill was amended to include S.B. 319 which provides for the Consolidation of all Fire Services into a separate state agency.
HB 0150NeutralState Road and Tollway Authority: Failure to PayAlan Powell
7/1/2018Effective DateTransportationTransportation
Econ. Dev. & TransportationForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsKathleen BowenPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
Traffic EnforcementTransportation
This legislation allows the State Road and Tollway Authority to place a hold on the motor vehicle registration of a vehicle upon which a toll was not paid.  It also allows for setoff of the amount owed on income tax refunds.
HB 0151EvaluatingPenal institutions; restraints on pregnant inmates under certain circumstances; prohibit useKeisha Waites
1/31/2017House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Correctional Institutions/JailDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation prohibits the use of handcuffs and shackles on a pregnant inmate during labor or delivery unless there is a reasonable basis to believe that it is necessary to keep her from injuring herself or others.
HB 0152NegotiatingWorker's Compensation For Firefighters Diagnosed with CancerMicah Gravley
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedIndustry and Labor
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/03-ReportDebra NesbitFire ServicesInsurance
InsuranceMandatePersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and Courts
 This legislation allows worker's compensation benefits for firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer that, upon a preponderance of competent and credible evidence, can prove the cancer was directly related to their duties as a firefighter.
HB 0156NeutralGuns - No License RequiredMatt Gurtler
1/31/2017House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation enacts the Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2017.  It does away with Georgia's weapons license and allows anyone to carry a firearm unless they are prohibited by law from possessing a weapon or long gun.   
HB 0158NeutralGambling - Georgia Destination Resort Act Ron Stephens
1/31/2017House Second ReadersRegulated Industries
2017/02/03-ReportAlcohol/TobaccoBusiness and Occupation TaxDistrict AttorneysEcon. Dev. & Transportation
Economic DevelopmentGeneral County GovernmentGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationImmigrationLand Use/Zoning
Public Safety and CourtsRetirementRevenue & FinanceTodd EdwardsTourism
This legislation, mirroring SB 79, legalizes gambling in Georgia. Two casino licenses will be granted.  One license will be granted within a county having a population of at least 900,000, will be at least a $2 billion investment, located in a convention district and have a hotel with at least 1,000 rooms.  The other license will be granted within a county with at least 450,000 people, be at least a $450 million investment, and located near a convention district.  These casinos can be open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and will pay a 20-percent tax on gross receipts (70 percent of proceeds go to the HOPE Scholarship and 30 percent will go to a needs-based college scholarship.   
HB 0159NeutralAdoption Code RewriteAlbert Reeves
9/1/2018Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
Clerk of CourtDebra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsHealth and Human ServicesOpen Records/Meetings Act
Probate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsSex Offender
This legislation substantially revises and modernizes the adoption laws in Georgia. 
HB 0163WatchProhibition for Use of Wireless Devices While Operating a School BusBetty Price
1/31/2017House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Debra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation prohibits the use of handheld wireless telecommunication devices while driving.  An exception is provided for law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and ambulance drivers during the performance of their duties.
HB 0169NeutralCharlton County; probate judge; provide nonpartisan electionsJohn Corbett
1/1/2018Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
ElectionsGeneral County GovernmentLocal LegislationProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0170EvaluatingStudent Online Personal Information Protection Act; enactSheila Jones
2/1/2017House Second ReadersEducation
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementOpen Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act by prohibitingwebsite operators from using a student's online information to create a profile about or target advertising to a student, as well as protecting release of the information.  As currently enacted, this legisaltion does not interfere with law enforcement's ability to obtain information from an operator as authorized by law or pursuant to a court order.   
HB 0175SupportAlcohol - Locals May Reduce Distance Between Restaurant Sales and Schools/Housing Authorities Clay Cox
2/1/2017House Second ReadersRegulated Industries
2017/02/03-ReportAlcohol/TobaccoGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesLand Use/Zoning
Public Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation allows counties and cities, via a resolution or ordinance, to reduce the state-mandated distance between a restaurant that serves wine and beer and a school or housing authority property.
HB 0185WatchAllow Associate Probate Judges to Also Serve as a Judge Advocate in the MilitaryChristian Coomer
3/27/2018Senate TabledJudiciaryJudiciary
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows fulltime associate probate court judges to serve as a judge advocate general or other military role in a military reserve.  Under current law, full time associate probate judges are not allowed to practice law outside of his or her role as judge.  
HB 0197SupportRequirements for Solicitation Regarding Conveying Real EstateSam Teasley
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
Clerk of CourtDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires advertisements for services to obtain copies of deeds, mortgages and liens to include a notification that the advertisement is not a bill or official government document.
HB 0213WatchMandatory Minimum Sentence for Drug Offenses Involving FentanylRich Golick
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedJudiciary Non-CivilJudiciary
Correctional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation adds the sale, manufacture or possession of fentanyl to the list of offenses with a mandatory minimum sentence.
HB 0221WatchCommerce and trade; powers of attorney to a uniform Act; update and conform provisionsChuck Efstration
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
Correctional Institutions/JailGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesIntern 1Probate Court
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the laws regarding powers of attorney.
HB 0232EvaluatingWeapons; certain persons making application for a carry or renewal license; provide for training requirementPedro Marin
2/7/2017House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards
This legislation requires individuals to complete a firearms safety course offered by several different entities, including a law enforcement officer, before applying for or renewing a carry license.
HB 0234WatchMotor vehicles; drivers stop at crosswalks with user activated rectangular rapid-flash beacons; requireSpencer Frye
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
Econ. Dev. & TransportationIntern 2Public Safety and CourtsRoadsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation requires vehicles to stop when an approved rectangular rapid-flash beacon has been activated to allow a pedestrian or bicycle rider to cross the roadway within a crosswalk.
HB 0235NeutralSpeed Limit Posting in Urban or Residential DistrictsSpencer Frye
2/7/2017House Second ReadersGovernmental Affairs
2017/02/03-ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenLaw EnforcementMandate
Public Safety and CourtsRoadsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation decreases the lowest speed limit that counties can establish on roads in an urban or residential district from 25 to 20 miles per hour.
HB 0242NeutralMandatory Reporting of Child Abuse to Military PoliceBrian Prince
2/8/2017House Second ReadersJuvenile Justice
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires reports of child abuse to be made to military law enforcement.
HB 0248NeutralAutomated Driving System RulesTrey Kelley
2/8/2017House Second ReadersTransportation
2017/02/10 - ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
Traffic Enforcement
This legislaton creates rules and regulations to provide for the operation of motor vehicles with automated driving systems on public roads.
HB 0249NeutralAdds Death by Overdose to List of Causes of Death Which Law Enforcement Must Provide Notice to the CornorKevin Tanner
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilHealth and Human Services
Coroners/Medical ExaminersDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesOpen Records/Meetings Act
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation includes death by apparent drug overdose as a suspicious death that law enforcement must report to the coroner and may require investigation by the coroner.
HB 0251SupportAllow EMS Personnel Access to Private Property During Declared State EmergencyDarrel Ealum
7/1/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2017/02/03-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportDebra NesbitEmergency Management/Preparedness
EMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation gives EMS and all first responders the right to enter private property during a disaster declared by the governor, for search and rescue, debris removal and providing aid.
HB 0253SupportDog and Cat License PlatesWendell Willard
3/27/2018Senate TabledMotor VehiclesPublic Safety
2017/03/24 - ReportAgricultureAnimal ControlGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTags/TitlesTodd Edwards
This legislation amends the special license plates to help fund dog and cat reproductive sterilization support.
HB 0258NeutralDriver's LicenseAlan Powell
3/21/2018Senate Read Second TimeJudiciary Non-CivilPublic Safety
2017/02/10 - ReportCriminal ProcedureFirearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentImmigration
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTodd EdwardsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation changes the minimum mandatory sentence from five to ten years for individuals convicted of assaulting a peace officer.  The language in this legislation was added to SB 160 "Back the Badge".
HB 0259EvaluatingAdditional Offenses Committed by Children Ages 13 to 17 Will be Heard in Superior CourtAlan Powell
2/9/2017House Second ReadersJuvenile Justice
2017/02/10 - ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesJuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
Superior Court
This legislation expands the exclusive jurisdiction of the superior court for children ages 13-17 years charged with aggravated assault or aggavated battery.
HB 0268NeutralElections - Numerous Changes Barry Fleming
7/1/2017Effective DateGovernmental AffairsEthics
2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-Report2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - Report
ElectionsGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTodd 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.    
HB 0280NeutralGuns - Campus Carry Mandi Ballinger
7/1/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityJudiciary
2017/02/10 - Report2017/03/06 - ReportFirearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards
This legislation allows for the licensed, concealed carrying of handguns on the property of a public technical school, vocational school, college or university, or other public institution of postsecondary education - applying to all license holders.  Firearms will continue to be prohibited from athletic events, student housing (including fraternity and sorority houses), preschool or childcare space, college career academy or other specialized school,  any room used for classes in which high school students are enrolled, rooms where disciplinary proceedings are conducted,      
HB 0281NeutralGeorgia Tenant Victim Protection Act for Victims of Domestic ViolenceScott Holcomb
2/9/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
Clerk of CourtConstables/MarshalsDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysGeneral County Government
Health and Human ServicesJuvenilesLaw EnforcementMagistrate CourtOpen Records/Meetings Act
Probate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsSheriffSolicitorsState Court
Superior Court
This legislation allows victims of family violence, stalking, harrassment, and sexual assault to terminate their lease with limited penalties. 
HB 0286NeutralGuns - No License Needed Heath Clark
2/10/2017House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
2017/02/10 - ReportFirearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesProbate Court
Public Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation allows those eligible for a Georgia weapons carry license to legally carry a weapon without said license.  All other provisions and restrictions in current law remain the same and local governments may still prohibit weapons carry in government buildings provided there is screening in place by security personnel. Note that folks can still apply for and receive carry licenses if they desire "administrative confirmation of their right" to carry a weapon.            
HB 0288NeutralService Animals - Rules for Accompaniment in Public Transport and Facilities Tom Kirby
2/10/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary Non-Civil
Animal ControlGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation tightens the definition and permissible accompaniment (e.g. in public conveyances and public places) of service animals that are trained to assist, do work, or perform tasks for a physically or mentally impaired person.    
HB 0291WatchDomestic Violence Helping Hands Act; enactJames Beverly
2/10/2017House Second ReadersRegulated Industries
General County GovernmentIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires barbers and cosmetologists to receive continuing education about recognizing the signs of domestic violence and sexual assault.
HB 0292InactiveGuns - 2017 Omnibus Bill I Rick Jasperse
5/8/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityJudiciary
2017/02/10 - Report2017/03/06 - ReportAirportsCorrectional Institutions/JailEcon. Dev. & Transportation
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationGovernment ImmunityLaw Enforcement
Probate CourtProbationPublic Safety and CourtsSheriffTodd Edwards

HB 292 is this year's omnibus gun bull.  Georgia will recognize carry licenses for those moving here from other states (which have reciprocity laws with Georgia) for 90 days, so long as the person abides by Georgia's laws; probate judges are authorized to provide information on gun safety; DNR must post a link on its Web site for hunting gun safety course information; folks who legally change their name can get a free replacement license (if within 90 days of their license registration); retired law enforcement officers from other states do not need a license.  Any sheriff or retired sheriff, deputy or retired deputy sheriff, member or retired member of the Georgia State Patrol, member of retired member of GBI and retired law enforcement officer can carry a gun into a courthouse, unless the Sheriff providing security for the courthouse provides a lock box and screens out all other weapons by security personnel.                

 

HB 0297EvaluatingChild Safety and Emergency Preparedness ActDebra Bazemore
2/10/2017House Second ReadersEducation
2017/02/10 - ReportDebra NesbitEmergency Management/PreparednessFire ServicesLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Child Safety and Emergency Preparedness Act which requires community leaders and public safety officials to assist in development of Emergency Plans for all licensed early care and education centers. 
HB 0298NeutralChatham County; Recorder's Court; revise provisionsRon Stephens
2/10/2017House Second ReadersIntragovernmental Coordination
Local LegislationPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
HB 0300NeutralState Health Plan and Federal Qualified Health CentersGeoff Duncan
2/14/2017House Second ReadersHealth & Human Services
Clerk of CourtDistrict AttorneysFire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Insurance InsuranceJuvenilesLarry RamseyLaw Enforcement
Magistrate CourtPersonnel/EmploymentProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsRetirement
Revenue & FinanceSheriffSolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
Tax Commissioner
This legislation makes changes to the administration of the state employee health plan.
HB 0310WatchSecondary metal recyclers; certain used lead acid vehicle batteries; exclude applicabilityBuzz Brockway
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedRegulated Industries
Health and Human ServicesIntern 2Law EnforcementNat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and Courts
Solid Waste
This legislation exempts certain used lead acid vehicle batteries from the secondary metal recyclers law.
HB 0313WatchLogan's Law; enactKeisha Waites
3/30/2017House Withdrawn Bill/Res ConsiderationAgriculture & Consumer Affairs
Animal ControlGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires anyone transferring ownership of certain breeds of dogs to include a document created by the Department of Health regarding the injuries to humans caused by those breeds.
HB 0319SupportIncrease Reimbursement to Counties for Habeas Corpus ProceedingsWilliam Werkheiser
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
2017/02/10 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailDebra Nesbit
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation increases the maximum amount that may be reimbursed by the state to the counties for court costs for habeas corpus proceedings at both the trial and appellate levels from $10,000 to $30,000 annually.
HB 0324WatchMotor vehicles; term noncitizen be included on certain licenses, permits, and identification cards; requireAlan Powell
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedPublic Safety and Homeland Security
General County GovernmentImmigrationIntern 1Public Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
HB 0328NeutralGDOT Revisions to FlexAuto Lanes Sam Watson
7/1/2017Effective DateTransportationTransportation
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenPublic Safety and CourtsRoadsTraffic Enforcement
Transportation
This legislation, supported by the Georgia Department of Transportation, updates rules of the road, addresses the weight of idle reducing technology and would remove the time and location limit regarding the use of "FlexAuto" lanes. 
HB 0330WatchHuman Services, Department of; certain individuals identified in a diligent search conducted as part of a dependency proceeding; specify additional informationStacey Abrams
3/3/2017Senate Read and ReferredHuman Relations & AgingHealth and Human Services
Health and Human ServicesIntern 2JuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation amends the notice requirements for kinship caregivers.
HB 0334EvaluatingGuns - Those w Restraining Orders Cannot Get Weapons LicenseKeisha Waites
2/15/2017House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Criminal ProcedureFirearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards
This legislation would prohibit individuals against whom a restraining order or protective order has been issued from obtaining a weapons carry permit.
HB 0335EvaluatingLaw enforcement agencies; authorize the engagement of vehicular pursuits; provide standardKeisha Waites
2/17/2017House Withdrawn Bill/Res ConsiderationPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentGovernment ImmunityLaw EnforcementPopulation Acts
PreemptionPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires counties with a population over 100,000 to only pursue a suspect in a vehicle if there is probable cause to believe that he or she is or has committed murder, aggravated battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, rape, armed robbery or other offenses that create an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury to another person.
HB 0341SupportMandatory Sentences for Sex Trafficking and Changes to Mandatory NoticeAlbert Reeves
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilJudiciary
Debra NesbitPublic Safety and CourtsSex Offender
This legislation changes the requirements to the model notice for the human trafficking hotline, and the mandatory sentences for sex trafficking.
HB 0343WatchCriminal procedure; certain outdated terminology; replaceScott Hilton
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilJudiciary
Criminal ProcedureHealth and Human ServicesIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation updates terminology related to criminal procedure.
HB 0350NeutralRequirement For Tobacco Product be Prohibited Within Guard Lines of County Correctional FacilitiesAlan Powell
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Alcohol/TobaccoCorrectional Institutions/JailDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation makes it illegal to be under the influence of tobacco while inside the guard lines of a county correction insitution (CI).
HB 0351NeutralElections - Allow District Attorneys, Coroners and Constitutional Officers to Run Non-Partisan Allen Peake
2/16/2017House Second ReadersGovernmental Affairs
Clerk of CourtCoroners/Medical ExaminersDistrict AttorneysGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and Courts
SheriffTax CommissionerTodd Edwards
This legislation would allow the General Assembly, through local legislation, to make elections for sheriffs, coroners, tax commissioners and superior court clerks nonpartisan.
HB 0353WatchPawnbrokers; fixed term pawn transactions for loans involving the pledge of a motor vehicle as security; provideBrett Harrell
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedRegulated Industries
Business and Occupation TaxGeneral County GovernmentIntern 2Law EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
Sheriff
This legislation changes the laws dealing with pawnbrokers.
HB 0355InactiveCobb County; Probate Court; change compensation of chief deputy, assistant chief deputy and executive assistantJohn Carson
5/2/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentLocal LegislationProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0365WatchSheriffs' Retirement Fund of Georgia; benefit payable upon death of certain members; increaseTom Kirby
1/25/2018House Committee Favorably ReportedRetirement
General County GovernmentIntern 1Public Safety and CourtsRetirementSheriff
This legislation changes retirement benefits for sheriffs.
HB 0366WatchGeorgia Judicial Retirement System; definition of salary for the purpose of determining benefit amounts; reviseBrian Strickland
2/16/2017House Second ReadersRetirement
District AttorneysGeneral County GovernmentIntern 1JuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
SolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
This legislation changes certain benefits for members of the Judicial Retirement System.
HB 0367NegotiatingPublic Employees Privacy ProtectionBrian Strickland
2/16/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
2017/02/17-ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysEcon. Dev. & Transportation
Georgia Bureau of InvestigationJuvenilesLaw EnforcementMagistrate CourtMandate
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentOpen Records/Meetings ActProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
SolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
This legislation allows certain public safety and judicial officials to execute a certificate of redacted information that requires counties to redact the home address and telephone number of the public safety or judicial official and their relatives from the county's website or other Internet access point within the county's control.
HB 0368OpposeMandated Salary Supplement for Superior Court ClerksBarry Fleming
2/16/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
2017/02/17-ReportClerk of CourtCompensationDebra NesbitGeneral County Government
MandatePublic Safety and CourtsTraining

This legislation provides an additional $200 per month supplement to be paid by the county for superior court clerks who complete voluntary training with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and become a "certified superior court clerk".  Clerk's are mandated to complete this training to become a "certified superior court clerk" upon election under current law that has been in effect since 1998.  All training and reasonable travel expenses are currently the responsibility of the county.  Essentially this is a $200 per month salary increase for superior court clerks.

HB 0370WatchCouncil of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia; create and administer savings and deferred compensation plans for members; authorizeScott Hilton
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciaryRetirement
General County GovernmentIntern 2Public Safety and CourtsRetirement
This legislation allows the Council of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia to create anda dminister savikngs plans and deferred compensation plans for its members.
HB 0381SupportAbandoned Mobile Homes - Method for Removal John Corbett
5/1/2019Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
2017/02/17-Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/23 Report
Code EnforcementGeneral County GovernmentMagistrate CourtProgressing LegislationProperty Tax
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTags/TitlesTax CommissionerTodd Edwards
This legislation establishes a process whereby private property owners can have abandoned mobile homes removed from their land.  Local governments may elect to provide a qualified "local agent" to make a determination, at the request of a property owner, whether a mobile home is abandoned, derelict or intact.  If deemed abandoned, the local government posts a notice, then the property owner notifies the last known mobile home owner (or posts a legal notice if no responsible party can be ascertained), which begins a process whereby the property owner can pay for the removal of the mobile home.  A hearing procedure is provided in magistrate court for aggrieved mobile home owners in this process.  Neither the local government nor the local agent shall bear any liability with respect to any lawful actions taken under this law.  Action: counties wishing to participate must first appoint a qualified local agent.    
HB 0390WatchMotor Vehicles - Points and Fines Ed Setzler
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityGovernment Oversight
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation changes the penalties for certain traffic offenses.
HB 0391SupportAdditional Sites For Safe Place for NewbornsDavid Clark
7/1/2017Effective DateJuvenile JusticeSpecial Judiciary
Debra NesbitFire ServicesHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
Sheriff
This legislation amends the Safe Place for Newborns Act of 2002 by adding police and fire stations to safe place locations.  The bill also allows for reimburse by the Department of Human Resoures for any expenses prior to the department taking possession of the child.
HB 0398WatchPeace Officers' Annuity and Benefit Fund; update a cross-reference; provisionsPaul Battles
7/1/2018Effective DateRetirementRetirement
General County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesIntern 1Law EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
Retirement
This legislation adds Dentistry Board investigators to the Peace Officers' Annuity and Benefit Fund.
HB 0404NeutralRockdale Judicial Circuit; court reporters; make certain provisionsVernon Jones
6/1/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Local LegislationPublic Safety and CourtsState CourtSuperior Court
HB 0405NeutralGEMHSA to Establish State-wide System for Transport and Distribution During State of EmergencyBill Hitchens
7/1/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2017/02/17-ReportDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationEmergency Management/PreparednessLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) to implement a state-wide system for transport and distribution for essentials during a declared start of emergency.  GEMHSA will develop a certification process for businesses and entities that can facilitate transport and distribution of essentials.
HB 0406InactiveGuns - Expand Reciprocity with Other States Alan Powell
4/5/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityJudiciary
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation makes minor revisions to Georgia's weapons reciprocity law.   
HB 0407InactiveCobb County; Probate Court; change salary of superior court clerk, deputy clerk, executive assistant and executive secretaryJohn Carson
5/2/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Clerk of CourtGeneral County GovernmentLocal LegislationProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
Superior Court
HB 0408OpposeSales and Use Tax - Exempt Transportation Referral ServicesSam Teasley
2/21/2017House Second ReadersWays & Means
2017/02/17-ReportBusiness and Occupation TaxCode EnforcementEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County Government
Larry RamseyPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill makes significant changes to the existing, temporary state and local sales and use tax exemption for fares of for-hire vehicles: 1) the sunset is removed and the exemption is made permanent; 2) it is expanded from taxi, limousine, and ride share to also include transportation referral services and providers; 3) it specifically includes MARTA in the list of local sales and use taxes to which the exemption applies.
HB 0410WatchCondominiums; certain fees imposed on purchasers; provide for limitsAlan Powell
5/8/2018Veto V2JudiciaryJudiciary
Clerk of CourtGeneral County GovernmentIntern 1Public Safety and Courts
This legislation amends the law on condominiums and property owner associations.
HB 0417EvaluatingMotor vehicles; abandoned vehicles or trailers; provisionsWendell Willard
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedMotor Vehicles
Debra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
Tags/TitlesTraffic Enforcement
This legislation amends the law dealing with removing abandoned vehicles.
HB 0419SupportFireworks - Counties May Limit Hours of UseDeborah Silcox
7/1/2018Effective DateRegulated IndustriesPublic Safety
2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - Report2018/03/23 ReportFireworks
General County GovernmentLocal LegislationPopulation ActsPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards

This legislation allows cities and counties to regulate the hours of firework usage within their communities on all but seven days of the year via the adoption of a noise ordinance, so long as said ordinance is general and applicable to all manner of sounds and noises.  Before adopting the ordinance, counties must post notice in the legal organ or on their Web site stating the date, time and place of the meeting and informing the public that the ordinance will affect the use of fireworks.  Statewide use remains allowed from 10:00 a.m to 11:59 p.m. on January 1, December 31, July 3 and July 4, the Saturday and Sunday preceding Memorial Day, Labor Day, and from 12:00 midnight to 1:00 a.m. on January 1 annually. On the downside, for counties not adopting an ordinance, fireworks usage extends from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. every day of the year.  Previously, usage was allowed from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.      

HB 0420InactiveCobb County; Probate Court; change compensation of judge and clerkStacey Evans
5/2/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Clerk of CourtCompensationGeneral County GovernmentLocal LegislationProbate Court
Public Safety and Courts
HB 0424InactiveCobb County; State Court; change compensation of judgesAlbert Reeves
5/2/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentLocal LegislationPublic Safety and CourtsState Court
HB 0426SupportExpands Number of RN's Allowed to Practice Under a Physician in EMS OperationsSharon Cooper
2/22/2017House Second ReadersHealth & Human Services
2017/02/24 - ReportDebra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation would expand the number of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who are allowed to work under a physician in an EMS operations conducted by or on behalf of any county or municipality which employs a full time medical director.  Identical bill dropped in the Senate, S.B. 242.
HB 0438NeutralOff-Road Vehicle Restrictions in Public SpacesPatricia Gardner
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedMotor Vehicles
2017/02/24 - ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentKathleen BowenLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and CourtsRoadsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation limits the ability to drive off-road vehicles on a highway or in a public space in a manner which poses a direct threat of harm to persons or property. 
HB 0442NeutralClayton County; State Court; provide for salaries of judgesMike Glanton
5/3/2018Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentLocal LegislationPublic Safety and CourtsState Court
HB 0446Support9-1-1 Local Government Authority and Increased Revenue for 9-1-1 CentersAlan Powell
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedEnergy, Utilities & Telecommunications
2017/02/24 - Report911Debra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsGeneral County Government
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSheriff
This legislation creates the Local Government 9-1-1 Authority which will provide coordination, planning, enforcement of statutory requirements for the payment of 9-1-1 fees, auditing, and development of best practices and standards for the operation of 9-1-1 Centers.  For a section by section summary click here.  For talking points click here.  Identical legislation dropped in Senate S.B. 222.
HB 0450EvaluatingPenal institutions; acceptance of certain DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction courses as satisfying required service hours; allowAlan Powell
2/23/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Debra NesbitProbationPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows those who violate the Georgia Controlled Substances Act to have participation in a DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program to count toward community service ordered as a condition of probation.
HB 0451NegotiatingExceptions to County Road Restrictions James Epps
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedGovernmental Affairs
2017/02/24 - ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentKathleen BowenLaw Enforcement
PreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsRoadsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation requires counties and cities to allow vehicles weighing over 36,000 pounds or longer than 30 feet to use any county and city roads if the vehicle is making a delivery on the road, using the road as the route to make a delivery or pick up, providing service on the road, or if avoiding the road would cause the driver to go more than ten miles out of the most direct route. This legislation allows counties and cities to adopt a local ordinance that would make the driver justify the presence of their vehicle on a restricted road.  
HB 0452NeutralGBI Shall Post on Website Aliens Released From Federal Custody/Measures to Address Domestic TerrorismJesse Petrea
7/1/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
Correctional Institutions/JailDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationImmigration
Public Safety and CourtsSheriff
This legislation requires the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to publicly post on their website information on aliens who are released who are released from federal custody and notify the sheriff's offices within 12 hours.  SB 1 was added to this legislation which sets forth requirements for domestic terrorism.
HB 0453NeutralAdd Chief Magistrate Judge to County Law Library BoardDavid Dreyer
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciarySpecial Judiciary
Clerk of CourtDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysGeneral County GovernmentMagistrate Court
Probate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitorsSuperior Court
This legislation adds the chief magistrate court judge to the county law library board of trustees. 
HB 0457NeutralBrooks County; Magistrate Court chief judge; provide nonpartisan electionsAmy Carter
7/1/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
ElectionsGeneral County GovernmentLocal LegislationMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0458SupportAllow Automated Speed and Traffic Safety Devices in School Zones without PermitAlan Powell
3/6/2017Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityGovernment Oversight
2017/03/06 - ReportDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
SheriffSolicitorsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation changes the use of radar and automated traffic enforcement safety devices, to allow an agent to operate automated devices without a permit or P.O.S.T. certification in school zones.
HB 0465NeutralIndustrial Hemp CommissionJohn Pezold
2/24/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary Non-Civil
AgricultureEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human ServicesKathleen Bowen
Law EnforcementNat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
This legislation creates the Industrial Hemp Commission. This commission will oversee, regulate and promote the research and development of industrial hemp and hemp products in Georgia. 
HB 0466WatchLaw enforcement; Georgia Crime Information Center disseminate electronically certain criminal history records; revise conditionsHugh Williamson
2/24/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary Non-Civil
Intern 2Law EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation amends the law regarding dissemination of criminal history records by the Georgia Crime Information Center.
HB 0472NeutralMotor Vehicles - Rules for Speed Coordination (Platooning)James Epps
7/1/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityTransportation
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation provides that the non lead vehicle in a procession when speed is coordinated automatically is exempt from the prohibition against following too closely.
HB 0474SupportDriver's Manual Shall Include Best Practices for Drivers During a Traffic StopCarolyn Hugley
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
Debra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation requires that the drivers' manual developed by the Department of Driver Services include best practices during a traffic stop by law enforcement.
HB 0475SupportRequirements for Charitable Contributions Receptacles for Donations on Private PropertyBuddy Harden
7/1/2018Effective DateJudiciaryRegulated Industries and Utilities
Debra NesbitGovernment ImmunityLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows a property owner to have an unauthorized collection receptacle removed from their property. If the receptacle is not removed, then the owner may request "law enforcement personnel" take possession of, remove and dispose of the collection receptacle and its contents.  The law enforcement personnel has the discretion to honor the request.  The law enforcement personnel will be immune from civil or criminal liability.
HB 0478NeutralStrengthen Requirements for Access to Booking PhotographsBrian Strickland
2/27/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary Non-Civil
Correctional Institutions/JailDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementOpen Records/Meetings Act
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation prohibits law enforcement from providing booking photographs of any who has not been convicted.  It also requires that the requesting party have a Georgia driver's license and physically pick up the copy of the photographs.  
HB 0481NeutralDrone Ordinances Kevin Tanner
7/1/2017Effective DateTransportationTransportation
2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportCode EnforcementEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County Government
Kathleen BowenLand Use/ZoningPreemptionPublic Safety and Courts

This legislation preempts local governments from adopting ordinances regulating the use of drones except for ordinances adopted before April 1, 2017, ordinances that enforce Federal Aviation Administration restrictions or ordinances prohibiting the launch, recovery or intentional landing of drones on county property.

HB 0484EvaluatingDrivers' licenses; clarify persons who may obtain certain licenses, permits, or cards; provisionsJeff Jones
2/15/2018House Withdrawn, RecommittedJudiciary
General County GovernmentImmigrationPublic Safety and CourtsTodd EdwardsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation allows those who have received a grant of deferred action of deportation to receive driving safety cards in lieu of driver's licenses.
HB 0487SupportLeave with Pay for Certain State Employees to Participate in Disaster Relief ServicesJosh Bonner
3/15/2018Senate Read Second TimePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
CompensationDebra NesbitEmergency Management/PreparednessGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and Courts

This legislation allows state employees who are certified disaster service volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxiliary to be given p to 15 days of leave per year to assist county emergency management agencies. 

HB 0488EvaluatingHousing, public accommodations and employment; provide comprehensive state civil rights law protecting individuals from discrimination; provisionsStacey Evans
2/27/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
Econ. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesNat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards
This legislation amends Georgia's civil rights law to provide protection from discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity and age.
HB 0491EvaluatingCriminal history; individual may petition superior court to restrict access to criminal history record information for certain misdemeanor offenses; revise conditionsKeisha Waites
2/28/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human ServicesLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and CourtsSuperior Court
This legislation amends the way that individuals may petition the superior court to restrict access to criminal history records. 
HB 0492EvaluatingCrimes and offenses; aggravated assault, second degree property damage and other crimes done intentionally to certain victims; provide enhanced penaltiesKeisha Waites
2/28/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation provides enhanced penalties for crimes done intentionally to a victim because of the victim's color, race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. 
HB 0494WatchEarly care and learning; safety of children in early care and education programs; revise certain provisionsKatie Dempsey
7/1/2018Effective DateEducationEducation and Youth
Intern 1Public Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the requirements for fingerprint background checks of certain employees.
HB 0497NeutralExtend Deadlines in Juvenile Deliquency Proceeding Under Certain CircumstancesChuck Efstration
3/6/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciaryJudiciary
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesJuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the procedures for filing petitions for delinquency, as well as other matters involving juveniles. 
HB 0498EvaluatingProhibition Against Broadcaster Giving Personally Identifiable Visual Information of a VictimBrian Strickland
2/28/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
Debra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesHealth and Human ServicesLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation creates a cause of action against a broadcaster depicting an accident or trauma scene to provide personally identifiable visual information or identification of a victim.
HB 0505NeutralCivil Forfeiture Proceedings - Stay Until Conclusion of Criminal ProceedingsScot Turner
3/1/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
Civil ProcedureCriminal ProcedureForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsLarry RamseyPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the procedures for civil forfeiture. At present, the courts have the discretion to put on hold any civil forfeiture actions until conclusion of the related criminal proceedings. This legislation would make mandatory that civil forfeitures cannot happen until adjudication of guilt in the related criminal proceedings.
HB 0509EvaluatingHuman Trafficking Prevention Act; enactPaulette Braddock
3/1/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
District AttorneysHealth and Human ServicesIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Human Trafficking Prevention Act. 
HB 0510NeutralAlcohol - Alter Distance between Sales and Churches/Schools Calvin Smyre
7/1/2017Effective DateRegulated IndustriesRegulated Industries and Utilities
2017/03/24 - ReportAlcohol/TobaccoGeneral County GovernmentLand Use/ZoningPopulation Acts
Public Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation removes measuring requirements between establishments that sell alcohol and churches and schools in counties with a population between 175,000 and 195,000 in the 1970 census or any future census. Following the 2010 census, Muscogee, Hall and Forsyth counties fall into this population range.  
HB 0513WatchDomestic relations; signs to be posted at certain medical facilities where a newborn child may be left; providePam Dickerson
7/1/2018Effective DateHealth and Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
Health and Human ServicesIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires the Department of Community Health to develop a sign that can be posted at medical facilities to inform the public that it is a safe place to leave a newborn infant.
HB 0522WatchDomestic Violence Helping Hands Act; enactJames Beverly
3/1/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
Intern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Domestic Violence Helping Hands Act.
HB 0529EvaluatingAnimal Welfare - Illegal to Transport Critters in Back of Truck Karla Drenner
3/6/2017House Second ReadersAgriculture & Consumer Affairs
AgricultureAnimal ControlCode EnforcementCriminal ProcedureFarm
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPreemptionPublic Safety and Courts
Todd EdwardsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation prohibits carrying live animals in the backs of trucks on Interstates.  Certain farm-related purposes/animals are exempted.  The bill also preempts county and city ordinances, as well as caps fines associated with, the transportation of live animals in the back of vehicles on the interstate.
HB 0536EvaluatingHealth; services which may be rendered by emergency medical technicians; revise provisionsTrey Kelley
3/6/2017House Second ReadersHealth & Human Services
Debra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the types of services that may be provided by emergency medical technicians. 
HB 0540InactiveCobb County; State Court; change salaries of certain staff of solicitor-generalAlbert Reeves
5/3/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentLocal LegislationPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitors
HB 0541EvaluatingGuns - Prohibit Certain Persons from Owning or Transporting Brian Strickland
3/9/2017House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Correctional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureEcon. Dev. & TransportationFirearms/Carry LawsHealth and Human Services
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation prohibits individuals convicted of [domestic] simple assault, simple battery, battery, or pointing or aiming a gun at another from receiving, possessing or transporting firearms.   
HB 0542EvaluatingAlcohol - Cannot Hold Social Gatherings w Alcohol for Persons under 21 Emory Dunahoo
3/9/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
Alcohol/TobaccoGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards

Current law prohibits persons from furnishing alcoholic beverages to individuals under 21 years of age.  This bill extends that prohibition to those helping organize or hosting social events where alcohol is served to persons under 21.  Counties and cities are allowed to adopt ordinances that regulate said social gatherings.

HB 0547InactiveVilla Rica, City of; ad valorem tax; residents 65 years or older; provide homestead exemptionJ Collins
5/3/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Local LegislationProperty TaxPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0553InactiveCobb County; State Court; change salary of chief deputy clerk and clerk; provisionsAlbert Reeves
5/3/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Clerk of CourtCompensationLocal LegislationPublic Safety and CourtsState Court
HB 0557NeutralClayton County; Probate Court; change compensation of judgeValencia Stovall
5/3/2018Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
CompensationLocal LegislationProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0558NeutralClayton County; Superior Court; compensation of sheriff; change provisionsValencia Stovall
5/3/2018Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
CompensationLocal LegislationPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
HB 0566NeutralDecatur County; Magistrate Court; impose and collect county law library feesDarlene Taylor
6/2/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Local LegislationMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0572InactiveChatham County; Recorder's Court; revise responsibilities of chief judge; provisionsRon Stephens
5/4/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Local LegislationProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsState Court
HB 0573InactiveCook County; Probate Court; judge shall have jurisdiction to try misdemeanor cases where defendant waives jury trial and pleads guilty; providePenny Houston
4/20/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Local LegislationProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0578NeutralAtlanta Judicial Circuit; Superior Court; provide for administration of budget of district attorney; provisionsRoger Bruce
3/15/2017House Second ReadersIntragovernmental Coordination
Auditing/BudgetDistrict AttorneysLocal LegislationPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0589InactiveWalton County; change compensation of coronerHugh Williamson
5/4/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
CompensationCoroners/Medical ExaminersGeneral County GovernmentLocal LegislationPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0603NeutralFulton County; State Court; modify compensation of judgesWendell Willard
1/1/2018Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentLocal LegislationPublic Safety and CourtsState Court
HB 0606WatchMotor vehicles; driving cards to noncitizen residents who are ineligible for a driver's license; provide issuancePedro Marin
3/24/2017House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
General County GovernmentImmigrationPublic Safety and CourtsTodd EdwardsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation authorizes driving cards to noncitizen residents who are ineligible for a driver's license. 
HB 0610NeutralClayton Judicial Circuit; judges of superior court; increase county supplement to state salaryMike Glanton
5/3/2018Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentLocal LegislationPublic Safety and CourtsSuperior Court
HB 0616WatchGeorgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies; revise practiceAlan Powell
3/24/2017House Second ReadersRegulated Industries
Debra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows private detective and security agencies to use electronic tracking devices.
HB 0623EvaluatingGeorgia Crime Information Center; retain fingerprints of certain individuals under certain circumstances and submit to the Federal Bureau of Investigation; allowAndrew Welch
2/28/2018House Lost Reconsidered Bill/ResolutionJudiciary - Non-Civil
Debra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the requirements for retention of fingerprints. 
HB 0630NeutralIncrease Surety Bond Requirement For Probate JudgesMary Oliver
1/29/2018House Withdrawn, RecommittedJudiciary
2018/01/12 ReportClerk of CourtDebra NesbitElectionsProbate Court
Public Safety and Courts

This legislation makes several changes and updates to the laws that govern probate courts.  One of those changes is to increase the required surety bond from $25,000 to $100,000. 

HB 0635SupportCreation of At-Risk Adult Protection Investigative/Coordinating Teams in each Judicial CircuitSharon Cooper
7/1/2018Effective DateHuman Relations and AgingHealth and Human Services
2018/01/12 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/03/23 ReportDebra NesbitDistrict Attorneys
Georgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitors
This legislation amends the Disabled Adults and Elder Persons Protection Act, to require the creation and implementation of at-risk adult protection investigative/coordinating teams in each judicial circuit.  These teams will be formed at the direction of the district attorney and will include local law enforcement, aging services and any other agency as deemed appropriate by the district attorney.
HB 0651WatchGeorgia Firearms and Weapons Act; enactMary Oliver
1/22/2018House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
HB 0655WatchQuality Basic Education Act; post sign containing telephone number to receive reports of child abuse; require every public schoolRicky Williams
3/15/2018Senate Read Second TimeEducationEducation and Youth
Health and Human ServicesIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires public schools to post the telephone number to report child abuse.
HB 0657NeutralGuns - Unlawful to Provide to a Felon on ProbationJesse Petrea
7/1/2018Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityJudiciary
2018/02/09 ReportFirearms/Carry LawsProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation makes it a felony to knowingly and intentionally provide a firearm to another person who is on probation as a felony first offender.   
HB 0660EvaluatingProvide for Sentencing in Hate CrimesMeagan Hanson
1/23/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTraining
HB 0663WatchCrimes and offenses; sentencing of defendants guilty of crimes involving bias or prejudice; repeal certain provisionsKaren Bennett
1/10/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureIntern 1Public Safety and Courts
This legislation addresses hate crimes.
HB 0670NeutralAdd Legislators to the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile SupervisionAlan Powell
5/3/2018Act 325Juvenile JusticeJudiciary
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesJuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that legislators be added as members of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.
HB 0672NeutralLocal School Boards May Apply for and Use Speed Detection Devices Erica Thomas
2/6/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstitutePublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/01/12 ReportDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
Traffic Enforcement
 This legislation adds local school boards to law enforcement agencies that may apply for and use speed detection devices for the patrol of public elementary or secondary schools.
HB 0673NeutralProhibit Distracted DrivingJohn Carson
7/1/2018Effective DateJudiciary - Non-CivilJudiciary
2018/01/12 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/2 Report2018/03/23 ReportDebra Nesbit
Econ. Dev. & TransportationFire ServicesPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic EnforcementTransportation
This legislation creates the offense(s) of violation of usage of a wireless telecommunications device, which prohibits the use of the device for texting, receiving or sending text, or talking on a wireless device while driving.    The fine shall be $50.00 for the first conviction; the second conviction the fine shall be $100.00; and the third offense shall be $150.00, no additional surcharges shall be assessed on any fine for distracted driving.  There is a provision that if proof is presented to the court on the first offense that the driver purchased a hands free device for future use, the charge shall be dismissed.  There is a specific exemption for law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS or any public safety first responder during the performance of their duties.
HB 0674NegotiatingSovereign Immunity Waiver for Injunctions and Declaratory JudgmentsWendell Willard
1/18/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary
2018/01/12 ReportGeneral County GovernmentGovernment ImmunityLarry RamseyPublic Safety and Courts
This bill would waive the sovereign immunity of the state and local goverments as to particular types of lawsuits: requests for injunctions and declaratory judgment claims. Sovereign immunity would not be waived for claims for monetary damages and attorneys fees. If passed, governments could be sued for violations of the constitution, state law, or local ordinance, with a judge having the power to enter an injunction ordering the government to stop such violations. The substance of this bill has been added to HB 791.
HB 0683SupportFY 2018 Amended BudgetDavid Ralston
3/9/2018Effective DateAppropriationsAppropriations
2018/01/19 Report2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/03/2 ReportAppropriations
Debra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesNat. Res. & the Environment
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
Please click here for a summary of the amended budget.
HB 0684EvaluatingFiscal Year 2019 State BudgetDavid Ralston
5/2/2018Effective DateAppropriationsAppropriations
2018/01/19 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/23 ReportAppropriationsDebra Nesbit
Econ. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesNat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and Courts
Revenue & Finance
HB 0685EvaluatingSupplemental appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018David Ralston
1/19/2018House Second ReadersAppropriations
Debra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesNat. Res. & the Environment
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
HB 0686EvaluatingSupplemental appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018David Ralston
1/19/2018House Second ReadersAppropriations
AppropriationsDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
HB 0687EvaluatingGeneral appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019David Ralston
1/19/2018House Second ReadersAppropriations
AppropriationsDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
HB 0688EvaluatingGeneral appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019David Ralston
1/19/2018House Second ReadersAppropriations
AppropriationsDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
HB 0699SupportAcceptance of Military Firefighter Training as Required Basic Firefighter CertificationDave Belton
7/1/2018Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/09 Report2018/03/09 ReportDebra NesbitFire ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
Training
This legislation allows military firefighter training in lieu of the required basic firefighter training for full time firefighters, upon the approval of the Firefighters Standards and Training Council.
HB 0703SupportCreation of the Governor's Office of Public Safety SupportBill Hitchens
5/7/2018Act 439Public Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/01/26 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/03/16 ReportDebra NesbitEmergency Management/Preparedness
EMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates the Governor's Office of Public Safety Support which will provide peer to peer counseling for public safety officers who experience traumatic events.  This office will be housed within the Department of Public Safety and will be staffed by employees of the department.  The legislation is contingent on funding.
HB 0704EvaluatingCivil practice; burial of construction waste or materials; change when statute of limitations shall accrue for certain actionsMichael Caldwell
2/8/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteJudiciary
Civil ProcedureCode EnforcementGeneral County GovernmentIntern 1Nat. Res. & the Environment
Public Safety and CourtsSolid Waste
This legislation establishes the statute of limitations for cases involving burial of construction debris.
HB 0705NegotiatingIncrease Jurisdictional Limits of Civil Cases in Magistrate CourtTrey Kelley
2/8/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteJudiciary
2018/02/09 ReportDebra NesbitMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation increases the jurisdictional limit to $25,000 from $15,000 in certain civil cases in magistrate court.  The current filing fee in magistrate court is $22.00, this bill will increase that filing fee to $40.00 per case that is over $15,000.  This may result in an increase in the number of cases filed in magistrate court in lieu of filing in state court.
HB 0714WatchMotor vehicles; reference date to federal regulations regarding the safe operation of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicles; updateTerry Rogers
7/1/2018Effective DateMotor VehiclesPublic Safety
Econ. Dev. & TransportationIntern 1Public Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation updates the reference date to federal requlations regarding the safe operation of vehicles.
HB 0716NegotiatingPre-Arrest Diversion for Drug and Mental Health Treatment ActPaulette Rakestraw
1/23/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
2018/01/26 ReportCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysHealth and Human Services
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitors
 This legislation sets forth requirements for local law enforcement to transport any citizen request transportation to a substance abuse treatment programs as well as a number of additional administrative duties. There is no funding or resources available to assist in the provision of the required services.
HB 0732WatchCrimes and offenses; trafficking an individual for sexual servitude; provisionsDeborah Silcox
7/1/2018Effective DateJudiciary - Non-CivilJudiciary
Health and Human ServicesIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
HB 0737NeutralCourt Ordered Blood Test for those Arrested who have Significant Exposure to HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C to Protect Law Enforcement OfficersClay Cox
2/5/2018House Committee Favorably ReportedPublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/01/26 ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesInsurance Insurance
Law EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and Courts
 This legislation allows law enforcement to request those arrested who have significant exposure to HIV, Hepatitis B, or hepatitis C to have a blood test in order to protect their personal health.  If the arrestee refuses a judge may order the test be administered with the cost to be borne by the officer, arrestee, or the Department of Public Health.  The determination of payment for the test shall be made by the judge issuing the order.
HB 0740NeutralEducation; local school system to conduct certain screenings, assessments, and reviews prior to expelling a student; requireRandy Nix
7/1/2018Effective DateEducationEducation and Youth
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
HB 0742NeutralRabies Inoculation - Pets Exempt if Shot Compromises their Health Matt Gurtler
1/29/2018House Second ReadersAgriculture and Consumer Affairs
2018/02/02 ReportAnimal ControlGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This bill exempts pets from required rabies inoculation if a licensed veterinarian determines in writing that it would compromise an animal's health.  Said exemption remains in place until a licensed veterinarian determines the inoculation would not compromise the animal's health.   
HB 0744EvaluatingFull-time Students Exempt from Jury DutyRenitta Shannon
1/29/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary
Civil ProcedureClerk of CourtDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows full-time students an exemption from Jury Duty whether they are on campus or online.
HB 0746NegotiatingState Mandated Policies and Procedures for Law Enforcement Contact with Sexual Assault VictimsScott Holcomb
1/29/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0751Support911 Legislation - Georgia Emergency Communications Authority ActAlan Powell
7/1/2018Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/01/26 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/16 Report
911Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation is similar to 911 legislation passed last year.  It increases the prepaid fee to $1.50, eliminates cost recovery, and reduces the administrative fee retained by the providers from 3 percent to 1 percent.  Please click here for a detailed summary by section.  Please click here for talking points.
HB 0752EvaluatingInvestigative and Arrest Powers Granted to GEMA for Homeland Security PurposesAlan Powell
1/30/2018House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/02/02 ReportDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationEmergency Management/PreparednessGeneral County Government
Georgia Bureau of InvestigationGovernment ImmunityHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementNat. Res. & the Environment
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation expands the scope of GEMA and grants them arrest and investigative powers and statewide jurisdiction in homeland security matters.
HB 0757NeutralTaxicab Regulations Alan Powell
3/27/2018Senate TabledRegulated IndustriesRegulated Industries and Utilities
AirportsBusiness and Occupation TaxEcon. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenPreemption
Public Safety and CourtsTransportation

This legislation clarifyies that if a city of county has a medallion system or “certificate of public necessity and convenience” in place, it is against the law for anyone to operate a taxicab without a medallion. Additonally, taxicab drivers would be required to display within full view of passengers an idientification card that included the name and photo of the operator and the name of company for whom the operator is driving.

This bill also includes the prohibition of the governing authority of any county or city airport from imposing any age limit on vehicles for hire doing business at such airport that is less than eight years measured from the vehicle's year of manufacture, for any vehicle used as a ride share, taxicab, or limousine. Lastly, the bill defines "soft taximeters" and states that that no local government shall have the authority to reject or prohibit the use of soft taximeters.

HB 0763EvaluatingEducation; student attendance protocol committees to school climate; expandRandy Nix
7/1/2018Effective DateEducationEducation and Youth
2018/03/2 ReportDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysHealth and Human ServicesJuveniles
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsSheriffSolicitorsSuperior Court
HB 0764NeutralLawful Possession of Certain Quantities of Low THC OilDavid Clark
3/1/2018Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary - Non-CivilHealth and Human Services
AgricultureDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesNat. Res. & the Environment
Public Safety and Courts
HB 0768NeutralRevision of Criminal Procedure Regarding Intellectual Disability ClaimsScott Hilton
1/31/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires the court to conduct a pre-sentence proceeding if the there is claim of intellectual disability by the accused.
HB 0773EvaluatingRequirements for Abandoned Motor VehiclesAlan Powell
2/1/2018House Second ReadersMotor Vehicles
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
HB 0774NeutralStatewide Regulations for Booting VehiclesAlan Powell
2/20/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstitutePublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/23 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentKathleen Bowen
Land Use/ZoningLaw EnforcementPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation defines and sets statewide standards for vehicle immobilization devices and services - commonly known as "booting". In addition, this bill states that booting would be prohibited in a jurisdiction unless the local government passes an ordinance allowing booting.
HB 0779NeutralCreation of the Homeland Security Division of the Georgia Emergency Management AgencyAlan Powell
7/1/2018Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/02 Report2018/03/16 ReportDebra NesbitEmergency Management/PreparednessFirearms/Carry Laws
Georgia Bureau of InvestigationGovernment ImmunityHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates the Board of Homeland Security to be administratively attached to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of the Board is to coordinate all homeland security activities.
HB 0782NeutralProvisions for Access to Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data Base Trey Rhodes
3/23/2018Senate Passed/Adopted By SubstituteHealth and Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2018/03/23 ReportCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation sets forth provisions for access to the prescription drug monitoring data base.
HB 0783NeutralRepeal of Inactive Boards Panels and AuthoritiesMichael Caldwell
3/29/2018Senate Passed/Adopted By SubstituteCode RevisionGovernment Oversight
Coroners/Medical ExaminersDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesLaw Enforcement
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation repeals boards, panels and authorities that have long been inactive or no longer relevant or needed.
HB 0790NeutralAdministrative Hearings - Revised ProceduresChuck Efstration
5/8/2018Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
General County GovernmentLarry RamseyPublic Safety and Courts
This bill would make various changes to the procedures for proceedings involving the Office of Administrative Hearings. This bill reflects recommendations from the Governor's Court Reform Council.
HB 0791NegotiatingSovereign Immunity - Waiver for Certain Claims against the StateChuck Efstration
3/27/2018Senate TabledJudiciaryJudiciary
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 Report
2018/03/23 ReportGeneral County GovernmentGovernment ImmunityLarry RamseyPublic Safety and Courts

 Following recommendations of the Governor's Court Reform Council and in response to several recent Georgia Supreme Court decisions, this bill would allow for a limited waiver of the state's sovereign immunity so as to allow lawsuits against the state for injunctions and/declaratory judgments where a state law is alleged to be unconstitutional. As amended in House committee, the substance of HB 674 was added to this bill, waiving county and city sovereign immunity for injunctive/declaratory relief for allegations that the local government has violated a constitutional provision, statute, state rule/regulation, or local ordinance. Immunity would still apply to any  related monetary damages. The amended version also permits direct appeals of trial court orders ruling that immunity does not apply to a claim (from HB 256).

A substitute version approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee removes local governments from the scope of this bill but retains the direct-appeal authorization. 

HB 0795NeutralAuthorization for the Department of Labor to Require Background Checks on EmployeesMicah Gravley
5/8/2018Veto V11Industry and LaborInsurance and Labor
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and Courts
This bill authorizes the Department of Labor to set rules and procedures for conducting background checks on certain persons employed by the department.
HB 0798NeutralFirefighter License Plate - Eligibility Mandi Ballinger
2/12/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteMotor Vehicles
Econ. Dev. & TransportationFire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentKathleen BowenPublic Safety and Courts
Revenue & FinanceTags/Titles
This legislation changes the eligibility requirements for the firefighter prestige license plate. All firefighters and all volunteer firefighters would now be eligible for the license plate created for firefighters.  
HB 0802EvaluatingElimination of the Death Penalty or Life without Parole for Defendants less than 18 Years of Age.Wendell Willard
2/5/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesJuvenilesParole
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation eliminates the death penalty or life without parole for those defendants who committeed the crime prior to the age of 18 years old.  The bill also allows for consideration of parole for those sentenced previously who where under the age of 18 when the crime was committed.
HB 0803NeutralCreates and Expands Criminal Sanctions for Trafficking or Abusing an Elder PersonWendell Willard
7/1/2018Effective DateJudiciary - Non-CivilHealth and Human Services
2018/02/09 ReportCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesImmigration
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation creates an offense of trafficking a disabled adult and sets forth criminal penalities as well as expands criminal penalities for elder abuse.
HB 0809EvaluatingMotor vehicles; Georgia State Patrol motor vehicles for traffic law enforcement may be a solid color; provideBill Hitchens
7/1/2018Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
Intern 2Law EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0812EvaluatingAddition of the Magistrate Court to those Authorized to Collect Law Library FeeChad Nimmer
2/22/2018House Committee Favorably ReportedJudiciary
Debra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation clarifies the authorization of the magistrate courts to impose the law library fee of $5.00 per court.
HB 0813NeutralAllows Previous DUI Convictions to be used in ProsecutionChristian Coomer
2/6/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation allows previous convictions for DUI to be used in prosecution of another violations when the defendant refuses the state administered breath test.
HB 0814SupportCoroners - Counties Allowed to Set SalaryRicky Williams
3/12/2018Senate Read Second TimeGovernmental AffairsState and Local Governmental Operations
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/09 ReportCompensation
Coroners/Medical ExaminersGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards

This legislation authorizes counties to establish the compensation of coroners and deputy coroners, unless said salaries are already covered by local legislation.  Counties with a population of less than 34,999 must continue to offer the state's minimum salaries.  Counties are able to offer COLAs and longevity increases (which are currently required), but there can be no double dipping on state, then local COLAs.  Counties can elect not to set these salaries, but maintain the status quo spelled out in state law.          

HB 0816NeutralAuthorization for Department of Revenue to Mandate Fingerprinting and Criminal Record Check for Certain Employees and Contractors.Micah Gravley
5/3/2018Effective DateWays and MeansFinance
Debra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation authorizes DOR to require that certain employees and contractors under go fingerprinting and criminal background checks on a periodic basis.
HB 0817NeutralGuns - Security Guards and Private Detectives Need Not Abide by Carry Laws While on DutyHeath Clark
2/15/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstitutePublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/02/02 ReportFirearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation exempts licensed private detectives and security guards from having to abide by Georgia's weapons carry permitting laws (or prohibitions where weapons can be lawfully carried) so long as the individual is in the performance of their duties.         
HB 0819EvaluatingElections; voter registration and polling places; provisionsMichael Smith
2/6/2018House Second ReadersGovernmental Affairs
ElectionsEmergency Management/PreparednessGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
HB 0825NeutralMedical Examiner - Can Inter Remains if Unidentified Ricky Williams
3/12/2018Senate Read Second TimeJudiciary - Non-CivilJudiciary
Coroners/Medical ExaminersPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards

This legislation authorizes chief medical examiners to inter unidentified human remains after the peace officer in charge has exhausted all efforts in identifying such remains.  Furthermore, the medical examiner has authority to disinter remains when he or she determines the further information can be obtained that may result in the identification of the remains.  

HB 0826NeutralAllows Alarm Companies to Contract for Alarm Verification ServicesGeoff Cauble
2/23/2018Senate Read and ReferredRegulated IndustriesPublic Safety
911Debra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This bill allows alarm companies to contract for verification services to provide a verification prior to law enforcement dispatch.
HB 0834SupportAllows Termination of Rental or Lease Agreement in Circumstances of Family ViolenceMandi Ballinger
7/1/2018Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
2018/02/09 Report2018/03/16 ReportCivil ProcedureCriminal ProcedureDebra Nesbit
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that landlords allow tenant who are victims of family violence to terminate their lease or rental agreements.
HB 0837EvaluatingMandates Statewide Uniformity in Policies Concerning Local Law Enforcement Contact with Sexual Assault VictimsMary Oliver
2/7/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
2018/02/09 ReportDebra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that local law enforcement agencies adopt standard policies regarding contact with all sexual assault victims and failure to comply with this will result in loss of state and federal funding.
HB 0842EvaluatingTorts; merchants can offer persons suspected of theft the opportunity to complete theft education program; provideKaren Mathiak
2/7/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0855NegotiatingIncrease in Joshua's Law Add-on Fee to all Traffic ViolationsJohn Deffenbaugh
2/13/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstitutePublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/02/09 ReportDebra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation doubles the amount of the fine add on to all traffic violations to fund driver training (Joshua's Law) from 1.5 percent of fine to 3 percent of fine.
HB 0857EvaluatingMandates Relating to Housing, Health and Care of Female InmatesDavid Dreyer
2/12/2018House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/02/09 ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation mandates that all female inmates have access to feminine hygiene products, medical information regarding menopause and other female health related issues.  The bill also requires that only female custodians may conduct pat down searches on female inmates and that all custodians complete gender sensitivity and trauma training.
HB 0859OpposeCash Payments for Scrap Metal by Secondary Metal RecyclersRobert Gasaway
2/12/2018House Second ReadersRegulated Industries
2018/02/09 ReportDebra NesbitNat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
Solid Waste
This legislation amends the statute to allow for cash payments by secondary metal recyclers up to purchases of $200.00.  Purchases over $200.00 must be paid by check or electronic transfer.
HB 0860NeutralCriminal Sanctions for Hosting Under 21 Events with AlcoholEmory Dunahoo
2/12/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Alcohol/TobaccoCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
JuvenilesPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation sets forth criminal sanctions for hosting an event where alcohol is served to persons under age 21.
HB 0865EvaluatingCrimes and offenses; possession of certain quantities of marijuana constitute a misdemeanor; provideMiriam Paris
2/12/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitFirearms/Carry LawsMagistrate CourtProbate Court
Public Safety and CourtsState Court
HB 0867EvaluatingRevision of Requirements for Transaction of Business of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training CouncilBill Hitchens
7/1/2018Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/16 ReportDebra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the required quorum of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards Training Council (P.O.S.T) from seven members to eleven members.
HB 0868WatchLow THC Oil Patient Registry; conditions and eligibility; change provisionsKim Schofield
2/12/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Health and Human ServicesIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
HB 0876NeutralBuilding Codes - Locals Cannot Prohibit Wood Construction John Corbett
7/1/2018Effective DateAgriculture and Consumer AffairsAgriculture and Consumer Affairs
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/23 ReportCode Enforcement
Fire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation preempts local governments from prohibiting the use of wood as a construction material so long as such use conforms to all applicable state minimum standard codes and the Georgia State Fire Code.  Several cities, concerned with fire safety, have enacted such ordinances.       
HB 0885NeutralBurn Ban - Revisions for Agriculture UseTom McCall
7/1/2018Effective DateNatural Resources and EnvironmentNatural Resources and the Environment
2018/03/2 ReportAgricultureAir QualityFarmKathleen Bowen
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentPreemptionPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows for the burn ban to not apply to those who would like to burn vegetative material for ag purposes on land greater than 5 acres. 
HB 0887OpposeWireless Industry Preemption of Local Management of Public Right of Way Jay Powell
3/27/2018Senate Passed/Adopted By SubstituteWays and MeansRegulated Industries and Utilities
2018/02/09 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 Report2018/03/23 ReportBroadband
Business and Occupation TaxEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentEmergency Management/PreparednessEminent Domain/Condemnation
Franchise FeesGeneral County GovernmentLarry RamseyPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
RoadsSales Tax-LocalTodd Edwards

While this bill began, constructively, as a rural broadband bill, the Senate Regulated Industries Committee stripped and replaced it with the language of SB 426.  This wireless industry legislation guarantees authorization for wireless providers to construct and place poles (50' high), antennas (up to 6 cubic feet in volume and 10' higher than poles), equipment boxes (up to 25 cubic feet in volume), plus up to 4 cabinets (undefined size) and other infrastructure in county and city right of way (ROW).  Local government management of the above is all but entirely usurped; the grounds by which applications can be denied are few; denials are primed to result in litigation; and then locals are set up to lose.  

ACCG has attempted to work with the wireless providers, legislators and other stakeholders since last year to try to incorporate safeguards into the legislation.  While some of our recommendations were made, most of these "concessions" are so wrought with legal loopholes that their purported purpose has been nullified. 

For ACCG's concerns with (and suggestions for) this bill and SB 426, please click here.  

HB 0889EvaluatingDefinition Change for Those Eligible for the Georgia Indemnification Fund PaymentsMicah Gravley
2/15/2018House Committee Favorably ReportedPublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/02/16 ReportDebra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation creates a new definition of public safety officer that includes all law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicans, emergency management specialist, state highway employees and prison guards.  The bill also clarifies eligibility for payment of benefits in certain circumstances.
HB 0895EvaluatingCrimes and offenses; sale to and by minors of drug products containing dextromethorphan; prohibitSharon Cooper
2/14/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteHealth and Human Services
Alcohol/TobaccoCode EnforcementGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesPreemption
Public Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
HB 0902EvaluatingGeorgia Small Consumer Finance Loan Act; enactEarl Ehrhart
2/14/2018House Second ReadersBanks and Banking
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementOpen Records/Meetings Act
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSheriff
HB 0907EvaluatingPublic officers and employees; appointment and election of successor in event of vacancy in the office of district attorney; provideBarry Fleming
3/22/2018Effective DateGovernmental AffairsJudiciary
District AttorneysElectionsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
HB 0910EvaluatingProhibition of Sexual Extortion by Dissemination of Illicit Material and Provision of Criminal PenalitiesPaulette Rakestraw
2/14/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Debra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0912NeutralSpalding County; State Court; provide for imposition of court costs in certain criminal casesDavid Knight
5/8/2018Veto V13Intragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsLocal LegislationPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceState Court
HB 0913SupportCreation of a Law Enforcement Assistance Program with the Department of Public SafetyJodi Lott
2/14/2018House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/02/16 ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates a Law Enforcement Assistance Programf within the Department of Public Safety which will provide peer to peer counseling for public safety officers who experience traumatic events.  The implementation of the program is contigent on funding.  Note:  This legislation mirrors the intent of H.B. 703 which created a stand alone officer under the Governor's Office. 
HB 0914NeutralPenalties for Passing Stopped School BusDon Parsons
2/15/2018House Withdrawn, RecommittedWays and Means
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsLarry RamseyPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This bill amends the setoff debt collection procedure under OCGA 48-7-161 and applies it to any amounts owed as civil penalties for violating any provision of OCGA Chapter 40-6, the uniform rules of the road. It also amends that Code chapter and includes new criminal and civil penalties for unlawfully passing a school bus. Under this bill, passing a stopped school bus would be a criminal misdemeanor if the act is 1) observed by a law enforcement officer or 2) recorded in detail (including license plate number) by the school bus operator. Illegal passing of a school bus that is recorded on video equipment would be subject to civil penalties enforceable in magistrate court.
HB 0915OpposeBodywork Therapists - State Governance and Local Preemptions Lee Hawkins
2/14/2018House Second ReadersRegulated Industries
2018/02/16 ReportBusiness and Occupation TaxGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesLand Use/Zoning
Law EnforcementPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTodd Edwards
This legislation provides for the statewide definition, regulation and licensure of "bodywork therapists", entailing educational requirements, board governance, human trafficking notification, prohibitions on illicit/prurient practices, etc. on this therapy practice - much like what has been done for massage therapy.  It then preempts local governments from several regulations they can place on bodywork therapists and establishments.  It also prohibits local governments from collecting regulatory fees on, and licensing, bodywork therapists. Please review and let Todd Edwards (tedwards@accg.org) know of any concerns you have with these local preemptions.          
HB 0917NeutralUpdate of Terminology Relating to Technology in Criminal CodeMatt Dollar
3/29/2018House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub As AmendedJudiciary - Non-CivilJudiciary
Debra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation updates the current statutes to update terminology to include current technology that may be used in the commission of a crime.
HB 0925OpposeMandatory Minimum Salary for Sheriff's DeputiesAl Williams
2/15/2018House Second ReadersWays and Means
2018/02/16 ReportBusiness and Occupation TaxCompensationDebra NesbitGeneral County Government
Health and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation mandates that all deputies appointed by a sheriff be compensated at a rate equal to an annual salary of $33,500.  The bill also creates a grant program administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to assist local governments in the compensation of sheriff's deputies.  The grant program would be funded through a 1% excise tax on the sale of contact lenses and spectales for which a prescription of required.  The legilslation is accompanied by H.R. 1138.
HB 0943EvaluatingOpioid Alternative Treatment ActKaren Mathiak
2/21/2018House Second ReadersInsurance
2018/02/23 ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
 This legislation requires insurance companies to pay for alternatives for treatment to opioids.
HB 0948OpposeNo Local Restriction on any Sale of Goods Regulated by Federal or State Agencies Rick Jasperse
2/21/2018House Committee Favorably ReportedAgriculture and Consumer Affairs
2018/02/23 ReportCode EnforcementGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesLaw Enforcement
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards

This state preemption, mirrored in SB 418, prohibits local governments from prohibiting or otherwise restricting the retail sale of any goods, products or items regulated by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the GA Dept. of Agriculture, so long as any said sales are in compliance with local zoning.  This effort to prohibit local ordinances impacting a certain national pet store chain has expanded greatly.   ACCG asks that you pay very close attention to this bill and provide Todd Edwards (tedwards@accg.org) feedback on how it may impact any county ordinances regulating the retail sale of animals (pets or livestock), tobacco, alcohol, plants, etc.  

For a list of all goods, products and items regulated by these agencies (thus preempted by local government regulation) please click here.   

ACCG opposes taking away a community's ability to regulate the broad swath of goods, products and items covered by the above three agencies.    

 

HB 0953EvaluatingMotor vehicles; uniform citation and complaint forms issued after a certain date shall include method for distinguishing whether offense was committed by motor vehicle or bicycle; requirePark Cannon
2/21/2018House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
HB 0954EvaluatingProperty; retaliation by landlord against a tenant for taking certain actions; prohibitScott Hilton
2/21/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary
Code EnforcementGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesNat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and Courts
Todd EdwardsUtilities
HB 0956NeutralFood Animal Cruelty - Must Consult with Category II Veterinarian before Filing Charges Clay Pirkle
7/1/2018Effective DateAgriculture and Consumer AffairsAgriculture and Consumer Affairs
Animal ControlGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
Among other provisions governing veterinarian practices, this bill requires local law enforcement officers to consult with a licensed and accredited Category II veterinarian employed by a state agency prior to filing animal cruelty charges regarding animal husbandry of food animals.  The veterinarian will confirm whether or not the conduct is in accordance with customary and standard practice.  "Food animal" means any animal that is raised for the production of an edible product intended for human consumption.  Additionally, the bill requires veterinarians to disclose the rabies vaccination history of any animal 24 hours of receipt of a written request by the physician of any person bitten by such animal.   
HB 0958EvaluatingRequired Sign at All Medical Facilities to Indicate a Newborn May Be LeftDave Belton
2/22/2018House Second ReadersHealth and Human Services
Debra NesbitFire ServicesHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires the Department of Community Health to design and provide signs to all medical facilities that indicate the locations as ones where a newborn may be left.
HB 0966EvaluatingProhibit Juveniles from Appearing in Court in ShacklesMary Oliver
2/22/2018House Second ReadersJuvenile Justice
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesJuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
Sheriff
This legislation prohibits the shackling of juveniles appearing in court.
HB 0968OpposeRequires Transfer of Probation Supervision to the County of Residence for Misdemeanor OffensesMack Jackson
2/22/2018House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/02/23 ReportDebra NesbitProbationPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation amends the current practice of transferring of probation supervision upon order of the court to the county of residence, to requiring that probation be transferred to the county of residence of the offender.
HB 0969EvaluatingIncrease in Burden of Proof in Civil Forfeiture ProceedingsScot Turner
2/26/2018House PostponedJudiciary
2018/02/23 ReportDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsPublic Safety and Courts
Revenue & Finance
 This legislation increases the burden of proof from preponderance of evidence to clear and convincing evidence in civil asset forfeiture proceedings.
HB 0970EvaluatingCrimes and offenses; offense of carrying a weapon in an unauthorized location; includes carrying a long gunDavid Dreyer
2/22/2018House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Correctional Institutions/JailEcon. Dev. & TransportationFirearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and Courts
RoadsTodd Edwards
HB 0978NeutralUse of Cameras and Automated Devices to Enforce Law Regarding School Buses and Enforcement of Speed Limits in School Zones Chad Nimmer
7/1/2018Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/03/2 Report2018/03/23 ReportDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County Government
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSolicitorsState Court

This legislation allows private companies to place cameras in school zones and enforce civil penalties for speeding in school zones.   The fine is $75 for the first offense and $125 for subsequent offenses with an additional processing fee up to $25 assessed per offense. Additionally, should a local government chose to use cameras in school zones, signs must be placed within the approaching school zone warning drivers of the use of speed detection cameras. Money collected from such fines are to be used by the local governing body only for law enforcement or public safety initiatives. 

This bill also allows private companies to operate and maintain cameras placed on school buses. Additionally, the bill reduces the civil penalty for passing a school bus that has its stop sign activated from $300 to $250. This fine is to be paid to the governing body of the law enforcement agency. 

HB 0981EvaluatingCriminal procedure; record restriction for individuals convicted of certain felonies and misdemeanors under certain circumstances; provideWendell Willard
2/23/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Clerk of CourtCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0982NeutralDFCS Required to Search for RelativesChad Nimmer
3/29/2018House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub As AmendedJuvenile JusticeHealth and Human Services
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that DFCS must searh for relatives or fictive kin of foster children.
HB 0983EvaluatingDomestic relations; medical review and evaluation on a third or subsequent allegation of child abuse; provideBetty Price
2/23/2018House Second ReadersJuvenile Justice
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0988EvaluatingGame and fish; regulation of hunting with air guns of less than 0.30 caliber; provideDavid Knight
2/23/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteGame, Fish, and Parks
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentNat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
HB 0992NeutralDeletion of Outdated Requirements for External DefibrillatorsJodi Lott
3/29/2018Senate Conference Committee Appointed 50th, 56th, 11thPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
911Debra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesHealth and Human Services
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation eliminates sections of the statute relating to external defibrillators that are no longer relavent.
HB 0998EvaluatingJudicial Council; Office of Business Cases; establishWendell Willard
2/23/2018House Committee Favorably ReportedJudiciary
Debra NesbitPublic Safety and CourtsState CourtSuperior Court
HB 0999NeutralWeapons; carry license; inpatient hospitalization; provisionsChristian Coomer
3/27/2018Senate TabledJudiciary - Non-CivilJudiciary
Criminal ProcedureFirearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesProbate Court
Public Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
HB 1005EvaluatingTorts; private right of action for damages suffered due to sexual harassment under certain circumstances; provideDeborah Gonzalez
2/28/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary
General County GovernmentInsurance InsurancePersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards
HB 1006EvaluatingSexual offenses; crime of sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority; provisionsEd Setzler
2/26/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
General County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
HB 1007EvaluatingCourts; Student and School Safety Fund Commission; createClay Cox
2/26/2018House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Debra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
HB 1015EvaluatingNuisances; notice of hearings regarding nuisance abatement complaints; providePark Cannon
3/5/2018House Second ReadersGovernmental Affairs
Code EnforcementGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
HB 1016EvaluatingPeace officers; 9-1-1 communications officers receive training in delivery of high-quality telephone cardiopulmonary resuscitation; provideJesse Petrea
3/5/2018House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
911Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
Training
HB 1020EvaluatingResort Casinos and Medicaid ExpansionRobert Trammell
3/5/2018House Second ReadersRegulated Industries
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County GovernmentLand Use/ZoningLarry Ramsey
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill provides for casino gambling and the dedication of proceeds of licensing fees to casino regulation and the expansion of Medicaid and for the REACH Georgia Scholarship Program. The bill is enabled by and contingent upon the ratification in a statewide election of a constitutional amendment, HR 1399.
HR 0240NeutralJoint Study Committee on Reforming HIV Related Criminal LawsSharon Cooper
3/30/2017House Passed/Adopted By SubstituteSpecial Rules
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates the Joint Study Committee on Reforming HIV Related Criminal Laws.
HR 0282SupportHouse Study Committee on Distracted Driving; createJohn Carson
3/30/2017House Passed/AdoptedSpecial Rules
Debra NesbitPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation creates the House Study Committee on Distracted Driving.
HR 0317EvaluatingGambling; provide casino poker room in each county and municipal corporation which has established an entertainment district; authorize General Assembly - CAKeisha Waites
2/21/2017House Second ReadersRegulated Industries
Business and Occupation TaxEcon. Dev. & TransportationElectionsGeneral County GovernmentLand Use/Zoning
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTodd EdwardsTourism
HR 0361EvaluatingUnited States Congress; enactment of a Regulation Freedom Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; encourageDon Parsons
3/9/2017House Passed/AdoptedEnergy, Utilities & Telecommunications
911AgricultureAir QualityAirportsAlcohol/Tobacco
Correctional Institutions/JailEcon. Dev. & TransportationElectionsEmergency Management/PreparednessEminent Domain/Condemnation
EMS/AmbulanceFarmFinancingFirearms/Carry LawsFireworks
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsFranchise FeesGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesHospital Authority
ImmigrationLand ConservationLand Use/ZoningLaw EnforcementNat. Res. & the Environment
Personnel/EmploymentPortsPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsRetirement
Revenue & FinanceRoadsSewer/SeptageSolid WasteStormwater
TelecommunicationsTodd EdwardsTraffic EnforcementTransitTransportation
Utilities Water QualityWater Quantity
This legislation encourages Congress to enact the Regulation Freedom Amendment to the United States Constitution. 
HR 0404EvaluatingJoint Study Committee on Comprehensive Civil Rights Legislation; createStacey Evans
2/27/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
Econ. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation creates the Joint Study Committee on Comprehensive Civil Rights Legislation.
HR 0460EvaluatingAgriculture, Department of; compile a concise document relating to injuries to humans caused by dog bites; encourageKeisha Waites
3/3/2017House Second ReadersAgriculture & Consumer Affairs
AgricultureAnimal ControlGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards
This legislation encourages the Department of Agriculture to compile a document relating to injuries caused to humans by dog bites. 
HR 0510EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on Service Animals for Physically or Mentally Impaired Persons; createTom Kirby
3/13/2017House Second ReadersSpecial Rules
Animal ControlDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates the House Study Committee on Service Animals for Physically or Mentally Impaired Persons.
HR 0630EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on Sentencing Alternatives for Misdemeanors; createBarry Fleming
3/20/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary Non-Civil
Correctional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitIndigent DefensePublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates the House Study Committee on Sentencing Alternatives for Misdemeanors. 
HR 0687EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on Court Surcharge Fees Related to DUI and Reckless Driving Offenses; createPenny Houston
3/30/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary Non-Civil
Clerk of CourtCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsPublic Safety and Courts
Traffic Enforcement
This legislation creates the House Study Committee on Court Surcharge Fees Related to DUI and Reckless Driving Offenses. 
HR 0689EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on the Transfer of Probation Supervision in Misdemeanor Probation Cases; createMack Jackson
3/30/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary Non-Civil
Debra NesbitProbationPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates the House Study Committee on the Transfer of Probation Supervision in Misdemeanor Probation Cases. 
HR 0744EvaluatingGeorgia Occupational Regulatory Review Council; perform periodic reviews of existing regulatory entities; encourageBuzz Brockway
2/21/2018House Passed/Adopted As AmendedIndustry and Labor
Business and Occupation TaxCode EnforcementEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County Government
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTodd Edwards
This legislation encourages the Georgia Occupational Regulatory Review Council to perform periodic reviews of existing regulatory entities.
HR 0913EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on Incorporating Law Enforcement in the Pathway to Treatment and Social Services for Persons Having Challenges with Drug Use and Mental Health; createPaulette Rakestraw
3/23/2018House Passed/Adopted By SubstitutePublic Safety and Homeland Security
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
HR 0993NeutralConstitutional Amendment to Authorize Business Courts with Statewide JurisdictionChuck Efstration
5/6/2018Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
Debra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation is to put a constitutional amendment question on the ballot that if approved, would authorize the creation of a statewide business court with the equal jurisdiction to the superior courts.  These judges will be appointed by the Governor and subject to approval by a majority vote of both the house and senate judiciary committees.
HR 1040EvaluatingUnited States Congress; consider legislation to deschedule marijuana; requestVernon Jones
2/7/2018House Second ReadersHealth and Human Services
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
HR 1052EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on State Health and Retirement Benefits for Sheriff's DeputiesDebbie Buckner
2/8/2018House Second ReadersSpecial Rules
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentInsurance InsuranceLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and CourtsRetirementSheriff
This legislation creates a study committee to explore the possibility of providing state health and retirement benefits.
HR 1138EvaluatingCreation of Excise Tax on Sale of Contact Lenses and Spectacles to Fund Sheriff's Deputy CompensationAl Williams
2/15/2018House Second ReadersWays and Means
Debra NesbitPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalSheriff
This proposed amendment to the constitution, if ratified in a statewide election, will allow the General Assembly to dedicate the proceeds of any excise tax imposed by general law on prescription contact lenses and spectacles for the purpose of funding wage compensation of deputy sheriffs.
HR 1159EvaluatingJoint Study Committee on Risks Associated with Kratom; createDewayne Hill
2/15/2018House Second ReadersSpecial Rules
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
HR 1160EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on Risks Associated with Kratom; createDewayne Hill
3/27/2018House Passed/AdoptedSpecial Rules
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
HR 1260EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on Juvenile Court Judges; createMandi Ballinger
3/15/2018House Passed/AdoptedJuvenile Justice
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesJuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
HR 1293EvaluatingUnited States Congress; pass the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act; urgeTimothy Barr
2/23/2018House Second ReadersSpecial Rules
Econ. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesKathleen BowenNat. Res. & the Environment
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
HR 1321EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on High Risk Exposure to HIV and Hepatitis B and C; createClay Cox
2/28/2018House Second ReadersSpecial Rules
Correctional Institutions/JailDebra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesHealth and Human Services
Insurance InsuranceLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
HR 1341EvaluatingGeneral Assembly; additional penalties for offenses involving criminal or traffic laws to be used for student and school safety measures; provide - CAClay Cox
2/26/2018House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
HR 1363EvaluatingUnited States Congress; amend Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug; urgeSharon Cooper
3/15/2018House Passed/AdoptedHealth and Human Services
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
HR 1399EvaluatingCasino Gambling -Constitutional AuthorizationRobert Trammell
3/5/2018House Second ReadersRegulated Industries
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County GovernmentLand Use/ZoningLarry Ramsey
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This constitutional amendment, if ratified in a statewide election, will authorize casino gambling. Taxes, revenues (sic), fees, and assessments  can only be imposed by the General Assembly and proceeds are used to fund casino regulation and the expansion of Medicaid and for the REACH Georgia Scholarship Program. This proposal is implemented by HB 1020.
HR 1414EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on School Security; createRick Jasperse
3/19/2018House Passed/AdoptedSpecial Rules
Debra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
HR 1416EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on Bail Reform; createDoreen Carter
3/21/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstitutePublic Safety and Homeland Security
Correctional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
HR 1417EvaluatingJoint Study Committee on Cultivation, Manufacture, and Dispensing of Medical Cannabis Low THC Oil; createAlan Powell
3/23/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteJudiciary - Non-Civil
AgricultureDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationFarmGeneral County Government
Health and Human ServicesLand Use/ZoningLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
HR 1472EvaluatingLocal boards of education; implement provisions of Georgia law regarding arming of school personnel; urgeMatt Gurtler
3/14/2018House Second ReadersRules
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
HR 1473NeutralStudy Committee on Industrial Hemp ProductionTom McCall
3/23/2018House Passed/AdoptedAgriculture and Consumer Affairs
AgricultureGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesKathleen BowenNat. Res. & the Environment
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This resolution creates a study committee to explore whether the State of Georgia should consider the economic feasibility of developing industrial hemp (an agricultural commodity) and the potential economic benefit to rural parts of Georgia by undertaking industrial hemp production in this state.
HR 1539SupportStudy Committee on Technology and Taxation in the Public Right of Way Brett Harrell
3/19/2018House Second ReadersTransportation
BroadbandEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentEminent Domain/CondemnationFranchise Fees
General County GovernmentPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceRoads
TelecommunicationsTodd EdwardsTraffic EnforcementUtilities
This resolution, mirroring SR 1019, creates the House study committee on Advanced Communications Technologies and the Use of State and Local Government Right of Way.  The study committee (made up of five House members, one mayor, one county commissioner and three experts on communications deployment or taxation issues) will study state and local laws/regulations pertaining to the use public right of way to deploy advanced broadband, video and voice technologies; whether these advanced technologies are, or should be, treated differently than current technologies in terms of regulation, taxation and other matters; and whether state laws should be changed in this area.        
HR 1593EvaluatingLaw enforcement training in this state; crisis intervention training required; encourageMichael Smith
3/21/2018House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
Debra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTraining
HR 1614EvaluatingLocal municipalities; continue bail reform efforts by adopting recommendations of the Judicial Council of Georgia's Ad Hoc Committee on Misdemeanor Bail Reform; recommendDoreen Carter
3/27/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysMagistrate CourtProbate Court
Public Safety and CourtsSheriffSolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
Traffic Enforcement
SB 0001EvaluatingThe Protecting Georgian Against Terrorism ActBill Cowsert
3/28/2017House Lost Reconsidered Bill/ResolutionJudiciary Non-Civil
Debra NesbitEmergency Management/PreparednessLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation expands the definition and response to domestic terrorism. 
SB 0004SupportEstablish Georgia Mental Health Treatment Task ForceRenee Unterman
3/30/2017House Disagreed Senate Amend or SubHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/02/03-Report2017/02/10 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailDebra Nesbit
Health and Human ServicesIndigent Health CarePublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates the Georgia Mental Health Treatment Task Force. 
SB 0015NeutralWeapons License - Expand Eligibility for Free Permit for Law Enforcement Michael Rhett
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilJudiciary
2017/01/13-ReportFirearms/Carry LawsForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsGeneral County GovernmentProbate Court
Public Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards

This legislation allows certain former law enforcement officers to receive a weapons carry license without having to pay the permit fee.  To be eligible, the individual must have served in law enforcement for at least ten years but left as a result of a disability caused in the line of duty and receives benefits under the Peace Officers' Annuity and Benefit Fund or from a county, city, state, state authority or federal retirement system.

SB 0017SupportSunday Brunch Alcohol Sales Renee Unterman
5/8/2018Act 461Regulated IndustriesRegulated Industries and Utilities
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/16 Report
Alcohol/TobaccoBusiness and Occupation TaxGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards

This bill authorizes cities and counties, in which the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises is already lawful on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, to allow said sale from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight if the county adopts an ordinance or resolution and the voters so approve via a referendum. 

Counties wishing to have this approved by the November 6, 2018 election should pass their ordinances by July 31st in order to provide their elections superintendents to prepare the proper materials ready and distributed to notify the public by August 4, 2018.     

SB 0018WatchGeorgia Public Safety Training Center; any member of security police force; retain his/her weapon and badge under certain conditionsTyler Harper
7/1/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentIntern 1Public Safety and Courts
This legislation allows members of the security force at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center who become disabled in the line of duty to keep their weapon.
SB 0025EvaluatingGeorgia Health Care Transparency InitiativeJoshua McKoon
1/23/2017Senate Read and ReferredInsurance and Labor
2017/01/27-ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesInsurance
InsuranceLarry RamseyOpen Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires "submitting entities" to provide health and dental claims information, unique identifiers, and geographic and demographic information to the healthcare transparency initiative database under the Commissioner of Public Health every quarter.
SB 0039NeutralIncrease Penalty Provisions for Pimping and PanderingRenee Unterman
3/21/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteJudiciary - Non-CivilJudiciary
2018/03/23 ReportCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitPublic Safety and CourtsSex Offender
This legislation requires those convicted of pimping and pandering to register on the sexual offender registry.
SB 0040SupportExpand Scope of Practice To Allow EMS Emergency Authorization to Transport Mental IllRenee Unterman
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/01/27-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportDebra NesbitEMS/Ambulance
Health and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows emergency medical service (EMS) personnel to transport a person within the county to a an emergency receiving facility if EMS has been dispatched in response to an emergency if EMS believes that there is probable cause to believe that the person is mentally ill requiring involuntary treatment, and EMS has consulted with the emergency receiving facility physician, who is of the opinion that it is in the best interest that the person be immediately transported to the facility.
SB 0042EvaluatingMandatory Standards for Law Enforcement Engagement in Vehicular PursuitsGail Davenport
1/24/2017Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
Debra NesbitLaw EnforcementMandatePreemptionPublic Safety and Courts

This legislation requires written policies for emergency pursuits to include a requirement that a vehicle pursuit may only occur if probable cause exists to believe that the person committed or is committing murder, aggravated battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, hijacking, interference with custody, trafficking for labor or sexual servitude, rape, armed robery, or any offnese that creates an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury.  The policy must also require that the driver of the emergency pursuit vehicle comply with the requirements of O.C.G.A. § 40-6-6:  driving through a red light or stop sign only after slowing down as necessary for safe operation, exceeding the speed limit only if it does not endanger life or property, and using the blue lights and siren.

SB 0045WatchProhibition of Any Device Used to Film Under or Through a Person's ClothingLarry Walker
3/24/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedJudiciary Non-CivilJudiciary
2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailDebra NesbitDistrict Attorneys
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitors
This legislation makes it a crime to surreptitiously record a person under or through a person's clothing to view their body or undergarments.  There is an exception for law enforcement and prosecutors investigating and prosecuting criminal offenses and retailers that provide surveillance in a customer changing room.
SB 0049NeutralWeapons License - Allow for Larger Knife before Conceal License is RequierdBill Heath
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedPublic Safety
2017/02/17-ReportFirearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
Under current law, a person needs a weapons carry license to conceal a knife with a blade greater than five inches in length.  This legislation changes the license requirement to a knife with a blade greater than 12 inches.  
SB 0053NeutralRequire Adult Diapering Stations in Public Meeting Facilities Valencia Seay
1/25/2017Senate Read and ReferredHealth and Human Services
Code EnforcementFire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesMandate
Public Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation requires auditoriums, convention center, cultural complexes, exhibition halls, permanent amusement parks, sports arenas and theaters to install adult changing stations (i.e., a wall mounted, ergonomic, powered table for the diapering of adults) in enclosed restrooms for handicapped, special needs or families.
SB 0054NeutralAutonomous Vehicle Testing on Public HighwaysJoshua McKoon
1/25/2017Senate Read and ReferredTransportation
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic EnforcementTransportation
This legislation allows for the use of autonomous vehicles on public highways for testing purposes. 
SB 0055Evaluating"Psychiatric Advance Directive Act"Joshua McKoon
1/25/2017Senate Read and ReferredHealth and Human Services
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation establishes a procedure for psychiatric advance directives.  Law enforcement officers who rely in good faith on the instructions of a vallid psychiatric advance directive are not subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability.
SB 0067Watch"Bring Small Businesses Back Georgia Regulatory Reform Act"John Albers
1/26/2017Senate Read and ReferredEconomic Development and Tourism
Code EnforcementEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentEmergency Management/PreparednessGeneral County Government
Health and Human ServicesIntern 1Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation amends the procedures by which the state makes and amends rules.
SB 0073NeutralRecorder's Court of Chatham County; chief judge; revise the responsibilitiesBen Watson
2/24/2017House Second ReadersIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Local LegislationMagistrate CourtProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
SB 0079NeutralGambling - Georgia Destination Resort Act Brandon Beach
1/30/2017Senate Read and ReferredRegulated Industries and Utilities
2017/02/03-ReportAlcohol/TobaccoBusiness and Occupation TaxDistrict AttorneysEcon. Dev. & Transportation
Economic DevelopmentForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationLand Use/ZoningPublic Safety and Courts
Todd EdwardsTourism
This legislation, mirroring HB 158, legalizes gambling in Georgia.  Two casino licenses will be granted.  One license will be granted within a county having a population of at least 900,000, will be at least a $2 billion investment, located in a convention district and have a hotel with at least 1000 guest rooms.  The other license will be granted within a county with at least 250,000 people, be at least a $450 million investment, and located near a convention district. Casinos can be open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and will pay a 20-percent tax on gross receipts - 70 percent of proceeds go to the HOPE scholarship and 30 percent will go to a needs-based college scholarship.  .  .          
SB 0080NeutralGuns - Retired Police do not need License to CarryP.K. Martin
1/30/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation allows certain former law enforcement officers to carry firearms without having to obtain a Georgia weapons carry license.  
SB 0081SupportState Health Officer Allow Certain Persons and Entities Access to Opiod AntagonistsRenee Unterman
3/15/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/03/06 - Report2018/03/16 ReportDebra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceGeneral County Government
Health and Human ServicesOpen Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Jeffrey Dallas Gay, Jr., Act, which allow the state health officers to allow certain persons and entities to obtain opioid antagonists and administer to persons believed to have overdosed on opioids.
SB 0084SupportGuns - Authorize Locals to Destroy Unclaimed Firearms Lester Jackson
1/30/2017Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
Firearms/Carry LawsForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
Todd Edwards
This legislation revises the procedures to dispose of firearms seized by law enforcement.  It allows local law enforcement agencies to destroy the firearm rather than being required to auction it off. 
SB 0090EvaluatingLaw Enforcement Officers and Agencies; peace officers be equipped with audio and video recording device while on duty; requireVincent Fort
1/30/2017Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
Debra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesMandate
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentOpen Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTraffic Enforcement
This legislation requires counties and cities to provide law enforcement officers with audio and video recording devices while on duty by January 1, 2018.  Failure to do so may result in the withholding of state funding and state administered federal funding.
SB 0091NeutralGuns - Cannot Sell to TerroristsSteve Henson
1/30/2017Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentOpen Records/Meetings ActProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards
This legislation prohibits the sale or transfer of firearms to individuals who are known or suspected terrorists without judicial review.
SB 0092SupportGuns - Law Enforcement Can Require the Showing of Carry License Steve Henson
1/30/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation allows law enforcement to detain an indivudial carrying a weapon to determine whether the individual has a weapons carry license.
SB 0094Evaluating"Bou Bou's Law"Vincent Fort
1/30/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitLaw EnforcementMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
State CourtSuperior Court
This legislation places restrictions on the issuance of no knock warrants.
SB 0095InactiveRequire State Agencies to Provide Data Needed at No Cost to Superior Court Clerks to Keep Jury Lists UpdatedJesse Stone
5/9/2017Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
2017/02/17-ReportClerk of CourtDebra NesbitParolePublic Safety and Courts
State CourtSuperior Court
This legislation amends the collection of data for the statewide master jury list.
SB 0096NeutralAuthorize Registered Nurses to Make Pronouncement of DeathBen Watson
7/1/2017Effective DateHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/03/17 - ReportCoroners/Medical ExaminersDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows registered nurses to make a pronouncement of death in nursing homes, assisted living and hospice facilities.
SB 0099NeutralJudicial Procedure for Purging Information from NCIC and Change of Definition of Knife in Weapons Carry StatuteElena Parent
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedJudiciary Non-CivilPublic Safety
2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportClerk of CourtCriminal ProcedureDebra Nesbit
District AttorneysFirearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human Services
Open Records/Meetings ActProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitors
This legislation allows individual's who have been involuntarily hospitalized to have the records purged and not included in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.  This bill was amended to change the definition of Knife in the possession and carrying of a concealed weapon statute from 5 inches to 12 inches.
SB 0102SupportCreate Office of Cardiac Care Within the Department of Public HealthButch Miller
7/1/2017Effective DateHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/02/03-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/10 - ReportDebra NesbitEMS/Ambulance
Health and Human ServicesHospital AuthorityPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates the Office of Cardiac Care within the Department of Public Health to establish a program that identifies emergency cardiac care centers to ensure rapid triage, assessment, treatment and transport of patients who experience cardiac arrest, heart attack or complications.
SB 0104NeutralCounties Must Post Human Trafficking Hotline Notice Donzella James
5/8/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilState Institutions and Property
2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesMandate
Public Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation requires counties to post notices regarding the human trafficking hotline in buildings owned or leased by the county that have public access, as well as provide a link to the GBI hotline notice on the homepage of their Web site.  If the government leases the property, then the notice shall be posted in restrooms that are exclusively used by the government entity.  It also distinguishes between first- and second-degree carjacking; addresses the unknowing possession of a fake insurance document; outlaws taking photos of person's "intimate parts" without their consent; and outlaws a new variation of synthetic marijuana.
SB 0105EvaluatingControlled Substances; possession of certain quantities of marijuana constitute a misdemeanor; provide; punishment; change provisionsHarold Jones
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedJudiciary
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitLaw EnforcementMagistrate CourtProbate Court
Public Safety and CourtsState Court
This legislation changes the jurisdiction of the state court, probate court and magistrate courts as related to possession of  marijuana.
SB 0109SupportAuthorize the Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact and Nurse Licensure CompactMichael Williams
7/1/2017Effective DateHealth & Human ServicesPublic Safety
Debra NesbitEmergency Management/PreparednessEMS/AmbulanceHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact, and the Nurses Licensure Compact which allows reciprocity with other states licensure requirements for these two disciplines.
SB 0111EvaluatingOffice of the State Prosecutor; establish; manner of appointment, term of office, qualifications; State Prosecutor Selection and Disabilities Commission; provideJoshua McKoon
2/2/2017Senate Read and ReferredEthics
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysElectionsEthics
General County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsSuperior Court
This legislation establishes a State Prosecutor to investigate criminal offenses relating to elections; bribes; malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office; and extortion, perjury or obstruction of justice related to any of these activities.
SB 0119EvaluatingFair Housing, Public Officers and Employees and the Merit System; discrimination based on sexual orientation; prohibit; public accommodations; provideLester Jackson
2/7/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County GovernmentGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human Services
ImmigrationInsurance InsuranceJuvenilesLand Use/Zoning
Law EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected class under state discrimination laws.  It also adds a state level of enforcement of discrimination based upon race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity for places of public accommodation, such as stadiums, theaters, concert halls and other places of exhibition or entertainment.
SB 0120WatchProperty; recording of deeds; change provisionsWilliam Ligon
2/7/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Clerk of CourtIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the requirements for recording property deeds.
SB 0121InactiveState Health Officer May Issue Standing Order For Access to Opioid AntagonistsButch Miller
4/18/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilHealth and Human Services
2017/03/24 - ReportDebra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceGeneral County GovernmentLaw Enforcement
Open Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Jeffrey Dallas Gay, Jr. Act, which will allow certain people or entities to obtain and administer opioid antagonists to those believed to have over dosed on opioids.
SB 0127NeutralVictim's may Assert Rights When Law is not FollowedJohn Kennedy
5/8/2018Act 468Judiciary - Non-CivilJudiciary
Clerk of CourtCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysGeneral County Government
Government ImmunityPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
This legislation amends the Crime Victim's Bill of Rights to allow a victim to bring to the attention of the court allegations that the law has not been followed.
SB 0128EvaluatingDrivers' Licenses; Department of Natural Resources; limited purposes; allow for the sharing of personal dataJohn Wilkinson
7/1/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityNatural Resources and the Environment
Fire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentIntern 1Law EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows the sharing of driver's license information with the Department of Natural Resources.
SB 0130NeutralManadatory Documentation of Waiver of Right to CounselBlake Tillery
3/28/2017House Passed/Adopted By SubstituteJudiciaryJudiciary
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitIndigent DefenseLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that the waiver of the right to an attorney must be made made knowingly and voluntarily and must be reflected in the record.
SB 0132SupportJudicial Council Shall Promulgate Case Disposition Forms for Superior and State CourtBlake Tillery
1/1/2018Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
Civil ProcedureClerk of CourtDebra NesbitPublic Safety and CourtsState Court
Superior Court
This legislation changes how forms are promulgated for state and superior court to provide a more accurate case count for the determination of the need for additional judgeships.
SB 0135SupportGuns - Prohibit Carry in Government Buildings Emanuel Jones
2/8/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation prohibits carrying firearms in government building.
SB 0136NeutralGuns - Training Required Emanuel Jones
2/8/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation requires certain individuals to meet a training requirement in order to obtain a weapons carry license.
SB 0140WatchDivision of Low-voltage Contractors; require continuing education; authorizeButch Miller
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedRegulated Industries and Utilities
Business and Occupation TaxCode EnforcementGeneral County GovernmentIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation, like HB 239, addresses the continuing education requirements for low voltage contractors.
SB 0141SupportRequire Engineering Evaluation for All Carnival Ride PermitsBruce Thompson
7/1/2017Effective DateRegulated IndustriesRegulated Industries and Utilities
2017/02/10 - Report2017/03/10 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportCode EnforcementFire Services
General County GovernmentKathleen BowenPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires the operators the first time they apply for a permit in Georgia to provide an engineering evaluation of carnival rides to the State Fire Marshal prior to the issuance of a permit. 
SB 0142SupportAutomated Traffic Safety Devices in School ZonesJohn Kennedy
2/9/2017Senate Read and ReferredGovernment Oversight
2017/02/10 - ReportClerk of CourtDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentLaw Enforcement
Open Records/Meetings ActProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitorsState Court
Superior CourtTraffic Enforcement
This legislation allows and sets forth guidelines for the use of automatic traffic enforcement safety devices in school zones by local sheriffs and law enforcement.
SB 0149NeutralMandatory Training for Local Law Enforcement Officers Serving as School Resource Officers and Prohibition of Tobacco or Tobacco Products in Local JailsEmanuel Jones
7/1/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityEducation and Youth
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportDebra NesbitGeneral County Government
Law EnforcementMandatePublic Safety and CourtsTraining
This legislation mandates special training for local law enforcement officers that are assigned duty as school resource officers for five consecutive days.  The P.O.S.T. approved course must be completed within six months of appointment as a school resource officer.  Language was added to the bill to prohibit the use or possession of tobacco or tobacco products at any correctional facility.  Criminal penalities are outlined for those who violate the law.
SB 0150EvaluatingManadatory Written Agreements Between Local Law Enforcement and Local School BoardsEmanuel Jones
2/10/2017Senate Read and ReferredEducation and Youth
2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-ReportDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentJuveniles
Law EnforcementProcurementPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
This legislation mandates a written agreement between local law enforcement and local school boards for the procedures and parameters for School Resource Officers provided under contract or MOU, by local law enforcement.
SB 0154EvaluatingAdditional Penalties for Assault and Battery Against Public Safety Officer While on DutyGregory Kirk
3/27/2018House Passed/Adopted By SubstituteJudiciary Non-CivilPublic Safety
2017/02/17-ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitDistrict Attorneys
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesJuvenilesLaw Enforcement
Magistrate CourtProbate CourtProbationPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitors
State CourtSuperior CourtTraffic Enforcement
This legislation provides for tort liability for those who commit an offense of aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a public safety officer, as well as for the parents of any youth who commit the offense.  There is also an additional penalty assessed dedicated to the Georgia State Indemnification Fund.  The language from this legislation was added to SB 160 "Back the Badge".
SB 0155NeutralCreation of the Local Law Enforcement Officer Compensation CommissionGregory Kirk
2/28/2017House Second ReadersGovernmental AffairsPublic Safety
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - ReportCompensationDebra NesbitGeneral County Government
Law EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
This legislation creates the Local Law Enforcement Officer Compensation Commission to be housed within the Department of Administrative Services.  The Commission shall include a CEO of county or municipal corporation law enforcement agency, a sheriff , the Executive Directors of ACCG and GMA, two members of the Senate, and  two members of the House of Representatives, with the DOAS Commissioner serving as the chair.  The commission must meet at least semi-annually and provide on-going review of salaries and benefits using data required to be submitted by governing authorities.
SB 0160SupportBack the Badge ActTyler Harper
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilPublic Safety
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/17 - ReportClerk of CourtCorrectional Institutions/JailCriminal Procedure
Debra NesbitDistrict AttorneysEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesHealth and Human Services
JuvenilesLaw EnforcementMagistrate CourtProbate CourtProbation
Public Safety and CourtsSheriffSolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
Traffic Enforcement
This legislation provides exclusive jurisdiction of 13 to 17 year olds who commit an offense of aggravated assault or aggravated battery against a public safety official.  This legislation includes HB 116, HB 258, and SB 154 which gives superior court full jurisdiction for juvenile cases involving aggravated assault, increasing sentences for assaulting a police officer, and additional penalties for those convicted of assaulting a public safety officer while on duty.
SB 0161WatchDrivers' Licenses; form of all drivers' licenses and identification cards issued to applicants who are US citizens; require horizontal orientationsFrank Ginn
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedPublic Safety
General County GovernmentImmigrationIntern 1Public Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
Please let Todd or Debra know if this bill is amended to include counties and licenses or permits that they provide.
SB 0163EvaluatingCarrying and Possession of Firearms; reporting of weapons carry license and renewal license information to the Georgia Crime Information Center; requireDonzella James
2/14/2017Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentOpen Records/Meetings ActProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards
This legislation would allow the Georgia Crime Information Center to include information included in weapons carry license or renewal license applications in the  GCIC database to be used by criminal justice agencies for law enforcement or criminal investigative purposes.
SB 0168SupportData Sharing in Child Abuse Cases Between Law Enforcement Agencies, State Agencies and Child Abuse RegistryButch Miller
7/1/2017Effective DateJuvenile JusticeHealth and Human Services
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesJuvenilesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation amends the laws relating to access to child abuse records, allow certain data to be shared between state agencies and law enforcement.
SB 0169EvaluatingSpecialty License Plate; honoring law enforcement; establishGregory Kirk
7/1/2017Effective DateMotor VehiclesPublic Safety
Debra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTags/Titles
This legislation creates a specialty license plat to honor law enforcement.
SB 0171Evaluating"The Jackson Act"; exploding targets are fireworks that are subject to permitting, contraband and penalty provisions; clarifyEmanuel Jones
2/15/2017Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
FireworksGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTodd Edwards
This legislation amends the fireworks law.
SB 0174NeutralCriminal Justice Reform and Certification Procedures for Veterans and Family Treatment Accountability CourtsJohn Kennedy
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilJudiciary
Correctional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
General County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesIndigent DefenseOpen Records/Meetings ActParole
ProbationPublic Safety and CourtsSuperior Court
This legislation changes the laws regarding use of accountability courts for non-violent felons and provides procedures for the certification of veterans and family drug treatment accountability courts.
SB 0175NeutralCriminal Justice Reform in Juvenile Court CHINS CasesJohn Kennedy
7/1/2017Effective DateJuvenile JusticeJudiciary
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesJuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts reforms in juvenile court proceedings which allow the court to issue an order restraining or otherwise controlling conduct of parent, guardian or legal custodian in a CHINS case.
SB 0176NeutralCriminal Justice Reform, Required to Provide Notice Via First Class Mail or Postcard for Failure to Appear Prior to Issuing Bench WarrantJohn Kennedy
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilJudiciary
Correctional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationLaw Enforcement
Magistrate CourtProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsState CourtSuperior Court
Traffic Enforcement
This legislation enacts reforms related to driving privileges recommended by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform which include a requirement that courts provide notice via first class mail or post card to persons who fail to appear for a court date listed on a uniform traffic citation of another court date and the issuance of a bench warrant.
SB 0177Evaluating"Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2017"Joshua McKoon
2/15/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Coroners/Medical ExaminersCorrectional Institutions/JailDistrict AttorneysEcon. Dev. & TransportationElections
Firearms/Carry LawsFireworksGeneral County GovernmentGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationJuveniles
Law EnforcementMagistrate CourtParoleProbate CourtProbation
Public Safety and CourtsSheriffSolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
Todd EdwardsTransit
This legislation enacts the Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2017.
SB 0189EvaluatingCriminal Procedure; legal defense of indigents; provisions; change; clarify defined termsBlake Tillery
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedJudiciary
CompensationCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Indigent DefenseJuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the provisions of Georgia's indigent defense system.
SB 0190NeutralJuvenile Court of Newton County; intake services; transfer to Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice pursuant to code section 15-11-69 of the OCGARick Jeffares
3/29/2018Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub As AmendedIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Health and Human ServicesJuvenilesLocal LegislationPublic Safety and Courts
SB 0192NeutralNon-Partisan Elections Rick Jeffares
2/17/2017Senate Read and ReferredEthics
Clerk of CourtCoroners/Medical ExaminersDistrict AttorneysGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and Courts
Revenue & FinanceSheriffTax CommissionerTodd 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 0195NeutralNotice of Relocation of Facilities of Certain EmployersJohn Albers
2/17/2017Senate Read and ReferredEconomic Development and Tourism
2017/02/24 - ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentLarry RamseyProperty Tax
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation enacts the Georgia Jobs First Act of 2017. It would require notice to the state Department of Economic Development by any "employer" that intends to relocate an operational facility out of the state. "Employer" means a company that 1) employs at least 50 persons and 2) either does business with the state or local government or has received incentives from the state or local governments.
SB 0204EvaluatingRecord on Appeal; expeditious preparation and transmittal of record and transcript on appeal by court clerk; provideJohn Kennedy
2/21/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Clerk of CourtDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation amends how clerk transmits the record and transcript by the clerk of court.
SB 0212EvaluatingAlcoholism, Drug Dependency or Abuse; administrative license suspension process for persons arrested of driving under the influence; provide for reformsJohn Kennedy
2/21/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementProbation
Public Safety and CourtsState CourtSuperior CourtTraffic Enforcement
This legislation amends the laws relating to individuals with driving under the influence issues.
SB 0214Watch"Consumer Protection Pet Purchase Act"; retail sale of dogs and cats in this state; regulateMichael Williams
2/22/2017Senate Read and ReferredAgriculture and Consumer Affairs
Animal ControlGeneral County GovernmentIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Consumer Protection Pet Purchase Act. 
SB 0217WatchMunicipal Probation Officer; exercise of power of arrest and a Georgia Peace Officer Standards Training Council certification; revise the authorityJesse Stone
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedPublic Safety
Intern 2ProbationPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires a municipal probation officer to have met the requirements of O.C.G.A. § 35-8-13.1 before exercising the power of arrest.
SB 0218NeutralAutonomous Vehicle RegulationsSteve Gooch
2/22/2017Senate Read and ReferredTransportation
2017/02/24 - ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenPreemptionPublic Safety and Courts
Revenue & FinanceTags/TitlesTraffic Enforcement
This legislation regulates the operation of autonomous vehicles.
SB 0219NeutralAutomated Driving System RegulationsSteve Gooch
7/1/2017Effective DateTransportationTransportation
2017/02/24 - ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenLaw EnforcementPreemption
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTags/TitlesTraffic Enforcement
This legislation allows for autonomous vehicles to operate on Georgia's roads without a human driver present and preempts any laws prohibiting automated driving systems.  
SB 0222Inactive9-1-1 Local Government Authority and Increased Revenue for 9-1-1 CentersJohn Kennedy
5/9/2017Veto V9JudiciaryRegulated Industries and Utilities
2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report911Debra NesbitLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSheriff
This legislation creates the Local Government 9-1-1 Authority which will provide coordination, planning, enforcement of statutory requirements for the payment of 9-1-1 fees, auditing, and development of best practices and standards for the operation of 9-1-1 Centers.  This legislation also provides parity for 9-1-1 fees assessed on all devices and plans, all will be $1.50 per month or purchase, and eliminates the ability of telephone servcesuppliersi  to bill local governments for cost recovery.  For a section by section summary click here 
SB 0227EvaluatingLocal Government; process of establishing a compact with one or more other states; new sovereignties; provideJoshua McKoon
2/22/2017Senate Read and ReferredState and Local Governmental Operations
AirportsAnnexation/MunicipalizationBusiness and Occupation TaxCode EnforcementCriminal Procedure
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentEminent Domain/CondemnationFinancingFire Services
Form of GovernmentGeneral County GovernmentLand Use/ZoningLaw EnforcementNat. Res. & the Environment
Open Records/Meetings ActPortsProcurementProperty TaxPublic Safety and Courts
RetirementRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalSewer/SeptageSolid Waste
Todd EdwardsTransportationUtilities Water Quality
This legislation adopts the Interstate Prosperity States Compact, which would allow the creation of new sovereignties known as "prosperity districts." 
SB 0228EvaluatingProhibits Improper Operation of Emergency or Law Enforcement Vehicles by Elected OfficialsJoshua McKoon
3/5/2018House Second ReadersRulesPublic Safety
Debra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation makes it criminal for employees operating emergency vehicles in a manner other than prescribed by law.
SB 0231EvaluatingAttorney; person who is not a US citizen shall not gain admission to the practice of law; possess a lawful alien status; provideJoshua McKoon
2/22/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
General County GovernmentGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationImmigrationProperty TaxPublic Safety and Courts
Revenue & FinanceTodd Edwards
This legislation requires those seeking a property tax exemption to file a SAVE affidavit.   
SB 0232SupportBroadband - Authorize EMCs to Provide Steve Gooch
3/5/2018House Second ReadersWays and MeansRegulated Industries and Utilities
2017/02/24 - Report2018/03/2 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
General County GovernmentLand Use/ZoningPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsPublic Works
Revenue & FinanceRoadsTelecommunicationsTodd EdwardsUtilities

This legislation authorizes EMCs to provide broadband service, VoIP, wireless services and other emerging communications technologies within their service areas and a 5-mile radius thereof.  EMCs would be allowed to accept state, federal and private grants loans to fund this endeavor, but cannot cross-subsidize their broadband services from their electric or natural gas funds. To do this, EMCs must provide nondiscriminatory, competitively neutral and commercially reasonable terms, conditions and access to their utility poles for other communications service providers.      

 

SB 0233NeutralReligious Freedom 2017 Marty Harbin
2/22/2017Senate Read and ReferredRules
2017/02/24 - ReportCode EnforcementCorrectional Institutions/JailGeneral County GovernmentLand Use/Zoning
Law EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards

This legislation applies the Federal Religious Restoration Act to the State of Georgia and counties.  The Federal Religious Restoration Act prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person's exercise of religious unless it is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering the compelling governmental interest.  

 

SB 0236EvaluatingDriving Under the Influence; county department of family and children services be notified; endangering; requireDonzella James
3/5/2018House Second ReadersJuvenile JusticeJudiciary
Debra NesbitDistrict AttorneysHealth and Human ServicesJuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
SolicitorsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation requires prosecutors to nofiy the Department of Family and Children Services when a parent is convicted of driving under the influence with a child under age 14 years. 
SB 0241EvaluatingControlled Substances; electronic data base of prescription information; provisions; changeRenee Unterman
3/9/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary Non-CivilHealth and Human Services
Clerk of CourtGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human ServicesIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation amends the law regarding the electronic database of prescription medicine.
SB 0242SupportExpands Number of RN's Allowed to Practice Under a Physician in EMS OperationsRenee Unterman
7/1/2017Effective DateHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportDebra NesbitEMS/Ambulance
Health and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation would expand the number of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who are allowed to work under a physician in an EMS operations conducted by or on behalf of any county or municipality which employs a full time medical director.  
SB 0244WatchTelephone System for the Physically Impaired; establishment, administration and operation of state-wide dual party relay service; provisions; changeRick Jeffares
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedRegulated Industries and Utilities
911Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTelecommunications
Utilities
This legislation addresses the administration and operation of a statewide dual party relay system.
SB 0250SupportSex Offenders Convicted in Other Countries Require RegistrationJeff Mullis
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilJudiciary
2017/03/24 - ReportClerk of CourtCorrectional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra Nesbit
Georgia Bureau of InvestigationImmigrationLaw EnforcementProgressing LegislationPublic Safety and Courts
Sex OffenderSuperior Court
This legislation changes requirements for registration of persons on convicted of a sexual offense in another county to be placed on the Georgia the sexual offender registry. 
SB 0254EvaluatingMinimum Annual Salary for Sheriff's Deputies and Creation of the Local Law Enforcement Officer Compensation CommissionMichael Williams
2/24/2017Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
Auditing/BudgetCompensationDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentLaw Enforcement
MandatePersonnel/EmploymentPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
This legislation requires counties to pay all deputies at the same level as the minimum annual salary for troopers of the Georgia State Patrol.  Each year, the deputies must recieve the same cost of living increase as state employees.  The legislation also creates a Local Law Enforcement Compensation Commission to study salaries and benefits of all local law enforcement officers.
SB 0257NeutralFood Animal Cruelty? Must Consult Dept. of Agriculture before Filing Charges Bill Heath
3/21/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteAgriculture and Consumer AffairsAgriculture and Consumer Affairs
2018/01/26 Report2018/02/02 Report2018/03/23 ReportAgricultureAnimal Control
Criminal ProcedureGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation requires local law enforcement officers to consult with a Department of Agriculture Category II veterinarian before filing criminal charges related to animal cruelty/husbandry of "food animals" - to confirm whether or not such conduct is in accordance with customary and standard practice.  A food animal is one raised for the production of an edible product intended for consumption by humans.   
SB 0258InactiveEligibility and Qualifications for Office; ineligibility for office for holders of public money of municipalities who refuse; pay over such funds to proper office; provideBlake Tillery
5/8/2017Effective DateGovernmental AffairsRules
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTodd Edwards
This legislation makes city officials that fail to pay over public money to the property office ineligible to hold public office. 
SB 0265InactiveForsyth County; compensation of the coroner and deputy coroner; provideMichael Williams
5/2/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
CompensationCoroners/Medical ExaminersGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesLocal Legislation
Public Safety and Courts
SB 0272NeutralRecorder's Court of Chatham County; method of selection of the chief judge; revise; court administrator; provideLester Jackson
3/10/2017Senate Read and ReferredState and Local Governmental Operations
Local LegislationProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsState Court
SB 0283NeutralMunicipal Court of Macon-Bibb County; dissolve; reallocation of the jurisdiction of said court; provideJohn Kennedy
3/28/2017House Second ReadersIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Local LegislationPublic Safety and Courts
SB 0286NeutralState Court of Troup County; charge and collect a technology fee for certain filings; authorizeMatt Brass
5/3/2018Act 350Intragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsLocal LegislationPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceState Court
SB 0295Evaluating'Georgia Retail Marijuana Code'; regulation of retail sale of marijuana; provideCurt Thompson
3/22/2017Senate Read and ReferredHealth and Human Services
Alcohol/TobaccoBusiness and Occupation TaxCode EnforcementForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsGeneral County Government
Georgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human ServicesLand Use/ZoningLaw EnforcementNat. Res. & the Environment
Open Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalTodd Edwards
This legislation establishes the regulations for the retail sale of marijuana, if the voters approve a statewide referendum authorizing the sale of marijuana in Georgia.
SB 0296Evaluating'Controlled Substances Therapeutic Relief Act'Curt Thompson
3/22/2017Senate Read and ReferredHealth and Human Services
General County GovernmentGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human ServicesLand Use/ZoningLaw Enforcement
Open Records/Meetings ActPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTodd Edwards
This legislation enacts the Controlled Substances Therapeutic Relief Act. 
SB 0299EvaluatingRequirement for an Attorney's Signature In order to File a DeedFrank Ginn
1/9/2018Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Clerk of CourtDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires deeds to be signed by an attorney before being filed and makes it a felony offense for a notary to sign unless the attorney signature is on the document.
SB 0301NeutralRevised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets ActJohn Kennedy
5/8/2018Act 560JudiciaryJudiciary
Debra NesbitProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. 
SB 0314EvaluatingProhibit Sexual ExtortionHarold Jones
2/26/2018Senate Read Second TimeJudiciary
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and Courts
SB 0318SupportAllow EMS to Involuntarily Transport Persons Having a Psychotic EpisodeMichael Rhett
3/5/2018House Second ReadersHealth and Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2018/03/2 ReportDebra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation establishes a pilot program to be administered by the Department of Community Health to allow emergency medical technicans with rthe permission of a physician involuntarily transport patients who are having a mental health episode. 
SB 0319NeutralCreation of the Department of Fire SafetyJohn Albers
3/29/2018Senate Disagreed House Amend or SubPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/01/12 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/23 ReportCode EnforcementDebra Nesbit
Fire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation provides for the creation of the Department of Fire Safety and transfers the State Fire Marshall's Office, the Firefighter's Standards and Training Council and all other activities related to fire service to the newly created department.
SB 0322NeutralReflectors Requirement: Personal Assistive Mobility DevicesDonzella James
1/11/2018Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
Econ. Dev. & TransportationHealth and Human ServicesKathleen BowenPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation requires electric and nonelectric personal assistive mobility device sold in this state after December 31, 2018, to be sold equipped with reflectors. 
SB 0323EvaluatingDisposition of Property Seized; provide law enforcement agencies the option to destroy or sell certain firearms; procedures; reviseLester Jackson
1/18/2018Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitFirearms/Carry LawsForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsGeorgia Bureau of Investigation
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
SB 0326Evaluating"Sheltering Adolescent from Destructive Environments (Sade's) Law"Donzella James
1/18/2018Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesJuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
SB 0327SupportEliminate Requirement for a Medical Examiner Inquiry if a Death Occurs without an Attending PhysicianJohn Albers
5/3/2018Act 351Judiciary - Non-CivilPublic Safety
2018/01/19 Report2018/03/23 ReportCoroners/Medical ExaminersDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation eliminates the requirement for a medical examiner inquiry if there is no attending physican at the time the death occured.  An inquiry may be conducted if the medical examiner deems appropriate.
SB 0332WatchDepartment of Natural Resources; hunter mentor program; provideTyler Harper
5/8/2018Act 478Game, Fish, and ParksNatural Resources and the Environment
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation addresses a Department of Naturual Resources hunter mentor program.
SB 0335WatchTrafficking of Persons for Labor; offense of trafficking an individual for sexual servitude; expandRenee Unterman
3/27/2018House PostponedJudiciary - Non-CivilJudiciary
Criminal ProcedureHealth and Human ServicesIntern 2Public Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the law regarding the offense of trafficking an individual for sexual servitude. 
SB 0338NeutralGeneral Assembly Oversight of State Agency RulesWilliam Ligon
5/8/2018Veto V19JudiciaryJudiciary
Econ. Dev. & TransportationHealth and Human ServicesKathleen BowenNat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and Courts
Revenue & Finance
This bill rewrites the process by which the General Assembly is authorized to object to the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a state agency rule.
SB 0342NeutralElimination of the Requirement that Law Enforcement take Custody of a Vehicle Without Valid License PlateMarty Harbin
5/8/2018Veto V20Motor VehiclesPublic Safety
2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/23 ReportDebra NesbitLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTags/Titles
This legislation eliminates the requirement of law enforcement take custody of a vehicle that does not have a valid vehicle registration and allows the owner to present proof of payment or possession of the required decal.
SB 0343EvaluatingDrug Recognition Expert Certification Requirement Change - New Certification Requirement Upon Expiration of Current CertificationEd Harbison
1/24/2018Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
2018/01/26 ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
Training
 This legislation requires that officers certified as a drug recognition expert obtain training prior to recertification.  Existing certifications are valid until expiration.
SB 0344EvaluatingGeorgia Retail Marijuana Code Curt Thompson
1/24/2018Senate Read and ReferredHealth and Human Services
AgricultureBusiness and Occupation TaxDebra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsGeneral County Government
Georgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human ServicesLand Use/ZoningLaw EnforcementNat. Res. & the Environment
Open Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
 This legislation requires the regulation of retail sales of marijuana by the Department of Revenue (DOR).  Nothing in this legislation preempts or impairs the power of a local government to enact ordinances, resolutions or regulations governing retail establishments that sell marijuana.  The bill does require that jurisdictions have ordinances, resolutions or regulations that are at least as restrictive as the state licensing and regulatory body (DOR)
SB 0346EvaluatingRegulation of Medical Marijuana and Repeal of Existing THC Oil Patient RegistryCurt Thompson
1/24/2018Senate Read and ReferredHealth and Human Services
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesLand Use/ZoningOpen Records/Meetings Act
Personnel/EmploymentProperty TaxPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
 This legislation provides for the regulation of medical marijuana for certain illnesses and purposes and repeals the existing THC oil registry.
SB 0348EvaluatingAuthorization of Arrest Powers for Campus Police within the Technical College System of GeorgiaTyler Harper
3/21/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstitutePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 ReportDebra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation provides arrest powers to campus police on a technical college campus who are certified by the Georgia Peace Officers and Standards Training Council (P.O.S.T).
SB 0365WatchCode Revision Commission; statutory portion of said Code; revise, modernize, correct errors or omissions in and reenactWilliam Ligon
5/8/2018Act 562Code RevisionJudiciary
Econ. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesIntern 1Nat. Res. & the Environment
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation makes technical corrections to the Code. 
SB 0366NegotiatingState Mandated Completion of Salary Surveys for Employees of the Sheriff's DepartmentSteve Gooch
3/23/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteAppropriationsPublic Safety
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/23 ReportCompensation
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPopulation Acts
Public Safety and CourtsSheriff
This legislation is based on the report of the Compensation of Police and Sheriff's (COPS) and requires that every county conduct a wage and compensation study once every five years or lose their qualified local government status.  A detailed summary can be found here.
SB 0367SupportAllows Payment Indemnification Death or Disability Payment to be Awarded to the Estate of Deceased Public Safety/First ResponderGregory Kirk
3/29/2018Senate Disagreed House Amend or SubPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailDebra Nesbit
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEmergency Management/PreparednessEMS/AmbulanceGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Insurance InsuranceLaw EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows the payment of death benefits to the estate of a law enforcement officer; firefighter; emergency medical technician, emergency management specialist, state highway employee or prison guard.
SB 0368SupportRequires the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to Provide Technical Assistance to Law EnforcementGregory Kirk
3/29/2018House Passed/Adopted By SubstitutePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 ReportDebra Nesbit
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation adds the provision of technical support and assistance to certain law enforcement agencies to the duties of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC).
SB 0369NeutralRequirement for Jurisdictions to Deduct a $5.00 Fee from Pre-Trial Diversion Program Fees to Fund the Peace Officer Annuity and Benefit Fund.Gregory Kirk
5/8/2018Act 463Judiciary - Non-CivilPublic Safety
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 ReportClerk of Court
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates a new fee to be assessed and collected from the fees charged for pre-trial programs to fund the Peace Officer's Annuity and Benefit Fund (POAB).  The legislation requires counties to remit $5.00 of the funds they collect from pre-trial participants to fund the diversion program to the POAB.
SB 0374EvaluatingCommunity Association Transparency and Protection Act Donzella James
1/31/2018Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Clerk of CourtCode EnforcementGeneral County GovernmentLand Use/ZoningNat. Res. & the Environment
Open Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and CourtsPublic WorksTodd EdwardsWater Quality
This legislation, mirroring HB 748, significantly revises state law on residential property associations (condominium, cooperative and homeowners') and the responsibilities of both developers and residents.  Among provisions, the bill stipulates turnover and transition requirements; requires developers to establish a two-year operating budget prior to turnover/transition which includes reserve accounts for capital expenditures and deferred maintenance; requires developers to post performance and maintenance bonds; and spells out civil penalties for violations of the Act.  For the proponents' summary of the bill, please click here:   
SB 0390EvaluatingCarrying Weapons in Unauthorized Locations; public assemblies during St. Patrick's Day holiday period shall be unauthorized locations; establishLester Jackson
2/7/2018Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Econ. Dev. & TransportationFirearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsRoads
Todd Edwards
SB 0396WatchTelephone System for Physically ImpairedDavid Shafer
3/12/2018House Committee Favorably ReportedEnergy, Utilities and TelecommunicationsRegulated Industries and Utilities
911Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and CourtsUtilities
SB 0404NeutralWater Service Fees For Fire Sprinkler Systems Matt Brass
5/3/2018Act 400Governmental AffairsNatural Resources and the Environment
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 Report
Code EnforcementFire ServicesForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Kathleen BowenNat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceUtilities
This legislation states that no county, municipal, or other public water system shall charge or assess a separate fee for water service for fire sprinkler protection systems for more than the cost to provide such service.   
SB 0406NeutralRequirement for Background Check for All Long Term Care ProvidersBrian Strickland
5/7/2018Act 420Human Relations and AgingPublic Safety
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/16 ReportDebra NesbitGeorgia Bureau of Investigation
Health and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This bill enacts background checks for long term care providers via a registry within the Department of Community Health.
SB 0407SupportCriminal Justice ReformBrian Strickland
5/7/2018Act 416Judiciary - Non-CivilJudiciary
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/23 ReportDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This bill is the Governor's annual criminal justice reform bill.  Please click here for a detail summary of the original bill.  H.B. 15 was added to this legislation and it requires attorneys to electronically file all civil cases in state and superior court.  The maximum a vendor may charge is $30.00 per side with $2.00 of each electronic filing to be retained by the county off set the costs of equipment, etc.
SB 0408EvaluatingMandate for Counselor to Be Present When Law Enforcement Interviews a Person with AutismLester Jackson
2/12/2018Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
2018/02/23 ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
 This legislation requires that a mental or behavioral health professional be present for all interviews by law enforcement with a person with autism.  The bill also provides a cause of action against law enforcement officers who do not provide the counselor as requested.
SB 0409NeutralRailroad Crossings When On Track Equipment Is PresentTyler Harper
5/3/2018Act 401Motor VehiclesPublic Safety
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation adds a definition of on-track equipment to the code and to the existing restrictions on railroad crossings. Cars must stop and look for on-track equipment at railroad crossings before moving across tracks and violations of this would result in a misdeneanor offense.
SB 0417WatchDrivers' Licenses; persons who may obtain certain licenses, permits, or cards; clarify and provideJoshua McKoon
2/13/2018Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
General County GovernmentImmigrationIntern 1Public Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
SB 0423EvaluatingAnnexation of Territory; boundaries of certain independent school systems; annexation by a municipality; provideElena Parent
2/14/2018Senate Read and ReferredState and Local Governmental Operations
Annexation/MunicipalizationGeneral County GovernmentProperty TaxPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
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