A bill filed in the Georgia House of Representatives would make it unlawful for a business owner to refuse to accept cash.
House Bill 940 filed by State Representative Todd Jones would require any retail store business with a physical storefront to accept cash, regardless of the type of business, they operate, or the goods and services it sells.
The legislation defines cash as both paper, bills and coins. A retail store is defined as “any physical establishment where goods or services, including, but not limited to, food products, are offered for sale to members of the public.”
Those who do not accept cash or found to have unlawfully, refused to accept the cash would be subject to penalties such under the Fair Business Practices Act of 1975, which is enforced by the Georgia Attorney General.
The bill has a number of co-sponsors as well, including:
- Noel Williams Jr. (R-148)
- Chas Cannon (R-172)
- Mitchell Horner (R-3)
- Carter Barrett (R-24)
- Farooq Maguel (D-105)
The bill has been assigned to the House Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee. You can read the bill here: