Yesterday in the Georgia Legislature – 02/01/24

HOUSE

HB 878 – Rep. Eddie Lumsden
LINK: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65962 
WHAT IT DOES:

  • Adds language to code section about approaching sanitation trucks to include postal service workers when approaching with due caution (requiring to change lanes or slow down to 10 less than speed limit or 25 mph, whichever is less)

CONCERNS: This is likely a result of some postal worker being injured/in a crash.
PASSED: 165-1

HB 976 – Rep. John LaHood
LINK: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/66162 
WHAT IT DOES:

  • Requires a visible watermark to absentee and paper ballots as a security feature.
    • Current ballots need a special wand to be able to see the watermark. These watermarks would be visible to the naked eye.
  • Expected cost is a 1x fee of $110,000 – per LaHood as he was told by SOS office

CONCERNS
PASSED: 167-1


SENATE

SB 105 – Sen. Larry Walker
LINK: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/64091
Would revise the minimum and maximum allowable benefit multiplier for current and future retirees in the Public School Employees Retirement System.

  • Minimum increased from $16.50/month to $17

PASSED: 49-1

SB 328 – Sen. John Albers
LINK: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65614

  • Would revise provisions of the Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund (POAB) to add that ‘Full time’ means regularly working a minimum of 30 hours per week or 120 hours per 28 day period for a law enforcement unit or communications center.
  • Then otherwise strikes old/conflicting language

PASSED: 51-0

SB 335 – Sen. John Albers
LINK: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65951
“Safeguarding Adopted Children from Sexual Violence Act”
Adds a relationship by adoption to the definition of incest and specifies various familial relationships that are considered incestuous – mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandparent, and siblings
PASSED 49-0

SB 369 – Sen. Max Burns
LINK: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/66161

  • Would provide for the issuance of license plates commemorating the 250th anniversary of the United States of America
  • From 2026-2030, the program partners with GA DOE to get designs from 6-8 graders as part of a civics education and engagement program in coordination with Georgia Commission on Civics Education, Georgia Center for Civic Engagement, Georgia Historical Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and Daughters of the American Revolution.

PASSED 44-4

Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of TGV News She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement and corrections. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

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