Yesterday In The Georgia Legislature – 02/16/21

This is an informal rundown of the legislative happenings. These bills are from the most recent legislative day – 2/11/21, or Day 16.

The House of Representatives passed the following measures:

HB 67 – Rep. Chuck Martin

LINK → https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/58880 
WHAT THE BILL DOES:

  • Extends the sunset on allowing USG to write off uncollectable debt 
    • (does not mean they don’t continue to attempt to collect, just write off from revenue over expenditures)
  • Allows USG to carry over up to 3% & 15% of TCSG for budgeting predictability
    • Both are asking for this to approved quickly because it impacts their budgeting process. 
  • Current extension expires in 2021, this adds another 5 years.
  • CONCERN: No change in current practice.
    PASSED: 171-0

HB 129 – Rep. Sam Watson

LINK → https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/58997 
WHAT THE BILL DOES:

  • Changes the salary range for Sheriffs with a population of 39,000 – 49,999
  • Increases the minimum permissible salary from $79,762.39 to $83,750.51

CONCERN: Unless this is a revision from a mistake the legislature made in calculating COLA increases for Sheriff, this is unnecessary. 
PASSED: 166-4 (4 No votes were Reps. Cannon, Davis, Dreyer, and Ngyuen)

HB 208 – Rep. Mike Cheokas

LINK → https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59156 
WHAT THE BILL DOES:

  • Creates a new holiday for JROTC
  • The second Wednesday of February of each year is designated as ‘National Swearing-in  Commitment Day’ in Georgia.

CONCERN: None.
PASSED: 170-0

HB 246 – Rep. Sam Watson 

LINK → https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59232 
WHAT THE BILL DOES:

  • Increases the replacement fee for a permit or license 
    • $5 currently to $10 
  • Limited permit cost increasing from $25 to $32

CONCERN: Fee/fine/tax are all the same. A fee increase = tax increase.  
PASSED: 153-17


The Senate passed the following measures:

SB 32 – Senator Matt Brass

LINK: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59032
WHAT THE BILL DOES:

  • Adds additional information to the list of items not eligible for release under the Georgia Open Records Act
  • Adds personal cell phone numbers of individuals
  • Clarifies that insurance information of public employees may not be released.
  • Adds federal employees to the list of people exempt from having their information released under the Georgia Open Records Act.

Passed 48-0

SB 33 – Senator Clint Dixon

LINK: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59057
WHAT THE BILL DOES:

  • Allows a victim of human trafficking to bring a civil action against their ‘perpetrator’
  • A civil action can be brought within 10 years of the act occurring or 10 years of the victim turning 18
  • Statute of time for filing is stayed during pending criminal action
  • Attorney General has ability to bring civil action against the person as well if the AG believes the citizens of the state were also harmed

Passed 50-0

SB 34 – Senator Clint Dixon

LINK: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59058
WHAT THE BILL DOES:

  • allows a victim of human trafficking to change their name under sealed records
  • Currently only applies to victims of family violence

Passed 50-0

SB 86 – Senator Larry Walker

Link –> https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59278
WHAT THE BILL DOES: “Fair Business Practices Act of 1975 “

  • Requires that any document which solicits business related to corporate filings similar to those of government documents be marked in 16 pt size Helvetica font at least 2 inches from the rest of the solicitation language indicating that is is a solicitation and not authorized by the SOS

Passed 47-3 (Jones (25th), Jordan, and Merritt voting no)

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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