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Georgia Legislature Overview

Here at the ECIC we are actively involved in and concerned with the current Injury Policy Legislation taking place in Georgia. The Georgia General Assembly, the formal title of the legislature, was formed in 1777 and is older than the United States Congress. At the time of its origin, the legislature consisted of a single house, but in 1789 it became a bicameral body, consisting of a House of Representatives and a Senate. The House of Representatives has 180 members and the Senate has 56. Two-year terms of office apply to both houses, and the entire membership of each body is elected at the same time. We are currently in the 154th session, which convened in January 2014 and adjourns in April 2014.

Injury Policy Tracking – Bills Under Review

SR 981: Violence Against Health Care Workers, Creation of Joint Commitee [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?Senate
When was the bill introduced?Feb. 19, 2014
Who sponsors the bill?(1) Unterman, Renee 45th(2) Hufstetler, Chuck 52nd(3) Henson, Steve 41st (4) Millar, Fran 40th(5) Hill, Judson 32nd(6) Carter, Buddy 1st
Committee assigned?SC: Health and Human Services, HC: Health & Human Services
What is the purpose of this bill?A RESOLUTION creating the Joint Study Committee on Violence Against Health Care Workers; and for other purposes.
Status of bill?Apr/22/2014 - Effective Date
Apr/22/2014 - Act 601
Apr/22/2014 - Senate Date Signed by Governor
Mar/31/2014 - Senate Sent to Governor
Mar/20/2014 - Senate Agrees House Amend or Sub
Mar/18/2014 - House Passed/Adopted As Amended
Mar/18/2014 - House Third Readers
Mar/11/2014 - House Committee Favorably Reported
Mar/05/2014 - House Second Readers
Mar/04/2014 - House First Readers
Mar/03/2014 - Senate Passed/Adopted
Mar/03/2014 - Senate Third Read
Feb/26/2014 - Senate Read Second Time
Feb/25/2014 - Senate Committee Favorably Reported
Feb/20/2014 - Senate Read and Referred
Feb/19/2014 - Senate Hopper
Likelihood of being signed into law?passed
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20132014/SR/981

HB 696: Shatikey and Demiya Predator Violence Prevention Act [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?House
When was the bill introduced?Nov. 15, 2013
Who sponsors the bill?Representative Sheila Jones (53rd)
Committee assigned?HC: Judiciary Non-Civil
What is the purpose of this bill?This bill would mandate quick execution of certain arrest warrants, and change provisions related to the duty of law enforcement officers to execute penal warrants.
Status of bill?Jan/15/2014 - House Second Readers
Jan/14/2014 - House First Readers
Jan/13/2014 - House Hopper
Nov/15/2013 - House Prefiled
Likelihood of being signed into law?did not pass
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/696

SB 273: Maternal Mortality Review Committee [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?Senate
When was the bill introduced?March 28, 2013
Who sponsors the bill?Senators: Dean Burke (11th), Renee Unterman (45th), Charlie Bethel (54th), and Chuck Hufstetler (52nd), and Matt Hatchett (150th)
Committee assigned?SC: Health and Human Services HC: Health and Human Services
What is the purpose of this bill?This bill would require the Department of Public Health to establish the Maternal Mortality Review Committee to review maternal deaths.
Status of bill?Mar/05/2014 - House Passed/Adopted
Mar/05/2014 - House Third Readers
Feb/24/2014 - House Committee Favorably Reported
Feb/06/2014 - House Second Readers
Feb/05/2014 - House First Readers
Feb/04/2014 - Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute
Feb/04/2014 - Senate Third Read
Jan/27/2014 - Senate Read Second Time
Jan/24/2014 - Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Mar/28/2013 - Senate Read and Referred
Mar/28/2013 - Senate Hopper
Likelihood of being signed into law?Passed
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/SB/273

HB 705: Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?House
When was the bill introduced?Dec. 10, 2013
Who sponsors the bill?Representative Mary Margaret Oliver (82nd)
Committee assigned?none
What is the purpose of this bill?This bill would move the responsibility of coordinating and supervising the work of the Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel from the Child Advocate for the Protection of Children to the commissioner of public health, and would clarify defined terms and change provisions relating to disclosure of child abuse and dependency records.
Status of bill?Dec/10/2013 - House Prefiled
Likelihood of being signed into law?unknown
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/705

SB 229: Fireworks Regulation [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?Senate
When was the bill introduced?Feb. 27, 2013
Who sponsors the bill?Senators: Jeff Mullis (53rd), Cecil Staton (18th), Tyler Harper (7th), Chuck Hufstetler (52nd), Jack Murphy (27th), and Rick Jeffares (17th)
Committee assigned?SC: Insurance and Labor
What is the purpose of this bill?This bill would authorize the possession and transportation of fireworks and the sale of fireworks under certain circumstances. It would also provide for a tax on the sale of fireworks to be dedicated equally to the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission and the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council.
Status of bill?Jan/13/2014 - Senate Recommitted
Mar/05/2013 - Senate Read Second Time
Mar/04/2013 - Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Feb/28/2013 - Senate Read and Referred
Feb/27/2013 - Senate Hopper
Likelihood of being signed into law?did not pass
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/SB/229

SR 378: Fireworks Revenues [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?Senate
When was the bill introduced?Feb. 26, 2013
Who sponsors the bill?Senators: Jeff Mullis (53rd), Cecil Staton (18th), Butch Miller (49th), John Albers (56th), John Wilkinson (50th), Chuck Hufstetler (52nd), and Representative Jay Roberts (155th)
Committee assigned?SC: Insurance and Labor HC: Appropriations
What is the purpose of this bill?This bill would dedicate revenues collected from the sale of fireworks for the funding of trauma care and firefighter services in the State of Georgia.
Status of bill?Mar/28/2013 - House Withdrawn, Recommitted
Mar/26/2013 - House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Mar/11/2013 - House Second Readers
Mar/07/2013 - House First Readers
Mar/05/2013 - Senate Passed/Adopted
Mar/05/2013 - Senate Third Read
Mar/04/2013 - Senate Read Second Time
Mar/01/2013 - Senate Committee Favorably Reported
Feb/27/2013 - Senate Read and Referred
Feb/26/2013 - Senate Hopper
Likelihood of being signed into law?did not pass
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/SR/378

HB 870: Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund, Fine for Reckless Driving [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?House
When was the bill introduced?Jan. 28, 2014
Who sponsors the bill?(1) Tanner, Kevin 9th(2) Kidd, E. Culver "Rusty" 145th(3) Dickson, Tom 6th (4) Lumsden, Eddie 12th(5) Cooper, Sharon 43rd
Committee assigned?HC: Judiciary Non-CivilSC: Judiciary Non-Civil
What is the purpose of this bill?A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 9 of Chapter 21 of Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund, so as to provide for the imposition of an additional fine for reckless driving; to provide for the disposition of such fine; to provide for related matters; to provide for a contingent effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Status of bill?Jan/01/2015 - Effective Date
Apr/15/2014 - Act 522
Apr/15/2014 - House Date Signed by Governor
Mar/26/2014 - House Sent to Governor
Mar/18/2014 - Senate Passed/Adopted
Mar/18/2014 - Senate Third Read
Mar/18/2014 - Senate Taken from Table
Mar/18/2014 - Senate Tabled
Mar/13/2014 - Senate Read Second Time
Mar/13/2014 - Senate Committee Favorably Reported
Mar/04/2014 - Senate Read and Referred
Mar/03/2014 - House Passed/Adopted
Mar/03/2014 - House Third Readers
Feb/26/2014 - House Committee Favorably Reported
Feb/03/2014 - House Second Readers
Jan/31/2014 - House First Readers
Jan/28/2014 - House Hopper
Likelihood of being signed into law?passed
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20132014/HB/870

HB 365: Safety Belt Requirements [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?House
When was the bill introduced?Feb. 14, 2013
Who sponsors the bill?Representatives: Bill Hitchens (161st), Joe Wilkinson (52nd), Alex Atwood (179th), Eddie Lumsden (12th), Bed Watson (166th), Alan Powell (32nd), and Senator Buddy Carter (1st)
Committee assigned?HC: Motor Vehicles SC: Public Safety
What is the purpose of this bill?This bill modifies Code Section 40-8-76.1 of the Official Code to remove 11-15 passenger motor vehicles manufactured prior to 7/1/2013 from the definition of 'passenger vehicle' for the purposes of seatbelt requirements.
Status of bill?Feb/20/2014 - Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Jan/13/2014 - Senate Recommitted
Jan/13/2014 - Senate Taken from Table
Mar/26/2013 - Senate Tabled
Mar/26/2013 - Senate Third Read
Mar/21/2013 - Senate Read Second Time
Mar/20/2013 - Senate Committee Favorably Reported
Mar/05/2013 - Senate Read and Referred
Mar/04/2013 - House Passed/Adopted By Substitute: Yea(156) Nay(16) NV(4) Exc(4)
Mar/04/2013 - House Third Readers
Feb/27/2013 - House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Feb/20/2013 - House Second Readers
Feb/19/2013 - House First Readers
Feb/14/2013 - House Hopper
Likelihood of being signed into law?did not pass
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/365

HB 11: Procedures and Safety Precautions for Unloading Children off School Buses [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?House
When was the bill introduced?Nov. 28, 2012
Who sponsors the bill?Representative Keisha Waites (60th)
Committee assigned?HC: Education
What is the purpose of this bill?This bill would require local school systems to establish specific procedures and safety precautions relating to unloading children under 8 years old off school buses.
Status of bill?Feb/22/2013 - House Second Readers
Feb/21/2013 - House First Readers
Feb/20/2013 - House Hopper
Nov/28/2012 - House Prefiled
Likelihood of being signed into law?unknown
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/11

SB 101: Firearms Regulation [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?Senate
When was the bill introduced?Feb. 1, 2013
Who sponsors the bill?Senators: Frank Ginn (47th), Jesse Stone (23rd), Ross Tolleson (20th), Jeff Mullis (53rd), Judson Hill (32nd), John Wilkinson (50th), and Representative Rick Jasperse (11th)
Committee assigned?SC: Judiciary Non-Civil HC: Public Safety and Homeland Security
What is the purpose of this bill?This bill would regulate the sale, use, and possession of firearms in the state. It would also allow persons licensed in other states to carry firearms in the state of GA.
Status of bill?Mar/25/2013 - House Conference Committee Appointed 5th, 11th, 32nd
Mar/25/2013 - Senate Conference Committee Appointed 14th, 18th, 47th
Mar/25/2013 - House Insists
Mar/22/2013 - Senate Disagrees House Amend/Sub
Mar/22/2013 - House Immediately Transmitted to Senate
Mar/22/2013 - House Passed/Adopted By Substitute
Mar/22/2013 - House Third Readers
Mar/20/2013 - House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Mar/07/2013 - House Second Readers
Mar/05/2013 - House First Readers
Mar/04/2013 - Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute
Mar/04/2013 - Senate Third Read
Mar/01/2013 - Senate Read Second Time
Feb/28/2013 - Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Feb/04/2013 - Senate Read and Referred
Feb/01/2013 - Senate Hopper
Likelihood of being signed into law?did not pass
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/SB/101

HB 512: Safe Carry Protection Act [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?House
When was the bill introduced?Feb. 28, 2013
Who sponsors the bill?Representatives: Rick Jasperse (11th), John Meadows (5th), Jay Roberts (155th), Mandi Ballinger (23rd), Alan Powell (32nd), and Dustin Hightower (68th)
Committee assigned?HC: Public Safety and Homeland Security SC: Judiciary Non-Civil
What is the purpose of this bill?This act would change provisions for carrying a weapon in a public place, such as: government buildings, places of worship, bars, and certain school safety zones.
Status of bill?Mar/11/2013 - Senate Read and Referred
Mar/07/2013 - House Passed/Adopted By Substitute
Mar/07/2013 - House Third Readers
Mar/05/2013 - House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Mar/01/2013 - House Second Readers
Feb/28/2013 - House First Readers
Feb/28/2013 - House Hopper
Likelihood of being signed into law?passed
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/512

HR 1100: Declaring Youth Violence as Public Health Epidemic, Supporting Statewide Trauma-Informed Education [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?House
When was the bill introduced?Jan. 21, 2014
Who sponsors the bill?Representatives: Pam Dickerson (113th), Gloria Frazier (126th), Dee Dawkins-Haigler ((91st), Carolyn Hugley (136th), Roger Bruce (61st), and Mack Jackson (128th)
Committee assigned?HC: Health and Human Services
What is the purpose of this bill?This is a resolution declaring youth violence as a public health epidemic, and supporting statewide trauma-informed education.
Status of bill?Jan/23/2014 - House Second Readers
Jan/22/2014 - House First Readers
Jan/21/2014 - House Hopper
Likelihood of being signed into law?unknown
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HR/1100

HB 911: Strangulation Assault [+]

Introduced in the House or Senate?House
When was the bill introduced?Feb. 4, 2014
Who sponsors the bill?Representatives: Mandi Ballinger (23rd), Rich Golick (40th), Mary Margaret Oliver (82nd), B.J. Pak (108th), Regina Quick (117th), Alan Powell (32nd) and Senator Mike Dugan (30th)
Committee assigned?HC: Judiciary Non-Civil SC: Judiciary Non-Civil
What is the purpose of this bill?This bill would classify strangulation as aggravated assault.
Status of bill?Mar/10/2014 - Senate Passed/Adopted
Mar/10/2014 - Senate Third Read
Mar/07/2014 - Senate Read Second Time
Mar/06/2014 - Senate Committee Favorably Reported
Feb/21/2014 - Senate Read and Referred
Feb/20/2014 - House Passed/Adopted As Amended
Feb/20/2014 - House Third Readers
Feb/18/2014 - House Committee Favorably Reported
Feb/06/2014 - House Second Readers
Feb/05/2014 - House First Readers
Feb/04/2014 - House Hopper
Likelihood of being signed into law?Passed
Link to Full Text of Billhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/911