Daily report, 2024 March 25

Monday March 25,
2024

COMMITTEE DAY REPORT

House Budget & Research Office (404) 656-5050
The House will reconvene for its 39th Legislative Day on Tuesday, March 26 at 10:00 a.m. The Rules Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. Five bills / resolutions are expected to be debated on the floor.

Next on the Floor from the Committee on Rules
The Committee on Rules has fixed the calendar for the 39th Legislative Day, Tuesday, March 26, and bills may be called at the pleasure of the Speaker. The Rules Committee will next meet on Tuesday, March 26,
at 9:00 a.m., to set the Rules Calendar for the 40th Legislative Day.

SB 37

Sheriffs; qualification requirements for the office of sheriff; revise
Bill Summary: SB 37 provides for a sheriff who serves in more than one court to receive a salary for up to two courts, and that salary would not be increased by any state cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) or general performance-based increase.

The bill prohibits the use of flashing or revolving blue lights by emergency vehicles outside of the jurisdiction of their agency, except when responding to an emergency call or when in pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law.

SB 37 authorizes jailers who have been certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as having successfully completed the course of training require by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Act to arrest any person who is in violation of a criminal law that occurs in the jail or within the perimeter of the guardlines of the jail. The jailer may also arrest anyone who has a complaint or arrest warrant pending and surrenders themselves.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Randy Robertson (29th)

Rule Applied:

Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee Action:

Modified-Structured 03-19-2024 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SB 83

Stalking; eligibility for restraining orders; revise
Bill Summary: SB 83 provides that any offer to settle a tort claim for personal injury or death arising from a motor vehicle collision will be an offer to enter into a contract. The bill provides for deadlines, as well as a provision that no party can require another to waive O.C.G.A. 9-11-67.1 in a contract. The bill specifically does not provide for a civil cause of action.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Kim Jackson (41st) Judiciary Non-Civil

Rule Applied: Committee Action:

Modified-Structured 03-20-2024 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SB 198 Georgians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Innovation Commission; create
Bill Summary: SB 198 requires pharmacy benefits managers in contract with the state health benefit plan to reimburse independent pharmacies at a minimum of the average reimbursement for retail

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chain pharmacies for the same drug on the same day. Pharmacy benefit managers are also required to provide annual compliance certification to the Department of Community Health and make records available to the department upon written demand.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Sally Harrell (40th) Public Health

Rule Applied: Committee Action:

Modified-Structured 03-20-2024 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SB 358

State Election Board; remove the Secretary of State; authorize the board to investigate
Bill Summary: SB 358 prohibits the State Ethics Commission from accepting, rejecting, or issuing a complaint against a candidate in the 60 days prior to the election in which they are a candidate. The bill requires local elected officials to file campaign and personal finance disclosure reports to the State Ethics Commission, beginning after December 31, 2025.

The bill sets campaign contribution disclosure report deadlines for all candidates on certain dates during nonelection years and certain dates during election years. It exempts specified individuals from certain registration and reporting requirements. The bill requires certain political action committees to establish a bank account, register in the same manner as campaign committees, and file campaign contribution disclosure reports on certain dates.

SB 358 specifies certain dates for supplemental campaign contribution disclosure reports in certain instances. It sets requirements for certain financial disclosure statements, and requires the State Ethics Commission to redact any identifiable home addresses from certain records. The bill provides requirements related to lobbyist disclosure reports.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Max Burns (23rd) Governmental Affairs

Rule Applied: Committee Action:

Modified-Structured 03-13-2024 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SB 417 Reporting of Accidents; timing and documentation of such reports; provide
Bill Summary: SB 417 requires reports for accidents on elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators, manlifts, or moving walks to be filed by the end of the next business day, reduced from seven days.

The bill creates a new misdemeanor for detonating fireworks within 150 feet of an emergency medical technician, firefighter, or law enforcement officer when detonation is for the purpose of hindering or disrupting that first responder's duties.

SB 417 revises licensing requirements relating to the display of fireworks and pyrotechnics, requires a license for the use of certain special effects in production of a motion picture or television production, and prohibits certain fire-propelled devices.

The legislation revises inspection and certification requirements relative to boilers and pressure vessels. The bill allows for the dissemination of certain information related to hazardous chemicals in written or electronic format to public employees.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. John Albers (56th)

Rule Applied:

Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee

Action:

Modified-Structured 03-19-2024 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

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Committee Actions
Bills passing committees are reported to the Clerk's Office and are placed on the General Calendar.

Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee
HR 1505 House Study Committee on Solar Facility Development; create
Bill Summary: HR 1505 creates the House Study Committee on Solar Facility Development composed of seven members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker. The committee will stand abolished on December 1, 2024.

Authored By: House Committee:

Rep. Robert Dickey (145th) Agriculture & Consumer Affairs

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass

HR 1564 House Summit on Hunger and Food Insecurity; create
Bill Summary: HR 1564 creates the House Summit on Hunger and Food Insecurity to learn about and identify solutions to help eradicate hunger in Georgia.

Authored By: House Committee:

Rep. Karen Bennett (94th) Agriculture & Consumer Affairs

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass

Defense & Veterans Affairs Committee
SB 203 "Trucking Opportunity Act of 2023"; enact Bill Summary: SB 203 requires that industry services training programs relating to operation of commercial motor vehicles be tuition free, for which honorably discharged veterans will be eligible.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Jason Anavitarte (31st) Defense & Veterans Affairs

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass

Economic Development & Tourism Committee
HR 1435 Economic Development, Department of; support Vince Dooley Battlefield Preservation Fund; urge
Bill Summary: HR 1435 urges the State of Georgia and the Department of Economic Development to support the Vince Dooley Battlefield Preservation Fund as part of the Georgia US250 Committee's observance of the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution.

Authored By: House Committee:

Rep. Ron Stephens (164th) Economic Development & Tourism Committee
Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass

Higher Education Committee
HR 1384 House Study Committee on Assessing the Semester and Quarter Systems at USG and TCSG Institutions; create Bill Summary: HR 1384 creates the House Study Committee on Assessing the Semester and Quarter Systems at University System of Georgia (USG) and Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Institutions.
The committee will be composed of five members of the House of Representatives, the USG chancellor, and the TCSG commissioner. The committee will stand abolished on December 1, 2024.
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Authored By: House Committee:

Rep. Shaw Blackmon (146th) Higher Education

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass

SB 235

"HBCU Innovation and Economic Prosperity Planning Districts Act"; enact
Bill Summary: SB 235 creates the 'Historically Black Colleges and Universities Innovation and Economic Prosperity Planning Districts Act'. The bill creates the HBCU Innovation and Economic Prosperity Planning Districts Commission, and provides for its membership and administration.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Sonya Halpern (39th) Higher Education

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Tabled

Intragovernmental Coordination - Local Committee
SB 571 City of Sandersville; powers of the mayor; revise Bill Summary: SB 571 revises the form of government for the City of Sandersville.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. David Lucas (26th) Intragovernmental Coordination Local

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass

SB 572 Probate Court of Morgan County; assessment and collection of a technology fee; authorize Bill Summary: SB 572 authorizes the probate court of Morgan County to collect a technology fee.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Brian Strickland (17th) Intragovernmental Coordination Local

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass

SB 573

Magistrate Court of Morgan County; the assessment and collection of a technology fee; authorize
Bill Summary: SB 573 authorizes the magistrate court of Morgan County to collect a technology fee.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Brian Strickland (17th) Intragovernmental Coordination Local

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass

SB 577

State Court of DeKalb County; landlords to remove personal property following execution of writs of possession within seven days; provide
Bill Summary: SB 577 allows landlords in DeKalb County to remove personal property within seven days following an execution of a writ of possession and to allow the county marshal to remove such property after 14 days. The marshal is also authorized to appoint ex-officio assistants to the marshal.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Kim Jackson (41st) Intragovernmental Coordination Local

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass

Judiciary Committee

SB 425

Notaries Public; modernization of certain legal, notarial, and court services using electronic means; provide
Bill Summary: SB 425 authorizes attorneys to conduct real estate closings using electronic means, with attorneys required to obtain consent from all participants to use electronic means, confirm a signatory's identity through presenting identification, and the participants are physically located in the

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state at the time of the closing.

The witness and notary public will be in the same physical location as the signatory, able to witness the signatory electronically sign the document, and immediately sign the document as a witness. Any attorney conducting any real estate closing will be licensed in the state at the time of closing, directly supervise and be responsible for the entirety of the closing, and comply with all relevant law if conducting a closing using electronic means. For residential closing attorneys, they will be present in the state at the time of the closing.

The attorney general is authorized to seek injunctive relief, including civil penalties of at least $20,000 per violation, as well as restitution. A party to a real estate closing where someone engaged in the unauthorized practice of law will be entitled to pursue a civil action to recover damages.

Notarial acts performed remotely will meet certain requirements. The notary public will use real-time two-way audio-video communication. The signatory will be physically located in the United States or one of its territories or overseas facilities. The notary public will witness the signature. This will not be used to create a will or trust, or used to notarize a security instrument.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Blake Tillery (19th) Judiciary

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

Retirement Committee

SB 322

Sheriffs' Retirement Fund of Georgia; increase in dues; provide
Bill Summary: SB 322 increases the cost to purchase creditable service in the Sheriffs' Retirement Fund of Georgia from $37.50 to $65 per month, increases membership dues from $45 to $65 per month, increases the amount collected in each civil proceeding from $1 to $5, and increases the member death benefit from $15,000 to $25,000 per year.

The bill has been certified by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts as a fiscal retirement bill. The actuary has determined an appropriation is not required to implement the changes set forth in this bill.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Larry Walker III (20th) Retirement

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

Transportation Committee

SR 158

Northwest Georgia Logistics Corridor; designate as an official logistics growth corridor in Georgia
Bill Summary: SR 158 establishes the Northwest Georgia Logistics Corridor, composed of communities in all of Carroll, Chattooga, Douglas, Floyd, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Polk, and Walker Counties.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Jason Anavitarte (31st) Transportation

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass

SR 583 Dr. Robert F. Sullivan Memorial Highway; Franklin County; dedicate Bill Summary: SR 583 is the Senate road dedication package. The substitute includes the following resolutions:
SR 583, dedicating the portion of State Route 145 from Athens Street to Hubbard Road in Franklin County as the Dr. Robert F. Sullivan Memorial Highway;

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SR 612, dedicating the bridge on State Route 133 over Dry Creek in Worth County as the Lary Jack Moree Memorial Bridge;
SR 633, dedicating the intersection of U.S. 41 at Pine Mountain Court/Watts Drive in Cobb County, Georgia, as the "Coach" Jerry L. Waller, Sr. and Frances R. Waller Memorial Intersection;
SR 631, dedicating the intersection of State Route 9 and Deputy Bill Cantrell Memorial Road in Forsyth County as the Dr. Jim Morrow Memorial Intersection;
HR 1118, dedicating the intersection of State Route 400 and Setting Down Circle in Forsyth County as the Lawhorne Memorial Intersection;
HR 1162, dedicating the intersection of U.S. Route 19/State Route 3 at State Route 96 in Taylor County as the Michael Anthony Woodall Memorial Intersection;
HR 1227, dedicating the bridge on State Route 49 over Sweetwater Creek in Sumter County as the George R. Eusner Memorial Bridge;
HR 1228, dedicating the bridge on State Route 52 over the Alapaha River in Echols County as the US Army Cpl. Dewey E. Rewis Jr. Memorial Bridge;
HR 1250, dedicating the portion of State Route 204 from mile point 21.5 to 27.7 in Chatham County as the Chairman Pete Liakakis Memorial Highway;
HR 1251, dedicating the interchange at State Route 25/ U.S. Route 17 and State Route 204 in Chatham County as the Frances Bright Johnson Memorial Interchange;
HR 1253, dedicating the interchange of State Route 405 and State Route 204 in Chatham County as the Rev. Dr. Hosea Williams and Rep. Juanita T. Williams Memorial Interchange;
HR 1300, dedicating the portion of State Route 369 from Gravitt Road to State Route 400 in Forsyth County as the Bobby Thomas Highway;
HR 1325, dedicating the intersection of State Route 53 and Steve Tate Highway in Pickens County as the Jeff Downing Intersection;
HR 1326, dedicating the intersection of State Route 139 and Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive Southwest in Fulton County as the Maceo A. Brown Memorial Intersection;
HR 1327, dedicating the intersection of State Route 3 and State Route 9 in Fulton County as the Carolyn Long Banks Memorial Intersection;
HR 1328, dedicating the intersection of State Route 316 and State Route 53 in Barrow County as the Douglas "Doug" H. Garrison Memorial Interchange;
HR 1332, dedicating the intersection of State Route 112 and Abney Road/Willis-Howell Road in Bleckley County as the Ricky Dykes Intersection;
HR 1333, dedicating the overpass of U.S. Route 23/State Route 87 Bypass over Southern Railroad in Bleckley County as the Van Dykes Railway Overpass;
HR 1334, dedicating the bridge on State Route 54 over Whitewater Creek in Fayette County as the Colonel Ben Malcom Memorial Bridge;
HR 1335, dedicating the bridge on State Route 341 over Chattanooga Creek in Walker County as the Cameron Scroggins Memorial Bridge;
HR 1336, dedicating the interchange of U.S. Route 80 and Harry Truman Parkway in Chatham County as the Representative Edward "Mickey" Stephens Memorial Interchange;
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HR 1355, dedicating the intersection of State Route 61 and State Route 8/US Route 78 in Carroll County as the J. Richard Smith Memorial Intersection;

HR 1357, dedicating the roundabout of State Route 36 and State Route 212 in Newton County as the LTC Benjamin Fred and Sandra Kitchens Christian Roundabout;

HR 1358, dedicating the roundabout of State Route 219 and Bradley Park Drive in Muscogee County as the Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Ralph Puckett, Jr. Roundabout;

HR 1415, dedicating the intersection of U.S. Route27/Turner McCall Boulevard and Avenue A in Floyd County as the C. Max Toles Intersection; and

HR 1434, dedicating the intersection of State Route 81 at Ozora Church Road in Walton County as the Ashley MacDonald Callahan Memorial Intersection.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Bo Hatchett (50th) Transportation

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SR 609 Princess Trahlyta; dedicate a roundabout in her memory
Bill Summary: SR 609 dedicates the roundabout of State Route 60, State Route 9, and U.S. Highway 19 in Lumpkin County as the Circle of Princess Trahlyta at Stone Pile Gap.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Steve Gooch (51st) Transportation

Committee Action:

03-25-2024 Do Pass

Committee Meeting Schedule
This meeting schedule is up to date at the time of this report, but meeting dates and times are subject to change. To keep up with the latest schedule, please visit www.legis.ga.gov to view all upcoming events.

Tuesday - March 26, 2024 8:00 AM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL (House) 9:00 AM RULES (House) 10:00 AM FLOOR SESSION (LD39) (House) 1:00 PM WAYS AND MEANS (House) 3:00 PM ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS (House)

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House Chamber VIDEO

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