Priority Bills Identified
We’re always tracking dozens of bills; but each session, a number of bills get heightened attention from our members and staff because of their potential positive or negative effect on the industry. And this year is no exception. Here are a few we know to expect this year.
- Banking Department Housekeeping Bill. This bill will continue to tweak some of the major work completed last year by GBA’s three-year public private partnership between the Department and the GBA Bank Counsel Section. Included in the 2018 revision are expected to be slight modifications to the parity between state and nationally chartered institutions and tweaks to the director and officer liability protections banks can grant these individuals. The bill is being drafted now and we expect it to be introduced soon.
- Foreclosure – Confirmation Waiver Prohibition. SB 86 by Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro) adds judgments and levys to the real estate sales subject to a mandatory confirmation process in order to pursue a deficiency. The bill also prohibits contracts from including language to waive the requirement. GBA opposes as introduced and has met with Sen. Stone to discuss. How he will proceed is uncertain at this time.
- Rural Georgia. GBA testified before the House Rural Development Council and a member banker participated on a panel before the Senate Study Committee on Rural Georgia. While we are unaware of specific banking issues that will be part of any recommendations from either of the committees, GBA stands ready to support initiatives that foster growth and economic opportunity for rural Georgia.
- Power of Attorney. HB 221 by Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula) was passed in the 2017 session and is the first rewrite of the current power of attorney statute in decades. As with any legislation that major, practitioners will find unintended consequences or tweaks needed to make the new process work more efficiently. GBA has suggested changes we have had brought to our attention by members to Rep. Efstration, and we expect to see a bill introduced early in the 2018 session.