January 19, 2018  

General Assembly Completes Day 6 of 40

The Georgia General Assembly paused to recognize the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday and had planned to hold appropriations committee meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, but the snow, ice and unseasonably cold temperatures affecting much of middle and north Georgia made that impossible. The legislators were in formal session Thursday and Friday this week, completing the sixth day of their 40-day session. The General Assembly is scheduled to be in session four days next week, Monday through Thursday.
Cauble, Strickland Sworn in Jan. 16
Two additional members of the Georgia General Assembly were sworn in this week following their special election victories Jan. 9. Geoffrey Cauble (R) was elected to represent House District 111 that serves parts of Henry County including McDonough and Locust Grove, and Brian Strickland (R) was elected as Senator for District 17 that serves parts of Henry, Newton and Rockdale counties. Strickland fills the seat left vacant by Rick Jeffares, who is running for Lt. Governor. Cauble fills Strickland’s House seat, as he was the previous District 111 Representative. We congratulate them and look forward to working with them.
Committee Action This Week
The Senate Judiciary Committee met to consider SB 194 by Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro). The bill makes several changes to the garnishment code, among which are the earnings subject to garnishment, service of garnishments, the time a garnishment may be outstanding and the evidence that may be presented to the court. The legislation is essentially a cleanup of some unintended consequences realized from the extensive garnishment reform legislation adopted in a prior legislative session. The committee amended the original bill to make it effective upon the governor’s signature and then voted to pass the bill unanimously. Next stop for the bill is the Senate Rules Committee that will decide when the bill will be on the full Senate’s calendar.
New Bill Added to our Tracking List
We added one new bill to our tracking list this week:
  • Foreclosure – Military Service Members. HB 676 by Rep. Paulette Rakestraw (R-Hiram) would create a state-level protection for military service members on active duty similar to protections already in place at the Federal level.
Stay Current on Banking Issues This Year
We publish the Legislative Update each week the General Assembly is in session, so be on the lookout for that email. You can always see a list of bills we’re monitoring on the
State Issues Page of our website that we update daily.

GBA’s Advocacy Team at the Capitol

Led by GBA’s Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Elizabeth Chandler, GBA is at the Capitol every day advocating on behalf of our members. Also at the Capitol are GBA’s government relations consultant Steve Bridges and GBA President and CEO Joe Brannen. With questions about GBA legislation, other issues of interest, or anything related to the legislative process, contact Elizabeth at 404.420.2027, Steve at 404.420.2037, or Joe at 404.420.2026.