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The fate of pre-filed bills
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At the beginning of the session we told you about several bills that were filed ahead of the legislative session. Here’s a look at what happened to them:

  • Senate Bill 292 made its way to the governor late on the last day of the session. It calls for drug testing for some people applying for welfare in Georgia before they receive benefits.
  • Senate Bill 293 was adopted by both chambers. It gives vehicle owners the option of displaying their county of residence or the motto “In God We Trust” on their vehicle tags.
  • Senate Bill 2 never saw its first vote. It would have authorized a legislative subcommittee to review and evaluate state agencies’ productivity, efficiency and responsiveness. It would also have provided for the automatic abolition of certain state agencies. Though this bill didn’t go anywhere, there were some agencies, like the state personnel administration, likely to be dissolved with the governor’s signature.
  • Senate Bill 3 never saw its first vote. It would have amended parts of the state’s anti-illegal immigration law, passed in 2011, to clarify certain requirements relating to public employers’ verification of employee work eligibility and provide for certain penalties. A similar bill that sought to keep illegal immigrants out of public colleges passed the Senate but died in the House.
  • Senate Bill 297 never made it out of committee. It would have kept a person who received unemployment benefits from being ineligible for benefits during the first two weeks of a new job.
  • Senate Bill 295 never made it out of committee. It would have limited the nonrenewal or cancellation of home insurance or refusal to pay claims based on damage from storms or other natural disasters.
  • Senate Bill 294 never made it out of committee. It would have required volunteer service hours with a nonprofit organization for applicants of unemployment benefits.
  • House Bill 25 never made it out of committee. It would have kept illegal immigrants from attending postsecondary institutions in Georgia. A similar bill made it out of the Senate, but died in the House.
  • House Bill 686 died in a House vote on crossover day. It would have prohibited property owners’ associations from creating or enforcing covenants that infringed upon a lot owner’s right to install a solar device.
  • House Bill 687 died in the Senate. It would have required people and companies licensed to provide alarm monitoring services to verify alarms in an effort to preserve municipal and county law enforcement resources.
  • House Bill 670 never made it out of committee. It would have created the Constitutional Guardian Advisory Council, which would serve to evaluate federal laws’ constitutionality.
  • House Bill 669 died in the House. It would have required certain state agencies to report the amount of federal funds they received.
  • House Bill 684 awaits the governor’s signature. If it becomes law, it will allow the Department of Natural Resources to transfer certain operating responsibilities for state parks and recreational areas to local governing authorities on certain conditions.
  • House Bill 682 never saw its first vote. It would have allowed nonpartisan election of many countywide offices.
  • House Bill 677 never made it out of committee. It would have required mandatory drug testing for members of the General Assembly.
  • House Bill 685 awaits the governor’s signature. It revises state provisions relating to dogs, especially dangerous and vicious dogs, and creates liability for injuries and damage caused by dogs.
  • House Bill 673 died in the House. It would have changed provisions under the “Quality Basic Education Act” and would have established a return to play policy for student athletes suffering from concussions.
  • House Resolution 1095 never saw its first vote. The resolution called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would require approval from a majority of the legislatures in each of the 50 states to approve any increase in the federal debt.
  • House Bill 679 died in the House. It would have prohibited anyone with out a license to carry a weapon in any park, historic site or recreational area.
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