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2018 General Assembly Starts Monday, Jan. 8

Happy New Year! Let's all take a quick moment to acknowledge that, though battered and bruised, we are still standing. Now, let's roll those sleeves up and get back to work. The General Assembly starts at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8.

Granted, there isn't a lot the legislators can do before the Championship Game starts at 8 p.m. but still... Let's take a quick look at the pre-filed bills in both the Georgia House and Georgia Senate.

The good news is that there are 64 progressive members of the House, more than there has been in the last few years,  and 18 progressive members in the Senate, breaking the Super Majority. And, we have a shot at flipping one more Senate and one more House seat on Jan. 9. Let's do this.

The Senate

Here are the prefiled bills in the Senate. And remember, if the bill was not passed last session, it can be brought back up this session. Take note that Josh McKoon is listed on a lot of these bills. Given his antics in the past few years, we might do well to study them.

  • SB 9 Weapons Carry License; issued without payment of certain fees; former law enforcement officers (PF) (1) Rhett, Michael 'Doc' 33rd SC: HC:  Status: Dec/09/2016 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 11 Mental Health; emergency examinations of a person for involuntary evaluation; authorize emergency medical technician, cardiac technicians (PF) (1)   Rhett, Michael 'Doc' 33rd SC: HC:  Status: Dec/09/2016 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 302 Public Monuments; local governments may relocate, remove, conceal, obscure, or alter certain monuments; provide (PF) (1) Parent, Elena 42nd SC: HC: Status: Nov/15/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 303 Homestead Exemption; City of Alpharetta; ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes; provide (PF) (1)  Albers, John 56th SC: HC: Status: Dec/01/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 304 Homestead Exemption; City of Johns Creek; ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes; provide (PF) (1)   Albers, John 56th SC: HC: Status: Dec/01/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 305 Homestead Exemption; City of Milton; ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes; provide (PF) (1) Albers, John 56th SC: HC: Status: Dec/01/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 306 Homestead Exemption; City of Mountain Park; ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes; provide (PF) (1) Albers, John 56th SC: HC: Status: Dec/01/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 307 Homestead Exemption; City of Roswell; ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes; provide (PF) (1)   Albers, John 56th SC: HC:  Status: Dec/01/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 308 Homestead Exemption; Fulton County school district; ad valorem taxes for educational purposes; provide (PF) (1) Albers, John 56th SC: HC: Status: Dec/01/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 309 Elections; time for opening and closing of the polls; provide (PF) (1)   McKoon, Joshua 29th SC: HC:  Status: Dec/06/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 310 Internet Service Provider; engaged in provision of broadband Internet access service; shall publicly disclose accurate information regarding the network management practices; provide for a legislative purpose (PF) (1) Jones II, Harold 22nd SC: HC: Status: Dec/18/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 311 Public Records; proceedings of any tribunal in this state vested with powers of a judicial nature; subject to public inspection; provide (PF) (1) McKoon, Joshua 29th SC: HC: Status: Dec/19/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 312 Corporations; corporate filings charged by Secretary of State; establish the amount of expedited processing and filing fees; provide (PF) (1) McKoon, Joshua 29th SC: HC: Status: Dec/22/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 313 Sexual harassment; presentation of classes to General Assembly members relating to; require; provide definition for (PF) (1) Parent, Elena 42nd SC: HC:  Status: Dec/22/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SB 314 Invasions of Privacy; prohibit sexual extortion; provide (PF) (1)   Jones II, Harold 22nd SC: HC: Status: Dec/28/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SR 576 Secretary of State's Office; dedication of revenue derived from corporate filing fees; not deposited into the general fund; provide -CA (PF) (1)  McKoon, Joshua 29th SC: HC: Status: Dec/19/2017 - Senate Prefiled
  • SR 577 Secretary of State's Office; dedication of revenue derived from license fees; not deposited into the general fund; provide -CA (PF) (1) McKoon, Joshua 29th SC: HC: Status: Dec/19/2017 - Senate Prefiled

The House

Looking through the list of prefiled bills, Rep. Earl Ehart has one so we probably should research those and keep an eye on them.

  • HB 3 Offenses against public order; wearing mask, hood, or device; change certain provisions (1) Spencer, Jason 180th HC: SC: Status: Nov/15/2016 - House Prefiled
  • HB 7 Motor vehicles; only hands-free telephone calls shall be conducted by driver; provide (1) Waites, Keisha 60th HC: SC:  Status: Nov/15/2016 - House Prefiled
  • HB 8 Penal institutions; restraints on pregnant inmates under certain circumstances; prohibit use (1) Waites, Keisha 60th HC: SC: Status: Nov/15/2016 - House Prefiled
  • HB 11 Firearms; completion of safety training by certain persons for carry license; require (1) Waites, Keisha 60th HC: SC: Status: Nov/28/2016 - House Prefiled
  • HB 12 Banking and finance; money transmission transactions by financial institutions; provide certain fees (1) Jones, Jeff 167th HC: SC:  Status: Nov/28/2016 - House Prefiled
  • HB 17 Tattoo studios; post notification that certain tattoos could disqualify wearer from military service; require (1) Scott, Sandra 76th HC: SC: Status: Dec/09/2016 - House Prefiled
  • HB 18 Smoke-free air; smoking inside motor vehicle with minor; prohibit (1) Scott, Sandra 76th HC: SC: Status: Dec/09/2016 - House Prefiled
  • HB 19 Juvenile code; domestic relations; revise definition of legal father; provisions  (1) Scott, Sandra 76th HC: SC: Status: Dec/09/2016 - House Prefiled
  • HB 26 Education; raise age of mandatory education for children from 16 to 17; revise provisions (1) Thomas, Erica 39th HC: SC: Status: Jan/05/2017 - House Prefiled
  • HB 650 State symbols; local governments may relocate, conceal, obscure, or alter certain monuments; provide (1) Oliver, Mary Margaret 82nd HC: SC: Status: Nov/15/2017 - House Prefiled
  • HB 651 Georgia Firearms and Weapons Act; enact (1) Oliver, Mary Margaret 82nd HC: SC: Status: Nov/15/2017 - House Prefiled
  • HB 652 Elections; certain electors list maintenance activities; eliminate (1) Trammell, Robert 132nd HC: SC: Status: Nov/21/2017 - House Prefiled
  • HB 653 Professional licensing boards; authorized to suspend license of person upon notice of nonpayment on a federal educational loan; provide (1) Spencer, Jason 180th HC: SC:  Status: Nov/29/2017 - House Prefiled
  • HB 654 Child support; reforms recommended by the Ga. Child Support Commission; enact (1) Beskin, Beth 54th HC: SC:  Status: Nov/29/2017 - House Prefiled
  • HB 655 Quality Basic Education Act; post sign containing telephone number to receive reports of child abuse; require every public school (1) Williams, Rick 145th HC: SC: Status: Nov/30/2017 - House Prefiled
  • HB 656 Education; health; require certain instructions (1) Bazemore, Debra 63rd HC: SC: Status: Dec/08/2017 - House Prefiled
  • HB 657 Firearms; providing to person on probation as a felony first offender; make unlawful  (1) Petrea, Jesse 166th HC: SC:  Status: Dec/13/2017 - House Prefiled
  • HB 658 Excise tax; rooms, lodgings, and accommodations; remove sunset date for the time during which a certain tax may be collected(1) Ehrhart, Earl 36th(2) Carson, John 46th HC: SC: Status: Dec/15/2017 - House Prefiled
  • HB 659 Mental health; emergency examination with medical technician or paramedic; provisions (1) Alexander, Kimberly 66th HC: SC:  Status: Dec/28/2017 - House Prefiled
  • HB 660 Criminal procedure; defendants who commit certain crimes which target a victim; provide for sentencing (1) Hanson, Meagan 80th(2) Smyre, Calvin 135th(3) Willard, Wendell 51st  (4) Drenner, Karla 85th HC: SC: Status: Jan/04/2018 - House Prefiled
  • HR 866Joint Study Committee on the Establishment of a State Space Commission; create (1) Spencer, Jason 180th HC: SC: Status: Nov/29/2017 - House Prefiled