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Legislative Program

The Advisory Committee on Legislation shall prepare for legislative action such matters requiring legislation as may have received the approval of the State Bar's Board of Governors. It shall keep itself informed as to all proposed legislation affecting members of the Bar and the practice of law, and shall take appropriate action for support or opposition to such legislation. It also shall make due presentation of such proposed legislation to the appropriate legislative committee or bodies. (Ad hoc committees will be created as needed for specific legislation.)

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2014 Legislative Information

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2014 State Bar Legislative Agenda (Georgia General Assembly)

1) FUNDING ISSUES

       A. Ga. Appellate Resource Center (SUPPORT)

            a) ACL Proposal - Funding Request

            b) Summary

       B. Legal Services for Victims of Domestic Violence (SUPPORT)

            a) ACL Proposal from the Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession - Funding Request

2) FIDUCIARY LAW SECTION (SUPPORT - Action on this proposal has been postponed while the Fiduciary Section continues work on this issue.)

       A. Rule Against Perpetuities

          a) ACL Proposal

          b) SB 159 (Introduced in 2013 Session)

3) FAMILY LAW SECTION (SUPPORT)

     A. Testamentary Guardianships

          a) ACL Proposal

          b) HB 654 (Introduced in 2013 Session)

4) MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS SECTION (SUPPORT)

      A. Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act

          a) ACL Proposal

          b) HB 685 (Introduced in 2013 Session)

5) REAL PROPERTY SECTION (SUPPORT) 

      A. Unauthorized Practice of Law

          a) ACL Proposal

          b) HB 889 (Introduced in 2014 Session)

6) INDIGENT DEFENSE COMMITTEE (SUPPORT)

     A. State Funded Positions for Juvenile Court

          a) ACL Proposal

          b) HB 674 (Introduced in 2013 Session) 

7) ADDITIONAL LEGISLATION ON WHICH THE BAR HAS TAKEN A POSITION

      A. SB 141, "Patient Injury Act," that would create an alternative to medical malpractice litigation (OPPOSED)

      B. SB 202, Bill of rights for residents of long-term care facilities (OPPOSED)

      C. SB 209 and SB 387 deal with self-help documents, information, forms, etc. (OPPOSED)

      D. SB 364, Revisions to the Juvenile Code as recommended by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform (SUPPORT)

      E. SB 365, Offender reentry reforms as recommended by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform (SUPPORT)

Other Items of Interest to Lawyers

Other issues of interest to lawyers are included in the current legislative update. (Noted above.)

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