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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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2016 Legislative Information

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2016 State Bar Legislative Agenda (Georgia General Assembly)

1) FUNDING ISSUES

       A. Department of Law Budget Increase (SUPPORT)

            a) HB 751

       B. Pay Parity for Assistant District Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders (SUPPORT)

            a) HB 751

       C. Georgia Appellate Resource Center (SUPPORT)

            a) HB 751

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

            a) HB 751

        E. Settlement Funds Proposal (SUPPORT)

            a) HB 751

2) REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION

        A. Water Lien Legislation (SUPPORT)

            a) SB 206

        B. Clarification of Insurance Licensure Requirements (SUPPORT)

             a) SB 290

        C. Lis Pendens Statute Amendment (SUPPORT)

             a) ACL Proposal

         D. Good Funds Statute Amendment (SUPPORT)

             a) ACL Proposal

3) FAMILY LAW SECTION      

       A. Attestation of Execution of Antenuptial Agreements (SUPPORT)

            a) HB 405

       B. Repeal of Administrative Legitimation (SUPPORT)

             a) SB 64

4) GENERAL PRACTICE AND TRIAL SECTION

       A. Long Arm Statute Revision (SUPPORT)

            a) HB 531

5) BUSINESS LAW SECTION 

       A. Business Corporation Code Amendments (SUPPORT)

            a) SB 128

       B. Benefit Corporation Legislation (SUPPORT)

            a) HB 1052

6) INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN LEGAL SERVICES COMMITTEE

       A. Uniform Unsworn Foreign Declarations Act (SUPPORT)

            a) ACL Proposal

7) ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMITTEE

       A. Attorneys for Rural Areas Assistance Act (SUPPORT)

            a) HB 236

8) NONPROFIT LAW SECTION      

       A. Nonprofit Corporation Code Amendments (SUPPORT)

             a) SB 333

9) CHILD PROTECTION & ADVOCACY SECTION

        A. Waiver of Counsel in Juvenile Proceedings Proposal (SUPPORT)

             a) HB 1073

        B. Juvenile Court Practice Proposal (SUPPORT)

             a) HB 1073

10) DISCOVERY OF ELECTRONICALLY STORED INFORMATION TASK FORCE

        A.  E-Discovery Act (SUPPORT)

             a) HB 1017

11) OTHER AGENDA ITEMS

       A. Patient Compensation Act (OPPOSE)

            a) SB 86

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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