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State legislative proceedings are often difficult to understand and can be even more challenging to track. Georgia Watch provides details on legislation affecting consumers so the general public can stay informed as bills move through the halls of the Capitol. Our aim is to keep you informed and involved so that you can become engaged in the legislative process.


ISSUES & ACTIVITIES WE ARE CURRENTLY WATCHING:
Support SB 329 to protect Georgians from predatory loans
Georgia Watch supports the passage of legislation that protects Georgians from predatory, high-interest loans. Current Legislation: On January 28, 2020, Senator Randy Robertson (R – Cataula) introduced a bill that calls “title...
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Support ‘surprise billing’ legislation
Georgia Watch supports the passage of legislation that takes patients out of the middle and reduces surprise medical bills. Current legislation: Introduced by Senator Chuck Hufstetler (R – Rome), Senate Bill 359 is aimed at eliminating surprise...
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Support HB 1031 ‘save school money act’
Construction costs for Georgia Power’s nuclear Plant Vogtle continue to rise as the project is now more than five years behind schedule and the cost has nearly doubled to almost $26 billion. Due to 2009 legislation allowing Georgia Power...
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Support Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) legislation
Georgia Watch supports the passage of legislation that creates a State Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working Georgians who need an economic leg up. During the 2019-2020 legislative session, legislators introduced two bills that would...
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Support SB 462 to transfer oversight of small-dollar loans to the Department of Banking and Finance
Georgia Watch supports the passage of legislation that transfers governance of small-dollar loans to the Department of Banking and Finance. Current legislation: On February 28, Senator John Kennedy (R – Macon) introduced Senate Bill 462...
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Support SB 352 to protect patients from unexpected insurance plan changes
Georgia Watch supports the passage of legislation that would protect patients from being held financially responsible for unanticipated contract changes by their insurer after they have selected their plans. Current Georgia Legislation: On...
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Protect consumers from home purchasing scams
“Contracts for deed” or “owner financing” arrangements typically require would-be homebuyers to make all repairs, pay property taxes, and repay high-interest loans without the ability to accumulate equity.  Because these...
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Oppose issuance of revenue bonds without voter approval
We oppose Senate Bill 43, which would lift restrictions requiring municipal-owned utilities to seek approval from the city’s voters on a referendum to issue revenue bonds for electric transmission assets. Dalton Utilities is allowed to issue...
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Support SB 112 to Exempt Schools from Vogtle Construction Tariff
Construction costs for Georgia Power’s nuclear Plant Vogtle continue to rise as the project is now more than five years behind schedule and the cost has nearly doubled to almost $26 billion. Due to 2009 legislation allowing Georgia Power...
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Protect professional licenses
Georgia Watch supports legislation that protects the professional licenses of student loan borrowers. Senate Bill 92, introduced by Senator Brandon Beach (R – Alpharetta) prohibits professional licensing boards from refusing to issue a...
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