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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 the Georgia Utility Rate Reduction Act (GURRA)

In 2009, the Georgia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 31, the Georgia Nuclear Financing Act, authorizing Georgia Power to collect financing costs, including its profits and income taxes on profits,

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Support adoption of an “equity impact tool” to measure proposed legislation or regulation

The public health and economic crises tied to the COVID-19 pandemic shone a light on existing disparities affecting communities of color, economically distressed communities, and other demographic groups who have

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Support legislation to protect Georgians from predatory “car title” loans

Georgia Watch supports legislation to move car title lenders to the state Department of Banking and Finance subject to the state’s regulation on small dollar loans and additional consumer protections.

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Support protections from garnishment of wages and bank accounts by debt collectors

Wage garnishment for consumer debts may occur after a creditor goes to court and wins a judgment against a consumer. A judgment is a court decision stating the consumer owes

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Support appropriation of funding to establish an All-Payer Claims Database (APCD)

An APCD, created by the Surprise Billing Consumer Protection Act, is a system that collects health care claims and related data from all (or nearly all) entities that pay for

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Support appropriation of funding for a state certification and training process for CHWs

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are front-line health workers who facilitate access to healthcare, connect patients to services in their communities, and reduce health disparities. Because CHWs have a trusted relationship

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Oppose attempts to limit access to the civil justice system

We will defend against attempts at the State or Federal level to limit consumers’ access to the civil justice system. This includes tort reform legislation seeking to cap damages, expand

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Support efforts to increase Medicaid eligibility and access to healthcare

We understand that Georgia is facing increased demands on its Medicaid program due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Georgia legislators should not impose any work requirements that would lock

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Support state-level earned income tax credit (Georgia Work Credit) legislation

Georgia Watch supports a state-level earned income tax credit (Georgia Work Credit) legislation to give an economic boost to low-income working families in Georgia. Georgia is one of the few

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Support measures to increase rural access and equity

Measures that would stimulate and incentivize rural access to healthcare, include but are not limited to increasing the Medicaid provider reimbursement rate, physician student loan forgiveness, expanding rural broadband access

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