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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:
Protect consumers from harmful predatory lending
Georgia Watch supports the passage of legislation that protects Georgians from predatory, high-interest loans. Some small-dollar lenders prey on financially insecure consumers by providing high-interest quick cash loans that trap consumers in a...
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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. Surprise medical bills occur when an insured patient encounters out-of-network providers at an in-network facility during...
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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. Georgia is one of the few states that continue to levy an income tax on low-income...
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Protect professional licenses
Georgia Watch supports legislation that protects the professional licenses of student loan borrowers. Georgia is currently one of 15 states that can suspend the professional licenses of individuals who have fallen behind on their student loans...
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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...
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Oppose weakening usury limits for title pawn transactions
Georgia Watch aims to bring fairness to title pawn loans, which are short-term, high-interest loans that require a borrower’s car title as collateral. Title pawn lenders target poor neighborhoods and military personnel with promises of fast...
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Close the coverage gap in Georgia
In February, Senator Blake Tillery (R-19) introduced Senate Bill 106, seeking an 1115 and 1332 Medicaid waiver. An 1115 Medicaid waiver provides states with the ability to experiment with or tailor their Medicaid...
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Support legislation to address insurance plan network adequacy
When consumers enroll in a health insurance plan, they should have reasonable access to all covered services in the plan. Narrow provider networks are increasingly common, and healthcare consumers are at greater risk of not being able to access...
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