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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:
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 programs, while a 1332...
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Support Safe and Healthy Housing
Exposure to mold, lead, radon, rodents and other conditions in substandard and deficient rental housing undermines the health of children, seniors, and families. Georgia lags behind the rest of the country and our neighboring states in providing...
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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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Protect professional licenses
Georgia is currently one of 15 states that can suspend the professional licenses of individuals who have fallen behind on their student loans. Nationally, such licensing suspension laws were largely the result of a crackdown on delinquent...
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Support Expanded Internet Access in Rural Georgia
According to a recent report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC),approximately 19 million Americans lack access to broadband internet service; this issue is particularly acute in rural areas, where one in four residents did not...
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Support Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) legislation
Georgia is one of the few states that continue to levy an income tax on low-income families. Many states have used state EITC legislation to help working families move up the economic ladder into the middle-class and break the cycle of poverty...
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Support ‘surprise billing’ legislation
Georgia Watch supports surprise billing legislation to protect Georgia consumers from unexpected out-of-network medical costs in an emergency or during a planned procedure. A surprise medical bill can occur when an insured consumer inadvertently...
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Protect consumers from harmful predatory lending
Some small-dollar lenders prey on financially insecure consumers by providing quick cash loans with punishingly high interest rates and fees, making them all but impossible to pay on time. While Georgia has made progress in mitigating predatory...
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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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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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