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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:
Introduce legislation to allow securitization in utility financing to protect consumers from rate increases
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, for the construction of Plant Vogtle from...
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Introduce legislation for the 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 historically experienced...
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Introduce legislation to move regulation of car title lenders to the Department of Banking and Finance and additional consumer protections
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. Many consumers turn to car title loans...
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Introduce legislation to enhance 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 a specific amount of money, allowing a creditor to take steps to seize a...
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Support the rollout of the All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) created by the Surprise Medical Billing Consumer Protection Act
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 health care services in a geographic area, including private and public...
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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 the use of mandatory arbitration, and limiting consumers’...
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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 Georgians out of healthcare coverage. Instead...
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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 states that continue to levy an income tax on...
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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 for purposes of...
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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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