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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:
Increase the state tobacco tax to generate revenue
To generate additional revenue and avoid harmful budget cuts, the legislature should implement a higher tobacco tax that is in line with the rest of the country. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia is facing an economic and fiscal...
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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: This year, legislators introduced twin bills known as the Surprise Billing Consumer Protection Act...
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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 Senate Bill 311 for Transparency in Medical Billing Lawsuit Abuse
Georgia Watch supports legislation to increase transparency in medical billing practices and reduce abusive lawsuits for unpaid medical bills. Despite significant progress on surprise out-of-network bills this session, many Georgians still may...
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Support legislation to protect Georgians from predatory loans
Georgia Watch supports the passage of legislation that protects Georgians from predatory, high-interest loans. To protect Georgians during this financially unstable time, the legislature should implement a 36% cap on all small-dollar loans...
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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 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 to...
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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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