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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
Some small-dollar lenders prey on financially insecure consumers by providing high-interest quick cash loans that trap consumers in a cycle of debt. Georgia law caps most small consumer loans at an interest rate of 60% per year, but a legal...
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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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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 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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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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