2017 Enacted Legislation

The 2017 Regular Session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly convened on January 9, 2017, and adjourned Sine Die on March 30, 2017. During the legislative session, lawmakers considered legislation on a wide range of issues, such as state intervention in low-performing schools, expansion of medical marijuana, campus carry of fire- arms, and domestic terrorism among other issues.

A number of bills that affect the judiciary were passed including the budget for Fiscal Year 2018, the modification of the structure of the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC), and an increase in compensation for certain judges. The General Assembly also passed another series of criminal justice reform legislation that enacts reforms for individuals supervised by accountability courts, felony probation, juvenile court proceedings, and driving privileges.

Four Judicial Council-supported bills received final passage: HB 5, HB 308 (by way of SB 137), HB 370, and SB 132. HB 5 amends O.C.G.A. § 15-11-52 to increase the amount of state funding to judicial circuits for the funding of juvenile court judges through state grants. The language of HB 308, which enacts provisions recommended by the Georgia Child Support Commission, was added to SB 137. HB 370 adds a new code section to Article 3 of Chapter 32 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A. that authorizes the Council of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia to create and oversee savings and deferred compensation plans for its members. Finally, SB 132 revises O.C.G.A. § 9-11-133 to allow the Judicial Council to promulgate forms used in civil case filings and disposition information.

To view the legislative summaries of all bills tracked by the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts, please visit us at: legislation.georgiacourts.gov

To view all bills introduced during the Georgia General Assembly’ s 2017 session, go to www.legis.ga.gov/

To view the bills signed by the governor in 2017, visit https://gov.georgia.gov/legislation/2017