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ACCG Legislative Update 2/8/2013
As Governor Nathan Deal indicated at the Capitol Connection Conference, leadership in the state legislature is focused on addressing priority issues this year. The official legislative days are passing quickly, with the legislature scheduled to complete Day 14 today. While many bills appear to be stalled in committee and subcommittee hearings, several of the bills that address county legislative priorities are starting to move.
Juvenile Code Rewrite and Juvenile Justice Reform Bill Introduced on Thursday
HB 242, introduced on Thursday, includes the rewrite of the juvenile justice code legislation that was under consideration last year as well as the recommendations from the Criminal Justice Reform Council for juvenile justice reform. While ACCG has been told that the legislation will not have a negative financial impact on counties, ACCG is in the process of thoroughly reviewing the 200+ page legislation. ACCG will provide an analysis of this important legislation to counties early next week.
HB 183 Addresses County Concerns about Illegal Immigration Reform
One of ACCG’s top legislative priorities this year is to address issues related to the implementation of the illegal immigration reform legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2011. HB 183 incorporates many of these issues, including the consolidation of immigration reporting requirements, the elimination of the requirement for businesses to annually submit E-Verify information, the clarification of “public benefit” as defined by the Attorney General and other concerns. For a complete summary of this priority legislation, click here. ACCG encourages county officials to contact their representatives and encourage support for this legislation which reduces the administrative concerns of counties for implementing this legislation as well as the bureaucratic processes placed on individuals and businesses through the original legislation