Last week the Georgia General Assembly met and completed legislative days 32-35 out of 40. On March 17, the Senate passed HB 112 which extends liability protections for an additional year until July 14, 2022. HB 112 is extension of liability relief for healthcare providers, facilities, and businesses that was originally passed in 2020. The House passed this legislation in February. HB 112 has been sent to Governor Kemp for his consideration.
The Senate passed HB 593 which increases the standard deduction for Georgians paying state income tax. This economic recovery bill is targeted to allow Georgians to keep more of their taxable income starting in tax year 2022. Having unanimously passed the House earlier in March, HB 593 has been sent to Governor Kemp for his consideration.
On Wednesday, March 17 HB 479 unanimously passed out of Senate Judiciary Committee. HB 479 repeals the current citizen’s arrest law authored in 1863. HB 479 would revise the grounds for arrest and detainment by a private citizen. HB 479 now moves to the Senate Rules Committee before it moves to the full Senate for consideration.
The Georgia General Assembly will be reconvened on Monday, March 22 for the 35th legislative day.