Friday’s Legislative Update

HB 961 – Homeowner’s Solar Bill of Rights. I’m not sure how this differs from HB 686.

HB 954 – Abortion Bill! Someone with more knowledge should read and interpret this. It’s confusing.

HB 942 – Modernize the Code! This is a 21 page bill intended to “amend the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, so as to revise, modernize, and correct errors or omissions in said Code, or Acts in amendment thereof, which have become obsolete, have been declared to be unconstitutional, or have been preempted or superseded by subsequent laws; to reenact the statutory portions of said Code, as amended; to provide for other matters relating to revision and reenactment of said Code; to provide for effect in event of conflicts; to provide for effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”1 This strikes me as a good idea, generally, however I bet you could sneak a subtle, yet far-reaching, change into the code with a grammatical “correction”. I wonder how closely this is vetted?

HR 1367 – Prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gasses without further study. I won’t take a position on this resolution because, if you read it, you will discover it’s not full of climate change denialism! Congratulations, Georgia. Instead it’s about the potential economic impacts of federal policies, which I recognize have distinct, and arguable, positions surrounding.

SB 426 – “The Teach Freedom Act.” Teach religion act, is more like it. I don’t know if this qualifies as a sweeping overhaul, but if you read through the curriculum proposed here, you’ll notice there is a lot of focus on the religious founding of the United States, and there is also a heavily euro-centric feel to it. Very little mention of slavery or native Americans. I try to stay away from educational matters as I don’t have much knowledge, but this document reads like something from the 1950’s, not the 21st century.

SB 424 – Foundations of American Government! You may remember this one from HB 766. The only point to this is to be able to legally expand where you can put the 10 Commandments in public spaces.

SB 419, 420, 422, 423 – All about HOPE. If you’re interested in what’s going on with the HOPE scholarship, go have a look.

SB 408 – Revises the Call before you DIG provisions with respect to certain exemptions. Soooo boring, I know, but this affects my job.

SR 848 – See above for HR 1367.

SR 828 – Opposing Health Care Stuff for The Catholic Church. Yeah, go read it.

  1. All bills end with “…and for other purposes”. []
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