House Bills Introduced in 2017

House Bill 22

House Committee:
Governmental Affairs

Date Introduced:
Dec/13/2016

Elections; Elector to Vote in any precinct of the county under certain Conditions; provide

Bruce, Roger (D-61) | Gardner, Pat (D-57) | Dreyer, David (D-59) | Willard, Wendell (R-51)
Quick, Regina (R-117) | Park, Sam (D-101)

Amend Part 1 of Article 11 of Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia to provide the election superintendent of a county may permit any elector of the county to vote in any precinct of the county that elector chooses in a primary, election, or runoff.


House Bill 52

House Committee:
Juvenile Justice

Date Introduced:
Jan/11/2017

Social Services; TANF Assistance for children with legal custodians; provide

Oliver, May Margaret (D-82) | Abrams, Stacey (D-89) | Dempsey, Katie (R-13)
Gardner, Pat (D-57) | Hugley, Carolyn (D-136) | Park, Sam (D-101)

Amend Article 9 of Chapter 4 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated in relation to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to provide for children with legal custodians. Formerly, “Family” meant “one or more children living with a responsible parent, both parents, or other caretaker relative, or legal guardian.” This amendment would expand the definition to include “legal custodians.”


House Bill 177

House Committee:
Governmental Affairs

Date Introduced:
Jan/30/2017

Access to public services for Non-English Speakers Act; Enact

Marin, Pedro “Pete” (D-96) | Park, Sam (D-101) | Lopez Romero, Brenda (D-99)
Abrams, Stacey (D-89) | Evans, Stacey (D-42)

Amend Article 4 of Chapter 3 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated to require reasonable access to public services for non-English speakers by providing in-house oral language services and translations for vital documents into any language spoken by at least 3 percent of the population within a geographic area served by a public authority.


House Bill 346

House Committee:
Governmental Affairs

Date Introduced:
Feb/10/2017

Permanent Portable registration act; enact

Park, Sam (D-101) | Frazier, Gloria (D-126) | Thomas, Erica (D-39) | Abrams, Stacey (D-89)
Hugley, Carolyn (D-136)

Amend Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated so that a change of address within the state will not disqualify an elector from voting. An elector who has changed his or her address and has not transferred his or her voting registration will be permitted to vote in their new precinct.


House Bill 376

House Committee:
Higher Education

Date Introduced:
Feb/15/2017

College Completion Access Act; enact

Lopez Romero, Brenda (D-99) | Metze, Marie (D-55) | Waites, Keisha (D-60)
Park, Sam (D-101) | Dreyer, David (D-59)

Amend Code Section 20-3-519.2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated to eliminate the provision making students ineligible for the hope scholarship seven years after high school graduation.


House Bill 488

House Committee:
Judiciary

Date Introduced:
Feb/23/2017

Housing, Public Accommodations and Employment; provide comprehensive state civil rights law protecting individuals from discrimination; provisions

Evans, Stacey (D-42) | Drenner, Karla (D-85) | Marin, Pedro “Pete” (D-96)
Scott, Sandra (D-76) | Park, Sam (D-101) | Cannon, Park (D-58)

Provide comprehensive state civil rights law protecting individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment.


House Bill 552

House Committee:
Industry and Labor

Date Introduced:
Mar/06/2017

Fair employment practices act of 1978; change certain provisions

Drenner, Karla (D-85) | Waites, Keisha (D-60) | Cannon, Park (D-58) | Park, Sam (D-101)

Amend Title 45 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated in relation to public officers and employees to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and repeal conflicting laws.


House Bill 594

House Committee:
Intragovernmental Coordination

Senate Committee:
State and Local Governmental Operations

Date Introduced:
Mar/15/2017

Lawrenceville, City of; provide a new charter; provisions

Efstration, Chuck (R-104) | Park, Sam (D-101) | Chandler, Joyce (R-105)
Harrell, Brett (R-106) | Brockway, Buzz (R-102)

Provide a new charter for the City of Lawrenceville.


House Bill 602

House Committee:
Ways & Means

Date Introduced:
Mar/16/2017

Income Tax Credit; qualified citizenship expenses for low-income families; provide

Marin, Pedro “Pete” (D-96) | Lopez Romero, Brenda (D-99) | Park, Sam (D-101)

Amend Article 2 of Chapter 7 of Title 48 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated to provide for an income tax credit for low-income families with respect to qualified citizenship expenses. This measure would include filing, application, and biometric fees paid to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, cost for enrollment in an English language class, and any costs for citizenship classes.