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State legislative proceedings are often difficult to understand and can be even more challenging to track. Georgia Watch provides details on legislation affecting consumers so the general public can stay informed as bills move through the halls of the Capitol. Our aim is to keep you informed and involved so that you can become engaged in the legislative process.



Support the Georgia Tenant Victim Protection Act

House Bill 745, sponsored by Representative Scott Holcomb, would allow survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to terminate a rental agreement without financial penalty when they need to relocate for safety reasons.  You can…

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Support ‘surprise billing’ legislation

Update: Surprise billing legislation did not pass in Georgia during the 2018 Legislative Session. Georgia Watch supports surprise billing legislation to protect Georgia consumers from unexpected out-of-network medical costs in an emergency or during a planned procedure. A…

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Support SB 358 to Establish Banking Improvement Zones

We applaud State Senator Michael "Doc" Rhett (D-Marietta) for filing legislation that would establish "banking improvement zones" in areas underserved by financial institutions such as banks and credit unions. Across the state, many communities are…

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Close the coverage gap in Georgia

Georgia has not yet taken advantage of federal funds to provide health insurance coverage to low-income Georgians through Medicaid expansion or an 1115 Medicaid waiver. Approximately 240,000 Georgians remain stuck in a coverage gap because…

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Support legislation against dangerous loans

Georgia Watch opposes predatory lending practices that trap consumers in debt. Some installment lenders in Georgia take advantage of vulnerable consumers by sending them “live checks” in the mail. Consumers who deposit these checks may…

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Give APRNs full practice authority

Georgia’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) practice laws are some of most restrictive in the nation.  Georgia law requires that APRNs have a protocol agreement with a supervising physician and mandates additional supervision requirements.  APRNs…

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Criminal background checks for physician licensure

Physicians in Georgia are not required to have a background check for physician licensure or license renewal. Instead, physicians self-report prior convictions for crimes including sexual assault and abuse. Georgia Watch supports legislation to protect…

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Protect consumers from home purchasing scams

“Contracts for deed” or “owner financing” arrangements typically require would-be homebuyers to make all repairs, pay property taxes, and repay high-interest loans without the ability to accumulate equity.  Because these arrangements do not constitute a mortgage, prospective…

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