State Senate Bills I Find Interesting (SB46- SB58)

Conclusions:

SB 46, SB47, SB48: SUPPORT
SB49: SUPPORT
SB50: OPPOSE
SB51: SUPPORT
SB52: OPPOSE
SB53: OPPOSE
SB54: OPPOSE
SB55: SUPPORT
SB56: OPPOSE
SB57: OPPOSE
SB58: SUPPORT

SB46, SB47, and SB48 all deal with correcting errors and ommissions in the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated. I didn’t see anything in my spot checks of these bills that necessitated opposition, but there could be something there so if you find it, please let me know. Other than that, I’m simply going to note that evidently State Senators David Aldeman (D-Decatur), John Wiles (R-Kennesaw), and Bill Cowsert (R-Athens) had quite a bit of time on their hands. Thanks for the effort though guys!

SB 46, SB47, SB48: SUPPORT

SB49 removes the criteria that candidates for licensure as a registered professional nurse ‘meet such other criteria as established by the board’ and appears to make it easier for RNs from other states to practice in Georgia. Considering the nursing shortage that I keep hearing about, this seems to be a good thing and I have no opposition.

SB49: SUPPORT

SB50 is about health care insurance, which is not exactly my strongest area. I would LOVE for someone to post here and tell me what this bill is about, but my default position pending further information and clarification is to oppose on the grounds that no action is better than uninformed action.

SB50: OPPOSE

SB51 essentially enumerates the powers of the Georgia Rail Passenger Authority and explicity states that it is composed of 7 members, 3 appointed by the Governor and 2 each by the Lt Governor and the Speaker of the House. Personally, I always like government agencies to have an explicit list of powers, so I support this bill.

SB51: SUPPORT

SB52 would create a registry for metal thieves. Not only is this a complete invasion of privacy, it is also a complete waste of resources. I know metal theft is becoming a problem, particularly here in SWGA. But is it really as bad as sexual predators, for whom the only other registry I am aware of exists? (I will not get into the sex offender vs sexual predator debate for now other than to acknowledge that predators SHOULD have to register.) For these reasons, I OPPOSE.

SB52: OPPOSE

SB53 is disturbing, to say the least. Much of it is fairly straight forward law enforcement procedure, describing the various techniques and processes involved when a law enforcement officer searches your property and seizes something. The disturbing aspect is this concept of ‘special officer’, who can be any employee of any agency, public or private, whose head requests that the Governor appoint this person to be a ‘special officer’. In other words, it is essentially a group of politically-appointed thugs that can take your property nearly at will, so long as they suspect that you have received public utility property by some thievery-related means. Because of the disturbing creation of this Gestapo-like group of sychophants, I must strenuously OPPOSE.

SB53: OPPOSE

SB54 deals with home mortgage loans and is called the ‘Georgia Fair Lending Act of 2009’, which replaces the previous ‘Georgia Fair Lending Act’. This is another subject, like health insurance, where my knowledge is not so good. HOWEVER, simply based on its name and the summary alone, it is clear that the intent of this bill is to limit the private contract rights of individuals, and therefore, pending further information, I am opposed to this bill as unnecessary government intrusion into the private life of the individual, no matter how ‘well meaning’.

SB54: OPPOSE

SB55 would allow the local tax assessor to consider ‘forclosures or bank owned sales of comparable real property’ when determining fair market value of real property. As noted in my comments on SB54, home buying is not exactly my strongest area of knowledge, but this sounds like a good thing, so in the absence of any other input, I support.

SB55: SUPPORT

SB56 allows for the continuation of the EPIC FAILed Drug War and calls for the creation – and forces the use of – a ‘StopMethLog’ program by the GBI to force pharmacies to allow the GBI to track ‘retail sales of products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine to consumers’. Because it allows for the continued waste known as the EPIC FAILed Drug War and because it invades consumers’ right to privacy, I must oppose this measure.

SB56: OPPOSE

SB57 is another one relating to home mortgages. Among the things in SB57’s summary – the only part I can actually follow – it is noted that this bill limits home loans, limits high-cost home loans, and allows a tenant with a valid lease to stay in a foreclosed property for 60 days. This is completely asinine for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that said tenant could then cause untold amounts of damage to the foreclosed property which clearly said tenant would be unable to repay. Furthermore, the restrictions on the rights of contract of the individual are completely uncalled for and unconstitutional.

SB57: OPPOSE

SB58 relates to how the governments of counties and newly created cities within those counties interact. It makes the intent of the Legislature pretty dang clear, and it appears to be completely fair. Basically that if the newly created government recieved a certain service before it became incorporated, it can choose to keep that service or strike out on its own, that it can buy fire and police precincts that served its area, that it can buy other county property that is within the new city’s limits – so long as the new city doesn’t charge county citizens any more than they were charged before the city was incorporated, and similar measures. I see no reason to oppose this bill, though I am also completely aware of the recent struggles between new cities and Fulton County that caused this bill.

SB58: SUPPORT

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2 Responses

  1. […] SB 46, SB47, SB48: SUPPORT SB49: SUPPORT SB50: OPPOSE SB51: SUPPORT SB52: OPPOSE SB53: OPPOSE SB54: OPPOSE SB55: SUPPORT SB56: OPPOSE SB57: OPPOSE SB58: SUPPORT SB46, SB47, and SB48 all deal with correcting errors and ommissions in the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated. I didn’t see anything in my spot checks of these bills that necessitated opposition, but there could be something there so if you find it, please let me know. Other than that, I’m simply going to note that evidently State Senators David Aldeman (D-Decatur), John Wiles (R-Kennesaw), and Bill Cowsert (R-Athens) had quite a bit of time on their hands. Thanks for the effort though guys! […]

  2. […] SB 49: PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS Yea: 46 Nay: 2 Not Voting: 5 Excused: 3 Yea: Bulloch, Crosby, Hooks Nay: Sims […]

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