SB100 is a complement to SB42 that changes references from the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council to the Georgia Public Defender Agency in regards to the Employee’s Retirement System of Georgia. This should be passed only if SB49 is. Because I OPPOSE SB42, I also OPPOSE this bill.
SB101 would provide immunity from civil liability for manufacturers and sellers for defective designs or inadequate warnings if said designs and warnings were approved by the FDA. This bill must be OPPOSEd due to its limitations on recriminations for people who have been harmed by a product.
SB102 would double the fee for getting a copy of your criminal history. This is simply a straight up money grab, trying to find various ways to increase fees to solve the budget crisis rather than taking the necessary (but politically unpopular) measures to cut spending..
SB103 makes some changes to the Georgia Condominium Act, basically saying that if the declarant doesn’t follow all the regulations he is supposed to, the unit owners can take control of the homeowners’ association. It appears that it basically lets the actual owners themselves take control of their own destinies if the ‘declarant’ – whatever that means – fails to live up to his end of the bargain.
For now, I will side with SUPPORT, but that is extremely qualified on the fact that the way I understand how condos work and who owns what is that owning a condo is similar to owning a house or other piece of land, and therefore said owner should be able to create his own destiny in regards to that piece of property. If I am wrong, I ask that someone please correct me.
SB104 makes several changes in regards to how cosmetic laser docs are certified and how they can practice. Among the changes are several requirements such as that the degree must be displayed in the office and relating to how the practice must be run. Somewhat interestingly, the bill would remove the provision that cosmetic laser practitioners do not actually practice medicine – meaning that a cosmetic laser doc would have to have the same level of degrees and certifications as a brain surgeon or any other doc.
Because this bill would add additional regulatory burden on cosmetic laser docs, I must OPPOSE.
SB105 appears to allow the Insurance Commissioner to approve more insurance plans for sale in this state, thus removing some restrictions on insurance companies and invdividuals who would like these plans. Because it appears to promote allow for more private insurance choices, I SUPPORT this bill.
SB106 would force you to register the fact that you had private insurance if you earned above 300% of the federal poverty level or else you could not claim any personal exemptions or itemized medical deductions on your state tax return. Registering private data with the government is RARELY a good thing, and this is no exception. Because this bill represents an unnecessary government intrusion into private life and blatantly reeks of Big Brother, I must OPPOSE.
SB107 would limit where outdoor advertising can be placed in relation to environmentally sensitive areas, wetlands, floodplains, and perennial streams. Because it limits the property and contract rights of property owners, I must OPPOSE.
SB108 appears to make it easier for attorneys who have won a motion to dismiss to force the other party to pay the attorney’s fees of the victor. I actually think this is a good thing. Assuming the courts are working as designed, this would appear to be a deterrent against frivolous and near frivolous lawsuits. Because of this, I SUPPORT this measure.
SB109 changes responsibility of pensions and retirements for judges and district attorneys from the Department of Administrative Services over to the various Councils that oversee judges and district attorneys. (Such as the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia). Because this bill just shifts responsibility from a broad agency to much more specific agencies and is basically administrative in purpose, I see no reason to oppose, and therefore I SUPPORT.
SB110, sponsored by SWGA’s Sen. John Bulloch (R-Ochlocknee) would provide an exception to the state ban on trapping animals along the side of the road for licensed government agents trapping beavers along the side of the road. While I am strongly ambivalent on this matter, I’m going to come down on the side of opposition due to the fact that only government agents are covered in the exception, and this is a function that a private individual could just as easily and possibly more effectively do.
SB111 would remove some restrictions on hunting with lights, replacing the restrictions with more specific restrictions. This bill is sponsored by SWGA’s own Sen. John Bulloch (R-Ochlocknee), and since it at least incrementally increases freedom, it has my SUPPORT.
SB112 adds to the list of drug crimes that an additional fine can be levied against and allows this additional fine to go to fund any drug courts set up by the court system leveling the fine. The ‘crimes’ that it adds are those listed under Code Sections 16-13-30.2 (Unlawful manufacture, distribution, or possession with intent to distribute of imitation controlled substances), 16-13-30.3(Possession of substances containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine; restrictions on sales of products containing pseudoephedrine), 16-13-30.5(Possession of substances with intent to use or convey such substances for the manufacture of Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substances), 16-13-31.1(Trafficking in ecstasy; penalties), 16-13-32(Transactions in drug related objects; forfeitures and penalties), 16-13-32.1(Transactions in drug related objects; evidence as to whether object is drug related; forfeitures and penalties), 16-13-32.2(Possession and use of drug related objects), 16-13-32.3(Use of communication facility in committing or facilitating commission of act which constitutes felony under chapter; penalty), 16-13-32.4(Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing controlled substances in, on, or near public or private schools), 16-13-32.5(Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing controlled substance, marijuana, or counterfeit substance near park or housing project; nonmerger of offenses; evidence of location and boundaries; posting; affirmative defenses), 16-13-32.6(Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent to distribute controlled substance or marijuana in, on, or within drug-free commercial zone), and 16-13-33(Attempt or conspiracy to commit offense under this article). While there are other sections of this bill that I object to on philosophical grounds, they are all part of existing law.
The biggest problem here is that in furtherance of the EPIC FAILed Drug War, you are now giving courts a reason to be more aggressive in said EPIC FAILed ‘war’ by making the fines arising from prosecution of these ‘criminals’ go directly into the courts’ coffers. Because it continues this EPIC FAILed ‘war’, I must strenuously OPPOSE.
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