Legislation has already started flowing in the state Capitol, weeks before the Georgia Legislature is set to convene.
By late Monday afternoon, state lawmakers had filed 24 bills and eight constitutional amendments with the House clerk’s office.
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, filed legislation that would allow DeKalb County voters to decide how many people serve on their school board, five, seven or the current size of nine. If the bill passes, a ballot issue would be put before the voters in the November 2011 general election. Oliver said her legislation is aimed at creating a more effective school board that could better work with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and maintain is accreditation.
Oliver also filed a bill that would require state officials to develop regulations for the use of psychotropic drugs for foster children.
Also, Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, filed legislation Monday that would adopt certain federal rules of evidence, which spell out how people can testify and what documents are admissible in court. That bill passed the House last year but didn’t make it out of the Senate.
Most of the legislation filed Monday is from Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta. His bills would, among other things, make abortion illegal, eliminate the state income tax and prevent the state from requiring driver’s licenses. He also introduced constitutional amendments that would end property taxes and strip the Board of Regents of its power to manage the budgets of state colleges and universities.
Monday was the first day lawmakers could start filing bills before the Jan. 10 legislative session. No legislation had been filed in the Secretary of the Senate office by late Monday afternoon.
– Jeremy Redmon and Aaron Gould Sheinin, Georgia Elections Central blog