Here’s a rundown of the key legislations:
- Senate Bill 140 prohibits gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy for minors but permits the use of puberty blockers.
- Senate Bill 11 empowers the GBI to handle incidents involving terrorism, including biological, chemical, cyber, and domestic threats.
- Senate Bill 44 imposes stricter penalties for violating Georgia’s gang laws.
- Senate Bill 46 mandates HIV and syphilis testing for pregnant women during their first prenatal visit.
- Senate Bill 47 introduces misdemeanor charges and fines for vaping in restricted areas.
- Senate Bill 68 adds dogfighting to Georgia’s RICO Act, addressing organized crime.
- Senate Bill 92 establishes a commission to review complaints against district attorneys and enables easier recall of DAs from office.
- Senate Bill 129 allows employees to take up to two hours of unpaid time off for voting.
- Senate Bill 222 ensures that election administration costs are covered by public funds and prohibits direct donations to local officials.
- House Bill 147 mandates intruder alert drills in schools, trains teachers to identify gang members, and enables parents to opt-out.
- House Bill 316 strengthens penalties for violent repeat sex offenders and improves handling of sexual offenders moving to Georgia.
- House Bill 383 enhances penalties for assaulting healthcare workers and permits hospitals to establish their own police forces.
- House Bill 416 allows qualified pharmacy techs to administer certain vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine.
- House Bill 529 reduces the minimum insurance coverage required for rideshare companies from $1 million to $300,000 in case of accidents.
- The Healthy Babies Act authorizes the Department of Public Health to conduct a pilot program providing visits to at-risk and underserved communities during pregnancy and early childhood.
These new laws address various issues, from healthcare and public safety to voting rights and criminal activities.