Gold Dome Report - March 1, 2017
Greetings from the Gold Dome! Today was Day 27 for the General Assembly. Lawmakers convened in their respective chambers to consider a number of bills today. The House debated legislation well into the afternoon, while the Senate took up a less intensive schedule today. Crossover day is Friday, March 3, which marks the last day for bills to cross over to the opposite chamber to be considered. They are expected to debate legislation until late on Friday night.
A major bill in the system passed the House today, HB 338. This legislation, by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), is a newer version of the Governor's "Opportunity School District" proposal which failed to receive voter approval last November. This year's version proposes a system of supports and assistance for the lowest performing schools. More about this legislation is below. The Governor also issued a press release concerning the bill's passage: http://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2017-03-01/deal-hails-house-passage-critical-education-legislation
The House also had its version of "balanced billing" or "surprise billing" on its "postponed" list of bills to be heard today. However, no action was taken on HB 71. It has been rumored that there are not enough votes to pass the legislation as the physicians have been pushing back on what is contained in the bill. The legislation seeks to address patients who receive such bills post-surgery or post-treatment for services which they thought were "in-network" items. In most instances, these are bills for services rendered in an emergency department or by specialists such as anesthesiologists and radiologists.
The House took up a substantial calendar today and did not adjourn until after 5:00 p.m. The Rules Committee set a supplemental calendar this morning, which was incorporated into today's calendar. Several bills were postponed until the next legislative day and those were: HB 71, HB 67, HB 197, HB 391, HB 271, HB 375, HB 448, and HB 354. The following legislation was considered today, which includes the bills set in the supplemental calendar.
HB 5 was presented by Rep. Johnnie Caldwell (R-Thomaston) which seeks to increase grant funding to counties for full-time and part-time juvenile court judges to the amount of $100,000. This bill passed 166-4.
HB 51, by Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs), was next. This bill instructs Georgia's postsecondary institutions to report any information believed to be pertinent to a felony crime committed by a student enrolled at such school. If such felony involves sexual assault, identifying information cannot be provided unless consent is provided by the victim. It states that investigation must be done by a law enforcement agency or campus law enforcement officer. There were a number of members who took the Well to oppose this proposition. Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta), and the youngest member of the House, stated that individuals who between he ages of 18-24 are most at risk for sexual assault. She urged her colleagues to think about the culture – and making changes where the culture occurs. Rep. Brenda Lopez (D-Norcross) also opposed the proposal; she suggested that more focus be given to what is in the best interest of the survivor – not institutions. Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) expressed his concerns about the initiative and noted that he wanted to make sure that victims were protected, and yes, he stated that due process was something real and needed to be addressed. Holcomb urged more officers' training on neurobiology of trauma as well as having a centralized hearing place for these types of issues. Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Colubus) was also among speakers; he had worked with the legislation's author and Rep. Regina Quick (R-Athens) to help craft the most recent version of the bill. Rep. Smyre stated that he too found it hard to find a balance and provide not only due process but also mandatory reporting. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) delivered the Minority Report on this initiative noting that the bill could have a damaging impact on victims. HB 51 went on to pass by a vote of 115-55.
HB 65 is Rep. Allen Peake's (R-Macon) bill that addresses the THC oil registry by adding a few new conditions that are acceptable for receiving medical cannabis. These conditions include Tourette's syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, epiermolysis bullosa, Alzheimer's disease, HIV, AIDS, and peripheral neuropathy. There had been some opposition during Committee meetings because some organizations testified that there had not been enough research done to conclude that the oil would assist individuals with autism. Rep. Peake outlined some of the things that this legislation does not address which includes changes in the THC volume of five percent; smoking marijuana for medicinal reasons; and growing marijuana. He stated that there had been non law enforcement opposition to HB 65 thus far. In addition to adding the additional conditions where medical cannabis may be used, it also removes the requirement for end stage for the cancer, ALS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and sickle cell disease; removes the one-year residency requirement to register for a card; changes the quarterly reports by physicians to annual reports; allows a compassionate allowance for patients in hospice care; and provides for reciprocity when a patient comes from another state. Despite that, the bill received a do pass from committee and was passed on the floor by a vote of 156-6.
HB 85, by Jay Powell (R-Camilla), is the enabling legislation to HR 51 concerning the methodology used to value forest land's fair market value. It mandates that the Commissioner of the Department of Revenue deduct and retain a one percent fee on the assistance grants provided to counties. It also defines "timberland property" to mean a property that is mainly used for the production of trees. It makes various other changes to definitions relating to the forestry industry. Rep. Powell explained that it takes pressure off local tax assessors which have been forced to "game" the system. Chairman Jon Burns (R-Newington) asked if the legislation would allow fairness to all in valuing forest land; Rep. Powell said yes. Rep. Al Williams (D-Midway) inquired whether Georgia has the highest appraised value of such land and whether the legislation would bring Georgia into conformity with other states; again Rep. Powell indicated that it would. Further, Rep. Powell stated it would allow for an income approach be used for such valuation. It passed 162-2. (The two no votes were Reps. Gurtler and Fleming.)
HB 114 was authored by Rep. Robert Dickey (R-Musella) which addresses the 'Move on When Ready Act' by prohibiting school systems from excluding a dual-enrolled student from consideration for class valedictorian or salutatorian. Students who move into a school system after their second year would be required to take one course on site at such school in order to be eligible. While it was considered in Committee, some legislators expressed concern that students who are not a part of the school's community could receive that school's highest award. It was amended in Committee to include the one course requirement as mentioned above. HB 114 passed by a vote of 161-5.
HB 118, by Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown), addresses "fantasy contests" by requiring that operators of such contests must pay an annual fee between $5,000 and $15,000, as well as pay six percent of gross contest revenues. It further lays out some other requirements to prevent employees from participating in the contests. It passed 126-32.
HB 165, by Rep. Betty Price (R-Roswell), provides that a maintenance of certification means a continuous professional development program through which certified physicians maintain certification by a board that specializes in one area of medicine in addition to the requirements laid out by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. The legislation passed 171-2.
HB 202 was added in a supplemental calendar today, and was presented by Rep. Jay Powell (R-Camilla). It increases the Governor's annual salary from the current $139,000 to $175,000 beginning on January 1, 2019. It also reduces the number of members on the State Commission on Compensation from 12 to seven members. The Governor would receive three appointments and the Speaker of the House and Lieutenant Governor would each get two appointments. This "commission" would look at other constitutional officers' salaries as well as members of the General Assembly. Georgia is now the sixth largest state in the country and our Governor is paid less than many CEOs of small companies; this salary increase, if passed, would not take effect until the next Governor takes office. It passed by a vote of 141-22.
HB 208 was presented by Rep. Trey Rhodes (R-Greensboro) and it increases licensing fees for hunting and fishing and converts all three-day hunting and fishing licenses to one-day licenses allowing for the purchase of additional days at a reduced rate. It also lays out some requirements for receiving a license for commercial fishing boats. HB 208 passed 150-14.
HB 245, by Rep. Al Williams (D-Midway), was added on the supplemental calendar set by the Rules committee. It requires that the Georgia Professional Standards Commission implement a process to allow military spouses to qualify for temporary certificates, certificates by endorsement, or expedited certificates when moving to Georgia. Rep. Williams explained that this legislation adds teachers as they were not included in the legislation passed in 2016, HB 821, for other professionals who want to come to the state with their spouses and work. It is another effort to make Georgia the most "military friendly" state in the country. It passed by a vote of 161-0.
HB 266, by Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown), increases the threshold from $15,000 to $25,000 for: 1) the personal property value that a natural guardian may receive without becoming a legally qualified conservator of a minor; 2) the amount of the debt owed to a minor which a natural guardian may release without court approval; 3) the amount of proposed gross settlement, present value of all amounts paid; and 4) the amount that a conservator may settle of any contested or doubtful claim or release of the debtor of a minor without court approval. HB 266 was passed 170-0.
HB 275 was presented by Rep. Matt Dubnik (R-Gainesville) provides for definitions for 'body surfing' and 'wake surfing' and requires the use of a life jacket for both activities. This legislation had been requested by the Department of Natural Resources. It was described as a safety measure. It also requires the use of a vessel with an inboard motor in order for an individual to be legally allowed to body surf. This bill passed 146-23.
HB 314 was offered by Rep. Jason Shaw (R-Lakeland). The bill is also known as the 'Georgia Agribusiness and Rural Jobs Act' and it allows a credit against state tax liability for rural investors who make capital investments in rural funds, which would be certified by the Department of Community Affairs. The bill passed 173-1.
HB 328 was presented by Rep. Sam Watson (R-Moultrie) as a 'housekeeping bill' for the Department of Transportation. It is the annual GDOT update which addresses the FAST Act, traffic signals and the flex lanes. It extends the current four foot overhang (on trucks) requirement to six feet. It also allows the Department to fully regulate Flexible Auto Lanes. This bill passed without discussion 165-0.
HB 329, by Rep. Jay Powell (R-Camilla), was heard. It seeks to replace the 'bracketed' tax rate model with a flat tax of a 5.4 percent rate for all income levels. It also requires the Department of Revenue to publish information on inflation rates and how such rates affect the cost of living for Georgians. It establishes an earned income tax credit at 10 percent of the federal credit. It passed by a vote of 126-40.
HB 330, by Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta), lays out requirements for the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to provide names and contact information for regional DFCS case workers along with notices for kinship caregivers during a relative search. It passed unanimously 165-0.
Minority Leader Abrams (D-Atlanta) also presented HB 331 on the floor, which is known as "The Caregiver Educational Consent Act" and authorizes kinship caregivers to provide legal consent for educational services and medical services relating to academic enrollment. It requires a new affidavit form to be signed to provide consent for such services. This legislation will allow the individuals to be able to enroll children in their care in school; get the children their necessary immunizations; and provide for consent for the children's extracurricular school activities. This change is not in lieu of parental authorization. It also passed unanimously 164-0.
HB 337 was presented by Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-Monroe) which aims to overhaul the section of the code relating to tax liens by providing a new, uniform system for filing notices of state tax executions. The bill further establishes a process by which taxpayers can appeal directly to the Georgia Tax Tribunal. It passed unanimously, 174-0.
HB 338, by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), is the legislature's response to the failure of the Opportunity School District proposal which failed by referendum during the November elections. This new bill, crafted in a new Chapter 14 of Title 20, seeks to establish a "Chief Turnaround Officer," as well as turnaround coaches and a turnaround advisory committee. Their authority will stem from the Department of Education's current intervention power. During Committee meetings, the Department was criticized for not utilizing this intervention power effectively enough to address those schools in dire need of improvement. Schools that receive an 'unacceptable' rating determined by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement will fall under the department's intervention power. The bill also proposes to create two study committees, including a Joint Study Committee on the Establishment of a State Accreditation Process and a Joint Study Committee on the Establishment of a Leadership Academy. Such academy would provide leadership training for school principals and administrators. The bill has received some criticism from legislators that it is too similar to the Governor's proposal last year; however many of the groups who opposed that measure last year are clearly in support of this measure. After some debate, HB 338 passed by a vote of 138-37.
HB 341 was offered by Rep. Bert Reeves (R-Marietta) and seeks to include people who solicit victims of sexual servitude to offenders of sex trafficking. It seeks to amend O.C.G.A. § 16-5-46 and the definition of "trafficking of an individual for sexual servitude." Sex trafficking a person for sexual servitude is also added to the list of offenses where the violator must register as a sex offender. It further provides that offenders found guilty of pimping and pandering must serve at least 24 hours of incarceration. It passed with wide support by a vote of 168-1.
HB 344 was presented by Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) and passed unanimously. The bill allows parties to move for genetic paternity testing when considering child support orders, as well as provides that the Department of Human Services can deny a request for such genetic testing if 1) a paternity test was previously completed; 2) the child has been adopted by one of the parties; 3) the child was conceived by means of artificial insemination, or either party had previously refused a test by the department. It passed 173-0.
HB 357, by Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), is known as the "Georgia Uniform Certificate for Vessels Act," and it requires that each watercraft be titled unless it is exempted. It requires owners to include in the vessel's title if it has an outboard motor that has more than 25 horsepower. It further strikes various fees for the numbering of vessels for registration purposes. It passed 164-0.
HB 437, by Rep. Robert Dickey (R-Musella), removes the sunset provision for the Agricultural Education Advisory Commission which makes it a permanent commission. It also limits commission members' terms to two years and they will run concurrently with legislative terms. It passed 165-1.
HB 486, by Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson), was added to the supplemental calendar this morning. It allows for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Community Health to select training curricula for medication administration by proxy caregivers who are employed or contracted to providers of home and community-based services, community residential alternative services, or community living services. There was one amendment adopted on the floor that provides that rules and regulations pursuant to the bill are to be promulgated no later than September 1, 2018, rather than 2017. The bill passed by a vote of 166-1.
HR 51 was proposed by Rep. Jay Powell (R-Camilla) which would amend the State's Constitution by striking the base year of 2008 for determining the fair market value of forest land conservation use property. It allows for a five percent fee to be deducted from assistance grants provided to counties. Fee proceeds would go towards covering the costs of administering the 'Forest Land Protection Act'. The bill also relates to HB 51, which was passed earlier today by establishing 'timberland property' as a new class of property for ad valorem taxation purposes. The resolution passed by a vote of 162-2.
HR 362 was the last measure considered today prior to adjournment. It was presented by Rep. Lynn Smith (R-Newnan). It creates the Joint Study Committee on Stream Buffers. The Study Committee would be tasked with reviewing data and practices relating to stream buffers and would provide recommendations to the General Assembly. The resolution passed by a vote of 164-0.
As noted above, the bills and resolutions postponed today will be on the calendar for Friday, March 3, which is Crossover Day.
The Senate debated 13 pieces of legislation today.
To start, Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen) made a motion to reconsider SR 104, which seeks to amend the State Constitution to repeal ad valorem tax on tangible property and also to fix the millage rate applied to intangible property. The motion passed 35-13 and SR 104 was sent back to the Rules committee.
SB 147, by Sen. Michael Williams (R-Cumming), allows cemeteries to request that income from the perpetual care trust funds be distributed using unitrust distribution methods. It passed by a vote of 48-1.
SB 159, by Sen. Lee Anderson (R-Grovetown), would address the current provisions dealing with paint markers, by indicating that vertical purple paint placed on trees shall be added to the list of markers relating to criminal trespassing on private property. This demarcation method is used in other states. It passed by a vote of 48-0.
SB 104, by Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta), requires that government entities post human trafficking hotline notices in state government buildings and provide links to such notices on their websites. There was an amendment offered by Sen. Michael "Doc" Rhett (D-Marietta) which makes technical changes to the list of government entities required to post sex trafficking notices. The amendment was adopted and SB 104 passed by a vote of 52-0.
SB 95, by Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro) was presented. It deals with the repeal of language relating to the collection of data for the state-wide master jury list, and it provides that the Supreme Court can adopt certain rules that govern that list. It passed without discussion by a vote of 51-0.
Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Atlanta) presented SB 139, which authorizes local school systems to submit additional pathways to the State Board of Education, which can include recommended content standards. It gives the Department of Education a 90-day period in which to review such pathways and provide an approval or denial. One amendment was offered by Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) that eliminates the requirement to submit curriculum for consideration by deleting words "and curriculum" from Line 33. The bill then was passed, as amended, by a vote of 52-1.
SB 174 was sponsored by Sen. John Kennedy (R-Macon), and it requires veterans court divisions to adhere to the same standards as other accountability courts. It further lays out changes concerning parole and probation. The bill passed by a vote of 55-0.
SB 175, also by Sen. Kennedy, relates to juvenile court proceedings and enacts various reforms recommended by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform. It passed 53-0.
SB 176, by Sen. Kennedy, makes various changes to the State's laws relating to issuing warrants for the offense of failure to appear at court for traffic violations. The bill passed 52-0.
SB 1 was presented by Sen. Bill Cowsert (R-Athens) and it is known as the 'Protect Act – Protect Georgians Against Terrorism' which aims to make various changes to the criminal code, including revising to the definition of 'domestic terrorism' to be more inclusive in capturing situational violations commonly used by persons who desire to commit acts of terror. Two amendments were offered for this bill. The first amendment was presented by Sen. Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) that includes in the definition of domestic terrorism individuals who attempt to cause 'serious bodily harm' to a person. It makes additional changes relating to this definition throughout the bill. A second amendment replaces line 129 through 133 with new language authorizing the Attorney General to appoint special assistant attorneys general when he or she prosecutes any criminal cases arising under the provisions of this legislation. Both of these amendments were adopted and the bill went on to pass by a vote of 42-12.
SB 186, by Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta), was presented. His legislation allows students who earn a high school diploma through dual credit coursework to use a HOPE grant to get an associate's degree. It passed 52-0.
SB 81, by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), was presented, which actually contains two parts. The first part of the bill is known as the "Jeffrey Dallas Gay Jr. Act" and Part 2 is called the "Substance Abuse Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act." Two amendments were proposed and both were adopted. The first amendment prohibits the creation of a cause of action against a prescriber or dispenser. Amendment 2 deletes Section 2-6. Both of these amendments were adopted before the bill passed by a vote of 52-0.
SB 152 was the last measure considered today. Authored by Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur), this bill requires students who are suspended or expelled to be first reassigned to an alternative education program. It further limits the length of time that disruptive students are required to remain in such alternative programs, so long as such individual's behavior is appropriate. It passed by a vote of 52-0.
The Senate adjourned until Friday, March 3 - Crossover Day!
HB 533, by Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), seeks to enact the "5G Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development (BILD) Act." It proposes to enact a new Chapter 66C in Title 36. It seeks to address activities of a wireless provider within and outside of a right of way. In part, it prohibits an authority from entering into an exclusive arrangement with "any person for use of a right of way for the construction, operation, marketing, or maintenance of wireless facilities or wireless support structure or the collocation of small wireless facilities" in O.C.G.A. § 33-66C-2. At O.C.G.A. § 33-66C-4, it proposes to address zoning reviews for installation of new wireless support structures; substantial modification outside a right of way; collation subject to zoning review and approval and not a permitted use as outlined in O.C.G.A. § 33-66C-2(f) or O.C.G.A. § 33-66C-3(c); modification of existing wireless support structures, utility poles, and wireless facilities that are subject to zoning review and approval and not a permitted use under O.C.G.A. § 33-66C-2(f) or O.C.G.A. § 33-66C-3(c); and activities of a wireless provider within or outside a right of way.
HB 535, by Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), seeks to address Georgia's Tax Code and proposes a new sales and use tax exemption at O.C.G.A. § 48-8-3(99) for "sales of tickets, fees, or charges for admission to automotive racing events of at least 400 miles in length that are open to the general public and held at a racetrack facility in this state that has a seating capacity of at least 100,000."
HB 536, by Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown), proposes to amend Chapter 11 of Title 31 regarding emergency medical services. In O.C.G.A. § 31-11-53, it seeks to allow, upon certification by the Department, that emergency medical technicians may "upon the order of a duly licensed physician, administer approved "parenteral injections" and opioid antagonists." In current law, the EMT can provide "intravenous solutions" rather than the parenteral injections. Also, in this Code Section, it adds that upon certification, the EMTs intermediate and advanced – may upon the order of a duly licensed physician administer such intravenous solutions. It also provides for definitions for these advanced EMTs as well intermediate EMTs. It further amends O.C.G.A. § 31-11-53.1 regarding automated external defibrillator program to rewrite the "intent of the General Assembly" and its use – eliminating for instance the recommendation that persons who have access to or use of such automated external defibrillators be trained. Rather, it adds that it is the "intent of the General Assembly that all persons who use an automated external defibrillator shall activate the emergency medical services system as soon as reasonably possible by calling 9-1-1 or the appropriate emergency telephone number upon use of the automated external defibrillator." The legislation goes on to amend O.C.G.A. § 31-11-60.1, striking the "base station facility" term in the definitions in (a) as such is "obsolete."
Senate Insurance and Labor Committee
Chairman Burt Jones (R-Jackson) and his Committee met and heard these bills:
- HB 74, a bill by Rep. Darlene Taylor (R-Thomasville), was outlined for the Committee. It has been requested by the Department of Insurance so the State may keep its NAIC accreditation. It changes the life risk-based capital trend test in O.C.G.A. § 33-56-3(a)(1), moving it from 2.5 to 3.0. The legislation will be carried in the Senate by Sen. P.K. Martin, IV (R-Snellville).
- HB 243, by Rep. Bill Werkheiser (R-Glennville), amends O.C.G.A. § 33-4-3.1 addressing employment wages and benefits by local government entities. It changes the definition of the term, 'employment benefits' to add "additional pay based on schedule changes" (which already includes anything of value in addition to wages and salaries such as health benefits, sick leave, vacation times, etc.). The legislation has been supported by the NFIB, Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Restaurant Association.
- HB 174, by Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee), updates the forms of payment an insurance company can use to make a payment on a claim. Rep. Lumsden explained that the Code, at O.C.G.A. § 33-24-3, currently only permits an insurance company to use "cash" to pay claims. This bill brings companies into compliance by also allowing them to use such things as wire transfers, cashier's checks, gift cards, and electronic funds transfers to pay claims to their insureds.
- HB 262, also by Rep. Lumsden, seeks to address the law passed in 2016 regarding the written and electronic clinical directories of providers used by health insurers. Rep. Lumsden explained that there was an issue concerning the standalone dental directories. This legislation will exempt the standalone dental plans from the printed directory requirements in O.C.G.A. § 33-20C-5.
The Committee took no action on the above bills at this meeting.
Senate Judiciary Committee – Subcommittee B
Subcommittee B, chaired by Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus), heard presentations on four bills today:
- HB 9, authored by Rep. Shaw Blackmon (R-Bonaire), seeks to criminalize surreptitious filming or photography under another’s clothes where the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy. This bill is similar to SB 45, authored by Larry Walker III (R-Perry), and arises from the same Court of Appeals decision where a Houston County conviction was overturned where an individual filmed another in a public place but state law only prohibited filming in a private place. The legislation exempts businesses that conspicuously warn the public that such surveillance is being conducted, but there were questions about what notice is required and how broadly businesses should be exempted. The Subcommittee recommended the bill do pass by Committee Substitute; the motion carried and the legislation will be sent to the full Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.
- HB 76, by Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), seeks to correct concerns raised by surveyors relating to electronic filing of plats with the clerks of superior courts. The Subcommittee voted to recommend the bill do pass by Subcommittee Substitute; the bill will be sent to the full Judiciary Committee.
- SB 119, by Sen. Lester Jackson (D-Savannah), is the Georgia Civil Rights Act, a comprehensive protection of public accommodations for individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or handicap, familial status, or national origin. 45 other states have adopted comprehensive civil rights acts. No motion was entertained on the bill today.
- SB 185, by Sen. Elena Parent (D-Decatur), would change the standard of proof to find a person “guilty but mentally retarded” in a felony case from beyond a reasonable doubt to a preponderance of the evidence. Georgia was the first state to enact law barring the execution of mentally retarded individuals, but Georgia is now the only state that retains this highest standard of proof for proving mental retardation in felony cases. Only one person has been found guilty but mentally retarded in Georgia according to the beyond a reasonable doubt standard. Several individuals spoke on behalf of the measure, including a representative of the Proof to a Preponderance of the Evidence Coalition. The Prosecuting Attorneys Council spoke against the measure because of its wide-sweeping effect covering all felonies. No motion was entertained on the bill today.
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