SUMMARY OF THE 2021 REGULAR SESSION
The 2021 Regular Session of the 156th Georgia General Assembly convened on January 11, 2021, and adjourned Sine Die on March 31, 2021. As with the previous session, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused significant modification in how the House and Senate conducted business. Despite this, the General Assembly was able to meet without serious interruption and passed legislation spanning a wide range of subject matters, including paid parental leave for state employees, extension of COVID-19 liability protections, and medical marijuana expansion. Additionally, the FY 2022 Budget was able to increase and restore some agency funds that were cut in last year’s budget amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic.
A significant number of bills affecting Georgia’s judiciary passed, including the state budget for Fiscal Year 2022, continued tolling of statutory speedy trial requirements following a judicial emergency, mediation law uniformity, and multiple proposals developed by the Judicial Council’s Judicial COVID-19 Task Force.
To view the summaries of all bills tracked by the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts, please visit legislation.georgiacourts.gov.
To view all bills introduced during the Georgia General Assembly’s 2021 session, go to www.legis.ga.gov/. To view the bills signed by the Governor in 2021, visit https://gov. georgia.gov/2021-signed-legislation.