SUMMARY OF THE 2020 REGULAR SESSION
The 2020 Regular Session of the 155th Georgia General Assembly convened on January 13, 2020, and adjourned Sine Die on June 26, 2020. The 2020 session was heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following an abbreviated Legislative Day 29 on March 13, the General Assembly remained in an extended recess before eventually returning on June 15 with significant changes to meeting and voting procedures. Additionally, the economic effects of the pandemic necessitated major changes to the FY 2021 Budget when compared to the Governor’s original recommendation. As a result, a smaller than usual number of bills and resolutions received final passage. Despite this fact, the General Assembly did manage to pass legislation relating to a wide range of subjects including hate crime penalties, maternal health coverage, surprise medical billing, and protections for senior home residents.
A number of bills that affect the judiciary were passed, including the budget for Fiscal Year 2021, a revision of the probate code, updates to garnishment proceedings, restrictions to bond practices, and creation of three additional superior court judgeships.
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 2020 session, go to http://www.legis.ga.gov/.
To view the bills signed by the governor in 2020, visit https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/legislation/signed-legislation/2020-signed-legislation.