SUMMARY OF THE 2023 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
The 2023 Session of the 158th Georgia General Assembly convened on January 9, 2023, and adjourned Sine Die on March 29, 2023. During the session, the General Assembly passed legislation spanning a wide range of subject matters including criminal street gang activity (SB 44), a uniform process for assuming custody of children as a result of disposition orders (SB 133), oversight of prosecuting attorneys (SB 92), a state income tax credit (HB 192), and (as constitutionally required) a state budget for Amended Fiscal Year 2023 and Fiscal Year 2024.
The General Assembly passed a significant number of bills affecting Georgia’s judiciary this year. Notably, HB 186 provides technical and conforming amendments to the Judicial Council’s 2022 Superior and State Court Appellate Practice Act (HB 916) and legislation creating three additional superior court judgeships. The Judicial Council also supported the passage of HB 543, which increases the threshold for six-person juries in civil cases unique to state court from $25,000 to $50,000.
This was the first year of the two-year biennium, so all bills not passed are eligible to pass during the 2024 session.
To view the summaries of all bills tracked by the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts, please visit the JC/AOC Legislative Tracking Website.
To view all bills introduced during the Georgia General Assembly’s 2023 session, please visit www.legis.ga.gov/. To view the bills signed by the Governor in 2023, visit https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/legislation/signed-legislation/2023.