The Georgia General Assembly meets for forty days, during which there are many bills that are passed. While the media usually focuses on one or two key pieces of legislation, I would like to bring a few bills to your attention that you might not have heard of before now.
The first is HB 233, the Georgia Uniform Forfeiture Procedure Act that was carried by Rep. Alex Atwood. This bill represents hundreds of hours of consensus building with law enforcement and prosecutors across the state. Rep. Atwood worked tirelessly to achieve a bill that increases transparency and oversight in the civil forfeiture process by strengthening the mandatory reporting requirements of all law enforcement agencies, standardizes civil forfeiture procedures statewide, and collects the disparate provisions into one uniform procedure to be followed for almost all civil forfeitures.