Legislative Update

Voting Rights & Administration Bills

SB 325 (Dropbox Ban) This bill would ban the use of absentee ballot drop boxes statewide. 

Status: The Senate has read and referred this bill to the Senate Ethics Committee.  

HB 933: This bill would remove provisions that keep ballots and documents under seal.

Status: House Second Readers – Assigned to House Committee on Governmental Affairs. 

HB 886: This bill addresses chain of custody and ballot requirements.  Leads to concern about the burdens and costs that counties may incur.

Status: House Committee favorably reported by substitute.  

SB 350: Procedure updates for Nonpartisan General Elections, including when nonpartisan elections can be held.

Status: Senate read and referred – Senate Ethics Committee. 

SB 442: Would allow for voters to choose to permanently receive absentee ballots.

Status: Senate read and referred – Senate Ethics Committee.

SB 443: This bill would remove the prohibition regarding providing food and drink to people in line to vote at polling places.

Status: Senate read and referred – Senate Ethics Committee.

SB 444:  This bill would remove any limitation on the number of absentee ballot drop boxes that can be used for elections.

Status: Senate read and referred – Senate Ethics Committee.

HB 975:  This bill would allow for the creation of a board of elections and the selection and appointment of members to take the place of the judge of the probate court.

Status: House Second Readers – House Committee on Government Affairs.

HB 1085: Would create an option for municipalities to adopt and use instate runoff voting.

Status: House committee favorably reported – House Committee on Government Affairs.

HB 333: Would revise the powers and duties of the Georgia Government and Transparency and Finance Commission as well as procedures, contribution limits, etc.

Status: Recommitted to Senate Rules Committee.  

HB 1359: Would make elections administration harder.

Status: House Second Readers – House Special Committee on Election Integrity. 

SR 363 (Non-citizen Voting Ban) | This resolution would make the state’s ban on voting by noncitizens part of the state constitution. 

Status:  FAILED IN THE SENATE! 

K-12/Higher Education Bills

HB 932 (In-state Tuition) | This bill would allow non-citizen refugees to utilize in-state pricing for college tuition.

Status: House Second Readers – House Higher Education Committee.    

HB 888: This is a classroom censorship bill that would ban conversations of race and racism in the classroom and other conversations/engagements around public policy.  20% of annual funds will be cut if these terms are violated.

Status: House Second Readers – House Education Committee.  

Immigration Bills

SB 448:  This bill would allow officers (without warrants) to check one’s citizenship status during traffic stops.  

Status: This bill is assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  

Redistricting Bills

SB 369:  This bill would require that Gwinnett County’s school board elections be non-partisan.  

Status: Passed both House and Senate.  Signed into law. 

HB 872: This bill revises the district boundaries for the Gwinnett County Board of Education.

Status: Passed both House and Senate.  Signed into law.

HB 873This bill revises the district boundaries for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. 

Status: Passed both House and Senate.  Signed into law.  

HB 1028:  Draws two Cobb County Board of Education members into the same district and leaves another vacant. 

Status: Passed House and Senate.  Signed into law. 

HB 1154: Draws both Cobb County commissioners representing East Cobb into the same district.  

Status: Passed House and Senate.  Signed into law.