Monday, May 16, 2016
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, MAY 16, 2016
PUBLIC SAFETY & SECURITY A HIGH PRIORITY IN 2016
Both in legislation and in budgetary initiatives, public safety and security of Georgia's citizens occupied a central role in the legislative and budgetary action of the 2016 General Assembly.
LEGISLATION PROTECTING THE PUBLIC
SB 416-Codifies executive orders setting up the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center which will coordinate efforts by the GBI, Homeland Security, FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force and local law enforcement to insure all agencies know the same information and preparations can be made for any contingency.
HB 941-Changes actions of grand juries when considering charges against law enforcement officers involving deadly force. Court recorders will now be used. Provides for grand jury review of charges against law enforcement officers where bodily harm occurred.
SB 304-Establishes timelines for law enforcement to take possession of medical examination kits used on victims of rape and aggravated sodomy and for forwarding to GBI for analysis.
HB 54-Allows taxpayers getting a refund to allocate part of that refund for children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, to be used for their postsecondary education. Also allows a driver receiving or renewing a driver's license to make a charitable contribution of up to $10 for the same cause.
HB 205-Allows ignition interlock device for certain DUI related driving permits.
HB792-Allows "taser" devices to be carried on post-secondary campuses by enrolled students 18 or older.
HB 874-Increases penalties for "terroristic acts" and applies the Act to inmates as well.
INCREASES IN GBI BUDGET LEAD THE SECURITY INVESTMENT IN 2017 BUDGET
GBI Forensic Scientific Services-5 Additional Toxicology Scientist positions - $762,904
GBI Forensic Scientific Services-5 Additional Scientist positions - $467,591
GBI Investigation-Two new Analyst positions to work with the GA Information Sharing and Analysis Center - $209,122
GBI Investigation-22 new Investigator positions - $3,053,204
GEMA-Two new Analyst positions to work in the GA Information Sharing and Analysis Center for Homeland Security - $209,122
GBI Bond #91-$1.86 million for design of new investigative building to house GA Information Sharing & Analysis Center to support anti-terrorism efforts
Full transcripts of bills may be found at http://www.legis.ga.gov/en-US/default.aspx. Simply type the bill number into the box at the top left-hand corner of the screen and specify if it is in the House or the Senate. The FY 2017 budget (H.B. 751) may be found at http://www.senate.ga.gov/sbeo/en-US/AppropriationsDocuments.aspx. As always, I welcome any questions you may have.