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2022 Legislative Session: Week Four

The General Assembly returned to action this week following budget hearings for the members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to hear directly from agency heads on the Governor’s proposed budget. 

Notable action this week included a number of hearings and some floor votes on legislation creating new cities as well as an extended Adjournment Resolution which provides a calendar for the rest of the Session. The last day of Session, traditionally known as Sine Die, will take place on Monday, April 4th. The resolution laying out which days the General Assembly will be in session can be found here.

Georgia INFORM Act Receives Unanimous Yes Vote in Senate
The Georgia State Senate sent a strong message regarding the importance of deterring organized retail crime by passing SB 332 with a unanimous vote of 51-0 on Tuesday. The GA INFORM Consumers Act, sponsored by Sen. John Albers, will take away the anonymity that high volume sellers of unused items enjoy on some online marketplaces today. This change will help law enforcement keep tabs on groups that are using the online marketplaces to sell stolen goods as well as provide consumers with more information about who they are actually buying their products from when they shop online.

SB 332 now moves to the House of Representatives. Members of the GA Retailershave already begun reaching out to House members to educate them on the legislation and why it is needed.

Computer Data Privacy Bill Under Evaluation Georgia Retailers 

Members of the Georgia Retailers held a call Wednesday to discuss SB 394, the Georgia Computer Data Privacy Act. Among other issues, the bill puts new burdens on retailers regarding customer data that will cost millions of dollars for retailers to implement and creates a private right of action with little to no opportunity for “notice and cure” when problems are discovered. We currently are consulting with legal council to fully understand how applicable the bill is to the retail community. 

The General Assembly has now completed 11 Legislative Days of the 40 Day Session.
Next week’s schedule:

  • Monday (2/7)– Legislative Day 12
  • Tuesday (2/8)– Legislative Day 13
  • Wednesday (2/9)– Committee Work Day
  • Thursday (2/10)– Legislative Day 14
  • Friday (2/11) – Legislative Day 15 

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