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Kemp signs $32.4 billion state budget, 18 more bills

May 05, 2023

Teachers and police officers have bigger paychecks headed their way. The elderly and disabled have greater protection against financial scams. Prosecutors face more scrutiny — and possible dismissal — under a newly-created oversight committee. And your kid’s lemonade stand is now legal.

Gov. Brian Kemp wrapped up his workweek Friday in Ellabell, the site of the Hyundai Metaplant in Bryan County, where he signed the state’s fiscal year 2024 budget (HB 19), which runs from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024. It totals $32.4 billion and provides raises for teachers and law enforcement officers.

Kemp 2024 Budget signing Ellabell
Gov. Brian Kemp signs the state budget bill on May 5, 2023, in Ellabell, Georgia. (Credit: Eric Johnson, local project director for construction of Hyundai EV Plant in Bryan County, Georgia)

The governor has signed more than 150 bills into law over the last couple of weeks, including, in addition to the budget, 18 in the last two days. 

Here’s a look at the latest set of new laws:

HB 31: Dedicates proceeds from certain hazardous waste fees to the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund.

HB 132: Authorizes certain uses of ungraded lumber.

HB 142: Creates unified campus police forces.

HB 183: Revises temporary license plate and operating permit provisions; removes requirements for the Department of Revenue (DOR) to mail letters to school zone camera violators and for DOR to place a title hold on violators’ vehicles.

HB 188: Enacts the “Georgia Dangerous Sexual Predator Prevention Act,” also known as “Mariam’s Law.”  It provides for severe penalties for repeat violent sex offenders.

HB 221: Gives the insurance commissioner more days to review filings of motor vehicle insurance policies above the mandatory minimum.

HB 222: This “Insurance Commissioner bill” is a cleanup bill for insurance codes.

HB 254: Revises requirements for counties and municipalities to provide additional means of publishing legal notices.

HB 408: Changes the sunset provision on exemptions for competitive projects of regional significance.

SB 55: “The Lemonade Stand” bill lets Georgians under the age of 18 sell nonconsumable goods, prepackaged food items and nonalcoholic beverages without requiring a permit, license or incurring any taxes, as long as the revenue totals less than $5,000 in a calendar year.

SB 62: Prohibits certain local government ordinances or policies related to public camping or sleeping. It’s intended to control the homeless population in public areas.

SB 84: The “Georgia Uniform Securities Act of 2008" provides financial protections for elderly and disabled adults who may be victims of financial exploitation.

SB 92: Creates a prosecuting attorneys oversight committee.

SB 107: “Izzy’s Law” puts in place aquatic safety plans for private swim instructors to be made available through the Department of Public Health’s website.

SB 129: Enables workers to request two hours off to vote in Georgia elections.

SB 149: Enacts the “Georgia Door-to-Door Sales Act,” which provides consumer protection for door-to-door sales of products that are eligible for federal tax credit (i.e., solar panels).

SB 218: Enables people who’ve completed a jail or prison term to get identification cards.

SB 222: Mandates that all costs and expenses related to election administration be paid for with lawfully appropriate public funds.

See other bills the governor has signed into law this year here, here and here.

You can reach Tammy Joyner on Twitter @lvjoyner or at [email protected]. Joyner is State Affairs senior investigative reporter in Georgia. A Georgia transplant, she has lived in the Peach State for nearly 30 years.