One of the bills I am sponsoring this session passed out of the Judiciary committee this week and is now eligible for a Senate vote. SB 136 gives condominium unit owners the right to file a petition in superior court to grant control of the homeowners association to the unit owners. These types of associations contribute immensely to keeping the resale value of the units high—which is more important now than ever before with the state of the housing market. Condo owners will be able to take control of their own association when those originally charged with the task fail to do so within a 30 day time period.
In chamber news, the Senate passed HB 46, the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act, which allows subpoenas from other states to be served more efficiently in Georgia. Under this Act, any party who wishes to issue an out-of-state subpoena in Georgia must submit it to the superior court of the recipient’s county.
Additionally, Georgia Superior Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein presented the annual State of the Judiciary address to the House of Representatives and the Senate this week, giving attention to our state’s need for criminal justice reform. In order to make this happen, we need the three branches of government—executive, legislative and judicial—to work seamlessly together in order to find effective solutions.
It is necessary for our state to move nonviolent offenders out from behind bars and focus on true rehabilitation rather than just carrying out sentences. By revising our current probation and supervision process into one that removes low-risk offenders who have met all obligations, we will be able to shift our resources towards higher risk offenders. The ultimate goal is to transform these individuals into active, contributing members of society. Georgia needs to act on solutions that acknowledge positive progression with low-risk prisoners without compromising public safety in order to control costs.
I’d also like to touch on the legislative priorities announced by the Senate Majority Caucus last week. These priorities represent the importance of responsible spending, putting Georgians back to work and providing students with a quality education—all of which will ultimately put Georgia on the road to economic recovery.
In 2012, the Senate Majority Caucus is concentrating on legislation that embodies the following principles:
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As always, it is a pleasure to serve the people of the 30 th District. Please feel free to contact my office at any time with your questions and concerns. I look forward to hearing from you.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2012
Natalie Dale, Director
Jennifer Yarber, Deputy Director