Senate passes garnishment bill, House votes for shoal bass

[private]The Georgia Senate voted 50-0 Tuesday to pass SB 255, a bill that will extensively rewrite the state’s garnishment laws.

SB 255 moves to the state House of Representatives, which is expected to pass it as well.

Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro) sponsored SB 255 after federal Judge Marvin Shoob ruled the current law unconstitutional for failing to give required notice to consumers that they can protect benefits like worker’s compensation and Social Security payments from being garnished.

The House voted 167-0 to pass HB 483, which designates the shoal bass as the official Georgia native riverine sport fish. The bill now proceeds to the Senate.

Rep. Debbie Buckner (D-Junction City) said HB 483 was introduced to promote the marketing and tourism efforts involving shoal bass, 95 percent of which are found in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin.

Rep. Mike Cheokas said Tuesday he will introduce legislation, which he is calling the “Jimmy Carter Bill,” to prohibit insurers from denying payments for the use of drugs not yet approved by the FDA as treatments for terminal diseases like Stage IV cancer.

The bill recognizes Carter for the treatments he has been taking at Emory Healthcare for melanoma, Cheokas said.

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