Barring an 11th-hour resurrection, many of the bills that gained a great deal of attention during the early weeks of this year’s General Assembly session have fallen by the wayside.
Legislation that fails to get through either the Georgia House of Representatives or Senate by the 30th day of the 40-day session is essentially dead for the year. In 2014, that so-called Crossover Day fell on Monday.
Here is a partial list of this year’s Crossover Day casualties:
• Senate Bill 141 – It became clear during the first two weeks of the session that the Senate Health and Human Services Committee was not going to vote on legislation scrapping the jury-based system for awarding compensation to victims of medical malpractice and replacing it with a new model based on workers’ compensation.
• House Bill 874 – Legislation allowing residential or commercial property owners in Georgia to contract directly with solar energy installers to finance the installation of solar panels failed to get out of the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee.
• House Bill 907 – A bill requiring technology-enabled ride-sharing services in Georgia to comply with the same licensing and insurance mandates that apply to taxicabs and limousines cleared the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee but failed to reach the floor for a vote.