Welcome to the PIA Legislation page! The season kicks off January 14, 2013. We look forward to bringing you reports as the session unfolds. Our lobbyist, Jerry Duke, will be at the Capitol almost daily with the independent agency system and you, the agent in mind first! To get in touch with Jerry to share your thoughts or opinions, email him at Jerry@piaga.com.
IMPORTANT FOR AGENTS
Agents Licensing & Renewals – Citizenship
- SB 458 - Barry Loudermilk (R – District 52) - Legislation enacted by the Georgia legislature relating to verification of citizenship contained a provision that requires NEW agents to provide notarized proof that they are citizens of the United States, and Renewal applications for existing agents also requires proof of citizenship.
- Under the current law – ALL agents would be required to furnish the proof of citizenship EVERYtime they renew. Companies would also have to furnish proof of citizenship for each of their appointed agents each year.
- SB 458 – contains correcting language (line 124 thru 127) that would ONLY require proof of citizenship ONE (1) time.
PIA supports this important change that will save agents and companies both money and time. SB 458 has passed out of committee. Watch this report for up to the minute progress on SB 458. You could be called on for grassroots support.
UPDATE - METAL THEFT
- HB 872 - Jason Shaw (R-Lakeland; District 176) - Representative Shaw (member PIA Board of Directors) presented HB 872 to the Judiciary Sub-committee on February 22. After a lengthy committee session HB 872 passed with only minor changes and will continue to move through the legislative process.
Mike Kaplan, president of PIA appeared on Macon/Central Georgia television discussing the need for this important legislation. PIA has actively worked to see a legislative fix to the metal theft problem since October 2011. Click here to see the interview.