The Georgia General Assembly will be adjourning on March 29th, with a voting day today, a committee day on Tuesday and the final voting day on Wednesday. The following are a few controversial pieces of legislation that our readers should be interested to watch:

HB 231: This bill by Rep. Houston Gaines, R-Athens, creates a Prosecuting Attorney’s Oversight Commission. It passed the House but languishes in the Senate Judiciary Committee. It basically is a reaction to permissive district attorneys in several high-crime jurisdictions (most notably Athens-Clarke County) who openly refuse to prosecute various crimes or who otherwise violate their oath of office.

The oversight body would include one five-member panel that investigates allegations made against prosecutors and a three-member panel that would conduct hearings on any charges filed by the investigative panel, issue disciplinary orders, standards and advisory opinions regarding the grounds for disciplining prosecutors. 

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