Four local bills signed into law by governor

Sen. John Albers sponsored legislation



ATLANTA – Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) joined Gov. Nathan Deal at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday, April 22, to sign the following bills he sponsored into law: Senate Bill 207, S.B. 235, S.B. 358 and S.B. 386.

“I commend Gov. Nathan Deal for signing these bills into law and would like to recognize the dedication of my colleagues in both the House and Senate for their favorable consideration of this important legislation,” said Albers. “I would also like to thank the people of the 56th Senate District and citizens across this state for working tirelessly to help make this legislation possible.”

S.B. 207 adds private home care providers to the list of long-term care facilities that fall under the purview of the Georgia Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Program. Under this legislation, Georgians will be afforded an extra measure of protection in private home care settings.

S.B. 235 allows firefighters who perform at least 1,040 hours of annual service to be eligible for membership in the Georgia Firefighters’ Pension Fund. Current law defines a firefighter as a full-time employee who is compensated for their position, holds a current firefighter’s certification and performs the function of suppressing fires.

S.B. 358 expands who can file a missing child report with the Missing Children Information Center (MCIC) to include individuals and institutions charged with the care of foster children. S.B. 358 will ensure that information concerning a missing foster child’s whereabouts will be delivered to the appropriate authorities and allow for a more streamlined, efficient process for reporting runaways or abductions.

S.B. 386 protects sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, taxpayer ID numbers and financial account numbers, included in court filings. It clarifies that where Social Security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers or financial account numbers are included, only the last four digits of any such number may be included in the filing.

The continued need to protect the personally identifiable information of Georgians was brought to Albers’ attention through a Fox 5 I-team report featuring a local Roswell man, Rob Morella, whose personal information was readily accessible on the Fulton County Courts website. After Fox 5 reporter Dale Russell and Morella brought this issue forward to the public, Albers worked closely with several judges, the clerks of the court association and citizens to solve this important issue and pass this legislation into law.

All four bills will go into effect on July 1, 2014.

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