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OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL 

The Office of Legislative Counsel is a joint office of the General Assembly of Georgia, created by statute in 1959. The office serves as legal counsel for the General Assembly and provides services to all members in their official capacities on a confidential, nonpartisan, and impartial basis. Primary responsibilities include drafting legislation, counseling legislators and legislative committees, and issuing legal opinions to legislators on statutory interpretation and constitutionality. The office also serves as staff for the Georgia Code Revision Commission, which has oversight of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.  Additionally, the office compiles and annually publishes the Georgia Laws volumes containing the Acts and resolutions of the General Assembly. The office is under the direction of the Legislative Counsel, who is elected by the Legislative Services Committee of the General Assembly and is required by law to be an attorney skilled and experienced in legislative matters and bill drafting.

 

                                            LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL

 Wayne R. Allen, J.D., Univ. of Ga., 1992

 

STAFF

 Deputy Legislative Counsel

 David R. Bundrick, J.D., Stetson Univ., 1980

Elizabeth P. Howerton, J.D., Univ. of Ga., 1994

H. Jeff Lanier, J.D., Univ. of Ga., 1978

Richard C. Ruskell, J.D., Univ. of Ga., 1979

Shawn Marie Story, J.D., Mercer Univ., 1993

Jill A. Travis, J.D., Mercer Univ., 1986

G. Lynn Whitten, J.D., Univ. of Ala., 1980

 

Assistant Legislative Counsel

 Jeremy C. Arey, J.D., Univ. of Ga., 2010

Jennifer S. Dolde, J.D., Ga. State Univ., 2005

Julius B. Tolbert, J.D., Univ. of Ga., 2003

 

Administrative Support

 Jennifer Burgess, Administrative Assistant

Diana Daniels, Executive Assistant to the Legislative Counsel

 

Editors

 Arianne Berens

Eugie Foster

Vallerie Trent, Supervising Editor

 

Document Specialists

 Teresa Adkins

Tracy Cochran

Annette Culpepper

Mandy McDonald

Joyce Hall

Sharon Hubbard

Doris Ragland

Natasha Spurrier

  

 

GEORGIA STATUTE RESOURCES

 Georgia Code

General Statutes Summaries

 

 MORE ABOUT THE OFFICE

 Statute

 O.C.G.A. § 28-4-3. Office of Legislative Counsel; creation; qualifications; powers and duties.

 

Articles

 Frank H. Edwards, The Office of Legislative Counsel. Reprinted with permission from the Georgia State Bar Journal, Volume 23, Number 3, February 1987. Copyright State Bar of Georgia. Statements expressed within this article should not be considered endorsements of products or procedures by the State Bar of Georgia.  The Office of Legislative Counsel

 Terry A. McKenzie, The Making of a New Code: The Official Code of Georgia Annotated: Recodification in Georgia. Reprinted with permission from the Georgia State Bar Journal, Volume 18, Number 3, February 1982. Copyright State Bar of Georgia. Statements expressed within this article should not be considered endorsements of products or procedures by the State Bar of Georgia.  The Making of a New Code

 

Former Legislative Counsels

(with terms of office)

 Sewell R. Brumby, J.D., Univ. of Ga., 1978 (1987-2011)

Frank H. Edwards, LL.B., Univ. of Ga., 1942 (1959-1987)