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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.

 

ORGANIZATION

 Table of Organization

 

GEORGIA LEGISLATION RESOURCES

 Georgia Code

 Constitution of the State of Georgia

 Forward to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated

 History of the Codification of the Laws of Georgia

 User's Guide to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated

 A Brief Guide to Legislation for Members and Officers of the Georgia General Assembly

 Legislative Terms Associated with the Georgia General Assembly

General Statutes Summaries

Local Constitutional Amendments (from ACCG)

Population Acts of Georgia (from ACCG)

  Georgia Legislative Documents (from GALILEO), 1755-1995

Legislation Introduced in the General Assembly, 1995-Current

  Carl Vinson Institute of Govt., How a Bill is Passed in the Georgia Legislature (2007)

  Code Revision Commission Members List

  

 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

 List

 

Notice

The information on this webpage is presented by the Office of Legislative Counsel to provide general information and is not intended to advise on any specific legal problem.  It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice.