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.
GEORGIA LEGISLATION RESOURCES
Constitution of the State of Georgia
Foreword 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) (Updated 08/27/2018)
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
O.C.G.A. § 28-4-3. Office of Legislative Counsel; creation; qualifications; powers and duties.
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
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.