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Social Work 3600: Social Welfare Policy

Guide to social policy resources with special emphasis on Georgia legislation and policy

Questions to Consider

  • Why was the bill introduced? What problem is the bill attempting to solve?
  • Who/what will be most affected by the bill?
  • What research (direct or indirect) has been done on the issue?
  • Is there a government agency (federal, state, county) that regulates this issue?
  • Does the government or another agency compile statistics related to the issue?

GA Legislative Process

Here is a Georgia Public Broadcasting guide on how a bill becomes a law. See page 7 for a great written description, and page 8 for a flow chart. There is also a video on how a bill becomes a law as well as a video on the legislative process


Find and Track a Bill

Tracking a Bill Through The General Assembly gives a step-by-step of how a bill becomes a law. 

Georgia General Assembly Homepage
Search by bill number (HB for House bills or SB for Senate bills) or topic. Avoid items marked HR or SR (House and Senate Resolutions).

Georgia General Assembly Search Legislation page
Allows you to review and search all bills and resolutions for the current and past regular sessions.

View the current Georgia Code

Georgia Code (Lexis-Nexis)
Compiles and codifies parts of each current law into a subject arrangement by title.

(Remember you must click the + signs to expand a section of the code.)