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HB 159: Domestic relations; adoption; substantially revise general provisions

Voted on Friday February 24, 2017

John Pezold's thoughts

This legislation updates adoption code section to bring in line with current years and provides a best practices of “birth parents, adoptive parents, and child”
Allows non-residents to allow someone to adopt their child - eliminates code section restricting
No more 6 month residency requirement before adoption
Also allows Georgia residents to adopt from other states
You can adopt at age 21 under this bill as opposed to current age 25
But person looking to adopt must be at least 10 years older than the child they seek to adopt if it is a stepparent or relative adoption case
Good - allows family, siblings to adopt in unusual circumstance
Adoption Reunion Registry access is granted at age 18 instead of 21
Updates code section to streamline the “final hearing” for adoptions

More information on legis.ga.gov
John Pezold's Vote

Vote Totals

The table below breaks down the total number of votes, and marks the majority vote.

Voted Total % Majority Vote?
Yea 165 91.7% Majority Vote
Nay 0 0%
Did not vote 4 2.2%
Excused 11 6.1%