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HB 584                                              HB 584/AP 
 
      H. B. No. 584 (AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE) 
      By:  Representatives Mobley of the 69th, Ragas of the 64th, 
      Brooks of the 54th and Epps of the 131st 
 
 
                        A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 
                               AN ACT 
 
 
  1- 1  To amend Code Section 17-7-93 of the Official Code of 
  1- 2  Georgia Annotated, relating to arraignment and entry of plea 
  1- 3  in criminal cases, so as to provide that prior to acceptance 
  1- 4  of a plea of guilty, the court shall determine whether the 
  1- 5  defendant is freely entering the plea with an understanding 
  1- 6  as to its effect on his or her immigration status; to 
  1- 7  provide for related matters; to provide for an effective 
  1- 8  date and applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for 
  1- 9  other purposes. 
 
  1-10       BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: 
 
  1-11                           SECTION 1. 
 
  1-12  Code Section 17-7-93 of the Official Code of Georgia 
  1-13  Annotated, relating to arraignment and entry of plea in 
  1-14  criminal cases, is amended by adding at its end a new 
  1-15  subsection (c) to read as follows: 
 
  1-16    "(c) In addition to any other inquiry by the court prior 
  1-17    to acceptance of a plea of guilty, the court shall 
  1-18    determine whether the defendant is freely entering the 
  1-19    plea with an understanding that if he or she is not a 
  1-20    citizen of the United States, then the plea may have an 
  1-21    impact on his or her immigration status.  This subsection 
  1-22    shall apply with respect to acceptance of any plea of 
  1-23    guilty to any state offense in any court of this state or 
  1-24    any political subdivision of this state." 
 
  1-25                           SECTION 2. 
 
  1-26  This Act shall become effective July 1, 2000, and shall 
  1-27  apply with respect to pleas accepted on or after that date. 
 
  1-28                           SECTION 3. 
 
  1-29  All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 
  1-30  repealed. 
 
 
 


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