Employers in Georgia would be able to pay workers via prepaid debit cards under Senate Bill 88, said its author, state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson.
A Senate committee approved his idea Feb. 19 after testimony from industry officials representing agriculture, payment transaction companies and others.
Jones said plastic would be preferable particularly for people who don’t have a bank account because they could avoid the fees charged by check-cashing services.
The cards themselves could be subject to fees, too, which would have to be disclosed to the employee.
The bill would allow employers to impose payment by card, giving employees a choice to opt out.
The bill is now in the Rules Committee.
NEW HEARING SET FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL
After a quiet two weeks on the medical marijuana front, House Bill 1 is scheduled for a committee hearing Monday.
The bill, by state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, attracted heat from police, sheriffs and district attorneys at its first hearing earlier this month.
They foresee abuse of the compound that would be decriminalized under the bill: a liquid derived from out-of-state cannabis, with up to 5 percent THC, the buzz-inducing chemical in weed.
DICKEY APPOINTED TO AG EXPO COMMITTEE
State Rep. Robert Dickey, R-Musella, has been named to the Joint Agricultural Exposition Authority Overview Committee.
The committee is responsible for overseeing the Georgia Agriculture Exposition Authority and its management of the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
The agricenter is a state-owned, multipurpose complex that is open year-round. It contains over 1,100 acres that are designed for meetings, conferences, trade shows, livestock, concerts and more. It is also home to the Georgia National Fair, held the fifth Thursday after Labor Day.
Staff writers Maggie Lee and Oby Brown contributed to this report.