Georgia House Approves Bill to Restore Ability to Sue the Government

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to restore the ability to sue the government for incorrectly administering laws, a tool used by activists and businesses.

One day after the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to end the lawsuits, the House voted 154-9 in favor of House Bill 59, sending it to the Senate for consideration.

The measure by House Judiciary Chairman Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, provides a waiver of sovereign immunity. These are cases when a judge is asked to either make a government agency do something or stop doing something because it is misinterpreting the law, what attorneys call injunctive relief or a declaratory judgment.

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