Tracking 2015 Georgia Enacted Bills and Vetos

By Wikignome431 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Wikignome431 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The 2015 Session of the Georgia General Assembly concluded on April 2, 2015. Following the final adjournment of the General Assembly, known as sine die, the Governor has 40 days to sign any bills or resolutions received after the 34th day of the session, which took place on March 23, 2015.

Enacted Legislation

The Georgia Constitution provides in Article III, Section V, Paragraph XIII that any bills or resolutions not signed or vetoed during the 40 day period will automatically become law. Researchers can review and keep track of which 2015 bills the Governor has signed into law by going to the following sources:

Following the Governor’s actions, the Office of Legislative Council will publish the Summary of General Statutes Enacted at the 2015 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia, which will provide researchers with a summary of all of the statutes of general statewide application signed into law, organized by the title they amend of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. Researchers will find the General Statutes Summary on the General Assembly’s website.

The full text of all the legislation enacted during the 2015 Session of the General Assembly will be published in the 2015 edition of Georgia Laws. Once published, researchers can access the most recent version of Georgia Laws on the Georgia Government Publications website.

Vetoed Legislation

Pursuant to Article III, Section V, Paragraph XII of the Georgia Constitution, the Governor will provide reasons for vetoing legislation. Generally, the Governor will post veto statements on the Press Releases webpage of the Office of the Governor website. Researchers can also find a veto statements in Volume III of Georgia Laws.





Easier access to Google Scholar

Do you use Google Scholar to search for articles or cases? If you do, and you use Chrome as your browser of choice, check out the newly launched Google Scholar Button extension. The extension adds a simple button next to the URL/search bar, which you can use to either search Google Scholar for text highlighted on the page or for other text you enter into a pop-up window.

Definitely easier than going to a whole different website!

Library Abridged is Returning!

Library Abridged Logo Look out! Hot coffee and information coming your way soon! Each Spring, librarians take a few hours to sit in the lobby, chat with students, give out free coffee, and provide some useful information. This year’s Library Abridged program is focusing on two topics: the new library we’re all so excited about and ways the library can help you during your summer jobs. You can find us in the lobby on these dates:

  • Wednesday, April 22 (the new library)
  • Monday, April 27 (top 10 ways the library can help you this summer)

We’ll be available from 10 -11 a.m. and from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on both of those days. Stop by, grab a cuppa, and learn more.

FREE ABA memberships for law students

Fortune cookie says, "You would make a good lawyer."

CC BY-NC Kristina L. Niedringhaus

The ABA announced on April 6, 2015 that law students at ABA-accredited law schools are eligible to receive a free membership. Membership benefits include access to the ABA Job Board, networking opportunities, the Free Career Advice Series, CLE webinars, subscriptions to Student Lawyer and ABA Journal, as well as many other perks of membership.

For more information click here. To sign up, go to or call 800-285-2221.

Dealing with the Stress


flickr photo by Alan Cleaver

By Andrew Vazquez

We’re in the final stretch of the spring 2015 semester. Finals start on April 30, a mere twenty-three days from now. This is both exciting and terrifying. The end of the semester is a very stressful time because it seems that everything is due at the same time. Nevertheless, there are several things you can do to reduce stress during this period. The Mayo Clinic offers four tips that they have coined as the “4 A’s.” These stand for Avoid, Alter, Accept, and Adapt.

Avoid, according to the Mayo Clinic, means to plan ahead better. If you have a deadline, start it earlier than you normally would to ensure that you finish in time. Being able to complete tasks with enough time will help reduce stress because you will not feel as rushed. This tip is especially helpful when studying for finals. Don’t wait to start studying for finals too late.

Alter means to avoid negative things in your life. Identify the things that make you stressed and figure out why they make you stressed. You cannot change some things, but make the best out of them. When studying for finals don’t think to yourself that a topic is too tough and that you can’t learn it. Instead, flip it and use it as a motivator to learn it better.

The next tip is to accept the things you cannot change. Dwelling on things that cannot be changed is counterproductive because, well, you cannot change it. Instead focus on the positive things that you can control and you will be less stressed. You can’t change the grade you got in Contracts or Property last semester, but you can do better this semester. Learn from those mistakes and you’ll do better this time around.

The final tip the Mayo Clinic suggests is to adapt. Keep your expectations reasonable and keep the big picture in focus. This is important because if you focus too closely on the minute details of one particular subject, it will be to the detriment of everything else. Keep everything in focus.

Additional suggestions that I would add is to remember to keep up with friends and family. Moreover, make time to go out and have fun, like going to see a movie or a Braves game (although that may more frustrating and stressful than school).

We’re Hiring!

Law_Library_Logo_colorDo you want to work for the Law Library? We hope so, because we’re hiring GRAs for this summer!

Positions Available
The following positions will be filled:

Law Library GRA positions are open to all GSU law students who have completed their first two semesters of classes. Part-time students are eligible. Students applying for Summer positions must be enrolled in at least 3 hours of Summer classes. Students may apply for both type of GRA position, but cannot be hired for both positions at the same time.

Applications are due at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Reference GRA applicants: Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter, 2) current resume, and 3) completed availability form to Austin Martin Williams ( Include your last name in the file name.

Research GRA applicants: Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter and 2) current resume to Pam Brannon ( Include your last name in the file name.

Spring Break Information, Including Shelving Project

image by flickr user cseeman

image by flickr user cseeman

Spring break is nearly here! The Law Library will be open next week, but we will have shortened hours. We are also about to undergo a major project to get ready for the move to the new building.

Here are our hours for the break:

  • March 14-15: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 16-20: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 21: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 22: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (regular hours resume)

Starting Monday, March 16, all of the shelving units in our lower level main collection area will be dismantled and removed; they will then be reinstalled over at the new building. We expect this project to take most of the week. We also expect it to be noisy. If you are planning to visit the library during Spring Break, you may want to swing by the Circulation Desk for a pair of free earplugs.

A small part of our collection will remain on the lower level until the end of the semester (study aids, reserves, the Georgia and reference collections, and the leisure books and DVDs).

Have a wonderful break!