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1755–, Colony/State of Georgia, Session Laws
The first incursion by Europeans onto soil that would eventually end up in the State of Georgia came in 1540 during the disastrous expedition of
Spaniards led by Hernando de Soto, 1539-42. For the next120 years, territory in Georgia was variously claimed by Spain, operating out of St. Augustine;
Frenchmen, who attempted a settlement on the St. Johns River; and English settlers drifting south from Charleston. In 1663 Charles II of England granted
a charter for the Carolina Territory, which nominally included vast territories that eventually would end up in the states of Alabama, Georgia,
Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The first English settlement in territory that eventually would become Georgia came in 1721. However, the
true beginning of Georgia as a separate entity dates to 9 June 1732, when George II granted a charter for a colony christened “Georgia” to a group of
“Trustees” headed up by the great prison reformer James Oglethorpe. In the Charter, the territory of the new colony was cavalierly defined as being
all lands between the Savannah and Altamaha rivers (ca. 75 miles of Atlantic coastline) and thence to the Pacific Ocean (a distance of ca. 2,250
miles). Oglethorpe and the other founders established the first settlement, Savannah, in late 1732. They were a distinctly virtuous lot, and their goals
were extraordinarily utopian. One of their reforming goals was to resettle Britain’s poor, especially those in debtors’ prisons, in the New World, where
they would live in a model agrarian society. Since, in contrast to previous colonies in British America, no provision was made for a legislative body,
legislative power resided in the Trustees. While they did govern, they issued only three laws: banning liquor, mandating the maintenance of peace
with the Indians, and banning slavery {7 & 12 pp, Apr. 1735 & 4p., Mar., 1741}. These laws were exceedingly unpopular with the settlers, and none long
endured. The ban on slavery, for example, was overturned in 1750. The subsequent rapid growth of slavery fueled growth in the colony’s first major
agricultural industry, its coastal rice plantations. The original George II charter expired in 1752. With the non-Native American population then
approaching 3,000 souls, the British Government chose to convert the territory into a Crown Colony; the last of the original Thirteen Colonies. From then to
the American Revolution there were only three British governors: John Reynolds, 1754-57, Henry Ellis, 1757-60, and James Wright, 1760 to March, 1776.
Provision was also made for a legislative body in the form of a General Assembly with two chambers. The commons chamber was comprised of 19 elected
members, while the upper house numbered 12 Crown appointees who served as the governor’s Council. All legislation, excepting revenue measures, originated
in the Council. The assembly first convened in January 1755, and met continuously until the eve of the American Revolution in 1776. Legislative
continuity during the War is disputed. A “Third Provincial Council” met in Augusta in 1776, and on 15 April issued the “Rules and Regulations of 1776.” This
latter document is considered the first, temporary, state constitution for the State of Georgia. The first State Legislature for Georgia met in
January of 1787. For historical reasons the boundaries of the new state were uncertain. Its northern border with South Carolina was rather amicably settled
by the Beaufort Convention of 1787. However, reflecting claims dating back to the Charter of George II, after the Revolution Georgia continued its
claim on western land “to the Pacific.” But negotiations with Washington, and the spur of massive land scandals, finally led in 1802 to Georgia ceding
its claims. In 1804 the Federal Government added the ceded lands to the Mississippi Territory, and this fixed the Georgia’s present western boundary.
Establishing the southern boundary with Florida remained an open question until the eve of the Civil War. Finally, in 1854, in an opinion authored by
Chief Justice Taney {58 U.S. 478}, the U.S. Supreme Court permanently fixed Georgia’s southern boundary in its present configuration. The location of
Georgia’s capital changed as the colony and state evolved. During some years the honor was shared. The general chronology is as follows: Savannah,
1735-85; Augusta, 1785-95; Louisville, 1796-1806; Milledgeville, 1804-1868; and, finally, Atlanta, 1868 to date.)
Title:   Acts of the General Assembly of the state of Georgia.
OCLC Number:   454452623
Available Volumes
NameFiche CountOnlinePaper Backup
1900 Oct Ann. Sess.YesNo
1901 Oct Ann. Sess.YesNo
1902 Oct Ann. Sess.YesNo
1903 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1904 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1905 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1906 Jun Ann. Sess.YesYes
1907 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1908 Jun Ann. Sess.YesYes
1908 Aug Ext. Sess.YesYes
1909 Jun Ann. Sess.YesYes
1910 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1911 Jun Ann. Sess.YesYes
1912 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1913 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1914 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1915 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1915 Nov Ext. Sess.YesNo
1916 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1917 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1917 Mar Ext. Sess.YesNo
1918 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1919 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1920 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1921 Jun Ann. Sess.YesYes
1922 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1923 Jun Ann. Sess.YesYes
1923 Nov Ext. Sess.YesNo
1924 June Ann SessYesNo
1925 Jun Ann. Sess.YesNo
1926 Feb Ext. Sess.YesNo
1926 Mar Ext. Sess.YesNo
1927 Jun Bien. Sess.YesYes
1929 Jun Bien. Sess.YesNo
1931 Jan Ext. Sess.YesNo
1931 Jun Bien. Sess.YesNo
1933 Jan Bien. Sess.YesNo
1935 Jan Bien. Sess.YesYes
1937-38 Ext. Sess.YesYes
1939 Jan Bien. Sess.YesNo
1941 Jan Bien. Sess.YesNo
1944 Jan Ext. Sess.YesNo
1945 Jan Bien. Sess.YesNo
1946 Adj. Sess.YesNo
1947 Jan Bien. Sess.YesNo
1948 Oct Ext. Sess.YesNo
1948 Nov Ext. Sess.YesNo
1949 Jan Bien. Sess.YesNo
1949 Jul Ext. Sess.YesNo
1950 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1950 Jan Sess. Loc.YesNo
1951 Jan Bien. Sess. Gen.YesNo
1951 Jan Bien. Sess. Loc.YesNo
1952 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1952 Jan Sess. Loc.YesNo
1953 Jan-Feb Sess. Gen.YesYes
1953 Jan-Feb Sess. Loc.YesYes
1953 Nov-Dec Sess. Gen.YesNo
1953 Nov-Dec Sess. Loc.YesNo
1955 Jan-Feb Sess. Gen.YesYes
1955 Jan-Feb Sess. Loc.YesYes
1955 Jun Ext. Sess.YesNo
1956 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1956 Jan Sess. Loc.YesNo
1957 Jan Sess. Gen.YesYes
1957 Jan Sess. Loc.YesYes
1958 Jan Sess. Gen.YesYes
1958 Jan Sess. Loc.YesNo
1959 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1959 Jan Sess. Loc.YesNo
1960 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1960 Jan Sess. Loc.YesNo
1961 Jan Sess. Gen.YesYes
1961 Jan Sess. Loc.YesNo
1962 Jan Sess. Loc.YesNo
1962 Sept Ext. Sess.YesNo
1962 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1962 Apr. Spec. Sess. Gen.YesNo
1963 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1963 Jan Sess. Loc.YesNo
1964 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1964 May Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1964 Jan Ext. Sess. Gen.YesNo
1964 May Ext. Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1965 Jan Sess. Gen.YesYes
1965 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1966 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1966 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1967 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1967 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1968 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1968 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1969 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1969 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1970 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1970 Jan Sess. Loc & Spec.YesNo
1971 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1971 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1971 Sept Ext. Sess. Gen.YesNo
1971 Sept Ext. Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1972 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1972 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesYes
1973 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1973 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1974 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1974 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesYes
1975 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1975 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesYes
1975 Jun Ext. Sess. Gen.YesNo
1976 Jan Sess. Gen.YesYes
1976 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1977 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1977 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesYes
1978 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1978 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1979 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1979 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1980 Jan Sess. Gen.YesYes
1980 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1981 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1981 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1981 Aug Ext. Sess. Gen.YesNo
1982 Jan Sess. Gen.YesYes
1982 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesYes
1982 Aug Ext. Sess. Gen.YesNo
1983 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1983 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1984 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1984 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1985 Jan Sess. Gen.YesYes
1985 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1986 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1986 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1987 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1987 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1988 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1988 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1989 Jan Sess. Gen.YesYes
1989 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesYes
1990 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1990 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1991 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1991 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1991 Aug Ext. Sess.YesNo
1992 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1992 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1993 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1993 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1994 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1994 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1995 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1995 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1995 Jan Sess. Index and Misc.YesNo
1995 Aug Ext. Sess.YesNo
1996 Jan Sess. Gen.YesYes
1996 Jan Sess. Loc. & Sess.YesNo
1996 Jan Sess. Index and Misc.YesNo
1997 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1997 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1997 Jan Sess. Index and Misc.YesNo
1998 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1998 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1998 Jan Sess. Index and Misc.YesNo
1999 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
1999 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
1999 Jan Sess. Index and Misc.YesNo
2000 Jan Sess. Gen. Loc. & Spec. (Index and Misc.)YesYes
2001 Jan Sess Gen Local & Special Vol. 2YesNo
2001 Jan Sess Gen Local & Special Vol. 3 (Index & Misc.)YesNo
2002 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
2002 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesYes
2002 Jan Sess. Index and Misc.YesNo
2003 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
2003 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
2003 Jan Sess. Index and Misc.YesNo
2004 Jan Sess. Gen.YesYes
2004 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
2004 Jan Sess. Index and Misc.YesNo
2004 May Ext. Sess.YesNo
2005 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
2005 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
2005 Jan Sess. Index and Misc.YesNo
2006 Jan Sess. Gen. Loc. & Spec. (Index and Misc.)YesYes
2007 Jan Sess. Gen. Loc. & Spec. Vol. 1YesYes
2007 Jan Sess. Gen. Loc. & Spec. Vol. 2YesYes
2007 Jan Sess. Gen. Loc. & Spec. (Index and Misc.)YesYes
2008 Jan Sess. Gen.YesNo
2008 Jan Sess. Loc. & Spec.YesNo
2008 Jan Sess. Index and Misc.YesNo