The Georgia Bar Association may be the Georgia Bar Union, according to the feeling of some unspecified lawmakers who are looking at the Association’s compulsory dues structure. Insider Advantage posted the following last week:
The word from Insideradvantage sources at the state capital is that several lawmakers are huddling together to craft legislation that would force the Georgia Bar Association to look “more like an association and less like a union.” Potential legislation would require the Georgia Bar to make their dues voluntary. Historically all attorneys in Georgia have been required to pay with no choice in the matter. The lawmakers, who asked to remain anonymous have said its time the Bar “had to earn its dues like everybody else in Georgia.” This will surely be a hotly debated piece of legislation as it gets closer to the January kickoff of the 2015 session.
That…would be a significant change in the structure of the Bar presumably making membership in the Association and the dues associated with them optional. This would also further escalate tensions between some members of the legislature and the legal community that seemed to flare up publicly last year during a debate over whether or not medical malpractice lawsuits should be abolished.
Reached last evening for a comment, Senate Judiciary Chairman Josh McKoon said “Compulsory unions are never a good thing, but I’d have to take a look at the bill before making a decision on that policy.”
That doesn’t sound like this idea/rumor is just an idea/rumor. Tell us what you guys are hearing in the comments section.