With members of the Georgia General Assembly standing behind him, Gov. Nathan Deal signs legislation that would create a panel to study that state's criminal justice system, Friday April 22, 2011 in Gainesville, Ga.. Deal signed the measure in Hall County's drug court, saying it would help save taxpayer dollars while finding better ways to rehabilitate offenders. (AP Photo/The Times, Sara Guevara)
ATLANTA (AP) _ Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign a slate of legislative measures that would overhaul the state’s public defenders council, approve new evidence rules and create a new system for compiling eligible juror lists.
The governor is scheduled to sign the three measures on Tuesday at the State Bar of Georgia headquarters.
The public defender measure replaces the current 15-member board with nine new appointees tapped by the gov-ernor, the lieutenant governor and the House speaker and it gives the director more power over whom the system hires.
The new evidence rules modify Georgia’s law to adopt many federal standards.
And the juror measure creates a new statewide database of eligible jurors based on voter registration, driver’s li-censes and other records.