Consumer advocates calls for better debt protections in Georgia

Consumer watchdog group Georgia Watch says Georgia lags behind most other states in the country for protecting residents against debt collection. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

During the pandemic, consumer debt lawsuits went on hiatus. Dockets though are once again full with collections-related cases.

Georgia offers little protection from wage garnishments for consumers who find themselves in the crosshairs of debt collectors.

That’s according to Liz Coyle, executive director of the consumer advocacy non-profit Georgia Watch. She says state lawmakers now have an opportunity to change that.

“So we think there are some really simple things that legislators could do to reform our garnishment laws that’ll really help Georgia families in some of these difficult times,” said Coyle.

Coyle said that wage garnishment, in particular, is an area where Georgia lags behind surrounding states in protecting consumers from predatory practices.