James L. Pannell Papers

James L. Pannell Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: James L. Pannell Papers
Creator: Pannell, James L.
Inclusive Dates: 1985-1990s
Language(s): English
Extent: 15 box(es) (13 linear feet)
Extent: 2 oversize_folders
Collection Number: RBRL307JLP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: James L. Pannell served as a state representative from Georgia's 122nd District from 1985 to 1990. His papers include correspondence, bills and resolutions and legislative research files.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

James L. Pannell, a state representative from Georgia's 122nd District, was born in Atlanta on September 12, 1948 and grew up in Chatsworth, GA. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1970 with a B.B.A. in economics. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve (Corps of Engineers) in 1970, serving in the active reserves until 1978. In 1971, Pannell was a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Richard B. Russell and, following Senator Russell's death, continued under U.S. Senator David H. Gambrell. In 1974, he received his J.D. degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and joined the law firm Oliver Maner & Gray.

A member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1985 to 1990, Pannell served on the Ways and Means, Judiciary, Natural Resources, and Health and Ecology Committees. During his tenure in the General Assembly, Pannell, a Democrat, was noted for his work on healthcare, historic preservation, tax and environmental legislation. He also sponsored several important measures of local concern, including the Chatham Area Transit Authority Act, which reorganized public transportation in the Savannah area in 1986, the Chatham-Savannah Youth Futures Authority (1988), and the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless (1989).

Pannell is currently a partner with the law firm Gray Pannell & Woodward practicing primarily in the areas of municipal bonds, civil litigation and business law. He is married to the former Karen Bedingfield and has two children.

Source: "James L. Pannell," Gray Pannell & Woodward, LLP web site

Scope and Content

The James L. Pannell Papers document Pannell's tenure in the Georgia General Assembly as a representative from Georgia's 122nd District (1985-1990) and include constituent correspondence, bills and resolutions, and legislative research. The papers reflect Pannell's work on healthcare, historic preservation, tax reform and environmental initiatives as well as issues directly affecting Savannah and Chatham County.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series: I. Correspondence, II. Legislative, and III. Additions.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation

James L. Pannell Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Mat Darby, Anna Harris, & Jessica Wylie, 2014.

Added "additions" series., 2024-01-30.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series I. Correspondence

Series I. Correspondence, arranged chronologically, consists of letters from Pannell's constituents, representatives of organizations, trade groups and corporations, and fellow representatives and government officials. Topics include proposed and enacted legislation, issues directly affecting the 122nd District, and routine matters of the General Assembly.
11-2General Correspondence Volume I, 1984 August - 1985 May
13-5General Correspondence Volume II, 1985 June - 1986 April 11
16-7General Correspondence Volume III, 1986 April 14 - 1986 December 31
18-10General Correspondence [Volume IV], 1987 January 1 - 1987 December 31
111-12General Correspondence [Volume V], 1988 January 1 - 1989 July 18

Series II. Legislative

Series II. Legislative documents Pannell's work on various legislative initiatives and his engagement with the issues affecting Georgia's 122nd District and includes copies of bills and resolutions, research and subject files, and related correspondence.

Subseries A. Bills and Resolutions

Subseries A. Bills and Resolutions, arranged by number, is comprised of bills and resolutions of the Georgia House and Senate and includes copies of the legislation as proposed as well as related correspondence and supporting information.
113Miscellaneous Bills
114HB-40 Workers Compensation, "Employee" definition
115HB-125 (also SB-685) Dentistry; Dental Practice Act
116HB-135 Psychology License
117HB-142 Tobacco Sales to Minors
118HB-166 Parking Areas, Trespass
119HB-191 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax
120HB-209 Directors and Officers Liability
121HB-213 Municipalities, Road Defects, Repeal Liability
21HB-225 Appropriations 1988
22HB-254 Health Care Data System
23HB-256 Counties/Municipal; Multi-Year Agreements
24HB-268 Coastal Marshlands
25HB-393 Confidential Communications, Social Workers & Family Therapists
26HB-273 Bonds Issues, Legal Fees
27HB-436 Eminent Domain, Condemnor, Payment of Expenses
28HB-491 Ad Valorem Taxation of Utilities
29HB-517 Optometrists - Drugs
210HB-628 Property Tax Assessment Study Committees
211HB-648 Hospital Authorities Law
212HB-649 Bad Checks
213HB-656 Police Officers, Exempt Retirement Funds
214HB-657 Civil Practice Act
215HB-664 Casual Sales
216HB-685 Practice of Dentistry, Ownership
217HB-696 Ad Valorem Taxation of Electric Utilities
218HB-708 Hospitals/Trust Funds
219HB-710 Respiratory Therapists
220HB-816 Optometrists Licensing
221HB-890 Trusts, Payment of Fund for Real Property Improvement
222HB-1162 Trust Companies, Investment of Fiduciary Funds
223HB-1163 Guardians, Compensation
224HB-1204 Labor and Industrial Relations; Discharge, Discipline
225HB-1206 and 1208 Homestead Exemption
226HB-1169 Optometrists Licensing
227HB-1243 Chiropractors
228HB-1272 Corporate Code
229HB-1277 General Appropriations Bill Authority
230HB-1338 and 1339 Housing Trust Fund
231HB-1342 State Employee Pay Raises
232HB-1349 Board Continuation Bill
233HB-1374 and 1375 Municipal Annexation
234HB-1544 Magistrates Court
235HB-1545 Auditor/Special Master; fees, court Costs
236HB-1599 Medical Examiner
237HB-1628 Disproportionate Share Hospitals
238HB-1650 Nuisances
239HB-1698 1699 Chatham Area Transit Authority
31HR-736 Child Support
32HR-792 Industrial Areas
33SB-24 Mentally Ill, Outpatient Treatment, Drug and Alcohol Abuse
34SB-63 Adoption
35SB-73 Arbitration Bill
36SB-75 Employment Security Law
37SB-100 Appeal, Pre-Trial Review, Death Penalty
38SB-159 Children's Trust Fund
39SB-162 Juveniles, Community Service for Delinquent Acts
310SB-177 Retail Divorcement
311SB-229 Abortions, parental Notification
312SB-254 Credit Card Act
313SB-256 Bad Checks, Double Damages
314SB-286 Licensing of Physicians
315SB-289 Generic Drugs
316SB-315 Emergency Medical Services
317SB-336 Resource Recovery Dev. Authority
318SB-342 Hospital Authorities Law
319SB-367 Informed Consent
320SB-499 Physician's Assistants
321SB-621 Abortion, Parental Notifications; Amendments
322SR-126 Economic Development Thru Historic Preservation - Study Committee
323HRF Cards

Subseries B. House of Representatives Files

Subseries B. House of Representatives Files consists of legislative research and related correspondence as well as House Committee files. All files are arranged in order by HRF number, presumably an in-office filing system.
327HRF-2 AIDS: Bill House/Senate Versions
328HRF-5 Armstrong State College
329HRF-6 Assn. County Commissioners of Georgia
330HRF-7 Business Council of Georgia
331HRF-9 Chamber of Commerce, Savannah Area
332HRF-10 Chatham Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc.
333HRF-11 Chatham County Commission/Board of Commissioners
41HRF-13 Child Abuse
42HRF-15 Coastal Area Planning and Development Commission (CAPDC)
43HRF-16 Committee - Agriculture and Consumer Affairs
44HRF-17 Committee - Appropriations
45HRF-18 Committee - Banks and Banking
46HRF-19 Committee - Defense and Veterans Affairs
47HRF-20 Committee - Education
48HRF-21 Committee - Game, Fish, and Recreation
49HRF-23 Committee - Human Relations and Aging
410HRF-29 Committee - Judiciary
411HRF-31 Committee - Motor Vehicles
412HRF-32 Committee - Natural Resources
413HRF-35 Committee - Retirement
414HRF-36 Committee - Rules
415HRF-38 Committee - State Institutions and Properties
416HRF-40 Committee - State Planning and Community Affairs
417HRF-41 Committee - Transportation
418HRF-42 Committee - University System of Georgia
419HRF Department of Community Affairs
420HRF-46 Death Penalty
421HRF-47 Department of Agriculture
422HRF-48 Department of Defense
423-25HRF University System Board of Regents
426HRF-52 Family and Children Services, Chatham County Department of
427HRF-53 Georgia Association of Educational Leaders
428HRF-54 Georgia Building Authority
426HRF-55 Georgia Bureau of Investigation
427HRF-56 Georgia Department of Corrections
428HRF-57 Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority
426HRF-58 Georgia Municipal Association
427HRF-59 Georgia Ports Authority
428HRF-60 Georgia Power Company
426HRF-61 Georgia Public Service Commission
427HRF-62 Georgia Southern College
428HRF-63 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
426HRF-64 Governor's Office
427HRF-65 Homeless
428-30HRF-66 Human Resources, Department of
431HRF-67 Judicial Council of Georgia
432HRF-68 King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation. Inc.
51-3HRF-69 Labor Department
54HRF-70 Medical Association of Georgia
55HRF-71 Meetings and Speaking Engagements
56HRF-72 Memorial Medical Center
57HRF-73 Miscellaneous Correspondence
58HRF-74 Municipal Liability Study Committee (Judiciary)
59HRF-75 National Organization for Women (NOW)
510HRF-76 Natural Resources, Dept. of
511HRF-77 Public Safety, Dept. of
512HRF-78 Revenue Department
513HRF-79 SAFE Shelter (Savannah Area Family Emergency Shelter)
514HRF-80 Rape Crisis Center
515HRF-81 Savannah Association for the Blind
516HRF-82 Savannah Business Group
517Georgia Department of Revenue
518HRF-83 Savannah State College
519HRF-84 Chatham Area Transit Authority
520HRF-85 Secretary of State
521HRF-87 Tidelands Community Mental Health Center
522HRF-88 Tort Reform
523HRF-89 Transportation, Department of
524HRF-90 Union Camp
61HRF-91 United Transportation Union
62HRF-92 United Way of the Coastal Empire
63HRF-93 University of Georgia
64HRF-95 Savannah Economic Development
65HRF-97 Casey Canal Parkway
66HRF-99 Hazardous Wastes/Right to Know
67HRF-100 Illiteracy
68HRF-101 Napier, Viola Ross
69HRF-102 IDEAS - Innovative Democratic Association of Savannah
610HRF-103 YMCA of Savannah
611HRF-104 Optometrists, Licensing
612HRF-105 Psychologists, Licensing
613 - 15HRF-106 Public Building Authorities
616HRF-107 Private Schools, Regulation of
617HRF-108 Mandatory Seat Belts
618HRF-109 Magistrate's Court, Fees
619HRF-110 State Bar, Fiduciary Law Section Proposed Legislation
620HRF-111 Non Profit Corporations, Director's Liability
621HRF-113 Georgia Farm Bureau
622HRF-114 State Commission on Compensation
623HRF-115 Democratic National Committee
624HRF-116 Publicity and Newspaper Clippings
625HRF-117 Medical Assistance, Georgia Dept. of
626HRF-118 Office of Fair Employment Practices
627HRF-119 Veterans Services, Dept. of
628HRF-120 Georgia Federation of Teachers
629HRF-121 Southwest Bypass
630HRF-122 Pari-Mutuel Gambling
631HRF-123 Georgia Forestry Commission
632HRF-124 No-Pass No-Play Study Committee
633HRF-125 Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
634HRF-126 Children and Youth Study Committee
635-37HRF-127 H/R General - Miscellaneous
638HRF-128 Georgia State Association of Life Underwriters
639HRF-129 Georgia Council for the Arts
640HRF-131 Talmadge Bridge
641HRF-133 Teachers Retirement System of Georgia
642HRF-132 Special Committee on Trial Lawyer Competency
643HRF-135 Positive Employment and Community Help (PEACH) Program
71HRF-136 Georgia Council on Vocational Education
72HRF-137 Constitutional Amendments, Local
73HRF-138 Atlanta Regional Commission
74HRF-139 Chatham/Effingham Co. Area MH/MR/SA Advisory Council
75HRF-140 Savannah Foods & Industries
76HRF-141 National Solid Wastes Mgmt. Association
77HRF-142 North Georgia College
78HRF-143 Parent and Child Developmental Services
79HRF-144 Community Residential Coalition for the Mentally Ill
710HRF-145 Council for Children, Inc.
711HRF-146 Savannah, City of
712HRF-147 State Board of Medical Examiners/Medical Education Board
713-14HRF-148 Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
715HRF-149 Status Sheets - 1985/1986
716HRF-150 Judge's Retirement
717HRF-151 Grand Juries
718HRF-152 Radiologic Technologists
719[Law Enforce Study Letter]
720-21HRF-154 Budget - 1988
722HRF-15 Health Profession Subcommittee
723[State Transportation Board]
724HRF-157 Authority Georgia Residential Finance
725HRF-158 Democratic Party of Georgia
726HRF-159 Georgia Sheriff's Association
727HRF-160 Committee - High School Dropouts
728HRF-161 Committee - Age of Criminal Responsibility
729HRF-163 Fort Howard Paper Company
730HRF-164 Municipal Population Rankings
731HRF-165 Committee - Housing
732HRF-166 Leadership Georgia
733HRF-167 Political Newsletters
734HRF-168 Georgia Department of Agriculture
735HRF-169 Chatham County Law Enforcement and Jails Study Commission
736HRF-170 [Morehouse School of Medicine]
737HRF-171 Herty Foundation
738HRF-172 Energy Resources, Office of
739HRF-173 Governor's Emergency Fund
740HRF-174 Governor's Discretionary Fund
741HRF-175 National Federation of Independent Business
81HRF-176 Savannah Hospitality Association, Inc.
82HRF-177 Neighbor to Neighbor Justice Center, Inc.
83HRF-178 Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy Inc.
84HRF-179 Motor Fuel Tax
85HRF-180 State Board of Worker's Comp.
86HRF-181 Georgia Hospital Association
87HRF-182 Savannah Auto Dealers Association
88HRF-183 Public Initiative
89HRF-185 Governor's Commission for Children and Youth
810HRF-186 University of Georgia Law School Association Council
811HRF-187 Georgia Dept. of Education
812HRF-188 Georgia Conservancy
813HRF-189 Community Arts Organization
814HRF-190 South College
815HRF-191 Make-A-Wish Foundation
816HRF-192 Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia
817HRF-193 Georgia State Patrol
818HRF-194 Cooperative Extension Service
819HRF-195 Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah
820HRF-196 Savannah Science Museum
821HRF-197 Community Bankers Association of Georgia
822HRF-198 Georgia School Food Association
823HRF-199 Committee - Community Service for the Mentally Disabled
824HRF-201 Georgia Society for Respiratory Care, Inc.
825HRF-202 Cumberland Island National Seashore
826HRF-203 Health & Ecology-Bainbridge State Hospital
827HRF-204 Juvenile Justice
828HRF-205 Committee - Adoption
829HRF-206 Clean Air
830HRF-207 Lobbyists
831HRF-208 Gun Control
832HRF-209 Physician Dispensing of Drugs
833HRF-210 Altamaha River Basin Canal Project
834Surrogate Motherhood
835HRF-212 Democratic National Convention, 1988
836HRF-213 Dalton Carpet Center
837HRF-214 State Auditor of Georgia
838HRF-215 Coastal Heritage Society
839HRF-216 Georgia Military Scholarship Program
840HRF-217 Campaign Materials, Inc.
841HRF-218 Public Information Office
842HRF-219 Professional Association of Georgia Educators
843HRF-220 Teenage Pregnancy
844HRF-221 National Association Real Estate Appraisers
845HRF-222 Savannah Electric & Power Co.
846-47HRF-223 Chatham/Savannah Youth Futures Authority
848HRF-224 National Association of Social Workers, Inc.
849HRF-225 Victim-Witness Assistance Program
850HRF-226 Chatham Co. Republican Party
91HRF-228 Mercer University
92HRF-229 Seat Belts
93HRF-230 CEL Regional Library
94HRF-231 Citizens Tax Commission
95HRF-232 Cogeneration of Electricity
96HRF-233 Georgia Police Academy
97HRF-234 Georgia Health Care Association
98HRF-235 Georgia Fishermen's Association, Inc.
99HRF-236 MEDICAID Disproportionate Hospitals, Amendments to Ga. Medical Assistance Act of 1977
910HRF-237 Dramshop Legislation
911HRF-238 Georgia Hazardous Waste Management Authority
912HRF-239 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program (28-day)
913HRF-240 Juvenile Court - Judge's Salary
914HRF-241 Bicycle Theft Law
915HRF-242 Skidaway Island State Park
916HRF-243 Charitable Solicitations Act of 1988
917HRF-244 State Bar of Georgia
918HRF-245 Georgia Environmental Council
919HRF-246 Development Authorities Law - Charitable Corporations
920HRF-247 Corporations Code Revisions
921HRF-248 Georgia Psychological Associations
922HRF-249 Rural Economic Development Policy
923HRF-250 Silver Haired Legislature
924HRF-251 Georgia World Congress Center
925HRF-252 Georgia Physician Survey
926HRF-253 Sapelo Island
927HRF-254 League of Women Voters
928HRF-255 State Board of Pardons and Paroles
929HRF-256 Regional Educational Service Agency First District
930HRF-257 Budget - FY 1989
931HRF-259 Fair Employment Practices
932HRF-260 Study Committee Reports - Miscellaneous
933HRF-261 Committee - School Completion
934HRF-262 Consolidation
935HRF-263 Children's Trust Fund
936HRF-264 Teacher Pay Raises
937HRF-265 Georgia Dome (Stadium)
938HRF-266 Savannah Airport Commission
939HRF-267 Citizens Crime Commission
940HRF-268 Georgia Association for Not for Profit Hospitals
941HRF-269 Georgia Pharmaceutical Association
942HRF-270 American Academy of Pediatrics
943HRF-271 City of Tybee Island
944HRF-272 Georgia Alliance for the Mentally Ill
945HRF-273 Evidence Study
946HRF-274 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
947HRF-275 Hutchinson Island Development
948HRF-276 Georgia Abortion Rights Action League
949Additional Judgeship
950Herald Articles '88
101HRF-283 Savannah River Parkway
102HRF-284 Georgia Indigent Defense Council
103HRF-285 Georgia Tech
104HRF-286 Political Advisory Council of Chatham County
105HRF-288 Georgia Humanities Council
106HRF-289 Georgia Network Against Domestic Violence
107HRF-290 Department of Administrative Services
108HRF-291 Georgia Historical Society
109HRF-292 Georgia Cosmetology Association, Inc.
1010HRF-293 Chamber of Commerce - Buy Local Comm.
1011HRF-294 Questionnaires - Special Interest Groups
1012HRF-295 TransACTION - Georgians for Better Transportation
1013HRF-296 Recycling Laws
1014HRF-297 Downtown Neighborhood Association
1015HRF-298 Living Independence for Everyone, Inc. (LIFE)
1016HRF-299 Georgia Association of Home Health Agencies, Inc.
1017HRF-300 QBE (Quality Basic Education)
1018HRF-301 NAACP
1019HRF-302 Georgia Courts Journal
1020HRF-303 Governor's Task Force on Adult Literacy
1021HRF-304 Employee's Retirement System
1022HRF-305 Claims Advisory Board
1023HRF-306 Georgia Industrial Developers Association
1024HRF-307 Georgia Legislative Black Caucus
1025HRF-309 Georgia State University Law Review
1026HRF-311 Certificate of Need Legislation
1027HRF-312 Savannah College of Art & Design
1028HRF-313 Rural Hospital Task Force
1029HRF-314 Southern Governors Association
1030HRF-315 Council on Maternal and Infant Health
1031HRF-316 Georgia Agricenter
1032HRF-317 Sierra Club
1033HRF-319 Regional University
1034HRF-320 WSVH Public Radio
1035HRF-321 G.R.I.P. Coalition (Governor's Road Improvement Program)
1036HRF-322 Nuclear Energy
1037HRF-323 Mead Corporation
1038HRF-324 SunTrust Banks, Inc.
1039HRF Cards

Subseries C. JLP Files

Subseries C. JLP Files are alphabetical files covering sponsored and co-sponsored bills, commissions and topics including abortion, environment, Leadership Georgia, reapportionment, the University System of Georgia, workers' compensation, and issues pertaining to Savannah and Chatham County.
1040-45Abortion - General
111-2Bills - Sponsored and Co-Sponsored (1989 and 1990)
113Board of Pardons and Paroles
114-5Chatham County Issues
116Chatham County Schools, Budget - FY 1990
117Chatham-Savannah Youth Futures
118Education, Georgia Department of
119Enabling Act, Chatham County
1111Evaluation and Planning
1112Georgia Health Care Association
1113Georgia Medical Assistance Act
1114Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
1115Hazardous Waste
1116Homeless [empty]
1117Labor, Department of
1118Leadership Georgia
1119Legislative Counsel
1120Maritime & International Trade Center
1121Natural Resources, Department of
1122North Georgia College
1123Nurse Practice Act
1124Portfolio of State Issues
1125Private Industry Council
1127Recorder's Court
1128Savannah Business Group
1129Savannah, City of
1130Savannah College of Art and Design
1131State Merit System [empty]
1132Superior Court Judgeship
1133Tax Reform Commission
1134Union Camp Corporation
1135University System of Georgia
1136Veterans Service
121Vote Count - Secretary of State
122Ways and Means Committee
123Workers' Compensation
124Youth Estate
125-6SLF-56 Savannah Transit Authority
127-9SLF-228 Economic Development Through Historic Preservation Study Committee

Series III. Additions, 1974-2003

1301Lt. Gov. Campaign, 1989-1990
1302Underwood, 1980
1303Underwood - Press, 1980
1304Employ of Assoc., 1979-1981
1305[Underwood Election Miscellaneous], 1980-1982
1306Kennedy, 1989
1307[Kennedy Newspapers], 1988-1990
1308[Kennedy Newspaper Copies], 1988-1990
1309[Kennedy], 1988-1990
1310[Towery Newspapers], 1989-1990
1311[Towery Newspaper Copies], 1989-1990
1312Towery, 1990
1313Schedule, 1990
1314Handout Schedule, 1990
1315May, 1989-1990
13165/21, 1990
13175/28 - 6/2, 1990
1318[Illegible], 1990
1319Roy Barnes, 1985-1989
1320Max Cleland, 1989
1321Dukakis, 1987-1988
1322Wyilss Towler, 1988
1323Gephasdt, 1988-2003
1324Towery Quinn, 1989
1325Lester Maddox, 1989-1990
1326McDonald, 1989-1990
1327Zell Miller, 1980-1989
1329Lindsay Thomas, 1987-1988
1330Cathey Steinberg, 1988
1331David Waley, 1988-1989
1332Larry Walker, 1987
1333Andrew, 1989-1990
1334Garner, 1989-1991
1335Gore for President, 1987-1993
1401[Political Papers], 1974
1403[Jim Pannell], 1988-1990
1501[Two Political Pins]
101[Political Signs]
201[Political Posters]

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