For example, a resident could sue to stop a government procurement official from improperly steering a contract to a company, Willard said.
“The people had no way to stop the government from doing something that may have been wrong,” said Willard, a co-sponsor of the legislation.
The legislation comes after the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the principles of sovereign immunity in a challenge to the state's "fetal pain" law last year, ruling that citizens couldn't sue a state or local government without the government's permission.
Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a similar bill two years ago, but he said in January he’s now receptive to it after a court reform council he created endorsed the change.