Legislation Assigned to the House Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Committee (8)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 4/24/2024

HB 0205 SupportFracking Regulations John Meadows
5/8/2018 Effective Date Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Regulated Industries and Utilities -
2017/02/03-Report 2017/02/24 - Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/17 - Report 2017/03/24 - Report
2018/02/02 Report 2018/03/09 Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Revenue & Finance
Sales Tax-Local Water Quality Water Quantity

This legislation amends the Oil and Gas Deep Drilling Act of 1975. It requires the creation of regulations governing hydraulic fracturing. Counties and cities have the ability to adopt local zoning or land use ordinances limiting the location or timing of fracking activities to protect natural resources, human life and human welfare. A three percent severance tax will be required from the sale price of the gas and oil obtained. Counties, where the fracking occurs, can enact local ordinances or resolutions to levy its own severance tax, which can't exceed nine cents per barrel of oil or two cents per thousand cubic feet of gas.  

HB 0336 NeutralBroadband Ready Communities Don Parsons
2/22/2018 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications --
2017/02/17-Report 2017/02/24 - Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development General County Government
Preemption Sales Tax-Local Todd Edwards
This legislation enacts the Broadband Strategy for All of Georgia Act. It establishes a lengthy set of requirements and preemptions that local governments must adopt in order to be designated a broadband ready community.  Said designation is voluntary, and the program will be administered by the state Department of Economic Development.  Click here for a full summary of the bill.
HB 0413 InactivePetroleum Pipelines: Regulations and Permitting Don Parsons
5/9/2017 Effective Date Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Regulated Industries and Utilities -
Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
This legislation provides guidelines on the use of eminent domain, siting, permitting and construction of petroleum pipelines in Georgia. New pipeline construction or an expansion requires a permit from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). This bill also requires notice be placed in the county legal organ where the proposed new or expanded pipeline will be located and requires notice be provided to landowners whose property is located within 1,000 feet of the proposed new or expanded pipeline.
HB 0428 NeutralDowntown Development Authorities - Levying of Assessments Charles Martin
7/1/2017 Effective Date Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Regulated Industries and Utilities -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Larry Ramsey
This legislation amends the downtown development authorities law. Such authorities would be authorized to levy an assessment on property located within a project special district only if agreed to by the property owner and taxing authority.
HB 0446 Support9-1-1 Local Government Authority and Increased Revenue for 9-1-1 Centers Alan Powell
3/30/2017 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications --
2017/02/24 - Report 911 Debra Nesbit Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons General County Government
Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance Sheriff
This legislation creates the Local Government 9-1-1 Authority which will provide coordination, planning, enforcement of statutory requirements for the payment of 9-1-1 fees, auditing, and development of best practices and standards for the operation of 9-1-1 Centers.  For a section by section summary click here.  For talking points click here.  Identical legislation dropped in Senate S.B. 222.
HB 0533 OpposeLocal Right of Way - Preempt and Authorize Unlimited, Unfettered Access for Wireless Structures Brett Harrell
3/6/2017 House Second Readers Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications --
Business and Occupation Tax Code Enforcement Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
General County Government Land Use/Zoning Preemption Roads Todd Edwards
Transportation Utilities

This complex and lengthy bill provides as close to unfettered access to county and municipal rights of way (ROW) as possible for wireless providers to construct unlimited wireless support structures/poles (50' high, or 10' taller than any existing pole within 500'), antennas (up to 6 cubic feet), equipment boxes (up to 28 cubic feet) and other infrastructure in order to roll out 5G service in metropolitan areas.  The bill limits or preempts a broad range of county decisions regarding: wireless structures within and outside public ROW, collocation of small wireless facilities, zoning reviews for cell towers and wireless support structures, modifications to wireless facilities outside public ROW, location of wireless facilities on local government owned utility poles, and county jurisdiction over small wireless facilities on private property. For example, HB 535 would bar local governments from subjecting certain wireless facilities to zoning review and approval, limit fees that counties and cities could impose for permitting, regulating and managing access to public ROW by wireless companies, and impose unrealistic shot clocks for counties to make decisions regarding various wireless facilities; otherwise the applications are "deemed approved". In addition, the bill would prohibit counties from requiring that wireless providers indemnify and hold the county harmless against claims arising from negligent acts of the provider and does not provide that these structures be removed or relocated, at provider expense, for road widening, maintenance or emergency situations. Lastly, counties can only deny a permit for this infrastructure if it violates stipulations in the bill... which are slim to none.  


HR 0688 NeutralBroadband Access - Urge Congressional Action Don Parsons
3/30/2017 House Second Readers Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications --
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development General County Government Larry Ramsey
This legislation encourages the United States Congress to bring high speed broadband access to rural America. 
SB 0191 NeutralDesignating the Shoal Bass as the State Riverine Sport Fish Rick Jeffares
3/27/2018 House Postponed Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Natural Resources and the Environment -
2017/03/06 - Report Eminent Domain/Condemnation Kathleen Bowen Land Use/Zoning Nat. Res. & the Environment
Water Quality
This legislation designates the shoal bass as the official Georgia state native riverine sport fish.
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