Legislation Assigned to the House Transportation Committee (26)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 5/8/2018

HB 0056 NeutralEquipment Rental Leases - Property tax recovery fees Ron Stephens
2/22/2017 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Transportation -
Business and Occupation Tax Larry Ramsey Property Tax

 This bill provides for a 'property tax recovery fee' on the rental of construction, industrial, maritime, or mining equipment that is rented without a driver or operator. While the definition in subsection (a) and the internal references are all to a 'fee', subsection (f) states that this charge is a tax.

The 'fee' is in the amount of 1.5% of the total rental charge (minus some exclusions) and applies to lease agreements which are either: 1) 365 days or less; or 2) for an open or unspecified period of time. The 'fee' is purportedly to pay the lessor's (rental company's) property tax liability on rental equipment. However, if the lessor collects more than the amount of that property tax liability, the excess amount plus any interest, goes to the state and not to local government. The 'fee' commences January 1, 2018, and ceases December 31, 2022.

HB 0068 NegotiatingConstruction Zones - Required Emergency Pull Off Andrew Welch
1/25/2017 House Second Readers Transportation -
2017/01/27-Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Mandate Roads
This legislation requires counties to provide an emergency pull off shoulder for the entire distance of a road expansion project that is wide enough for a vehicle to safely exit the road or to bypass traffic in a construction zone. ACCG is working with the author to address concerns.
HB 0150 NeutralState Road and Tollway Authority: Failure to Pay Alan Powell
7/1/2018 Effective Date Transportation Transportation
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Kathleen Bowen Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance
Traffic Enforcement Transportation
This legislation allows the State Road and Tollway Authority to place a hold on the motor vehicle registration of a vehicle upon which a toll was not paid.  It also allows for setoff of the amount owed on income tax refunds.
HB 0160 SupportGeorgia Commission on Transit Governance and Funding Kevin Tanner
1/8/2018 Senate - Senate Recommitted Transportation Transportation
2017/01/27-Report 2017/02/10 - Report 2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/06 - Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation
Kathleen Bowen Transit
This legislation creates the Georgia Commission on Transit Governance and Funding. The commission will study and assess the needs and funding methods for mass transportation for any one or more metropolitan areas in Georgia.
HB 0248 NeutralAutomated Driving System Rules Trey Kelley
2/8/2017 House Second Readers Transportation -
2017/02/10 - Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance
Traffic Enforcement
This legislaton creates rules and regulations to provide for the operation of motor vehicles with automated driving systems on public roads.
HB 0316 EvaluatingAnnual License Fees for Alterative Fuel Vehicles - Low Speed Vehicles Todd Jones
2/14/2017 House Second Readers Transportation -
Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Transportation Funding
This bill adds low-speed electric vehicles (those with maximum speeds between 20 and 25 mph, such as certain golf carts) to the list of vehicles that are not subject to the annual $200.00 fee (noncommercial) or $300.00 fee (commercial) assessed on alternative fueled vehicles.
HB 0317 EvaluatingAnnual License Fees for Alterative Fuel Vehicles - Reduce Todd Jones
2/14/2017 House Second Readers Transportation -
Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Transportation Funding
This bill lowers the annual fee for noncommercial alternative fueled vehicles from $200.00 to $100.00.
HB 0328 NeutralGDOT Revisions to FlexAuto Lanes Sam Watson
7/1/2017 Effective Date Transportation Transportation
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Public Safety and Courts Roads Traffic Enforcement
Transportation
This legislation, supported by the Georgia Department of Transportation, updates rules of the road, addresses the weight of idle reducing technology and would remove the time and location limit regarding the use of "FlexAuto" lanes. 
HB 0364 NeutralHotel-Motel Tax - Repeal $5 tax Matt Gurtler
2/16/2017 House Second Readers Transportation -
Hotel Motel Tax Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance
 This bill repeals the $5.00 per night state hotel motel fee.
HB 0379 NeutralGeorgia Public Road Authority Act Kevin Tanner
2/17/2017 House Second Readers Transportation -
2017/02/17-Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Financing General County Government Government Immunity
Kathleen Bowen Procurement Revenue & Finance Roads Transportation
Transportation Funding
This legislation creates the Georgia Public Road Authority, which would have the ability to issue revenue bonds on behalf of counties and municipalities for the construction of local public roads. This Authority would also have the power to issue bonds for “public-private initiatives”.
HB 0386 NeutralMARTA tax - DeKalb County Billy Mitchell
2/17/2017 House Second Readers Transportation -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Larry Ramsey Local Legislation Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
Transportation Funding
This bill allows DeKalb County to impose an additional MARTA tax of .5 percent. The MARTA local constitutional amendment permits implemetation by local or general law. If this tax is imposed, any single county TSPLOST imposed in DeKalb would automatically have its effective rate reduced by .5 percent. The bill also excludes equalized HOST from the 2 percent ceiling on local sales and use taxes.
HB 0481 NeutralDrone Ordinances Kevin Tanner
7/1/2017 Effective Date Transportation Transportation
2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/24 - Report Code Enforcement Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government
Kathleen Bowen Land Use/Zoning Preemption Public Safety and Courts

This legislation preempts local governments from adopting ordinances regulating the use of drones except for ordinances adopted before April 1, 2017, ordinances that enforce Federal Aviation Administration restrictions or ordinances prohibiting the launch, recovery or intentional landing of drones on county property.

HB 0506 NeutralMetropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act of 1965; award certain contracts involving concessions; provide for vote by Board Tom Taylor
7/1/2017 Effective Date Transportation Transportation
Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government Local Legislation Procurement Revenue & Finance
Transit
HB 0753 NeutralHotel/Motel Fee - Exemption for Non-Profit Conference and Retreat Centers Don Hogan
1/30/2018 House - House Second Readers Transportation -
Hotel Motel Tax Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance
This bill provides an additional exemption from the $5.00 per night state hotel fee. The new exemption applies to nonprofit conference and retreat centers. 
HB 0930 SupportTransit Governance and Funding Kevin Tanner
5/3/2018 Effective Date Transportation Transportation
2018/02/16 Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/16 Report 2018/03/2 Report 2018/03/23 Report
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local Transportation
Transportation Funding

This bill provides for transit governance and funding options for the Metro Atlanta region (a designated nonattainment area currently consisting of Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale counties) and the rest of the state. 

The Atlanta-region Transit Link (ATL) Authority is a new regional governing board that will lead the planning and coordination of transit in the Metro Atlanta region and will control state and federal transit funding.

Counties in the Metro Atlanta area would be able to call for a referendum to levy a Transit SPLOST up to 1% (and may be in .05% increments) for up to 30 years.  The county and all qualified municipalities may select transit projects for the county from the regional transit plan. The ATL Authority shall approve or deny any or all projects within a submitted transit project list and the proposed operator of any transit projects.

Lastly, counties outside of Metro Atlanta who partner with a neighboring county have the option to levy up to 1% (and may be in .05% increments) for up to 30 years. Each county planning to participate in the selected transit project or projects shall enter into intergovernmental agreements.  The referendum must pass both counties for the tax to be imposed.

A more detailed analysis of the bill can be found here.  


HR 0565 NeutralGwinnett County Board of Commissioners; take action to incorporate mass transit options; recommend Pedro Marin
3/14/2017 House Second Readers Transportation -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Local Legislation Transit
HR 1091 NeutralAthens to Atlanta Transportation Link Study Committee Deborah Gonzalez
2/13/2018 House - House Second Readers Transportation -
2018/02/09 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Transit
This resolution creates the House Study Committee on an Athens-Atlanta Transportation Link which will be tasked with studying new transportation options for connecting Atlanta and Athens.
HR 1225 NeutralUrging Congress to Pass BRACE Act Brian Prince
3/7/2018 House - House Passed/Adopted Transportation -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Kathleen Bowen Revenue & Finance Transportation
This resolution urges Congress to pass the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy Act (BRACE Act).
HR 1539 SupportStudy Committee on Technology and Taxation in the Public Right of Way Brett Harrell
3/19/2018 House - House Second Readers Transportation -
Broadband Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Eminent Domain/Condemnation Franchise Fees
General County Government Preemption Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance Roads
Telecommunications Todd Edwards Traffic Enforcement Utilities
This resolution, mirroring SR 1019, creates the House study committee on Advanced Communications Technologies and the Use of State and Local Government Right of Way.  The study committee (made up of five House members, one mayor, one county commissioner and three experts on communications deployment or taxation issues) will study state and local laws/regulations pertaining to the use public right of way to deploy advanced broadband, video and voice technologies; whether these advanced technologies are, or should be, treated differently than current technologies in terms of regulation, taxation and other matters; and whether state laws should be changed in this area.        
SB 0006 SupportGeorgia Commission on Transit Governance and Funding Steve Gooch
3/30/2017 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Transportation Transportation
2017/01/27-Report 2017/02/03-Report 2017/02/24 - Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/17 - Report
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Transit
This legislation creates the Georgia Commission on Transit Governance and Funding which will study and assess the needs for efficiencies, coordination and funding methods for mass transportation for any one or more metropolitan areas in Georgia. Composition of the commission includes representation from cities and counties who provide mass transportation and the directors of all metropolitan planning organizations serve as an ex officio member. 
SB 0089 NeutralGeorgia Freight Rail Program David Shafer
3/29/2018 House - House Passed/Adopted By Substitute Transportation Transportation
2017/02/03-Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Kathleen Bowen Transportation
This legislation entitled the "Georgia Right Track Act" creates a funding structure for a freight rail program which would be administered by the Georgia Department of Transportation. 
SB 0183 NeutralState Road and Tollway Authority Brandon Beach
7/1/2017 Effective Date Transportation Transportation
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Revenue & Finance Transportation Transportation Funding
This legislation amends the laws relating to the State Road and Tollway Authority.
SB 0219 NeutralAutomated Driving System Regulations Steve Gooch
7/1/2017 Effective Date Transportation Transportation
2017/02/24 - Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Law Enforcement Preemption
Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance Tags/Titles Traffic Enforcement
This legislation allows for autonomous vehicles to operate on Georgia's roads without a human driver present and preempts any laws prohibiting automated driving systems.  
SB 0324 NeutralCounty - City Bridge Contracts John Albers
5/7/2018 Act 437 Transportation Transportation
2018/01/19 Report 2018/03/09 Report 2018/03/16 Report 2018/03/2 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation
General County Government Kathleen Bowen Procurement Public Works Transportation

This legislation clarifies that a city may contract with any county abutting its corporate limits for the construction and maintenance of a bridge within the limits of both such city and county.

SB 0386 NegotiatingTransit Governance & Funding for Metro Atlanta Brandon Beach
3/7/2018 House - House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Transportation Transportation
2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/09 Report 2018/03/2 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation
Kathleen Bowen Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local Transportation Funding

During the House Transportation Committee meeting that took place on 3.6.18, the language from SB 386 was stripped and in its place, the language from HB 930 was inserted. HB 930 is the transit bill authored by House Transportation Committee Chairman Kevin Tanner that addresses transit governance and funding options for the Metro Atlanta region (Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale Counties). 

On 3.23.18, the Senate and the House insisted on their position to HB 930; therefore, a conference committee has been appointed where the differences from the House and Senate transit bills will be discussed with the goal of an agreed upon version will pass both chambers.  

HB 930 Conference Commitee composition: Rep. Kevin Tanner, Rep. Jan Jones, Rep. Calvin Smyre, Sen. Brandon Beach, Sen. Steve Gooch and Sen. David Lucas.  

Original Senate Transit Bill Language: 

This bill provides a new transit governance structure for the Metro Atlanta region and allows for an optional local funding mechanism to fund transit projects (Transit SPLOST). 

The newly created Atlanta-region Transit Link "ATL" Commission is a new division that would be placed under the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. The purpose of this commission is to plan and coordinate transit services, transit facilities, and the funding of those purposes throughout its jurisdiction. This jurisdiction consists of any county which has approved a MARTA tax or any county which has approved a Transit SPLOST.

The ATL Commission is initially composed of 14 members including the Governor, GDOT Commissioner, CEO of MARTA, Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, and appointments made by the Mayor of the City of Atlanta, President of the Atlanta City Council, Chair of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, Chair of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, CEO of DeKalb County, Chair of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners as well as an appointee selected by a majority vote of a caucus of the mayors from the municipalities in each county (Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton). If an additional Metro Atlanta county approves a Transit SPLOST, they shall have an appointee to the commission.

The legislation provides for a 1% Transit SPLOST for a period of 30 years. An IGA between the county and qualified municipalities must be agreed upon that includes the list of proposed transit projects, an agreement with MARTA for all rail based projects and/or an agreement with the ATL Commission approved bus operator.  The ATL Commission will have final approval of the transit project list.  

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