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Date of Last Recorded Action: 5/10/2019

HB 0005 SupportChange in Grants to Counties Formula for Juvenile Judge Salaries Johnnie Caldwell
7/1/2017 Effective Date Juvenile Justice Judiciary -
2017/01/27-Report 2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/24 - Report Compensation
Debra Nesbit General County Government Juveniles Public Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the current amount for juvenile court judgeship grants-to-counties funding.  The grant increases from $85,000 to $100,000 per circuit, with an additional funding for circuits with four or more superior court judgeships, the grant will include $25,000 per superior court judgeship over four. For example a circuit with nine superior court judgeships would receive $225,000 per year for that circuit.
HB 0042 InactiveElections - Superintendent Authorized to Correct Minor Ballot Mistake Eddie Lumsden
2/23/2017 Effective Date Governmental Affairs Ethics -
2017/01/13-Report 2017/02/17-Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards

This legislation allows the election superintendent to correct mistakes or omissions in the printing of official ballots or the programming of the display of the official ballot on the DRE voting equipment for local government candidates.  Currently, said correction must be required by the superior court following an application by an elector.   

HB 0061 SupportSales Tax on Internet and Out of State Retailers Jay Powell
1/1/2019 Effective Date Ways & Means Finance -
2017/02/10 - Report 2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/24 - Report 2018/02/02 Report
Larry Ramsey Sales Tax-Local

This bill relates to the recurring issue of collecting sales tax on internet sales and other sales by out of state retailers. This bill creates a new vendor classification, 'delivery retailer', defined as a retailer that either collects more than $250,000.00 from retail sales to be delivered in Georgia or that conducts more than 200 such sales. A delivery retailer must 1) either collect and remit sales tax to the state or 2) notify the purchaser that the purchaser is required to file a sales and use tax return. In the second situation, the delivery retailer is also required to send to each purchaser (and copy the Department of Revenue) a tax statement listing purchase price, date of purchase, and other information. These changes would become effective in January of 2019.

HB 0134 InactiveSingle County T-SPLOST Reforms James Epps
5/1/2017 Effective Date Ways & Means Finance -
2017/02/17-Report 2017/02/24 - Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/17 - Report 2017/03/24 - Report
Kathleen Bowen Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local Transportation Funding

This legislation adds flexibility, clarifications and enhancements to the existing Single County T-SPLOST law. This bill allows Single County T-SPLOST to fund state transportation projects and removes dates that are no longer relevant so now all counties, with the exception of Fulton County who has their own code section, would follow the same Single County T-SPLOST law. It also permits more than one Single County T-SPLOST to be levied at the same time as long as the amount does not exceed 1 percent and allows cities to bond their T-SPLOST projects. Lastly, the bill clarifies that after January 1, 2018, Regional T-SPLOST and a Single County T-SPLOST cannot be on the ballot at the same time.

A more detailed description of HB 134 can be found here.

HB 0146 NeutralRequirement for Local Governments to Provide Cancer Benefit to All Firefighters Micah Gravley
1/1/2018 Effective Date Insurance State and Local Governmental Operations -
2017/01/27-Report 2017/02/03-Report 2017/02/10 - Report 2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/06 - Report
2017/03/10 - Report 2017/03/17 - Report Debra Nesbit Fire Services General County Government
Insurance Insurance Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance
This legislation requires fire departments to purchase insurance coverage on each firefighter to pay claims for cancer diagnosed after serving at least 12 consecutive months as a firefighter in the department if the cancer or treatment makes them unable to perform their firefighter duties.
HB 0160 SupportGeorgia Commission on Transit Governance and Funding Kevin Tanner
1/8/2018 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 0162 SupportSetoff of Court Fees from Income Tax Refunds Betty Price
3/5/2018 Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute Judiciary Judiciary -
2017/02/17-Report Debra Nesbit Revenue & Finance
This bill changes setoff debt collection procedures regarding the transfer of setoff amounts by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). As allowed by existing law, the AOC may recoup fees owed to local courts from a taxpayer's income tax refund. This bill would allow the AOC to transfer those setoff funds to the local courts prior to final resolution of a taxpayer's challenge to whether such court fees are owed.
HB 0183 SupportGeorgia Geospatial Advisory Council Robert Dickey
7/1/2017 Effective Date State Planning & Community Affairs Natural Resources and the Environment -
2017/02/10 - Report 2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/17 - Report General County Government
Nat. Res. & the Environment Todd Edwards
This legislation transfers the Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Community Affairs and removes the council's sunset. The Council makes recommendations on utilizing Georgia's geospatial capabilities to meet federal notification requirements, achieving governmental data interoperability and advancing geospatial technology among Georgia's state and local governments.    
HB 0204 OpposeProperty Tax Bills - Not to Include Other Fees on Tax Bill Brett Harrell
1/8/2018 Senate Recommitted Ways & Means Finance -
2017/02/03-Report 2017/02/10 - Report 2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/24 - Report
Larry Ramsey Property Tax Revenue & Finance

As amended by the author before the Senate Finance Committee, this bill would prohibit the placement on property tax bills of nontax-related fees and assessments, unless that fee or assessment is established via the creation of a special tax district. Regardless of method of establishment of such fees, however, this bill would prohibit the filing of liens against property for nonpayment of fees or assessments -- only unpaid property taxes could result in a lien. As a result, this bill would indirectly repeal existing law authorizing the filing of liens for unpaid sanitation and water fees/bills.

While the bill’s author maintains that placing such fees on property tax bills exposes the property owner to potential liens and losing of their homes due to unpaid fees, examples of that happening have not been provided. 

In contrast, placing fees on property tax bills provides convenience to citizens, lowers counties’ administrative costs, and results in higher collection rates. Because experience has shown that billing fees separately can significantly impact collections, counties could be faced with either raising fees for those who do pay in order to continue providing vital services, or shift those fees to property taxes. In addition, for those counties that currently do include fees on property tax bills, separating those billings will likely result in substantial administrative costs. More importantly, the loss of the ability to file liens would mean that counties would have to sue citizens for unpaid fees or raise fees on those citizens who do pay their bills.

ACCG believes that the decision on whether to bill separately or collectively for taxes and fees is best left to local officials, who are better positioned to respond to the specific desires of their citizens.

 As amended in the Senate Finance Committee, the above subject was removed and replaced with unrelated language exempting non-profit organizations from the $5 transporation surcharge for hotel/motel stays.

HB 0238 InactiveSolar Farms - Removal from Conservation Use Easements James Hatchett
4/17/2017 Effective Date Ways & Means Finance -
2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/24 - Report Larry Ramsey Nat. Res. & the Environment
Property Tax Revenue & Finance
This bill amends both CUVA (Conservation Use Valuation Act) and FLPA (Forest Land Protection Act) and allows a property owner to use covenant property for solar generation of electricity without triggering a breach of the covenant. The portion of the property to be used for solar generation 1) must be removed from the covenant at the time the solar energy equipment is installed via boundary survey and 2) will be subject to ad valorem taxation at fair market value.
HB 0247 OpposeSales and Use Tax - Exempt Concrete Mixing Equipment Dominic Lariccia
7/1/2017 Effective Date Ways & Means Finance -
2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/17 - Report Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
This bill expands the energy exemption from sales and use tax and adds machinery and equipment, including mixer trucks, used to mix and transport unhardened concrete. Motor fuel used in the mixer truck remains subject to sales and use taxation. This exemption applies to state sales and use tax and all local sales and use taxes except for ESPLOST and those imposed under a local constitutional amendment. The exemption expires on July 1, 2020.
HB 0257 SupportLocal Government Authority Finance Reports Jan Tankersley
7/1/2018 Effective Date Governmental Affairs State and Local Governmental Operations -
2017/02/10 - Report 2017/02/17-Report 2017/02/24 - Report 2017/03/17 - Report 2018/02/02 Report
Auditing/Budget Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Financing General County Government
Hospital Authority Revenue & Finance Todd Edwards Tourism
This legislation combines the two annual reports (registry and financial reports) that local government authorities and local independent authorities must file annually with the Department of Community Affairs.  Local authorities may not incur debt or credit obligations until they submit the report, though failure to do so will not impact any outstanding debt.          
HB 0268 NeutralElections - Numerous Changes Barry Fleming
7/1/2017 Effective Date Governmental Affairs Ethics -
2017/02/10 - Report 2017/02/17-Report 2017/02/24 - Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/17 - Report
Elections General County Government Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts Todd Edwards
This legislation makes several changes to the elections laws, including the deadlines for election superintendents to complete their certification course; repeal of the nomination petition requirement; dates for filing the notice of candidacy; revisions to third-party filings for candidacy; removing references to municipal election registrars; the evidence of citizenship for voting purposes; requirements for personal identification on voter registration forms; provisions for changing a voter's address; polling places outside a voter's precinct; correcting printed and electronic ballots; application for an absentee ballot; oath of application absentee ballot; and the conduct of campaign activities in the vicinity to polling places.  For the Senate's summary of the bill, please click here.    
HB 0285 OpposeAd Valorem Tax Assessments - Effect of Income Tax Credits David Knight
1/8/2018 Senate Recommitted Ways & Means Finance -
2017/02/10 - Report 2017/02/17-Report 2017/02/24 - Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/24 - Report
Larry Ramsey Property Tax Revenue & Finance

This bill changes the criteria that a tax assessor is required to apply in determining fair market value of property receiving certain income tax credits for ad valorem tax purposes. It is an effort to circumvent a recent court decision and limit the consideration of low income housing tax credits.

The text of this bill was added to HB 196. 

HB 0302 SupportProperty Tax Millage Rate - Notice Requirements Randy Nix
2/15/2018 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Ways & Means --
2017/02/10 - Report 2017/02/17-Report 2017/02/24 - Report 2018/01/26 Report 2018/02/02 Report
2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/16 Report Larry Ramsey Property Tax Revenue & Finance
This bill changes the requirements regarding the advertising, notice, and adoption of millage rates. Specifically, it rewords the contents of the ad such that the focus is on the proposed millage rate rather than a tax increase. The ad can be combined with the required five year tax history.
HB 0325 OpposeProperty Tax Assessment - Income Valuation Ron Stephens
1/8/2018 Senate Recommitted Ways & Means Finance -
2017/02/17-Report Larry Ramsey Property Tax Revenue & Finance

This bill, in its substitute form, changes the definition of fair market value for ad valorem tax purposes by requiring the consideration of actual income and expense data if supplied by the owner.

The text of this bill was added to HB 196. 

HB 0327 SupportTitle Ad Valorem Tax on Vehicles - Amendments Jay Powell
3/27/2018 Senate Tabled Ways and Means Finance -
2017/02/17-Report 2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/16 Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/16 Report
2018/03/23 Report Larry Ramsey Property Tax Revenue & Finance

The text of this bill was added to HB 329 and adopted, effective July 1, 2019. This bill would make several changes to the calculation and distribution of title ad valorem tax (TAVT). Rather than the current law which provides for annual adjustment of the state/local split based on prior year collections, local governments will continue to collect ad valorem taxes on pre-2013 vehicles. TAVT proceeds be split between the state and local governments on a 65/35 (state/local) basis. The local share would be distributed as follows: 1) for vehicles registered in unincorporated areas, 51% of the local proceeds would be paid to the county and 49% to the school system; and 2) for vehicles registered in incorporated areas, 49% would be paid to the school system, 28% to the county, and 23% to the city. There are also provisions to accommodate MARTA in the three counties in which MARTA sales tax is collected. 

As adopted, the formula for calculating TAVT on used cars is unchanged. The TAVT rate for out-of-state registrations is lowered from 7% to 3%. Certain minor changes are also included, such as no longer charging full TAVT when a vehicle is retitled as a result of a divorce from one spouse to the other.

HB 0332 SupportGeorgia Outdoor Stewardship Act Sam Watson
7/1/2019 Effective Date Natural Resources & Environment Appropriations -
2017/02/17-Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/2 Report 2018/03/23 Report 2018/03/30 Report
Kathleen Bowen Land Conservation Nat. Res. & the Environment Revenue & Finance

This bill creates the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship program. The intent of this legislation is to provide dedicated funding for state parks and state wildlife management areas as well as support to local parks and trails. Forty percent of the proceeds of all state sales tax from outdoor recreation items would be appropriated for the protection and preservation of conservation land. The General Assembly has the ability to increase this amount up to the 80%. 

Counties would be eligible to apply for grants and loans from this newly created trust fund. A Board of Trustees of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund is created to oversee the grant/loan applications. The composition of the board could include representatives from local government.

In addition, each county in which is located 20,000 acres or more of unimproved real property belonging to the state and under the custody or control of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR), in which such state-owned property exceeds 10 percent of the taxable real property in the county, and in which such property represents 10 percent or more of the assessed tax digest of the county may receive from the GA DNR an annual grant. Only land acquired with Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund money would be used in the calculation of this grant. 

The bill is contingent upon a proposed constitutional amendment, found in HR 238, which would be placed on the ballot for the November, 2018 state-wide general election.

Additional Information:  https://georgiaoutdoorstewardship.org/ 

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 0340 SupportTitle Ad Valorem Tax on Vehicles - Change Distribution Formula Shaw Blackmon
1/1/2018 Effective Date Ways & Means Finance -
2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/24 - Report Larry Ramsey Property Tax
Revenue & Finance

As introduced, this bill provides for the comprehensive revision of the distribution of state and local TAVT proceeds. First, during a four-year phase in period, counties (and other local governments) first receive proceeds based upon the 2012 tax year ad valorem collections minus the amount of ad valorem tax collected in the current month. During that phase-in period, the remaining amount is split between the state and local governments on a graduated scale that shifts more money to the local governments. Following the phase in period, all vehicle ad valorem taxes and TAVT proceeds are split 30 percent to the state and 70 percent to local government. During the phase in period, the distribution of local TAVT proceeds among counties, schools, and cities remains the same as at present. Under a proposed substitute to the original bill, beginning in 2022 the county/schools/cities split would be at the average percentages those entities received from 2018 through 2021. More information is available here

As passed by the Senate Finance Committee, the above changes to the state/local distribution of TAVT was removed from the bill. As ultimately approved by both the Senate and House, HB 340 only changes the formula for calculation of TAVT on leased vehicles.

HB 0342 NeutralEnterprise Zones - Sales Tax Exemptions Chuck Efstration
7/1/2017 Effective Date Ways & Means Finance -
2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/17 - Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Larry Ramsey
Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
This legislation provides a sales tax exemption in certain enterprise zones: those involving investment of $400M or more in a "chronically underdeveloped area." The exemption for state sales tax would be automatic; exemption from local sales tax would require approval of the local governments. School taxes are not impacted by this bill. A proposed substitute to this bill would make the local sales tax exemption automatic in the same manner as state sales taxes; however, consistent with existing law, local government approval is still necessary for creation of such enterprise zones.
HB 0347 OpposeProperty Tax Assessment - Challenges to Tax Digest David Knight
2/16/2017 House Second Readers Ways & Means --
2017/02/17-Report 2017/02/24 - Report Larry Ramsey Property Tax Revenue & Finance
This bill changes the definition of fair market value by requiring consideration of the income approach if actual income and expense data is supplied by the taxpayer. The state revenue commissioner is also allowed to prepare such data. The bill also provides new procedures for a taxpayer to allege that the county board of tax assessors has failed to comply with state law or regulations regarding the valuation of property of a strata of property with the result that a county tax digest, or a portion thereof, would not be approved. Further, the bill also changes the method of ad valorem tax appeals and requires the board of equalization, appeal administrator, or hearing officer to provide a copy of the DOR Appraisal Procedures Manual to the taxpayer upon request of the taxpayer. Failure to provide the manual results in the taxpayer's asserted value becoming the fair market value.
HB 0357 SupportBoat Titling Ron Stephens
3/27/2018 Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute Ways & Means Finance -
2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/10 - Report Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
Tags/Titles
This bill provides for the titling of boats and vessels. While the original bill proposed limiting total sales tax on boats to $600, that provision has been removed from the substitute bill as passed by the House Ways & Means Committee.
HB 0362 OpposeLame Duck - Change Commissioners' Term in Office Andrew Welch
3/30/2017 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Governmental Affairs --
2017/02/17-Report 2017/02/24 - Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
Training

All county commissioners elected on or after January 1, 2017, must take office on the Monday following their election so long as it is at least five days following the certification of election results.  If a petition to contest the election is filed, then the newly-elected commissioner takes office on the Monday following a judgment rendered, or the withdrawal or dismissal of the petition.  The officeholder shall be sworn in at the next county commission meeting - which shall be held no later than two weeks following their term of office.  For a full summary of this legislation, please click here.    

HB 0367 NegotiatingPublic Employees Privacy Protection Brian Strickland
2/16/2017 House Second Readers Judiciary --
2017/02/17-Report Correctional Institutions/Jail Debra Nesbit District Attorneys Econ. Dev. & Transportation
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Juveniles Law Enforcement Magistrate Court Mandate
Nat. Res. & the Environment Open Records/Meetings Act Probate Court Public Safety and Courts Sheriff
Solicitors State Court Superior Court
This legislation allows certain public safety and judicial officials to execute a certificate of redacted information that requires counties to redact the home address and telephone number of the public safety or judicial official and their relatives from the county's website or other Internet access point within the county's control.
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