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Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0022 SupportAuthorization for Telephone Coops to Provide Broadband Service Penny Houston
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Economic Development and Tourism --
2019/01/31 Report Broadband Econ. Dev. & Transportation Land Use/Zoning Policy Council
Preemption Todd Edwards Utilities
Mirroring SB 17, this legislation authorizes Georgia's Telephone Cooperatives to provide broadband services, either directly or indirectly through a contractual arrangement or through an affiliate.  Coops will also be eligible to apply for federal or state loans and grants to provide this service.  This proposal is part of the House Rural Development Council's recommendations to facilitate broadband deployment to rural areas of the state.
HB 0023 SupportAuthorization for EMCs to Provide Broadband Service Penny Houston
1/13/2020 Senate Recommitted Economic Development and Tourism Regulated Industries and Utilities -
2019/01/31 Report Broadband Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Land Use/Zoning
Todd Edwards

Mirroring SB 2, this legislation authorizes Georgia's Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs) to provide broadband services, either directly or indirectly through a contractual arrangement or through an affiliate.  EMCs are prohibited from cross-subsidizing broadband services through funds from their electric or gas accounts, and an annual audit will be conducted to ensure this prohibition.  Furthermore, EMC members in good standing can sue (in the superior court of the county where the EMC is headquartered) to also ensure no cross-subsidization. EMCs will not be able to disconnect, or threaten to disconnect, a customer from their electric or gas services for failure to pay their broadband bill.  EMCs will be eligible to apply for federal or state loans and grants to provide broadband service.  This proposal is part of the House Rural Development Council's recommendations to facilitate broadband deployment to rural areas of the state.  

HB 0034 SupportQualifications and Removal of Development Authority Directors Rhonda Burnough
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Governmental Affairs --
2019/01/31 Report 2019/03/08 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Larry Ramsey
This legislation authorizes licensed business owners paying property taxes to be a development authority director without living in the county or city that created the authority.  It also authorizes directors to be removed by the governing authority for cause.
HB 0105 NeutralSales Tax Exemption - Ridesharing Sam Watson
6/25/2020 House - House Sent to Governor Ways and Means Finance -
2020/02/28 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report 2020/06/19 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation
Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local Transit
As introduced, this bill was limited to providing an income tax exemption for disaster relief payments associated with Hurricane Michael. As amended, the bill would exempt transportation services -- taxis, limos, and ridesharing such as Uber and Lyft -- from sales taxes, and replace that tax with a 50-cent per ride fee (25 cents for shared rides), subject to annual CPI adjustment. That fee would go to the state, with the stated intent that this money be used for transportation purposes, including transit; if not so appropriated, the fee would be reduced by 50% in the first year and repealed in the second such year. Because of constitutional limitations, the actual use of this money would be subject to the annual state budget process. Additionally, the bill would require that up to 10% of the state heavy-vehicle highway impact fee and $5/night fee on lodging be used for transit purposes.
HB 0123 NeutralWorkforce Development Boards William Werkheiser
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Industry and Labor --
2019/02/08 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Larry Ramsey
This bill moves oversight of Workforce Development Boards from the state Technical College System to the Department of Labor.
HB 0189 NeutralState Sales Tax Exemption on Locomotive Fuel Vance Smith
2/11/2019 House Second Readers Ways and Means --
2019/02/08 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Revenue & Finance
This legislation exempts state sales and use taxes for fuel used for locomotives. The bill does not exempt local sales and use taxes. 
HB 0215 SupportRules of the Road for Electric Assisted Bicycles (E-Bikes) Teri Anulewicz
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Natural Resources and Environment --
2019/02/15 Report 2019/03/01 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Transportation

This legislation establishes regulations for electric assisted bicycle, "e-bikes" and defines three classes of e-bikes. E-bikes would follow the same rules of the road as human powered bikes and local governments would have the authority to allow or restrict the use of e-bikes on bicycle paths or shared paths where bicycles are permitted.

For more details, click here for an info sheet prepared by People for Bikes who are in support of the bill.    

*Language from this bill is was included in HB 454 that passed during the 2019 Session.

HB 0265 NeutralLower Annual Fee for Alternative Fueled Vehicle Spencer Frye
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Motor Vehicles --
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Revenue & Finance
This legislation lowers the fee from $200 to $100 for alternative fueled vehicles that are not operated for commercial purposes.

The fee was included in HB 170 (2015 Georgia General Assembly Session) which significantly raised funds for transportation purposes.
HB 0269 NeutralExempt Low Speed Vehicles From Annual License Fee Spencer Frye
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Motor Vehicles --
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Revenue & Finance

This legislation exempts low-speed vehicles from the annual fees for the licensing of the operation of vehicles.

"Low-speed vehicle" means any four-wheeled electric vehicle whose top speed attainable in one mile is greater than 20 miles per hour but not greater than 25 miles per hour on a paved level surface and which is manufactured in compliance with those federal motor vehicle safety standards for low-speed vehicles set forth in 49 C.F.R. Section 571.500 and in effect on January 1, 2001.

HB 0352 NeutralSales Tax Exemption - Projects of Regional Significance Albert Reeves
7/1/2019 Effective Date Ways and Means Finance -
2019/02/22 Report 2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/29 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation
Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance
This bill would extend through 2024 the existing sales tax exemption for projects of regional significance.
HB 0355 NeutralIncome Tax - Amend Job Tax Credit Clay Pirkle
2/21/2019 House Second Readers Ways and Means --
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Larry Ramsey
This bill would make changes to the existing state income tax credit for creation of new jobs.
HB 0375 EvaluatingOperation of Trains at Crossings Joseph Gullett
2/21/2019 House Second Readers Transportation --
2019/02/22 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen
This bill prohibits the operation of a train in a manner that occupies or blocks a street, road, or highway grade crossing longer than 15 minutes unless its necessary to comply with safety signals, to avoid striking an object or person on the track, due to circumstances beyond control of the train or in order to comply with federal safety regulation or federal law.
HB 0383 EvaluatingExempt Low Speed Vehicles and Electric Powered Vehicles From Annual License Fee Josh Bonner
2/22/2019 House Second Readers Transportation --
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Transportation
This legislation exempts low-speed vehicles and electric powered personal transportation vehicles from the annual fees for the licensing of the operation of vehicles.

HB 0399 NeutralDigital License Plates Allowed Jeff Jones
2/22/2019 House Second Readers Motor Vehicles --
2019/02/22 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Tax Commissioner
This legislation sets standards and procedures for issuing and displaying digital license plates. Individuals would be allowed to submit an application to the county tag office indicating a preference for a digital license plate. A digital license plate provider can collect fees for the license plate hardware and services. Digital license plates would renewed annually and the Department of Revenue would be authorized to develop rules and regulations relating to the digital displays, messaging and personalization of digital license plates.  
HB 0447 NegotiatingSales Tax Exemption On Jet Fuel Dominic Lariccia
1/13/2020 Senate Recommitted Ways and Means Finance -
2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/22 Report Airports Econ. Dev. & Transportation
Kathleen Bowen Revenue & Finance
The exemption of jet fuel from all (state and local) sales and use tax is continued through June 30, 2039. A new state excise tax of $0.005 per gallon is authorized to be levied on jet fuel. The intent of the use of funds from the new state excise tax is to support rural airports, per Governor Kemp's press release found here.

Throughout the session, ACCG joined the Georgia Airports Association in advocating for more funds and resources for our local airports. 
HB 0454 SupportRules of the Road for Electric Assisted Bicycles (E-Bikes) Kevin Tanner
7/1/2019 Effective Date Transportation Public Safety -
2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/29 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Transportation
This legislation started out as providing the legal framework for e-scooters to operate in Georgia. The as passed version just includes language from HB 215, which establishes regulations for electric assisted bicycle, "e-bikes" and defines three classes of e-bikes. E-bikes would follow the same rules of the road as human powered bikes and local governments would have the authority to allow or restrict the use of e-bikes on bicycle paths or shared paths where bicycles are permitted.
HB 0469 SupportStatewide Regulations for Booting Vehicles Matt Dollar
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Public Safety and Homeland Security --
2019/03/01 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen
This legislation defines and sets statewide standards for vehicle immobilization devices and services - commonly known as "booting". This bill states that booting would be prohibited in a jurisdiction unless the local government passes an ordinance allowing booting. 
HB 0503 NeutralAirport Property Allowed For Lease to Private Parties for Development Rhonda Burnough
2/28/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Airports Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen
Counties, municipalities, or other political subdivisions which establish airports or landing fields can lease property lying within any county having an airport or landing field that is owned or operated by a municipality located outside of such county for a initial term of up to 50 years, and to extend such leases, to private parties for development of such property for hotels and related facilities, conference centers, office buildings, commercial and retail uses, and other similar airport and travel related purposes.
HB 0509 SupportDate Extension for Cobb Transit John Carson
3/1/2019 House Second Readers Transportation --
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Transit
This legislation extends the date for the "Cobb County Special District for Transit" for three years from 12/1/2019 to 12/1/2022. This action allows Cobb County to have more time to plan and decide if they will provide transit county-wide or by creating a special district.
HB 0511 NeutralAtlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL): Clean Up Bill Kevin Tanner
1/1/2021 Effective Date Transportation Transportation -
2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2020/03/06 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen
This legislation mainly applies to the Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority (ATL). This bill reassigns the ATL from GRTA to GDOT, revises the election process, and how vacancies are filled for the ATL Board of Directors. Lastly, the bill extends until July 1, 2025 the use of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) used to adjust the excise tax on motor fuel.
HB 0820 NeutralGeorgia Freight Railroad Program Kevin Tanner
1/1/2021 Effective Date Transportation Transportation -
2020/01/31 2020/02/28 Report 2020/06/19 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen
Transportation
This legislation creates a Georgia Freight Railroad Program under the authority of the Georgia Department of Transportation. Subject to appropriations, state funds could be used for the investment in railways and railroad facilities and equipment.
HB 0837 NeutralFulton County Development Authority Limitations Charles Martin
1/30/2020 House Second Readers Ways and Means --
2020/01/31 Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Kathleen Bowen
This legislation would prohibit county development authorities, in counties where at least 95% of the land area is incorporated, from acquiring property titles, undertaking projects and granting tax abatements without the approval of the board of education or municipality where the property, project, or abatement is located. This legislation currently only applies to Fulton County. 
HB 0859 NeutralPenalty for Tinting of Motor Vehicle Windshields Clay Pirkle
3/9/2020 Senate Read and Referred Public Safety and Homeland Security Special Judiciary -
2020/02/07 2020/02/28 Report Debra Nesbit Econ. Dev. & Transportation Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation sets the maximum penalty for motor vehicles windshield tinting at $25.00.  The bill was amended to prohibit any fees or surcharges being added to the maximum fine.
HB 0867 NeutralCity Annexation of County Owned Airports Charles Martin
3/5/2020 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Governmental Affairs --
2020/02/07 Airports Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen
This legislation would prohibit a city (that contains more than 125 miles within its corporate limits) from annexing a county owned airport unless the county adopts a resolution approving the annexation. 

HB 0897 SupportTimber Harvesting: Changes to County Ordinance & New Notification Website James Burchett
7/22/2020 Effective Date Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Agriculture and Consumer Affairs -
2020/02/07 2020/02/21 Report 2020/02/28 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/06/19 Report
Agriculture Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen
This legislation establishes a framework for a statewide timber harvest notification webpage housed by the Georgia Forestry Commission, increases the fine for harvesters who fail to notify the county that they are operating, and increases the bond amount due by harvesters who have previously been found to cause damage to county roads/rights of way. In addition, the legislation narrows the scope of when the bond can be used and creates a timeline for when and how a county can utilize a bond.

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