Economic Development (10)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

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4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Governmental Affairs --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 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4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Industry and Labor --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 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 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 0986 NeutralDevelopment Authorities - County Commissioner Cannot be Chairperson Derrick Jackson
2/24/2020 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2020/02/28 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation prohibits a county commissioner who sits on a development authority from serving as the chairperson or chief executive officer of the authority.  Please let Todd Edwards (tedwards@accg.org) any concerns you may have with this bill.  
HB 1014 SupportDowntown Development Authorities Can Expire Jan Tankersley
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Governmental Affairs Assignments -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development General County Government Kathleen Bowen
This legislation removes the provision that downtown development authorities have a perpetual existence (meaning, no expiration date). 
HB 1037 NeutralFilm Income Tax Credits Matt Dollar
1/1/2021 Effective Date Ways and Means Finance -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Larry Ramsey
This bill expands the list of activities that qualify for the state film income tax credit, while also limiting the credit for activities actually performed outside of Georgia.
SB 0017 SupportAuthorization for Telephone Coops to Provide Broadband Service Steve Gooch
4/26/2019 Effective Date Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Regulated Industries and Utilities -
2019/01/18 Report 2019/02/15 Report 2019/02/22 Report 2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/22 Report
2019/03/29 Report Broadband Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Land Use/Zoning
Policy Council Todd Edwards
Mirroring HB 22, 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. 
SB 0441 NeutralIncome Tax Credits - Film and other Productions Jeff Mullis
3/10/2020 Senate Read Second Time -Finance -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Larry Ramsey
This bil would expand the state income tax credit for filming and related productions, including lowering the expenditure threshold to qualify for the credit.
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