Legislation Assigned to the Senate Government Oversight Committee (15)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 5/7/2024

HB 0315 NeutralLocal Bids - Consultants Who Help Draft Must Disclose any Conflict of Interest Mark Newton
7/1/2019 Effective Date Governmental Affairs Government Oversight -
2019/02/15 Report 2019/02/22 Report 2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/15 Report
2019/03/22 Report 2019/03/29 Report General County Government Procurement Todd Edwards
This legislation requires consultants who help draft local governments' bid, proposal, procurement or purchasing specifications to disclose and detail whether they or their family have any possible conflicts of interest or financial interest with a firm who may respond to the bid/proposal.  There are exceptions for confidential economic development activities and economic development authorities, and while attorneys must disclose the existence of a conflict, they do not have to provide details.          
HB 0379 SupportSpecial Purpose Local Option Sales Tax - Revise Reporting Requirement Beth Moore
5/7/2019 Effective Date Ways and Means Government Oversight -
2019/02/22 Report 2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/29 Report Larry Ramsey
Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
Under current law, local governments receiving SPLOST funds must publish each year by December 31st a report on SPLOST collections/expenditures. This bill would allow that annual report to be published no later than six months following the end of the local government's fiscal year.
HB 0456 NeutralLocal Government Audits - Annual Reports for Certain Small Governments Jan Tankersley
7/1/2019 Effective Date Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight Government Oversight -
2019/03/08 Report Auditing/Budget Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance
Under current law, local governments with 1,500 or less people or $300,000 or less in annual expenditures may elect to either conduct a biennial audit or an annual report of agreed-upon procedures. This bill would expand the threshold for this option to those local governments with $550,000 or less in annual expenditures.
HB 1122 EvaluatingRegional Commissions - Change Make Up of Council and Establish Executive Committee Sam Watson
6/20/2020 Senate - Senate Read Second Time Governmental Affairs Government Oversight -
2020/03/13 Report General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation significantly impacts the makeup of Regional Commission (RC) Councils.   Removed from the current council make up are the three residents appointed by the Governor; one appointment by the Lieutenant Governor; one appointment by the House Speaker; and the option for an RC to include additional members at its discretion.  In return, each County Commission in the region will appoint one nonpublic resident of their respective county.  Additionally, councils are no longer to establish committees as they see fit, but will have to appoint an executive committee comprising no less than five but no more than nine members.  The executive committee is charged with developing and overseeing the RC's budget and work program, nominate executive directors, oversee personnel policies, establish council committees and appoint committee members, and carry out other tasks assigned by the council.        
HR 1094 NeutralProperty; granting of non-exclusive easements; authorize Gerald Greene
8/3/2020 Effective Date State Properties Government Oversight -
General County Government Todd Edwards
HR 1167 NeutralProperty; conveyance of certain state owned real property; authorize Gerald Greene
8/5/2020 Effective Date State Properties Government Oversight -
Local Legislation
HR 1300 NeutralGlynn County; Murray County; change of use of certain property; authorize Clay Pirkle
8/5/2020 Effective Date State Properties Government Oversight -
Local Legislation
SB 0051 SupportConfederate Monuments - Authorize Local Governments to Remove Elena Parent
2/6/2019 Senate Read and Referred -Government Oversight -
2019/02/08 Report General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation authorizes cities and counties to decide for themselves whether to remove or conceal "publicly owned monuments, plaques, markers, or memorials which are dedicated to, honor or recount the military service of any past or present military personnel of this state... or Confederate States of America" on the local government's property.  The county or city must first adopt a resolution to do so.   Currently, local governments are prohibited from this.  ACCG has no position on said removal or concealment, but believes this decision is best left up to the local government - which this bill allows.        
SB 0077 NeutralMilitary Monuments - Prohibit their Removal and Increase Penalties for Damaging, Removing Jeff Mullis
4/26/2019 Effective Date Governmental Affairs Government Oversight -
2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/29 Report General County Government Todd Edwards

This legislation makes it unlawful to mutilate, deface, defile or abuse any publicly owned monument, plaque, statue, marker, flag, banner, structure, name, display or memorial (which is meant to be permanently displayed and is dedicated to a historical entity or historically significant military, religious, civil, civil rights, political, social or cultural event) that is located, erected, constructed, created or maintained on real property owned by local governments or the state of Georgia. SB 77 maintains current law, prohibiting local governments from removing these monuments from public property; however, local governments may relocate a monument when it is necessary for the construction, expansion or alteration of edifices, buildings, roads, streets or other transportation infrastructure, so long as it is relocated to a site of similar prominence (excluding a museum, cemetery or mausoleum, unless the monument was originally placed at such a location).  The bill also increases the penalties on those who damage, destroy or lose a monument (without replacing it).          

SB 0172 OpposeLocal Government Design Standards Preempted John Wilkinson
2/25/2019 Senate Read and Referred -Government Oversight -
2019/03/01 Report General County Government Todd Edwards

This preemption legislation, similar to HB 302, prohibits counties and cities from regulating "building design elements" in single or double family dwellings.  Local governments could no longer enact standards on:

- exterior building color,

- type or style of exterior cladding material, 

- style or materials of roof structures or porches, 

- exterior nonstructural architectural ornamentation, 

- location or architectural styling of windows and doors, including garage doors, 

- the number and types of rooms, and

- types of foundation structures approved under state minimum standard codes.   

In short, if a house meets state minimum standard building codes, it can be built.  Exceptions would apply if the dwellings are in state historic districts; are local, state or national historic landmarks; manufactured homes; or if regulations are adopted as a condition of participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. 




SB 0266 OpposeProhibits Separate Fee for Fire Sprinkler Protection Jeff Mullis
3/26/2019 Senate Read and Referred -Government Oversight -
Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Preemption Water Quantity
This legislation prohibits a public water system from charging a separate fee for water service for fire sprinkler protection systems. 
SB 0300 SupportElections - State to Provide Local Grants for Voting Rights Education Emanuel Jones
1/16/2020 Senate Read and Referred -Government Oversight -
2020/01/17 Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This bill authorizes the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to provide grants (subject to state appropriation) to local governments to implement local voting rights awareness and education programs.  The grants and programs cannot be used to support any particular party, candidate or issue on the ballot.  
SB 0317 OpposeHome Rule Violation: New Process to Abolish County Police Department Bypassing County Commissioners William Ligon
2/3/2020 Senate Read Second Time -Government Oversight -
2020/01/31 Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation seeks to allow local legislative delegations to bypass county commissioners by general legislation.  This bill is a general bill that will allow a local legislative delegation to pass local legislation calling for a local referendum to abolish a county police department.  Under current law the county must pass a resolution to create a county police department and have a referendum prior to that creation.  The decision to abolish a county police department is at the sole discretion of the County Commission.  Please click here for talking and legal points.
SB 0409 EvaluatingElections - Sign up and Automatically Receive Absentee Ballots for all Future Elections Elena Parent
2/21/2020 Senate Read and Referred -Government Oversight -
2020/02/28 Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This bill allows an elector to request to receive an absentee ballot for all future regularly scheduled primaries, elections and runoffs in which the elector is registered to vote.  
SB 0444 EvaluatingEminent Domain - Revise Means to Use Condemnation of Property for Public Purposes Harold Jones
2/26/2020 Senate Read and Referred -Government Oversight -
Eminent Domain/Condemnation General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation revises the means by which a local government may use eminent domain to condemn a property for public use.   
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