Legislation Assigned to the Senate Transportation Committee (21)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/25/2019

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 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 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 0472 NeutralMotor Vehicles - Rules for Speed Coordination (Platooning) James Epps
7/1/2017 Effective Date Public Safety and Homeland Security Transportation
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation provides that the non lead vehicle in a procession when speed is coordinated automatically is exempt from the prohibition against following too closely.
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 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.  


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 0054 NeutralAutonomous Vehicle Testing on Public Highways Joshua McKoon
1/25/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Transportation
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement Transportation
This legislation allows for the use of autonomous vehicles on public highways for testing purposes. 
SB 0089 NeutralGeorgia Freight Rail Program David Shafer
3/29/2018 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 0218 NeutralAutonomous Vehicle Regulations Steve Gooch
2/22/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Transportation
2017/02/24 - Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Preemption Public Safety and Courts
Revenue & Finance Tags/Titles Traffic Enforcement
This legislation regulates the operation of autonomous vehicles.
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 0266 NeutralStop Sign Usage Frank Ginn
3/3/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Transportation
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Mandate Roads Traffic Enforcement
Transportation
This legislation requires counties and cities to study the stop signs currently placed on their public roads and consider whether they should be replaced with yield signs before July 1, 2028.
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 0379 NeutralGeorgia Major Airport Operations and Management Act Burt Jones
2/1/2018 Senate Read and Referred -Transportation
Airports Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government Kathleen Bowen Procurement
This legislation creates the Georgia Major Airport Operations and Management Board which will oversee any commercial airport owned by a city, county or political subdivision of the state that has in excess of 400,000 takeoffs and landings annually. The legislation in its present form only applies to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport located in Atlanta.  
SB 0386 NegotiatingTransit Governance & Funding for Metro Atlanta Brandon Beach
3/7/2018 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.  

SB 0428 NegotiatingStatewide Regulations for the Practice of Booting Vehicles Matt Brass
2/15/2018 Senate Read and Referred -Transportation
2018/02/16 Report Code Enforcement Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Law Enforcement
Public Safety and Courts Roads Sheriff Traffic Enforcement
This legislation (similar to HB 774) defines and sets statewide standards for vehicle immobilization devices and services - commonly known as "booting". In addition, this bill allows a county or city to pass an ordinance stricter than the provisions set out by this bill; however, of concern is that the language does not clearly state that a local government can ban the practice of booting vehicles. 
SB 0445 SupportSale of Property Formerly Used for Road Purposes / No Camping on GDOT Property Steve Gooch
5/3/2018 Act 407 Transportation Transportation
2018/02/16 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government Kathleen Bowen Procurement
Roads

This legislation provides consistency across the right-of-way disposal methods. Property formerly used for road purposes can be sold by auction or back to the prior owner by as much as 15% below fair market value. 

In addition, this bill states that it is unlawful to camp on the side of a state highway or on any property owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation. 

SR 0227 SupportAviation Fuel Tax - Urge Federal Action Brandon Beach
3/28/2017 Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute -Transportation
Airports Econ. Dev. & Transportation Larry Ramsey Local Legislation Revenue & Finance
Sales Tax-Local
This legislation encourages each member of the Georgia congressional delegation to intercede with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation to prevent loss of aviation fuel tax revenue. A 2015 FAA ruling provides that taxes derived from the sale of aviation fuel must be spent for aviation purposes, even in the tax in question is a generally applicable tax. This FAA ruling will impact all counties (and cities) that have within their boundaries an airport that sells aviation fuel.
SR 0882 NeutralHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Study Committee Burt Jones
3/27/2018 Senate Passed/Adopted -Transportation
Airports Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Local Legislation Transportation
Transportation Funding
This resolution creates a study committee to study Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's operations and possibility of transferring the airport to an authority. 
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