Legislation Sponsored by Frank Ginn (4)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

SB 0146 NeutralAlcohol - Liquor Tastings and Brunch Referendum Frank Ginn
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Regulated Industries Regulated Industries and Utilities -
2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/29 Report Alcohol/Tobacco General County Government
Todd Edwards
This bill authorizes liquor stores (in counties in which the sale of alcoholic beverages is lawful) to conduct up to 24 tasting events per year.  Among several provisions, tasters are limited to one and a half ounces, the tasting hours must coincide with the legal hours of business, only one tasting can occur per day and cannot exceed four hours, only one type of alcoholic beverage may be served at each tasting; and the city or county which issued the alcohol license must be notified in advance.  Tastings are also authorized for malt beverages, but for no more than eight ounces; and wine, up to five ounces.  The bill was amended in House Committee to eliminate the referendum requirement for local governments authorizing Sunday brunch on-premise sales, and to allow Savannah to authorize the package sale of liquor within 200 yards of the Savannah College of Art and Design.          
SB 0319 NeutralRequirements for Building Below Category II Dams Frank Ginn
2/26/2020 House Second Readers Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
2020/01/31 2020/02/07 2020/02/28 Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
This legislation does the following:
  • Adds a new term "inundation zone”. Inundation zone = any area downstream of a dam that would be affected by flooding from releases from a dam's reservoir in the event of a failure, breach, or uncontrolled release of water, and is generally much larger than the area for a normal river or stream flood event.
  • Prohibits the building of inhabitable structures in the inundation zone of a Category II dam without prior certification from an engineer of record.
  • Allows for an engineer of record to perform and certify a breach analysis where inhabitable structures already exist in the inundation zone of a Category II dam.
  • Requires a certified breach analysis to be filed with the Superior Court, the local government where the inundation zone is located, and the Safe Dams division of EPD.
  • Authorizes the Department of Community Affairs to develop building standards for inhabitable structures in the inundation zone of a Category II dam.

SB 0322 SupportDevelopment Impact Fees - Optional Exemption for Affordable Housing Frank Ginn
6/24/2020 House - House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Governmental Affairs Economic Development and Tourism -
2020/01/31 2020/02/07 2020/02/21 Report Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance
This bill would authorize counties and cities to waive development impact fees for developments that provide affordable housing.
SR 0899 NeutralAlcohol - Senate Study Committee on Three Tier System Frank Ginn
6/25/2020 Senate - Senate Passed/Adopted -Rules -
Alcohol/Tobacco General County Government Todd Edwards
This resolution establishes the Senate Study Committee on Alcohol Franchise Law, composed of five senate members, to undertake a study of the conditions, needs, issues and problems with Georgia's alcohol franchise laws (the three-tier system).  In particular, it will study the relationship between manufacturers and wholesalers, exclusive sales territories and governance of terminations; the departure from the current franchise system; and the modernization of state alcohol franchise laws.       
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