Legislation Sponsored by James Burchett (12)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0690 OpposeBuilding Permits - Locals Can't Charge More than $500 for Inspecting "Agricultural Structures" James Burchett
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Assignments -
2020/03/13 Report General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation prohibits cities and counties from charging a fee of more than $500 for permitting "agricultural structures", which includes buildings and structures used for the commercial production of crops, livestock, animals, poultry, honeybees, livestock, timber, forest products, products used for commercial aquaculture or farm labor camps for migrant workers.  ACCG feels that fees for permitting agricultural should approximate whatever the cost is for administering the permitting service.  If it cost the county more than $500 to conduct an inspection, other taxpayers will have to pick up the cost, thus subsidizing the service.         
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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HB 0917 OpposeGuns - Counties Must Send Weapons License Holders a Renewal Notice James Burchett
2/20/2020 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
2020/02/21 Report Firearms/Carry Laws General County Government Todd Edwards
This bill requires probate judges, at county expense, to send a notice to weapons carry license holders to let them know when their license is about to expire.  The notice can be sent via mail or e-mail and must be sent no more than 90 days, but no fewer than 30 says, before the expiration date of a person's license.  While this may be a good idea for a county to consider, there will be additional costs, your licensing system may not have this capability, and failure to adhere to this mandate will likely subject the county to litigation.  Lastly, if this is such a good idea, state law should require that notices be sent to the public whenever a driver's licenses or any other state license/permit is about to expire.  ACCG asks you to please contact your probate judge and let us know if this requirement is feasible, and at what cost to the county.  We welcome any other input you may have.   
HB 0984 NeutralCriminal procedure; sentencing; change provisions James Burchett
1/1/2021 Effective Date Judiciary - Non-Civil Judiciary -
Debra Nesbit
HB 1016 NeutralAtkinson County; Board of Education; change compensation of members James Burchett
6/30/2020 Effective Date Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations -
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HB 1191 NeutralBacon County; Magistrate Court; impose and collect county law library fees James Burchett
7/29/2020 Effective Date Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations -
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HB 1192 NeutralPierce County; Magistrate Court; impose and collect county law library fees James Burchett
8/28/2020 Effective Date Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations -
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HB 1193 NeutralBrantley County; Magistrate Court; impose and collect county law library fees James Burchett
8/28/2020 Effective Date Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations -
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HB 1194 NeutralWare County; Magistrate Court; impose and collect county law library fees James Burchett
8/28/2020 Effective Date Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations -
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HB 1197 NeutralCharlton County; Magistrate Court; impose and collect county law library fees James Burchett
8/28/2020 Effective Date Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations -
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HB 1245 NeutralLanier County Building Authority Act; enact James Burchett
7/29/2020 Effective Date Intragovernmental Coordination --
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HB 1246 NeutralSatilla Regional Water and Sewer Authority; all five board members are elected pursuant to the Act; provide James Burchett
6/30/2020 Effective Date Intragovernmental Coordination --
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