Legislation Sponsored by John Wilkinson (3)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

SB 0418 OpposeNo Local Restriction on any Sale of Goods Regulated by Federal or State Agencies John Wilkinson
2/28/2018 Senate Lost -Agriculture and Consumer Affairs -
2018/02/16 Report 2018/02/23 Report Agriculture General County Government Health and Human Services
Land Use/Zoning Nat. Res. & the Environment Preemption Todd Edwards

This latest state preemption legislation, mirrored in HB 948, prohibits local governments from prohibiting or otherwise restricting the retail sale of any goods, products or items regulated by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the GA Dept. of Agriculture, so long as any said sales are in compliance with local zoning.  This effort to preempt local ordinances prohibiting a certain pet store chain has expanded greatly.   ACCG asks that you pay very close attention to this bill and provide Todd Edwards (tedwards@accg.org) feedback on how this bill may impact any county ordinances regulating the retail sale of animals (pets or livestock), tobacco, alcohol, plants, etc.  

For a list of all goods, products and items regulated by these agencies (thus preempted by local government regulation) please click here.   

Please note that ACCG takes no position on the operation of certain pet store chains; however, ACCG opposes taking away a community's ability to regulate the broad swath of goods, products and items covered by the above three agencies.    


SB 0458 OpposeConservation Use Property - Limit Breach Penalties for Certain Family-Owned Farms John Wilkinson
5/8/2018 Act 465 Ways and Means Finance -
2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/16 Report 2018/03/2 Report Larry Ramsey Property Tax
Revenue & Finance
This bill provides for conditions which allow a family owned farm entity to discontinue a CUVA covenant without incurring any penalty other than having to pay the difference between the taxes owed without CUVA less the amount paid under CUVA in the year of the covenant breach. More significantly, the House added the text of HB 373 to this bill, which would make qualification for CUVA status significantly easier (thereby lowering tax digests) and would allow for attorneys' fees against boards of assessors if they lose in court on CUVA issues.
SR 0192 NeutralGeneral Assembly; election of local school superintendents; local boards of education by grand juries as alternative to appointment; authorize -CA John Wilkinson
3/16/2017 House Committee Unfavorably Reported Education Education and Youth -
Elections General County Government Public Safety and Courts Todd Edwards
This legislation asks the voters to approve an amendment to the Georgia Constitution regarding the selection of local school superintendents and school board members.
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