Legislation Sponsored by Sam Watson (11)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 5/7/2024

HB 0117 InactiveSales and Use Taxes - Voluntary Contributions for Admission to Events not Taxable Sam Watson
5/1/2017 Effective Date Ways & Means Finance -
2017/01/27-Report Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
This bill changes the definition of 'retail sale' for purposes of sales and use taxation by excluding from the definition a voluntary contribution for admission to places of amusement, sports, or entertainment.
HB 0290 NeutralAd Valorem Tax - Exemption for Lease-Purchase Farm Equipment Sam Watson
7/1/2017 Effective Date Ways & Means Finance -
Larry Ramsey Property Tax Revenue & Finance
This bill clarifies the existing ad valorem tax exemptions for agricultural equipment that is included in a lease-purchase agreement and used in farm production by a family owned qualified farm products producer.
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
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 0332 SupportGeorgia Outdoor Stewardship Act Sam Watson
7/1/2019 Effective Date Natural Resources & Environment Appropriations -
2017/02/17-Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/2 Report 2018/03/23 Report 2018/03/30 Report
Kathleen Bowen Land Conservation Nat. Res. & the Environment Revenue & Finance

This bill creates the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship program. The intent of this legislation is to provide dedicated funding for state parks and state wildlife management areas as well as support to local parks and trails. Forty percent of the proceeds of all state sales tax from outdoor recreation items would be appropriated for the protection and preservation of conservation land. The General Assembly has the ability to increase this amount up to the 80%. 

Counties would be eligible to apply for grants and loans from this newly created trust fund. A Board of Trustees of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund is created to oversee the grant/loan applications. The composition of the board could include representatives from local government.

In addition, each county in which is located 20,000 acres or more of unimproved real property belonging to the state and under the custody or control of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR), in which such state-owned property exceeds 10 percent of the taxable real property in the county, and in which such property represents 10 percent or more of the assessed tax digest of the county may receive from the GA DNR an annual grant. Only land acquired with Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund money would be used in the calculation of this grant. 

The bill is contingent upon a proposed constitutional amendment, found in HR 238, which would be placed on the ballot for the November, 2018 state-wide general election.

Additional Information:  https://georgiaoutdoorstewardship.org/ 

HB 0395 InactiveMoultrie-Colquitt County Parks and Recreation Authority Act; enact Sam Watson
5/2/2017 Effective Date Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations -
Financing General County Government Local Legislation Revenue & Finance
HB 0723 NeutralSales Tax Exemption - Non-Profit Organizations Providing Poultry Diagnostic Services Sam Watson
3/27/2018 Senate Tabled Ways and Means Finance -
2018/02/02 Report Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
This bill adds an exemption from state and local sales and use tax for sales by or to certain nonprofit organizations which have the primary purpose of providing poultry diagnostic and disease monitoring services.
HB 0886 SupportSales Tax Exemptions - Revision of Agricultural Exemption/GATE Program Sam Watson
5/3/2018 Effective Date Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Agriculture and Consumer Affairs -
2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/09 Report 2018/03/16 Report 2018/03/2 Report
2018/03/23 Report Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
This bill makes several changes to the GATE program: 1) increases the sales and operations thresholds from $2,500.00 to $5,000.00; 2) includes livestock as an agricultural product; 3) provides additional requirements for applicants who apply and provide IRS Form 1120 or 1120(s); requires the agriculture commissioner to get a taxpayer's valid state tax identification number prior to issuing an exemption certificate; 4) provides for 3 year duration of new exemption certificates for a fee of $150.00 and an annual wallet sized card showing the certificate is in effect for the current year; 5) provides for new procedures for suspension or revocation of the certificate for unlawful use; 6) authorizes DOR and the Department of Agriculture to share confidential tax information for program compliance purposes; and 7) requires the Department of Agriculture to prepare an annual report  for the chairs of House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees. 
HB 0919 OpposeSales Tax Holidays - Energy Star Products Sam Watson
2/14/2018 House Second Readers Ways and Means --
Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
This bill renews the former state and local sales and use tax exemption (a so-called sales tax holiday) for Energy Star Qualified Products or WaterSense Product. The new exemption window is October 5-7, 2018.
HB 1037 NeutralMeigs, City of; provide new charter Sam Watson
3/19/2018 Senate Read and Referred Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations -
Local Legislation
HR 0238 SupportGeorgia Outdoor Stewardship Act - Constitutional Amendment Sam Watson
5/7/2018 Effective Date Ways and Means Appropriations -
2017/02/17-Report 2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/16 Report 2018/03/2 Report 2018/03/23 Report
Kathleen Bowen Land Conservation Nat. Res. & the Environment Revenue & Finance
This proposed constitutional amendment, if ratified in the November, 2018, state-wide election, allows the General Assembly to dedicate funds towards the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund for the purpose of protecting and preserving conservation land. If this enabling amendment is ratified, it will be implemented by HB 332.
HR 0389 SupportHouse Rural Development Council Sam Watson
3/10/2017 House Passed/Adopted Economic Development & Tourism --
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development General County Government Larry Ramsey Nat. Res. & the Environment
This legislation creates the House Rural Development Council. The Council would study and make recommendations intended to improve economic development in the state's rural areas.
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