Legislation Sponsored by Steve Gooch (13)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 5/10/2019

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3/30/2017 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Transportation Transportation -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 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 0232 SupportBroadband - Authorize EMCs to Provide Steve Gooch
3/5/2018 House Second Readers Ways and Means Regulated Industries and Utilities -
2017/02/24 - Report 2018/03/2 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
General County Government Land Use/Zoning Preemption Public Safety and Courts Public Works
Revenue & Finance Roads Telecommunications Todd Edwards Utilities

This legislation authorizes EMCs to provide broadband service, VoIP, wireless services and other emerging communications technologies within their service areas and a 5-mile radius thereof.  EMCs would be allowed to accept state, federal and private grants loans to fund this endeavor, but cannot cross-subsidize their broadband services from their electric or natural gas funds. To do this, EMCs must provide nondiscriminatory, competitively neutral and commercially reasonable terms, conditions and access to their utility poles for other communications service providers.      

 

SB 0276 NeutralLumpkin County Airport Authority; create Steve Gooch
1/29/2018 Act 281 Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations -
Airports Econ. Dev. & Transportation Local Legislation
SB 0366 NegotiatingState Mandated Completion of Salary Surveys for Employees of the Sheriff's Department Steve Gooch
3/23/2018 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Appropriations Public Safety -
2018/02/02 Report 2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/16 Report 2018/03/23 Report Compensation
Debra Nesbit General County Government Law Enforcement Personnel/Employment Population Acts
Public Safety and Courts Sheriff
This legislation is based on the report of the Compensation of Police and Sheriff's (COPS) and requires that every county conduct a wage and compensation study once every five years or lose their qualified local government status.  A detailed summary can be found here.
SB 0387 NeutralCity of Dahlonega; filling of vacancies; provide Steve Gooch
5/3/2018 Act 359 Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations -
Local Legislation
SB 0402 SupportBroadband - Georgia Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE) Act Steve Gooch
5/7/2018 Act 423 Ways and Means Regulated Industries and Utilities -
2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/16 Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/16 Report 2018/03/23 Report
Broadband General County Government Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local Todd Edwards
The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Jay Powell, combined most of the House and Senate rural broadband initiatives into SB 402, making it the omnibus rural broadband bill of the 2018 legislative session.  Among its many components, the bill authorizes the DOT to use or lease their right of way (ROW) for broadband deployment, establishes a voluntary “broadband ready community” program for local governments that have streamlined their ROW permitting process, and creates a statewide broadband deployment plan.  
 
For a thorough summary of SB 402, please click here.
 
 
SB 0425 NeutralLand Surveyors - Define Practice Steve Gooch
5/7/2018 Act 417 Regulated Industries Regulated Industries and Utilities -
2018/03/16 Report Code Enforcement Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government Health and Human Services
Land Use/Zoning Law Enforcement Nat. Res. & the Environment Procurement Public Safety and Courts
Public Works Roads Stormwater Todd Edwards Utilities
Water Quality Water Quantity
This legislation removes the requirement that land surveyors receive at least five hours of course study in hydrology. The bill raises the required semester hours of course study, or the equivalent, in surveying subjects approved by the board from 15 to 18 hours. Moreover, HB 833 grandfathers in those who have already received credit in hydrology coursework so that they may sit for the board approved examination for licensure. In addition, HB 833 adds surveyors to the list of professionals subject to a misdemeanor for practicing as a licensed surveyor if that person has not completed the licensing requirements.
SB 0426 SupportBroadband - EMCs and Rural Telephone Cooperatives Authorized to Provide Steve Gooch
3/29/2018 House Passed/Adopted By Substitute Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Regulated Industries and Utilities -
2018/02/16 Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/16 Report 2018/03/2 Report 2018/03/23 Report
Broadband Code Enforcement Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Franchise Fees
General County Government Land Use/Zoning Preemption Revenue & Finance Roads
Telecommunications Todd Edwards Transportation Utilities

Originally, this was the wireless industry's attempt to preempt local management of the public's right of way.  The bill was changed in House Rules Committee to allow EMCs and rural telephone cooperatives to provide broadband service to rural areas under certain conditions.     

 

 

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 0502 NeutralRural Broadband - Urge Congressional Action Steve Gooch
1/31/2018 Senate Passed/Adopted -Rules -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development General County Government Larry Ramsey
This legislation urges the U.S. Congress and federal agencies to develop policies and funding sources to bring high speed broadband access to rural America. 
SR 0778 NeutralUrging Congress to Support America's National Park System Steve Gooch
3/27/2018 Senate Passed/Adopted -Natural Resources and the Environment -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Roads Utilities
This resolution urges the United States Congress to create a reliable, predictable stream of resources to address deferred maintenance needs in America's National Park System. 
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