Legislation Sponsored by William Ligon (10)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

SB 0038 OpposeHome Rule Violation: New Process to Abolish County Police Department Bypassing County Commissioners William Ligon
8/5/2020 Effective Date Judiciary Judiciary -
2019/01/31 Report 2019/02/08 Report 2019/02/15 Report 2019/03/29 Report 2020/06/19 Report
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts
This legislation seeks to allow local legislative delegations to bypass county commissioners by general legislation.  This bill is a general bill that will allow a local legislative delegation to pass local legislation calling for a local referendum to abolish a county police department.  Under current law the county must pass a resolution to create a county police department and have a referendum prior to that creation.  The decision to abolish a county police department is at the sole discretion of the County Commission.  Please click here for talking and legal points. 
SB 0123 SupportSolid Waste: Landfills, Host Fee & Trust Funds William Ligon
6/29/2020 Effective Date Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
2019/02/22 Report 2020/02/07 2020/02/28 Report 2020/06/19 Report Kathleen Bowen
Nat. Res. & the Environment
This bill includes language from SB 123, HB 926 and SB 356. This omnibus solid waste related bill does the following:
  • Increases the minimum host fee applied to coal ash from $1 to $2.50 per ton. Coal ash would now be charged the same host fee per ton as regular household waste. This increase (and host fees) only applies to a municipal solid waste disposal facility that is owned by a private entity. 
  • Alters the restrictions on how counties can spend the host fees from 50% to 20%. HB 792, passed during the 2018 Session, required that 50% of the host fees received be spent for certain purposes.
  • Halts the reduction in the fees assessed for the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund (HWTF) and the Solid Waste Trust Fund (SWTF), which were set to reduce on July 1, 2020. In addition, the sunset on the collection of the fees is extended until 2025.
  • Allows an existing landfill (in McIntosh County) to expand within two miles of military air space used as bombing ranges. Current law prohibits such expansion.
SB 0317 OpposeHome Rule Violation: New Process to Abolish County Police Department Bypassing County Commissioners William Ligon
2/3/2020 Senate Read Second Time -Government Oversight -
2020/01/31 Debra Nesbit Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
This legislation seeks to allow local legislative delegations to bypass county commissioners by general legislation.  This bill is a general bill that will allow a local legislative delegation to pass local legislation calling for a local referendum to abolish a county police department.  Under current law the county must pass a resolution to create a county police department and have a referendum prior to that creation.  The decision to abolish a county police department is at the sole discretion of the County Commission.  Please click here for talking and legal points.
SB 0356 SupportLandfill Expansion Allowed Near Military Bombing Ranges William Ligon
2/24/2020 House Second Readers Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Solid Waste
This legislation would allow an existing landfill (in McIntosh County) to expand within two miles of military air space used as bombing ranges. Current law prohibits such expansion. 
SB 0384 SupportSolid Waste Facility - Restrictions If Close to Satilla River William Ligon
6/24/2020 House - House Committee Favorably Reported Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
2020/02/21 Report 2020/02/28 Report 2020/03/13 Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
Solid Waste
This legislation would prevent a permit or permit modification from being issued for a solid waste facility or coal combustion residual landfill if it was located within three miles of a blackwater river. Legislation defines "blackwater river" as one being wholly contained within the borders of this state and originating on the coastal plain, and which flows directly into the ocean. The Satilla River is the targeted river. This bill would not apply to any municipal solid waste disposal facility for which a permit was issued and was operating during or prior to 2019.
SB 0442 NeutralHomeowner Associations - Conditions by which to Limit Rental Units William Ligon
1/1/2021 Effective Date Judiciary Judiciary -
2020/02/28 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report General County Government Land Use/Zoning
Todd Edwards
This bill stipulates that homeowner associations cannot pass an amendment to prohibit or restrict the rental or leasing of a lot to one or more tenants unless the amendment is agreed to by three-quarters of lot owners within the association.  Similarly, it provides that no covenant in a planned subdivision shall be amended to prohibit or restrict the rental or leasing of a lot to one or more tenants unless the amendment is agreed to by three-quarters of the plot owners who are party to the covenant.     
SB 0504 NeutralElectors of Glynn County; nonbinding advisory referendum; provide William Ligon
8/5/2020 Veto V4 Governmental Affairs State and Local Governmental Operations -
Local Legislation
SB 0509 NeutralGlynn County Police Department; abolish; transfer of assets and property of such police department; provide William Ligon
8/5/2020 Effective Date Governmental Affairs State and Local Governmental Operations -
Local Legislation
SR 0546 EvaluatingBailey, Ms. Dottie; commend; Mental Health Alert Wristband; local law enforcement agencies to purchase and freely distribute; encourage William Ligon
6/25/2020 Senate - Senate Passed/Adopted -Health and Human Services -
Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services
SR 0690 NeutralGeorgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund - Encourage Use for Coastal Georgia Greenway William Ligon
3/3/2020 House Second Readers Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
Kathleen Bowen Revenue & Finance Transportation Funding
This resolution encourages the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund and other state agencies to support the development and funding of a pedestrian/bicycle path from St. Mary's to Savannah.
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