Legislation Sponsored by William Werkheiser (4)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 5/5/2023

HB 0123 NeutralWorkforce Development Boards William Werkheiser
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Industry and Labor --
2019/02/08 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Larry Ramsey
This bill moves oversight of Workforce Development Boards from the state Technical College System to the Department of Labor.
HB 0264 OpposeEMSC Transparency Bill William Werkheiser
6/25/2020 House - House Conference Committee Appointed #2 116th, 157th, 16th Health and Human Services Ethics -
2019/02/22 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/15 Report 2019/03/22 Report 2019/03/29 Report
Debra Nesbit EMS/Ambulance Health and Human Services Public Safety and Courts
This legislation sets forth requirements for lobbying disclosures when promoting or opposing any matter before one or more local coordinating entities.  The bill also requires that all meetings be conducted in accordance with the open meetings statute and requires that each member of the local coordinating entity to comply with conflict of interest policies.  The legislation also prohibits any employee, operator, contractor, or owner of an ambulance provider currently providing service for a territorial zone or of an ambulance provider that has submitted a proposal for a new ambulance service in such territorial zone from serving on any committee, subcommittee, or ad hoc committee that is involved in the seletion of ambulance provider for the zone or from voting on any proposals from ambulance providers for new service within the zone.  The bill also sets forth procedures for appealing decisions and provides the final decision under the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act. Finally the legislation requires the Department of Public Health to make recommendations to each local coordinating entity on benchmarks for accountability standards for each territorial zone.  On and after October 1, 2020 each ambulance provider shall submit quarterly reports outlining the number of 911 calls received; the number of 911 call answered; the response times; and a copy of quarterly reports submitted to the local entity.
HB 0428 SupportCommunications Services Tax William Werkheiser
2/25/2019 House Second Readers Ways and Means --
2019/02/22 Report 2019/03/01 Report Franchise Fees Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance
Sales Tax-Local

This bill would create an entirely new taxation structure for telecommunications services. As amended in subcommittee, this complex bill includes the following:

  • Eliminate existing county and city cable franchise fees, city telephone franchise fees, and sales taxes on local telephone service;
  • Make “digital goods” – downloaded books, movies, music and the like -- subject to sales taxes (not currently taxed);
  • Exempt broadband and internet-access equipment from sales tax, up to a maximum of $80M per year;
  • Impose a new 2% state tax, and optional 2% local tax, on telecommunications services and prepaid wireless service. The local tax to be distributed to counties and cities based on the subscriber’s/customer’s address;
  • Impose a new 2% state-only tax on direct-broadcast satellite service (Direct TV, Dish Network);
  • Prohibit other local taxes or fees on communications services providers, other than ad valorem taxes, 9-1-1 fees, or other generally applicable fees/taxes.

Streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) are exempt from the communication services tax and sales taxes under HB 428 

HR 1472 NeutralWilliam "Billie" E. Clanton Bridge; Wayne County; dedicate William Werkheiser
3/13/2020 House Second Readers Transportation --
Local Legislation
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