Legislation with Tracking Level = Neutral (337)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 1/16/2018

HB 0001 NeutralSpace Flight: Activities, Definitions & Liability Jason Spencer
7/1/2017 Effective Date Judiciary Science and Technology
2017/03/17 - Report Code Enforcement General County Government Kathleen Bowen Land Use/Zoning
This legislation was introduced for Camden County who has an interest in creating a spaceport; however, the bill applies statewide by allowing the commercial space industry to operate in Georgia. More information on the Spaceport Camden project can be found here.
HB 0022 NeutralElections - Authorize Voters to Cast Ballot in any Local Precinct Roger Bruce
1/25/2017 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs -
2017/01/27-Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation allows the election superintendent to authorize voters to vote in any precinct in the county.  The election superintendent must ensure that there are safeguards to protect against voters voting in more than once, there are enough ballots of each style available at each precinct to accommodate voters using a different precinct, there is sufficient DRE voting equipment at each precinct, and there are sufficient poll workers available at each precinct.
HB 0031 NeutralJefferson County; Board of Commissioners; levy additional ad valorem tax; provide nonbinding advisory referendum Brian Prince
1/24/2017 House Date Signed by Governor Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations
2017/01/12_TEST 2017/01/12_TEST 2 Health and Human Services Hospital Authority Local Legislation
Property Tax Revenue & Finance
HB 0033 NeutralNo Illegal Immigants or non-Georgians on certain Local Boards or Authorities Brad Raffensperger
1/12/2017 House Second Readers Judiciary -
2017/01/12_TEST 2017/01/12_TEST 2 2017/01/13-Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development
General County Government Health and Human Services Hospital Authority Immigration Preemption
Revenue & Finance Todd Edwards

This preemption legislation establishes additional requirements on individuals (other than ex officio or nonvoting members) appointed to county or city boards, commissions or authorities that establish policy, spend public funds, levy taxes or impose or collect fees or charges.  In order to be eligible for such an appointment, the individual must be a U.S. citizen or national, a lawful permanent resident or an alien having lawful status in the U.S.  The individual must also be a legal resident of Georgia, unless he or she resides in another state but owns an interest in business in Georgia or is employed in Georgia.  These qualifications do not apply to active duty members of the armed forces or an immediate family member of an active duty member of the armed forces.  The body making the appointment (i.e., the board of commissioners) is responsible for determining whether an individual meets these qualifications.

HB 0042 NeutralElections - Superintendent Authorized to Correct Minor Ballot Mistake Eddie Lumsden
2/23/2017 House Date Signed by Governor Governmental Affairs Ethics
2017/01/13-Report 2017/02/17-Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards

This legislation allows the election superintendent to correct mistakes or omissions in the printing of official ballots or the programming of the display of the official ballot on the DRE voting equipment for local government candidates.  Currently, said correction must be required by the superior court following an application by an elector.   

HB 0043 NeutralAmended FY 17 Supplemental Budget David Ralston
2/15/2017 House Date Signed by Governor Appropriations Appropriations
Appropriations Debra Nesbit Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government Health and Human Services
Nat. Res. & the Environment Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance
This legislation contains amendments to the State's current budget for fiscal year 2016-2017.  It is generally referred to as the "supplemental budget."  For a summary of this bill click here.
HB 0044 NeutralFY 18 Big Budget David Ralston
5/1/2017 House Date Signed by Governor Appropriations Appropriations
Appropriations Debra Nesbit Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government Health and Human Services
Nat. Res. & the Environment Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance
This legislation contains the State's budget for fiscal year 2017-2018.  For a summary of the budget, click here.
HB 0056 NeutralEquipment Rental Leases - Property tax recovery fees Ron Stephens
2/22/2017 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Transportation -
Business and Occupation Tax Larry Ramsey Property Tax

 This bill provides for a 'property tax recovery fee' on the rental of construction, industrial, maritime, or mining equipment that is rented without a driver or operator. While the definition in subsection (a) and the internal references are all to a 'fee', subsection (f) states that this charge is a tax.

The 'fee' is in the amount of 1.5% of the total rental charge (minus some exclusions) and applies to lease agreements which are either: 1) 365 days or less; or 2) for an open or unspecified period of time. The 'fee' is purportedly to pay the lessor's (rental company's) property tax liability on rental equipment. However, if the lessor collects more than the amount of that property tax liability, the excess amount plus any interest, goes to the state and not to local government. The 'fee' commences January 1, 2018, and ceases December 31, 2022.

HB 0059 NeutralIncome Tax Credits for Certified Historic Structures Ron Stephens
1/8/2018 Senate - Senate Recommitted Ways & Means Finance
2017/01/27-Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development General County Government Land Use/Zoning
Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance
This legislation changes the income tax credit for rehabilitation of historic structures. Specifically, this bill would remove the current maximum amount ($5 million) of the tax credit in any year for a certified historic structure. The bill would also make such tax credits freely transferrable to other parties. The text of this bill was added to SB 216.
HB 0063 NeutralHealth Insurance - Mandatory Commissions for Agents for Certain Policies Shaw Blackmon
1/24/2017 House Second Readers Insurance -
General County Government Health and Human Services Insurance Insurance Larry Ramsey
This legislation requires health insurance providers to pay 4% to 5% of premium to the agents who sell the insurance for smaller employers -- those employing less than 50 individuals. This may affect smaller counties in thier role as employers if those premiums exceed the current agent compensation structure and if those costs are passed along to counties (and employees) in the form of higher premiums.
HB 0064 NeutralHealth Insurance - Mandatory and Non-Discriminatory Commissions to Agents Shaw Blackmon
1/8/2018 Senate - Senate Recommitted Insurance Insurance and Labor
General County Government Health and Human Services Insurance Insurance Larry Ramsey
This bill requires health insurance providers to pay agents selling their insurance a commission and to do so in a non-discriminatory fashion. No specifice commission structure is specified. 
HB 0079 NeutralProhibit Law Enforcement Maintenance of Tag Reader Information more than One Year John Pezold
3/30/2017 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Public Safety and Homeland Security -
Debra Nesbit Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government Law Enforcement Open Records/Meetings Act
Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation allows law enforcement to use high speed cameras to capture images of license plates.  However, the data captured from the images may not be used for anything other than law enforcement purposes.  The data must be destroyed no later than one year after it is collected unless the data is needed for law enforcement purposes.  The collected data is exempt from the open records law.
HB 0082 NeutralPersonal Information - Notification of Unauthorized Release Sheri Gilligan
1/25/2017 House Second Readers Judiciary -
2017/01/27-Report General County Government Mandate Todd Edwards
This legislation expands the notification requirements when personal information (i.e., name plus social security number, driver's license number, state identification card number, account number, credit card number, debit card number, account password, personal identification number, or access code) is released to unauthorized persons.  Under current law, counties must notify individuals if the security of the system containing the information is breached.  Now they must also do so if the information is released to an unauthorized person intentionally, inadvertently or accidentally.
HB 0088 NeutralQualifications of Superior Court Judges Barry Fleming
7/1/2017 Effective Date Judiciary Rules
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts Superior Court
This legislation requires superior court judges to be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia.
HB 0091 NeutralGrady County; board of commissioners; change compensation Darlene Taylor
1/30/2017 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Intragovernmental Coordination -
Compensation Local Legislation
HB 0093 NeutralSale and Use Tax Refunds - No Interest Payable John Corbett
2/24/2017 Senate Read and Referred Ways & Means Finance
2017/01/27-Report 2017/02/03-Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/24 - Report Larry Ramsey
Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
This bill changes refund procedures for purchasers with a certificate or exemption letter from the state revenue commissioner. If the certificate has been obtained but not used prior to a purchase, any refund of sales tax is made without interest. Under present law, no interest is due on refunds only if a certificate had not been obtained and used prior to a purchase. As amended, this bill adds requirements for certain large purchasers who may directly pay sales tax rather than pay sales tax to their vendors. The text of this bill was added to SB 216.
HB 0116 NeutralSuperior Court Exclusive Jurisdiction of Juvenile Cases Involving Aggravated Assault Albert Reeves
1/8/2018 Senate - Senate Recommitted Judiciary Non-Civil Public Safety
Correctional Institutions/Jail Criminal Procedure Debra Nesbit Firearms/Carry Laws Health and Human Services
Juveniles Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts Superior Court
This legislation gives the superior court exclusive jurisdiction over juveniles charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.  The language of this legislation was added to SB 160 "Back the Badge".
HB 0117 NeutralSales and Use Taxes - Voluntary Contributions for Admission to Events not Taxable Sam Watson
5/1/2017 House Date Signed by Governor 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 0118 NeutralFantasy Contests Act Trey Kelley
1/8/2018 Senate - Senate Recommitted Ways & Means Regulated Industries and Utilities
Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local

This bill would authorize and regulate fantasy sports leagues, including the payment of registration fees by fantasy contest operators to the Department of Revenue. Entry fees for participation in fantasy leagues would be exempt from sales taxes.

HB 0126 NeutralRestructure of Judicial Qualifications Commission Wendell Willard
7/1/2017 Effective Date Judiciary Judiciary
Debra Nesbit Magistrate Court Probate Court Public Safety and Courts State Court
Superior Court
This legislation changes the provisions governing the Judicial Qualifications Commission.
HB 0130 NeutralEmanuel County Development Authority; number of members; change Butch Parrish
5/1/2017 House Date Signed by Governor Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Local Legislation
HB 0131 NeutralSouth Fulton, City of; change corporate boundaries Roger Bruce
5/9/2017 House Date Signed by Governor Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations
Annexation/Municipalization General County Government Local Legislation
HB 0132 NeutralFulton County Industrial District; repeal amendment Roger Bruce
5/9/2017 House Date Signed by Governor Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development General County Government Local Legislation Property Tax
Revenue & Finance
HB 0133 NeutralWrite-in Candidates - Change Petition Requirements John Pezold
1/30/2017 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs -
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation amends the requirements for nominating a candidate by petition.  Current law requires the petition to be signed by 1 percent of total registered voters eligible to vote in the last election.  This bill requires the petition to be signed by at least 2 percent of the total number of votes cast in the last election.  
HB 0137 NeutralRestriction of Contingency Fees for Appointed Assistant District Attorneys in Forfeiture Action Scot Turner
1/8/2018 Senate - Senate Recommitted Judiciary Judiciary
Clerk of Court Criminal Procedure Debra Nesbit District Attorneys Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance
This legislation prohibits district attorneys from compensating appointed assistant district attorneys on a contingent basis by percentage of assets realized from a forfeiture.
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