Legislation with Tracking Level = Evaluating (56)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 1/16/2018

HB 0115 EvaluatingTaxi and Limousine Services - Vehicle Decals Alan Powell
1/26/2017 House Second Readers Ways & Means -
2017/01/27-Report Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
This bill redefines the term 'for hire vehicle' to include limousine carriers and tax services and to exclude ride share networks and ride share network drivers. Beginning July 1, 2017, 'for hire vehicles' will pay an annual $300.00 decal fee, in lieu of the current master license fees for such services. This bill would maintain the current state (57%) and local (43%) split of such fees. Fares generated from passengers in 'for hire vehicles' displaying the decal will not be subject to state or local sales tax.
HB 0167 EvaluatingElections - Georgia Timely Process Act Patty Bentley
1/31/2017 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs -
2017/02/03-Report Elections General County Government Mandate Todd Edwards
This legislation requires county voter registration officials to process all applications for voter registration within 45 days of the initial receipt.   
HB 0180 EvaluatingElections - Counties Must Beef Up Polling Locations for Convenience David Dreyer
2/1/2017 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs -
Elections General County Government Mandate Todd Edwards
This legislation requires counties to have at least one advance voting location for each 150,000 electors in the county.  It requires that no elector have to go more than 25 miles to a polling place using the most direct rout of travel from the elector's residence.  Any precincts with polling places requiring more than 25 miles of travel would be required to divide or have the polling place relocated.  HB 180 prohibits changing a polling place within 90 days of an election or primary except in the case of emergency or unavoidable event.  It also allows voters to change their addresses and vote on election or primary days.
HB 0182 EvaluatingEmployment - Cannot Run Credit Checks Winfred Dukes
2/1/2017 House Second Readers Industry and Labor -
General County Government Personnel/Employment Todd Edwards
This legislation, with certain exceptions, prohibits all employers, including counties, from requesting, requiring or obtaining a credit check from a current or potential employee. Credit checks may be used if the employee or potential employee is being evaluated because the position is a managerial position involving setting the direction or control of the "business," involves access to customers', employees' or the county's financial information (other than the information routinely provided in a retail transaction), or involves fiduciary responsibility (including the authority to issue payments, transfer money or enter into contracts).  Violation of this law is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine between $500 to $2,500.
HB 0188 EvaluatingExpand Medicaid Now Act; enact Stacey Abrams
2/2/2017 House - House Second Readers Appropriations -
Appropriations Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services Indigent Health Care Insurance
This legislation enacts the Expand Medicaid Now Act.
HB 0216 EvaluatingPurchasing - Counties Mandated to Give Georgia Companies Preference Debbie Buckner
2/7/2017 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government Mandate Procurement Todd Edwards
This legislation enacts the Georgia Jobs Matter Act, which requires counties and cities to give preference to Georgia businesses.  All bids submitted to counties and cities will be required to include an employment impact statement addressing the number of jobs expected to be created or retained in the state by the bidder if the bid is awarded to the bidder; the number of jobs expected to be created or retained in the state by any subcontractors used by the bidder if the contract is awarded to the bidder; and a guarantee that the bidder will not move any jobs created or retained in Georgia to another state during the duration of the contract.
HB 0259 EvaluatingAdditional Offenses Committed by Children Ages 13 to 17 Will be Heard in Superior Court Alan Powell
2/9/2017 House Second Readers Juvenile Justice -
2017/02/10 - Report Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services Juveniles Public Safety and Courts
Superior Court
This legislation expands the exclusive jurisdiction of the superior court for children ages 13-17 years charged with aggravated assault or aggavated battery.
HB 0297 EvaluatingChild Safety and Emergency Preparedness Act Debra Bazemore
2/10/2017 House Second Readers Education -
2017/02/10 - Report Debra Nesbit Emergency Management/Preparedness Fire Services Law Enforcement
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Child Safety and Emergency Preparedness Act which requires community leaders and public safety officials to assist in development of Emergency Plans for all licensed early care and education centers. 
HB 0316 EvaluatingAnnual License Fees for Alterative Fuel Vehicles - Low Speed Vehicles Todd Jones
2/14/2017 House Second Readers Transportation -
Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Transportation Funding
This bill adds low-speed electric vehicles (those with maximum speeds between 20 and 25 mph, such as certain golf carts) to the list of vehicles that are not subject to the annual $200.00 fee (noncommercial) or $300.00 fee (commercial) assessed on alternative fueled vehicles.
HB 0317 EvaluatingAnnual License Fees for Alterative Fuel Vehicles - Reduce Todd Jones
2/14/2017 House Second Readers Transportation -
Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Transportation Funding
This bill lowers the annual fee for noncommercial alternative fueled vehicles from $200.00 to $100.00.
HB 0334 EvaluatingGuns - Those w Restraining Orders Cannot Get Weapons License Keisha Waites
2/15/2017 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security -
Criminal Procedure Firearms/Carry Laws General County Government Probate Court Public Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards
This legislation would prohibit individuals against whom a restraining order or protective order has been issued from obtaining a weapons carry permit.
HB 0352 EvaluatingAlternative Fueled Vehicles - Exempt Low-speed vehicies from fees Charles Martin
3/30/2017 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Ways & Means -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Transportation Funding
This bill exempts low-speed vehicles and electric powered personal transportation vehicles from the annual $200.00 fee levied on alternative fueled vehicles. This change is primarily intended to exempt golf carts from the fee.
HB 0379 EvaluatingGeorgia Public Road Authority Act Kevin Tanner
2/17/2017 House Second Readers Transportation -
2017/02/17-Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Financing General County Government Government Immunity
Kathleen Bowen Procurement Revenue & Finance Roads Transportation
Transportation Funding
This legislation creates the Georgia Public Road Authority, which would have the ability to issue revenue bonds on behalf of counties and municipalities for the construction of local public roads. This Authority would also have the power to issue bonds for “public-private initiatives”.
HB 0388 EvaluatingSolid Waste Management - Coal Ash (Landfills) Jeff Jones
2/17/2017 House Second Readers Natural Resources & Environment -
2017/02/17-Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Solid Waste
This legislation addresses the disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) in landfills. Landfill owners would be required to create a managment plan if they receive or are planning to receive coal ash. In addition, landfill owners would be required to notify the local governing authorities of the county, and any city within the county in which the landfill is located, upon the initial submission of a said plan or upon submission of an amended plan.  
HB 0436 EvaluatingCounty Boundary Disputes - Placement of Revenues in Escrow Robert Dickey
2/23/2017 House Second Readers Judiciary -
2017/02/24 - Report Larry Ramsey Property Tax Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
Tax Commissioner
This bill provides that during a boundary dispute between counties, all ad valorem property tax and all sales and use taxes levied on and collected withing the disputed area are to be placed in an escrow account pending the resolution of the dispute.
HB 0473 EvaluatingService Animal Accommodations Tom Kirby
2/24/2017 House Second Readers Health & Human Services -
2017/02/24 - Report Animal Control Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government Health and Human Services
Kathleen Bowen Transit
This legislation provides that physically and mentally impaired individuals must be provided full access to trains, buses, streetcars and other modes of public transportation, as well as to areas where the general public is invited. Individuals may be accompanied by service animals when the animal provides assistance with a major life functions, such as ambulating, seeing, hearing, learning, working and interacting with others.  Service animals that provide only emotional support, comfort or companionship are not required to be allowed.
HB 0498 EvaluatingProhibition Against Broadcaster Giving Personally Identifiable Visual Information of a Victim Brian Strickland
2/28/2017 House Second Readers Judiciary -
Debra Nesbit EMS/Ambulance Fire Services Health and Human Services Law Enforcement
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation creates a cause of action against a broadcaster depicting an accident or trauma scene to provide personally identifiable visual information or identification of a victim.
HB 0505 EvaluatingCivil Forfeiture Proceedings - Stay Until Conclusion of Criminal Proceedings Scot Turner
3/1/2017 House Second Readers Judiciary -
Civil Procedure Criminal Procedure Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Larry Ramsey Public Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the procedures for civil forfeiture. At present, the courts have the discretion to put on hold any civil forfeiture actions until conclusion of the related criminal proceedings. This legislation would make mandatory that civil forfeitures cannot happen until adjudication of guilt in the related criminal proceedings.
HB 0520 EvaluatingElections - Absentee Ballot Requests to be Mailed Indefinitely Craig Gordon
3/3/2017 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs -
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation allows voters requesting an absentee ballot to request having an annual absentee request form sent to them annually, indefinitely.   
HB 0521 EvaluatingMinimum Wage - Increase to $10.10 Hourly Erica Thomas
3/3/2017 House Second Readers Industry and Labor -
Compensation General County Government Mandate Personnel/Employment Todd Edwards
This legislation increases Georgia's minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $10.10 per hour. 
HB 0529 EvaluatingAnimal Welfare - Illegal to Transport Critters in Back of Truck Karla Drenner
3/6/2017 House Second Readers Agriculture & Consumer Affairs -
Agriculture Animal Control Code Enforcement Criminal Procedure Farm
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons General County Government Law Enforcement Preemption Public Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards Traffic Enforcement
This legislation prohibits carrying live animals in the backs of trucks on Interstates.  Certain farm-related purposes/animals are exempted.  The bill also preempts county and city ordinances, as well as caps fines associated with, the transportation of live animals in the back of vehicles on the interstate.
HB 0530 EvaluatingAnnexation - Change Procedures for Local Act Karla Drenner
3/6/2017 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs -
Annexation/Municipalization General County Government Local Legislation Todd Edwards
This legislation sets additional requirements for the procedure of municipal annexation (comprised of more than 50 percent residential properties) by local act.  Before the bill is introduced, the city has to adopt a resolution agreeing to the annexation; hold two public hearings; notify each household and each business in the area of the proposed annexation; and a petition must be signed by at least 50 percent of the property owners, 50 percent of the business owners, and 50 percent of the registered voters in the area proposed to be annexed.     
HB 0541 EvaluatingGuns - Prohibit Certain Persons from Owning or Transporting Brian Strickland
3/9/2017 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security -
Correctional Institutions/Jail Criminal Procedure Econ. Dev. & Transportation Firearms/Carry Laws Health and Human Services
Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts Todd Edwards
This legislation prohibits individuals convicted of [domestic] simple assault, simple battery, battery, or pointing or aiming a gun at another from receiving, possessing or transporting firearms.   
HB 0542 EvaluatingAlcohol - Cannot Hold Social Gatherings w Alcohol for Persons under 21 Emory Dunahoo
3/9/2017 House Second Readers Judiciary -
Alcohol/Tobacco General County Government Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts Todd Edwards

Current law prohibits persons from furnishing alcoholic beverages to individuals under 21 years of age.  This bill extends that prohibition to those helping organize or hosting social events where alcohol is served to persons under 21.  Counties and cities are allowed to adopt ordinances that regulate said social gatherings.

HB 0543 EvaluatingFair Tax Act - Eliminating Income Taxes in favor of Consumption Tax Emory Dunahoo
3/9/2017 House Second Readers Ways & Means -
Larry Ramsey Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
This bill seeks to repeal income and corporate net worth taxes. It replaces those taxes with a 6.70 % consumption tax. The bill does not repeal state sales and use tax. It leaves the collection mechanism in place, but reduces the rate from 4% to 0%. All local sales and use taxes imposed under Chapter 8 of Title 48 will continue to be imposed and collected.
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