Legislation Assigned to the Senate Assignments Committee (13)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0448 SupportHotel/Motel Taxes - Collection by Online Facilitators Matt Dollar
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Ways and Means Assignments -
2019/03/01 Report 2020/02/21 Report 2020/03/13 Report Hotel Motel Tax Larry Ramsey
Revenue & Finance
This bill would require "lodging facilitators" (for example, AirBnb and HomeAway) to collect and remit hotel/motel taxes if the facilitator's platform facilitates at least $100,000 annually in Georgia lodging sales.
HB 0690 OpposeBuilding Permits - Locals Can't Charge More than $500 for Inspecting "Agricultural Structures" James Burchett
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Assignments -
2020/03/13 Report General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation prohibits cities and counties from charging a fee of more than $500 for permitting "agricultural structures", which includes buildings and structures used for the commercial production of crops, livestock, animals, poultry, honeybees, livestock, timber, forest products, products used for commercial aquaculture or farm labor camps for migrant workers.  ACCG feels that fees for permitting agricultural should approximate whatever the cost is for administering the permitting service.  If it cost the county more than $500 to conduct an inspection, other taxpayers will have to pick up the cost, thus subsidizing the service.         
HB 0854 NeutralBattery-Charged Electric Fences Dale Rutledge
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Governmental Affairs Assignments -
2020/02/07 2020/02/28 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report Agriculture
Animal Control General County Government Law Enforcement Preemption Public Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards

This bill stipulates that local governments shall treat/regulate battery-charged "fence detection systems" as they do other alarm systems as defined in law.  A fence detection system is an alarm system or electronic security system and ancillary components attached to the system that must be surrounded by a nonelectric perimeter fence or wall that is at least five feet tall and marked with conspicuous warning signs reading "Warning-Electric Fence".   These fences may only be deployed in industrial and commercial districts.    

HB 0881 NeutralAddition of Ambulance Services to Locations Required to Become a Safe Place for Newborns Sharon Cooper
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Health and Human Services Assignments -
2020/02/07 2020/03/13 Report Debra Nesbit EMS/Ambulance Fire Services
Health and Human Services Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that ambulance services become one the mandated locations for a Safe Place for Newborns.  All ambulances will be required to place a sign on their vehicles indicating that they are a Safe Place for Newborns.
HB 0886 NeutralAnimals - Vets Must Scan for Microchip to Verify Proper Owner Andrew Welch
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Assignments -
2020/02/07 2020/03/13 Report Animal Control District Attorneys General County Government
Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts Solicitors Todd Edwards
This bill requires veterinarians and veterinary technicians to scan the animals they are treating for microchips to ensure that the animal's owner is the same person presenting the animal for treatment.  If not, the veterinarian must notify law enforcement.     
HB 0906 SupportHeritage Trust Program Darlene Taylor
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Natural Resources and Environment Assignments -
2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
This legislation grants the Georgia Department of Natural Resources more authority over property dedicated under the Heritage Trust Program. Specifically, the bill allows GA DNR to transfer ownership (up to 15 acres) of a property dedicated as a heritage preserve to a willing local government or private entity. 
HB 0927 NeutralReporting Requirement For Any Spill or Release of Ethylene Oxide Don Parsons
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Natural Resources and Environment Assignments -
2020/02/21 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report Air Quality Kathleen Bowen
Nat. Res. & the Environment
This legislation requires any spill or release of ethylene oxide (regardless of the amount) be reported to the Georgia Environmental Protection (EPD) within 24 hours of discovering the release. This information must also be placed on EPD's website. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate, SB 426
HB 0959 SupportPrivate Landfills: Host Fee Increase for Coal Ash Steven Meeks
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Natural Resources and Environment Assignments -
2020/02/21 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
Solid Waste
This bill 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 a host fee) only applies to a municipal solid waste disposal facility that is owned by a private entity. Lastly, the bill reduces the restrictions on how the host fee can be spent from 50% to 40%. 
HB 0994 NeutralGang Legislation Albert Reeves
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Judiciary - Non-Civil Assignments -
2020/02/28 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report Criminal Procedure Debra Nesbit
Health and Human Services Juveniles Public Safety and Courts
This legislation is the Governor's Gang bill and revises numerous code sections within the statute to allow services to juveniles who are convicted of gang related offenses.  
HB 1014 SupportDowntown Development Authorities Can Expire Jan Tankersley
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Governmental Affairs Assignments -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development General County Government Kathleen Bowen
This legislation removes the provision that downtown development authorities have a perpetual existence (meaning, no expiration date). 
HB 1015 NeutralGeorgia Carbon Sequestration Registry Marcus Wiedower
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Natural Resources and Environment Assignments -
Code Enforcement General County Government Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
This legislation relates to the Georgia Carbon Sequestration Registry. Specifically, the bill provides for the inclusion of construction building products on the registry and creates a Sustainable Building Material Carbon Sequestration Technical Advisory Committee.
HB 1045 SupportInsurance Premium Taxes - Use for Flood Reduction Projects Don Hogan
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Governmental Affairs Assignments -
2020/02/28 Report 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report Insurance Premium Tax Larry Ramsey
Revenue & Finance
This bill would add flood risk reduction projects to the list of services on which counties may expend insurance premium tax proceeds. 
HB 1073 SupportCreation of Regional Development Authorities Sam Watson
3/13/2020 Senate Read and Referred Governmental Affairs Assignments -
2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen
A recommendation from the 2019 report of the House Rural Development Council, this legislation allows for three to five contiguous counties to create a Regional Development Authority. Regional Development Authorities would be eligible for a newly created One Georgia Authority grant program aimed at funding primary care medical facilities. In addition, businesses located on property would qualify for a jobs tax credit (using the tier status of the lowest tier participating county.) 
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