Legislation Sponsored by John Wilkinson (6)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 11/29/2023

SB 0171 OpposeConstitutional Officers - An Additional 5 percent Pay Raise to All John Wilkinson
5/8/2019 Act 310 Governmental Affairs State and Local Governmental Operations -
2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/15 Report General County Government Todd Edwards

This legislation first re-sets the base salaries for all local constitutional officers (sheriff, clerk of superior court, tax commissioner and probate judge) to their current amount - accounting for all COLAs received since 2006 - then increases that base salary by 5 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2021.  ACCG believes that, in order to receive another pay increase, local constitutional officers should go through a similar process to what is required of county commissioners -  providing a notice of intent and fiscal impact in the legal organ at least once a week for three consecutive weeks, then providing notice via a public hearing before a meeting of the respective county board of commissioners.  Our proposal provides transparency and allows a respective county officer to explain to the public why another pay increase is necessary.  ACCG is not seeking the county's approval or denial under this scenario.  To view constitutional officers' salaries, by county (those which responded to the ACCG survey), please click here.

SB 0172 OpposeLocal Government Design Standards Preempted John Wilkinson
2/25/2019 Senate Read and Referred -Government Oversight -
2019/03/01 Report General County Government Todd Edwards

This preemption legislation, similar to HB 302, prohibits counties and cities from regulating "building design elements" in single or double family dwellings.  Local governments could no longer enact standards on:

- exterior building color,

- type or style of exterior cladding material, 

- style or materials of roof structures or porches, 

- exterior nonstructural architectural ornamentation, 

- location or architectural styling of windows and doors, including garage doors, 

- the number and types of rooms, and

- types of foundation structures approved under state minimum standard codes.   

In short, if a house meets state minimum standard building codes, it can be built.  Exceptions would apply if the dwellings are in state historic districts; are local, state or national historic landmarks; manufactured homes; or if regulations are adopted as a condition of participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. 




SB 0295 NeutralConstitutional Officer Pay Raise Clarification John Wilkinson
1/1/2021 Effective Date Governmental Affairs State and Local Governmental Operations -
2020/01/17 Report 2020/01/31 2020/03/06 Report 2020/03/13 Report 2020/06/19 Report
General County Government Todd Edwards

Legislation was passed last session to provide Georgia's local constitutional officers a 5% pay raise, effective January 1, 2021.  This legislation clarifies that this 5% pay raise is in addition to the constitutional officers' 2% COLA received on January 1, 2020.    

SB 0362 SupportLivestock Running at Large - Change Fees for Impounding John Wilkinson
7/29/2020 Effective Date Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Agriculture and Consumer Affairs -
2020/02/07 2020/02/14 Report 2020/02/21 Report 2020/02/28 Report 2020/03/13 Report
2020/06/19 Report General County Government Todd Edwards
Current law allows counties to charge a maximum $10 fee for impounding livestock running at large.  This bill changes the fee amount to the "actual cost of impounding" each animal.  The actual cost can also be charged for transporting, posting notice of, disposition of and selling the animal.  The cost to feed the animal cannot exceed $25 per day.       
SB 0385 NeutralProhibition - Burning Chemically Treated Wood Products John Wilkinson
3/2/2020 Senate Read Second Time -Regulated Industries and Utilities -
Air Quality Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
This legislation prohibits biomass plants in Georgia from burning wood products treated with creosote or naphthenate compounds. Similar legislation has been introduced in the House, HB 857.
SR 0460 NeutralSenate Agriculture, Forestry, and Landscape Workforce Access Study Committee John Wilkinson
4/2/2019 Senate Passed/Adopted ---
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen
This resolution creates the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Landscape Workforce Access Study Committee. The committee will explore new employment initiatives in technical schools, youth career development programs, coordination among state agencies, and other such efforts to improve work force availability.
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