Public Works

HB 0489NeutralGeorgia Procurement Registry - Require PostingTom McCall
7/1/2018Effective DateGovernmental AffairsEconomic Development and Tourism
2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 ReportCompensationGeneral County Government
MandateProcurementPublic WorksTodd Edwards

This bill requires cities and counties, if they are soliciting a bid or proposal opportunity for goods and services valued at $10,000 or more, or public works contracts for over $100,000, to post the advertisement on the Georgia Procurement Registry at no cost to the local government.  It is then optional for the local government to advertise the bid or proposal opportunity in the legal organ or their website.  Action: the above notices must be posted on the Georgia Procurement Registry.         


HR 1540NeutralUrging Congress to Invest in InfrastructureVernon Jones
3/27/2018House Passed/AdoptedSpecial Rules
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County GovernmentKathleen BowenNat. Res. & the Environment
ProcurementPublic WorksTransitTransportationTransportation Funding
Water QualityWater Quantity
This resolution states support for the infrastructure plan presented by the President of the United States and urges Congress to take action on said plan. 
SB 0232SupportBroadband - Authorize EMCs to Provide Steve Gooch
3/5/2018House Second ReadersWays and MeansRegulated Industries and Utilities
2017/02/24 - Report2018/03/2 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
General County GovernmentLand Use/ZoningPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsPublic Works
Revenue & FinanceRoadsTelecommunicationsTodd EdwardsUtilities

This legislation authorizes EMCs to provide broadband service, VoIP, wireless services and other emerging communications technologies within their service areas and a 5-mile radius thereof.  EMCs would be allowed to accept state, federal and private grants loans to fund this endeavor, but cannot cross-subsidize their broadband services from their electric or natural gas funds. To do this, EMCs must provide nondiscriminatory, competitively neutral and commercially reasonable terms, conditions and access to their utility poles for other communications service providers.      


SB 0324NeutralCounty - City Bridge Contracts John Albers
5/7/2018Act 437TransportationTransportation
2018/01/19 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 ReportEcon. Dev. & Transportation
General County GovernmentKathleen BowenProcurementPublic WorksTransportation

This legislation clarifies that a city may contract with any county abutting its corporate limits for the construction and maintenance of a bridge within the limits of both such city and county.

SB 0374EvaluatingCommunity Association Transparency and Protection Act Donzella James
1/31/2018Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Clerk of CourtCode EnforcementGeneral County GovernmentLand Use/ZoningNat. Res. & the Environment
Open Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and CourtsPublic WorksTodd EdwardsWater Quality
This legislation, mirroring HB 748, significantly revises state law on residential property associations (condominium, cooperative and homeowners') and the responsibilities of both developers and residents.  Among provisions, the bill stipulates turnover and transition requirements; requires developers to establish a two-year operating budget prior to turnover/transition which includes reserve accounts for capital expenditures and deferred maintenance; requires developers to post performance and maintenance bonds; and spells out civil penalties for violations of the Act.  For the proponents' summary of the bill, please click here:   
SB 0425NeutralLand Surveyors - Define Practice Steve Gooch
5/7/2018Act 417Regulated IndustriesRegulated Industries and Utilities
2018/03/16 ReportCode EnforcementEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Land Use/ZoningLaw EnforcementNat. Res. & the EnvironmentProcurementPublic Safety and Courts
Public WorksRoadsStormwaterTodd EdwardsUtilities
Water QualityWater Quantity
This legislation removes the requirement that land surveyors receive at least five hours of course study in hydrology. The bill raises the required semester hours of course study, or the equivalent, in surveying subjects approved by the board from 15 to 18 hours. Moreover, HB 833 grandfathers in those who have already received credit in hydrology coursework so that they may sit for the board approved examination for licensure. In addition, HB 833 adds surveyors to the list of professionals subject to a misdemeanor for practicing as a licensed surveyor if that person has not completed the licensing requirements.
SR 0470SupportTitle Ad Valorem Tax - Study CommitteeChuck Hufstetler
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedFinance
2017/03/24 - ReportLarry RamseyPublic WorksRevenue & Finance
This resolution seeks to create the Joint Study Committee on Title Ad Valorem Tax. The purpose is to examine the split of proceeds between the state and local governments. This resolution was submitted in conjunction with the Senate Finance Committee's changes to HB 340 regarding distribution of TAVT proceeds.