2017/02/17-Report


HB 0005SupportChange in Grants to Counties Formula for Juvenile Judge SalariesJohnnie Caldwell
7/1/2017Effective DateJuvenile JusticeJudiciary
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportCompensation
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentJuvenilesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the current amount for juvenile court judgeship grants-to-counties funding.  The grant increases from $85,000 to $100,000 per circuit, with an additional funding for circuits with four or more superior court judgeships, the grant will include $25,000 per superior court judgeship over four. For example a circuit with nine superior court judgeships would receive $225,000 per year for that circuit.
HB 0042InactiveElections - Superintendent Authorized to Correct Minor Ballot MistakeEddie Lumsden
2/23/2017Effective DateGovernmental AffairsEthics
2017/01/13-Report2017/02/17-ReportElectionsGeneral County GovernmentTodd 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 0061SupportSales Tax on Internet and Out of State RetailersJay Powell
1/1/2019Effective DateWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - Report2018/02/02 Report
Larry RamseySales Tax-Local

This bill relates to the recurring issue of collecting sales tax on internet sales and other sales by out of state retailers. This bill creates a new vendor classification, 'delivery retailer', defined as a retailer that either collects more than $250,000.00 from retail sales to be delivered in Georgia or that conducts more than 200 such sales. A delivery retailer must 1) either collect and remit sales tax to the state or 2) notify the purchaser that the purchaser is required to file a sales and use tax return. In the second situation, the delivery retailer is also required to send to each purchaser (and copy the Department of Revenue) a tax statement listing purchase price, date of purchase, and other information. These changes would become effective in January of 2019.

HB 0134InactiveSingle County T-SPLOST ReformsJames Epps
5/1/2017Effective DateWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/17-Report2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - Report2017/03/24 - Report
Kathleen BowenRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalTransportation Funding

This legislation adds flexibility, clarifications and enhancements to the existing Single County T-SPLOST law. This bill allows Single County T-SPLOST to fund state transportation projects and removes dates that are no longer relevant so now all counties, with the exception of Fulton County who has their own code section, would follow the same Single County T-SPLOST law. It also permits more than one Single County T-SPLOST to be levied at the same time as long as the amount does not exceed 1 percent and allows cities to bond their T-SPLOST projects. Lastly, the bill clarifies that after January 1, 2018, Regional T-SPLOST and a Single County T-SPLOST cannot be on the ballot at the same time.

A more detailed description of HB 134 can be found here.

HB 0146NeutralRequirement for Local Governments to Provide Cancer Benefit to All FirefightersMicah Gravley
1/1/2018Effective DateInsuranceState and Local Governmental Operations
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/03-Report2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report
2017/03/10 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportDebra NesbitFire ServicesGeneral County Government
InsuranceInsurance Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation requires fire departments to purchase insurance coverage on each firefighter to pay claims for cancer diagnosed after serving at least 12 consecutive months as a firefighter in the department if the cancer or treatment makes them unable to perform their firefighter duties.
HB 0160SupportGeorgia Commission on Transit Governance and FundingKevin Tanner
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedTransportationTransportation
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - ReportEcon. Dev. & Transportation
Kathleen BowenTransit
This legislation creates the Georgia Commission on Transit Governance and Funding. The commission will study and assess the needs and funding methods for mass transportation for any one or more metropolitan areas in Georgia.
HB 0162SupportSetoff of Court Fees from Income Tax RefundsBetty Price
3/5/2018Senate Passed/Adopted By SubstituteJudiciaryJudiciary
2017/02/17-ReportDebra NesbitRevenue & Finance
This bill changes setoff debt collection procedures regarding the transfer of setoff amounts by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). As allowed by existing law, the AOC may recoup fees owed to local courts from a taxpayer's income tax refund. This bill would allow the AOC to transfer those setoff funds to the local courts prior to final resolution of a taxpayer's challenge to whether such court fees are owed.
HB 0183SupportGeorgia Geospatial Advisory CouncilRobert Dickey
7/1/2017Effective DateState Planning & Community AffairsNatural Resources and the Environment
2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportGeneral County Government
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentTodd Edwards
This legislation transfers the Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Community Affairs and removes the council's sunset. The Council makes recommendations on utilizing Georgia's geospatial capabilities to meet federal notification requirements, achieving governmental data interoperability and advancing geospatial technology among Georgia's state and local governments.    
HB 0204OpposeProperty Tax Bills - Not to Include Other Fees on Tax BillBrett Harrell
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/03-Report2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - Report
Larry RamseyProperty TaxRevenue & Finance

As amended by the author before the Senate Finance Committee, this bill would prohibit the placement on property tax bills of nontax-related fees and assessments, unless that fee or assessment is established via the creation of a special tax district. Regardless of method of establishment of such fees, however, this bill would prohibit the filing of liens against property for nonpayment of fees or assessments -- only unpaid property taxes could result in a lien. As a result, this bill would indirectly repeal existing law authorizing the filing of liens for unpaid sanitation and water fees/bills.

While the bill’s author maintains that placing such fees on property tax bills exposes the property owner to potential liens and losing of their homes due to unpaid fees, examples of that happening have not been provided. 

In contrast, placing fees on property tax bills provides convenience to citizens, lowers counties’ administrative costs, and results in higher collection rates. Because experience has shown that billing fees separately can significantly impact collections, counties could be faced with either raising fees for those who do pay in order to continue providing vital services, or shift those fees to property taxes. In addition, for those counties that currently do include fees on property tax bills, separating those billings will likely result in substantial administrative costs. More importantly, the loss of the ability to file liens would mean that counties would have to sue citizens for unpaid fees or raise fees on those citizens who do pay their bills.

ACCG believes that the decision on whether to bill separately or collectively for taxes and fees is best left to local officials, who are better positioned to respond to the specific desires of their citizens.

 As amended in the Senate Finance Committee, the above subject was removed and replaced with unrelated language exempting non-profit organizations from the $5 transporation surcharge for hotel/motel stays.

HB 0238InactiveSolar Farms - Removal from Conservation Use EasementsJames Hatchett
4/17/2017Effective DateWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportLarry RamseyNat. Res. & the Environment
Property TaxRevenue & Finance
This bill amends both CUVA (Conservation Use Valuation Act) and FLPA (Forest Land Protection Act) and allows a property owner to use covenant property for solar generation of electricity without triggering a breach of the covenant. The portion of the property to be used for solar generation 1) must be removed from the covenant at the time the solar energy equipment is installed via boundary survey and 2) will be subject to ad valorem taxation at fair market value.
HB 0247OpposeSales and Use Tax - Exempt Concrete Mixing EquipmentDominic Lariccia
7/1/2017Effective DateWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/17 - ReportLarry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill expands the energy exemption from sales and use tax and adds machinery and equipment, including mixer trucks, used to mix and transport unhardened concrete. Motor fuel used in the mixer truck remains subject to sales and use taxation. This exemption applies to state sales and use tax and all local sales and use taxes except for ESPLOST and those imposed under a local constitutional amendment. The exemption expires on July 1, 2020.
HB 0257SupportLocal Government Authority Finance Reports Jan Tankersley
7/1/2018Effective DateGovernmental AffairsState and Local Governmental Operations
2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-Report2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/17 - Report2018/02/02 Report
Auditing/BudgetEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentFinancingGeneral County Government
Hospital AuthorityRevenue & FinanceTodd EdwardsTourism
This legislation combines the two annual reports (registry and financial reports) that local government authorities and local independent authorities must file annually with the Department of Community Affairs.  Local authorities may not incur debt or credit obligations until they submit the report, though failure to do so will not impact any outstanding debt.          
HB 0268NeutralElections - Numerous Changes Barry Fleming
7/1/2017Effective DateGovernmental AffairsEthics
2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-Report2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - Report
ElectionsGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation makes several changes to the elections laws, including the deadlines for election superintendents to complete their certification course; repeal of the nomination petition requirement; dates for filing the notice of candidacy; revisions to third-party filings for candidacy; removing references to municipal election registrars; the evidence of citizenship for voting purposes; requirements for personal identification on voter registration forms; provisions for changing a voter's address; polling places outside a voter's precinct; correcting printed and electronic ballots; application for an absentee ballot; oath of application absentee ballot; and the conduct of campaign activities in the vicinity to polling places.  For the Senate's summary of the bill, please click here.    
HB 0285OpposeAd Valorem Tax Assessments - Effect of Income Tax CreditsDavid Knight
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-Report2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - Report
Larry RamseyProperty TaxRevenue & Finance

This bill changes the criteria that a tax assessor is required to apply in determining fair market value of property receiving certain income tax credits for ad valorem tax purposes. It is an effort to circumvent a recent court decision and limit the consideration of low income housing tax credits.

The text of this bill was added to HB 196. 

HB 0302SupportProperty Tax Millage Rate - Notice RequirementsRandy Nix
2/15/2018House Withdrawn, RecommittedWays & Means
2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-Report2017/02/24 - Report2018/01/26 Report2018/02/02 Report
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 ReportLarry RamseyProperty TaxRevenue & Finance
This bill changes the requirements regarding the advertising, notice, and adoption of millage rates. Specifically, it rewords the contents of the ad such that the focus is on the proposed millage rate rather than a tax increase. The ad can be combined with the required five year tax history.
HB 0325OpposeProperty Tax Assessment - Income ValuationRon Stephens
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/17-ReportLarry RamseyProperty TaxRevenue & Finance

This bill, in its substitute form, changes the definition of fair market value for ad valorem tax purposes by requiring the consideration of actual income and expense data if supplied by the owner.

The text of this bill was added to HB 196. 

HB 0327SupportTitle Ad Valorem Tax on Vehicles - AmendmentsJay Powell
3/27/2018Senate TabledWays and MeansFinance
2017/02/17-Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/16 Report
2018/03/23 ReportLarry RamseyProperty TaxRevenue & Finance

The text of this bill was added to HB 329 and adopted, effective July 1, 2019. This bill would make several changes to the calculation and distribution of title ad valorem tax (TAVT). Rather than the current law which provides for annual adjustment of the state/local split based on prior year collections, local governments will continue to collect ad valorem taxes on pre-2013 vehicles. TAVT proceeds be split between the state and local governments on a 65/35 (state/local) basis. The local share would be distributed as follows: 1) for vehicles registered in unincorporated areas, 51% of the local proceeds would be paid to the county and 49% to the school system; and 2) for vehicles registered in incorporated areas, 49% would be paid to the school system, 28% to the county, and 23% to the city. There are also provisions to accommodate MARTA in the three counties in which MARTA sales tax is collected. 

As adopted, the formula for calculating TAVT on used cars is unchanged. The TAVT rate for out-of-state registrations is lowered from 7% to 3%. Certain minor changes are also included, such as no longer charging full TAVT when a vehicle is retitled as a result of a divorce from one spouse to the other.

HB 0332SupportGeorgia Outdoor Stewardship ActSam Watson
7/1/2019Effective DateNatural Resources & EnvironmentAppropriations
2017/02/17-Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/2 Report2018/03/23 Report2018/03/30 Report
Kathleen BowenLand ConservationNat. Res. & the EnvironmentRevenue & Finance

This bill creates the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship program. The intent of this legislation is to provide dedicated funding for state parks and state wildlife management areas as well as support to local parks and trails. Forty percent of the proceeds of all state sales tax from outdoor recreation items would be appropriated for the protection and preservation of conservation land. The General Assembly has the ability to increase this amount up to the 80%. 

Counties would be eligible to apply for grants and loans from this newly created trust fund. A Board of Trustees of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund is created to oversee the grant/loan applications. The composition of the board could include representatives from local government.

In addition, each county in which is located 20,000 acres or more of unimproved real property belonging to the state and under the custody or control of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR), in which such state-owned property exceeds 10 percent of the taxable real property in the county, and in which such property represents 10 percent or more of the assessed tax digest of the county may receive from the GA DNR an annual grant. Only land acquired with Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund money would be used in the calculation of this grant. 

The bill is contingent upon a proposed constitutional amendment, found in HR 238, which would be placed on the ballot for the November, 2018 state-wide general election.

Additional Information:  https://georgiaoutdoorstewardship.org/ 

HB 0336NeutralBroadband Ready CommunitiesDon Parsons
2/22/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteEnergy, Utilities & Telecommunications
2017/02/17-Report2017/02/24 - ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County Government
PreemptionSales Tax-LocalTodd Edwards
This legislation enacts the Broadband Strategy for All of Georgia Act. It establishes a lengthy set of requirements and preemptions that local governments must adopt in order to be designated a broadband ready community.  Said designation is voluntary, and the program will be administered by the state Department of Economic Development.  Click here for a full summary of the bill.
HB 0340SupportTitle Ad Valorem Tax on Vehicles - Change Distribution FormulaShaw Blackmon
1/1/2018Effective DateWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportLarry RamseyProperty Tax
Revenue & Finance

As introduced, this bill provides for the comprehensive revision of the distribution of state and local TAVT proceeds. First, during a four-year phase in period, counties (and other local governments) first receive proceeds based upon the 2012 tax year ad valorem collections minus the amount of ad valorem tax collected in the current month. During that phase-in period, the remaining amount is split between the state and local governments on a graduated scale that shifts more money to the local governments. Following the phase in period, all vehicle ad valorem taxes and TAVT proceeds are split 30 percent to the state and 70 percent to local government. During the phase in period, the distribution of local TAVT proceeds among counties, schools, and cities remains the same as at present. Under a proposed substitute to the original bill, beginning in 2022 the county/schools/cities split would be at the average percentages those entities received from 2018 through 2021. More information is available here

As passed by the Senate Finance Committee, the above changes to the state/local distribution of TAVT was removed from the bill. As ultimately approved by both the Senate and House, HB 340 only changes the formula for calculation of TAVT on leased vehicles.

HB 0342NeutralEnterprise Zones - Sales Tax ExemptionsChuck Efstration
7/1/2017Effective DateWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/17 - ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentLarry Ramsey
Revenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This legislation provides a sales tax exemption in certain enterprise zones: those involving investment of $400M or more in a "chronically underdeveloped area." The exemption for state sales tax would be automatic; exemption from local sales tax would require approval of the local governments. School taxes are not impacted by this bill. A proposed substitute to this bill would make the local sales tax exemption automatic in the same manner as state sales taxes; however, consistent with existing law, local government approval is still necessary for creation of such enterprise zones.
HB 0347OpposeProperty Tax Assessment - Challenges to Tax DigestDavid Knight
2/16/2017House Second ReadersWays & Means
2017/02/17-Report2017/02/24 - ReportLarry RamseyProperty TaxRevenue & Finance
This bill changes the definition of fair market value by requiring consideration of the income approach if actual income and expense data is supplied by the taxpayer. The state revenue commissioner is also allowed to prepare such data. The bill also provides new procedures for a taxpayer to allege that the county board of tax assessors has failed to comply with state law or regulations regarding the valuation of property of a strata of property with the result that a county tax digest, or a portion thereof, would not be approved. Further, the bill also changes the method of ad valorem tax appeals and requires the board of equalization, appeal administrator, or hearing officer to provide a copy of the DOR Appraisal Procedures Manual to the taxpayer upon request of the taxpayer. Failure to provide the manual results in the taxpayer's asserted value becoming the fair market value.
HB 0357SupportBoat TitlingRon Stephens
3/27/2018Senate Passed/Adopted By SubstituteWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/10 - ReportLarry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
Tags/Titles
This bill provides for the titling of boats and vessels. While the original bill proposed limiting total sales tax on boats to $600, that provision has been removed from the substitute bill as passed by the House Ways & Means Committee.
HB 0362OpposeLame Duck - Change Commissioners' Term in Office Andrew Welch
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedGovernmental Affairs
2017/02/17-Report2017/02/24 - ReportElectionsGeneral County GovernmentTodd Edwards
Training

All county commissioners elected on or after January 1, 2017, must take office on the Monday following their election so long as it is at least five days following the certification of election results.  If a petition to contest the election is filed, then the newly-elected commissioner takes office on the Monday following a judgment rendered, or the withdrawal or dismissal of the petition.  The officeholder shall be sworn in at the next county commission meeting - which shall be held no later than two weeks following their term of office.  For a full summary of this legislation, please click here.    

HB 0367NegotiatingPublic Employees Privacy ProtectionBrian Strickland
2/16/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
2017/02/17-ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysEcon. Dev. & Transportation
Georgia Bureau of InvestigationJuvenilesLaw EnforcementMagistrate CourtMandate
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentOpen Records/Meetings ActProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
SolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
This legislation allows certain public safety and judicial officials to execute a certificate of redacted information that requires counties to redact the home address and telephone number of the public safety or judicial official and their relatives from the county's website or other Internet access point within the county's control.
HB 0368OpposeMandated Salary Supplement for Superior Court ClerksBarry Fleming
2/16/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
2017/02/17-ReportClerk of CourtCompensationDebra NesbitGeneral County Government
MandatePublic Safety and CourtsTraining

This legislation provides an additional $200 per month supplement to be paid by the county for superior court clerks who complete voluntary training with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and become a "certified superior court clerk".  Clerk's are mandated to complete this training to become a "certified superior court clerk" upon election under current law that has been in effect since 1998.  All training and reasonable travel expenses are currently the responsibility of the county.  Essentially this is a $200 per month salary increase for superior court clerks.

HB 0372OpposeSales and Use Tax - Exemption for Broadband EquipmentDon Parsons
2/16/2017House Second ReadersWays & Means
2017/02/17-ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentLarry RamseyRevenue & Finance
Sales Tax-Local
This legislation creates a sales tax exemption for broadband equipment in Tier One and Tier Two counties, as well as any county where at least 10 percent of the population does not have access to fixed broadband service.
HB 0373OpposeTax Assessment - Conservation Use PropertyDavid Knight
2/28/2018Senate Read and ReferredWays and MeansFinance
2017/02/17-Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/2 ReportLarry RamseyProperty Tax
Revenue & Finance
This bill makes several fundamental changes to CUVA including: 1) a prohibition against the board of tax assessors requiring a recorded plat or survey to set the boundaries of the residence which is excluded from CUVA; 2) changes the limitation of ownership by a nonprofit 501(c)(3) conservation organization to any 501(c)(3) organization; 3) changes qualified uses to include the breeding of any animals rather than being limited to livestock and poultry; 4) changes the requirements for parcels of 10 acres or less so that an owner need provide only one of several new types of proof of qualifying use and a complete exclusion of any additional proof requirements for property that first made subject to CUVA or is renewed under CUVA on or after May 1, 2012; 5) establishes multiple punitive measures against the board of tax assessors and tax commissioner including interest and attorney fees in litigation over the application or a covenant breach and interest on tax refunds.  
HB 0374NeutralTax Assessment - Change ProceduresDavid Knight
7/1/2018Effective DateWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/17-Report2017/02/24 - Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/2 Report
2018/03/23 ReportLarry RamseyProperty TaxRevenue & FinanceTax Commissioner
This legislation allows for electronic return of property to the tax commissioner if he or she has adopted a written policy accepting electronic service.  It also makes changes to the annual notice of current assessment from the board of tax assessors and makes changes to the property assessment appeals process, including lowering the value threshold for appeals to a hearing officer from $750,000 to $500,000.
HB 0375NeutralTax Executions - New OwnersBrad Raffensperger
7/1/2017Effective DateWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/17 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportLarry RamseyProperty Tax
Revenue & FinanceTax Commissioner
This legislation changes the definition of new owner for purposes of tax executions. Under existing law, new owners (those who purchase after January 1st and after taxes are due) are entitled to a new notice of taxes and at least 60 days before penalties and interest can be applied. This bill would change "new owner" to mean persons  who purchase real property after January 1st but on or before taxes are due. This bill would also repeal the provision of law allowing tax commissioners to receive 50 cents for issuance of a tax execution.
HB 0379NeutralGeorgia Public Road Authority ActKevin Tanner
2/17/2017House Second ReadersTransportation
2017/02/17-ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationFinancingGeneral County GovernmentGovernment Immunity
Kathleen BowenProcurementRevenue & FinanceRoadsTransportation
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 0381SupportAbandoned Mobile Homes - Method for Removal John Corbett
5/1/2019Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
2017/02/17-Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/23 Report
Code EnforcementGeneral County GovernmentMagistrate CourtProgressing LegislationProperty Tax
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTags/TitlesTax CommissionerTodd Edwards
This legislation establishes a process whereby private property owners can have abandoned mobile homes removed from their land.  Local governments may elect to provide a qualified "local agent" to make a determination, at the request of a property owner, whether a mobile home is abandoned, derelict or intact.  If deemed abandoned, the local government posts a notice, then the property owner notifies the last known mobile home owner (or posts a legal notice if no responsible party can be ascertained), which begins a process whereby the property owner can pay for the removal of the mobile home.  A hearing procedure is provided in magistrate court for aggrieved mobile home owners in this process.  Neither the local government nor the local agent shall bear any liability with respect to any lawful actions taken under this law.  Action: counties wishing to participate must first appoint a qualified local agent.    
HB 0388EvaluatingSolid Waste Management - Coal Ash (Landfills)Jeff Jones
2/17/2017House Second ReadersNatural Resources & Environment
2017/02/17-ReportKathleen BowenNat. Res. & the EnvironmentSolid 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 0405NeutralGEMHSA to Establish State-wide System for Transport and Distribution During State of EmergencyBill Hitchens
7/1/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2017/02/17-ReportDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationEmergency Management/PreparednessLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) to implement a state-wide system for transport and distribution for essentials during a declared start of emergency.  GEMHSA will develop a certification process for businesses and entities that can facilitate transport and distribution of essentials.
HB 0408OpposeSales and Use Tax - Exempt Transportation Referral ServicesSam Teasley
2/21/2017House Second ReadersWays & Means
2017/02/17-ReportBusiness and Occupation TaxCode EnforcementEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County Government
Larry RamseyPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill makes significant changes to the existing, temporary state and local sales and use tax exemption for fares of for-hire vehicles: 1) the sunset is removed and the exemption is made permanent; 2) it is expanded from taxi, limousine, and ride share to also include transportation referral services and providers; 3) it specifically includes MARTA in the list of local sales and use taxes to which the exemption applies.
HR 0238SupportGeorgia Outdoor Stewardship Act - Constitutional AmendmentSam Watson
5/7/2018Effective DateWays and MeansAppropriations
2017/02/17-Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/2 Report2018/03/23 Report
Kathleen BowenLand ConservationNat. Res. & the EnvironmentRevenue & Finance
This proposed constitutional amendment, if ratified in the November, 2018, state-wide election, allows the General Assembly to dedicate funds towards the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund for the purpose of protecting and preserving conservation land. If this enabling amendment is ratified, it will be implemented by HB 332.
HR 0319EvaluatingEducation Sales Tax for Schools OperationsJames Epps
2/22/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedEducation
2017/02/17-ReportLarry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This proposed constitutional amendment would authorize a county or independent school board to levy a 1 percent ESPLOST for maintenance and operation purposes within its area of operation. This new tax is in addition to the current ESPLOST for capital projects.
HR 0336EvaluatingEnactment of New Taxes - Supermajority RequiredSam Teasley
2/21/2017House Second ReadersWays and Means
2017/02/17-ReportLarry RamseyProperty TaxRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This proposed constitutional amendment would prohibit any new tax from being imposed or the rate of any tax from being increased unless approved by not less than 60 percent of the members of each house of the General Assembly in a roll call vote.
SB 0002NeutralThe "FAST" Act - Local Fee, Permit and Licensing RequirementsMichael Dugan
3/21/2018House InsistedSmall Business DevelopmentEconomic Development and Tourism
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/09 Report
Business and Occupation TaxEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsGeneral County Government
MandateTodd Edwards

This legislation had mandated that cities and counties which charge any regulatory fees (license or permit fees) or have any regulatory requirements to establish a schedule of such fees and requirements which must include time lines necessary for processing completed applications and a list of all documentation needed by applicants to meet regulatory requirements. Upon receipt of an application related to any fee, the applicant will pay only 50% of the fee. The local government must then notify the applicant whether an application is complete. Whenever the local government does not meet its deadline for acting on a "complete" application, the associated fees will be reduced by 10 percent for each 10 days said action is delayed. Local governments are required to set up a second, expedited process for processing all applications and permits and must study how to share applicants' information with other local, state and federal agencies so that applicants don't have to duplicate filing efforts with other governments.  

For a summary of the above, Senate version of SB 2 please click here.      

The above language was removed by the House and replaced with a voluntary "Ready for Partnership Georgia" program whereby local governments can adopt a series of measures to streamline their permitting processes to obtain said designation.  While ACCG has no concerns with the now-current House version of the bill, there will most certainly be efforts by the Senate to reinstall the above language that ACCG opposes.  Stay tuned, as this one will likely be decided in a conference committee report late on the last day of session.      

 

 

                       

SB 0049NeutralWeapons License - Allow for Larger Knife before Conceal License is RequierdBill Heath
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedPublic Safety
2017/02/17-ReportFirearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
Under current law, a person needs a weapons carry license to conceal a knife with a blade greater than five inches in length.  This legislation changes the license requirement to a knife with a blade greater than 12 inches.  
SB 0085InactiveBreweries and Distilleries to Sell Directly to Public Rick Jeffares
5/8/2017Act 178Regulated IndustriesRegulated Industries and Utilities
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - Report
Alcohol/TobaccoGeneral County GovernmentRevenue & FinanceTodd Edwards

This legislation authorizes brew pubs and breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels of their malt beverage annually directly to the public either through consumption on the premises or allowing a patron to purchase and carry off up to 288 ounces (a case) of the beverage a day. The current requirement that tours be offered prior to malt beverage purchase is eliminated. The bill also authorizes a licensed distiller to sell up to 500 barrels of distilled spirits annually directly to the public for consumption on the premises or up to 2,250 milliliters, per person, per day, to be consumed off premises.  The brewer or distiller will remit all state and local sales, use, and excise taxes to the proper tax collecting authority and sales are conditioned on and governed by local alcohol law. The Georgia Department of Revenue is to promulgate rules governing these processes.          

SB 0095InactiveRequire State Agencies to Provide Data Needed at No Cost to Superior Court Clerks to Keep Jury Lists UpdatedJesse Stone
5/9/2017Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
2017/02/17-ReportClerk of CourtDebra NesbitParolePublic Safety and Courts
State CourtSuperior Court
This legislation amends the collection of data for the statewide master jury list.
SB 0149NeutralMandatory Training for Local Law Enforcement Officers Serving as School Resource Officers and Prohibition of Tobacco or Tobacco Products in Local JailsEmanuel Jones
7/1/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityEducation and Youth
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportDebra NesbitGeneral County Government
Law EnforcementMandatePublic Safety and CourtsTraining
This legislation mandates special training for local law enforcement officers that are assigned duty as school resource officers for five consecutive days.  The P.O.S.T. approved course must be completed within six months of appointment as a school resource officer.  Language was added to the bill to prohibit the use or possession of tobacco or tobacco products at any correctional facility.  Criminal penalities are outlined for those who violate the law.
SB 0150EvaluatingManadatory Written Agreements Between Local Law Enforcement and Local School BoardsEmanuel Jones
2/10/2017Senate Read and ReferredEducation and Youth
2017/02/10 - Report2017/02/17-ReportDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentJuveniles
Law EnforcementProcurementPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
This legislation mandates a written agreement between local law enforcement and local school boards for the procedures and parameters for School Resource Officers provided under contract or MOU, by local law enforcement.
SB 0154EvaluatingAdditional Penalties for Assault and Battery Against Public Safety Officer While on DutyGregory Kirk
3/27/2018House Passed/Adopted By SubstituteJudiciary Non-CivilPublic Safety
2017/02/17-ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitDistrict Attorneys
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesJuvenilesLaw Enforcement
Magistrate CourtProbate CourtProbationPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitors
State CourtSuperior CourtTraffic Enforcement
This legislation provides for tort liability for those who commit an offense of aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a public safety officer, as well as for the parents of any youth who commit the offense.  There is also an additional penalty assessed dedicated to the Georgia State Indemnification Fund.  The language from this legislation was added to SB 160 "Back the Badge".
SB 0155NeutralCreation of the Local Law Enforcement Officer Compensation CommissionGregory Kirk
2/28/2017House Second ReadersGovernmental AffairsPublic Safety
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - ReportCompensationDebra NesbitGeneral County Government
Law EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
This legislation creates the Local Law Enforcement Officer Compensation Commission to be housed within the Department of Administrative Services.  The Commission shall include a CEO of county or municipal corporation law enforcement agency, a sheriff , the Executive Directors of ACCG and GMA, two members of the Senate, and  two members of the House of Representatives, with the DOAS Commissioner serving as the chair.  The commission must meet at least semi-annually and provide on-going review of salaries and benefits using data required to be submitted by governing authorities.
SB 0158EvaluatingCON Exemption for Freestanding Emergency Services Facilities in Rural CountiesBen Watson
2/14/2017Senate Read and ReferredHealth and Human Services
2017/02/17-ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesHospital AuthorityIndigent Health Care
This legislation provides an exemption from the certificate of need (CON) requirements for freestanding emergency services facilities separate and distinct from a hospital, in rural counties served by a single hospital with less than 100 beds.
SB 0160SupportBack the Badge ActTyler Harper
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilPublic Safety
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/17 - ReportClerk of CourtCorrectional Institutions/JailCriminal Procedure
Debra NesbitDistrict AttorneysEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesHealth and Human Services
JuvenilesLaw EnforcementMagistrate CourtProbate CourtProbation
Public Safety and CourtsSheriffSolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
Traffic Enforcement
This legislation provides exclusive jurisdiction of 13 to 17 year olds who commit an offense of aggravated assault or aggravated battery against a public safety official.  This legislation includes HB 116, HB 258, and SB 154 which gives superior court full jurisdiction for juvenile cases involving aggravated assault, increasing sentences for assaulting a police officer, and additional penalties for those convicted of assaulting a public safety officer while on duty.
SB 0162NegotiatingEminent Domain - Payment of Assessors' Costs and Condemnee's Attorneys FeesFrank Ginn
2/14/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
2017/02/17-ReportEminent Domain/CondemnationGeneral County GovernmentLarry RamseyMandate
This legislation would require the county to pay all assessors' costs, as well as the condemnee's attorneys fees, in a condemnation case where the total amount awarded is 10 percent or more of the highest amount offered by the county.
SB 0165EvaluatingSolid Waste Management - Coal Ash (Liability)William Ligon
2/15/2017Senate Read and ReferredNatural Resources and the Environment
2017/02/17-ReportKathleen BowenNat. Res. & the EnvironmentSolid WasteWater Quality
This legislation imposes liability, in the event of a release, on any producer of coal ash who disposes of such coal ash in Georgia.
SB 0167NeutralHomestead Exemptions - Disabled VeteransHunter Hill
2/15/2017Senate Read and ReferredFinance
2017/02/17-ReportLarry RamseyProperty TaxRevenue & Finance
This bill updates the minimum amount of the disabled veterans homestead exemption from $32,500.00 to $77,300.00, in order to track related federal dollar thresholds.
SR 0224SupportJoint Study Committee on Stormwater Management FeesFrank Ginn
3/16/2017House Passed/AdoptedNatural Resources & EnvironmentRegulated Industries and Utilities
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/10 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
Kathleen BowenNat. Res. & the EnvironmentRevenue & FinanceStormwaterWater Quality
Water Quantity

This legislation creates the Joint Study Committee on Stormwater Management Fees. Local governments would have representation on the study committee that would be tasked with reviewing the existing data and current practices relating to storm-water management fees.