2018/02/16 Report


HB 0079NeutralRequire Law Enforcement to Purge Tag Reader InformationJohn Pezold
7/1/2018Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/16 Report2018/03/09 ReportDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County Government
Law EnforcementOpen Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation allows law enforcement to use high speed cameras to capture images of license plates.  However, the data captured from the images may not be used for anything other than law enforcement purposes.  The data must be destroyed no later than 30 months after it is collected unless the data is needed for law enforcement purposes.  The collected data is exempt from the open records law.
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2/15/2018House Withdrawn, RecommittedWays & Means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 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 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 0473NeutralService Animal AccommodationsTom Kirby
2/14/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteHealth and Human Services
2017/02/24 - Report2018/02/16 ReportAnimal ControlEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County Government
Health and Human ServicesKathleen BowenTransit
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 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.         

      

HB 0693OpposeProhibits Liens on Property Where Solid Waste Fees Are DelinquentBrett Harrell
2/21/2018Senate Read and ReferredWays and MeansNatural Resources and the Environment
2018/01/19 Report2018/01/26 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsKathleen BowenNat. Res. & the EnvironmentProperty TaxRevenue & Finance
Solid Waste
This legislation would repeal the state law that permits local governments to place liens on properties for unpaid trash fees without going to court first. Local governments would still have other collection options, including filing a claim in Magistrate Court; a judgment from Magistrate Court can still be filed as a lien against the property of the debtor. Because direct filing of trash liens provides another tool for local government collection of unpaid fees, ACCG opposes this legislation.

The House passed HB 693 on 2/20/18. Vote Tally Link 
HB 0751Support911 Legislation - Georgia Emergency Communications Authority ActAlan Powell
7/1/2018Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/01/26 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/16 Report
911Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation is similar to 911 legislation passed last year.  It increases the prepaid fee to $1.50, eliminates cost recovery, and reduces the administrative fee retained by the providers from 3 percent to 1 percent.  Please click here for a detailed summary by section.  Please click here for talking points.
HB 0769SupportRecommendations on Healthcare from House Rural Development CouncilRick Jasperse
7/1/2018Effective DateHealth and Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/23 ReportDebra Nesbit
Health and Human Services
This legislation requires that all plans administered by the State of Georgia to streamline and expedite the credentialing and billing processes for providers and establishes the Rural Center for Health Care Innovation and Sustainability within the State Office of Rural Health.  The bill also provides for the creation of micro-hospitals which have two to seven beds in a rural community which provide services seven days a week and 24 hours per day to stabilize patients.  Finally the legislation provides for a grant program to offset the costs of insurance for physicians who maintain a practice in medically underserved areas of the state.
HB 0792SupportReauthorize Hazardous Waste Trust Fund / Increase in Landfill Host FeeTerry Rogers
6/30/2018Effective DateWays and MeansNatural Resources and the Environment
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/23 Report
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsKathleen BowenNat. Res. & the EnvironmentRevenue & FinanceSolid Waste

This legislation renews the fees that make up the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund (HWTF) for one year, from July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019. Most of the fees come from the state’s 75-cent per-ton tipping fee on solid waste going into Georgia’s landfills – a fee counties pay if they own/operate landfills. 

This legislation also includes language to increase the state’s minimum local solid waste cost reimbursement (host) fee from $1 to $2.50 per ton on waste going to privately owned landfills. The $1 minimum fee has been in existence since 1992 and for the past ten years, ACCG has included in our policy platform a request for the host fee to increase.  ACCG was supportive of the efforts led by Sen. Burt Jones to increase this fee. 

Details: 
  • Host fee minimum increases from $1 to $2.50 per ton but not effective until July 1, 2019. This increase only applies to a municipal solid waste disposal facility that is owned by a private entity. 
  • Coal ash minimum fee is $1 per ton until 2025 when it will then increase to the $2 per ton minimum fee.
  • Inert waste, construction and demolition waste minimum is $1 per ton.
  • All of these fees are the minimum, not the ceiling. Counties can negotiate host fees, other fees and charges above the minimum. No host fees are to be reduced if they are in existence on July 1, 2019.
  • 50% of the host fee collected shall be used for these purposes:
    • To offset the impact of the facility
    • Public education efforts 
    • Cost of solid waste management
    • Administration of the local/regional solid waste management plan
    • Repair of damage to roads and highways associated with the facility
    • Enhancement of litter control programs
    • Ground-water and air monitoring and protection
    • Remediation and monitoring of closed or abandoned facilities
    • Infrastructure improvements associated with the facility
    • Reserve fund allocation
    • Acquisition of property adjacent or in reasonable proximity to the facility to serve as beautification, environmental, buffering or recreational purposes
    • Fees not used for the above purposes (the remaining 50%) can be used for other governmental expenses.
 
HB 0796OpposeSales Tax HolidaysJohn Corbett
2/5/2018House Second ReadersWays and Means
2018/02/16 ReportLarry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill seeks to restore the previously expired 'sales tax holiday' for school supplies, clothing, and certain computer-related equipment. The new holiday periods would be  August 4-5, 2018, and September 29-30, 2018. No changes are made to the list of exempt items. 
HB 0811SupportInformation Sharing with Tax Collection AgenciesJay Powell
5/3/2018Effective DateWays and MeansFinance
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/2 ReportLarry Ramsey
Revenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill authorizes the Department of Revenue to contract with data companies for the purpose of identifying taxpayers who are not complying with requirements to collect and remit state and local sales taxes. Such vendors would be required to maintain the confidentiality of any taxpayer-specific records used in providing these services.
HB 0814SupportCoroners - Counties Allowed to Set SalaryRicky Williams
3/12/2018Senate Read Second TimeGovernmental AffairsState and Local Governmental Operations
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/09 ReportCompensation
Coroners/Medical ExaminersGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards

This legislation authorizes counties to establish the compensation of coroners and deputy coroners, unless said salaries are already covered by local legislation.  Counties with a population of less than 34,999 must continue to offer the state's minimum salaries.  Counties are able to offer COLAs and longevity increases (which are currently required), but there can be no double dipping on state, then local COLAs.  Counties can elect not to set these salaries, but maintain the status quo spelled out in state law.          

HB 0833NeutralProfessional Land Surveyors - Redefine Paulette Rakestraw
2/26/2018Senate Read and ReferredRegulated IndustriesRegulated Industries and Utilities
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentNat. Res. & the Environment
RoadsTodd Edwards
This legislation, mirroring SB 425, results from negotiations with ACCG and other stakeholders and changes several provisions relating to professional land surveyors.  Surveyors’ training hours are increased, but they no longer have to take five semester hours of training in hydrology.  Three semester hours of hydrology, and passage of a hydrology exam, are required if a surveyor seeks licensure to design storm water management plans, facilities, water distribution lines, or sanitary sewer collection systems.   Lastly, officers and employees of local governments or authorities engaged in gathering, processing, managing and sharing of geospatial and photogrammetric data for cataloging or mapping purposes are not required to be licensed surveyors.
HB 0835NeutralSpecial Event Tobacco Permits - AuthorizeJodi Lott
2/23/2018Senate Read and ReferredWays and MeansFinance
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 ReportAlcohol/TobaccoGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Land Use/ZoningRevenue & FinanceTodd Edwards
This bill authorizes licensed tobacco dealers to apply to the State Revenue Commissioner to be granted special event tobacco permits for off-premise sales of cigars, cigarettes, or loose or smokeless tobacco.  This $10 permit allows said sales offsite from the licensed location (so long as the new site has a specific address), may be authorized for between one and ten days (so long as specific dates are listed), and there is no limit on how many permits a dealer may be issued.
HB 0858NegotiatingOccupation Tax - Expansion of Businesses Exempt from Gross Receipts TaxShaw Blackmon
2/12/2018House Second ReadersWays and Means
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 ReportBusiness and Occupation TaxLarry RamseyRevenue & Finance
This bill adds more professions/occupations to the so-called "$400.00 Club" and will allow contractors and others who are required to be licensed by the state to choose what type and amount of occupation tax they pay. They can choose the amount that would otherwise be determined under general law, or, they can choose a set amount of $400.00. Importantly, anyone in this 'club' cannot be required to provide local government with any information regarding gross receipts. The author has agreed to pursue a study committee rather than this bill.

 

 
HB 0867EvaluatingRevision of Requirements for Transaction of Business of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training CouncilBill Hitchens
7/1/2018Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/16 ReportDebra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation changes the required quorum of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards Training Council (P.O.S.T) from seven members to eleven members.
HB 0876NeutralBuilding Codes - Locals Cannot Prohibit Wood Construction John Corbett
7/1/2018Effective DateAgriculture and Consumer AffairsAgriculture and Consumer Affairs
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/23 ReportCode Enforcement
Fire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation preempts local governments from prohibiting the use of wood as a construction material so long as such use conforms to all applicable state minimum standard codes and the Georgia State Fire Code.  Several cities, concerned with fire safety, have enacted such ordinances.       
HB 0889EvaluatingDefinition Change for Those Eligible for the Georgia Indemnification Fund PaymentsMicah Gravley
2/15/2018House Committee Favorably ReportedPublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/02/16 ReportDebra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation creates a new definition of public safety officer that includes all law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicans, emergency management specialist, state highway employees and prison guards.  The bill also clarifies eligibility for payment of benefits in certain circumstances.
HB 0899NeutralPublic Works Bids - Alter Grounds by Which a Bidder Can be DisqualifiedDominic Lariccia
5/3/2018Effective DateGovernmental AffairsEconomic Development and Tourism
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 ReportGeneral County Government
ProcurementTodd Edwards
The legislation amends the public works bidding laws, stating that bidders cannot be disqualified from sealed, competitive bid/proposal public works contracts simply because they lack previous experience with the "construction delivery method" to be used for the job which is being sought.  Previously, counties could automatically reject such bids.           
HB 0913SupportCreation of a Law Enforcement Assistance Program with the Department of Public SafetyJodi Lott
2/14/2018House Second ReadersPublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/02/16 ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates a Law Enforcement Assistance Programf within the Department of Public Safety which will provide peer to peer counseling for public safety officers who experience traumatic events.  The implementation of the program is contigent on funding.  Note:  This legislation mirrors the intent of H.B. 703 which created a stand alone officer under the Governor's Office. 
HB 0915OpposeBodywork Therapists - State Governance and Local Preemptions Lee Hawkins
2/14/2018House Second ReadersRegulated Industries
2018/02/16 ReportBusiness and Occupation TaxGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesLand Use/Zoning
Law EnforcementPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTodd Edwards
This legislation provides for the statewide definition, regulation and licensure of "bodywork therapists", entailing educational requirements, board governance, human trafficking notification, prohibitions on illicit/prurient practices, etc. on this therapy practice - much like what has been done for massage therapy.  It then preempts local governments from several regulations they can place on bodywork therapists and establishments.  It also prohibits local governments from collecting regulatory fees on, and licensing, bodywork therapists. Please review and let Todd Edwards (tedwards@accg.org) know of any concerns you have with these local preemptions.          
HB 0925OpposeMandatory Minimum Salary for Sheriff's DeputiesAl Williams
2/15/2018House Second ReadersWays and Means
2018/02/16 ReportBusiness and Occupation TaxCompensationDebra NesbitGeneral County Government
Health and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation mandates that all deputies appointed by a sheriff be compensated at a rate equal to an annual salary of $33,500.  The bill also creates a grant program administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to assist local governments in the compensation of sheriff's deputies.  The grant program would be funded through a 1% excise tax on the sale of contact lenses and spectales for which a prescription of required.  The legilslation is accompanied by H.R. 1138.
HB 0930SupportTransit Governance and Funding Kevin Tanner
5/3/2018Effective DateTransportationTransportation
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 Report2018/03/23 Report
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalTransportation
Transportation Funding

This bill provides for transit governance and funding options for the Metro Atlanta region (a designated nonattainment area currently consisting of Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale counties) and the rest of the state. 

The Atlanta-region Transit Link (ATL) Authority is a new regional governing board that will lead the planning and coordination of transit in the Metro Atlanta region and will control state and federal transit funding.

Counties in the Metro Atlanta area would be able to call for a referendum to levy a Transit SPLOST up to 1% (and may be in .05% increments) for up to 30 years.  The county and all qualified municipalities may select transit projects for the county from the regional transit plan. The ATL Authority shall approve or deny any or all projects within a submitted transit project list and the proposed operator of any transit projects.

Lastly, counties outside of Metro Atlanta who partner with a neighboring county have the option to levy up to 1% (and may be in .05% increments) for up to 30 years. Each county planning to participate in the selected transit project or projects shall enter into intergovernmental agreements.  The referendum must pass both counties for the tax to be imposed.

A more detailed analysis of the bill can be found here.  


HB 0935SupportSpecial Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) - Add Cloud-Based Software Services as a Permissible ExpenditureEddie Lumsden
2/20/2018House Second ReadersWays and Means
2018/02/16 ReportLarry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill seeks to allow SPLOST proceeds to be used for payments to a provider of cloud based software or software as a service to administer a governmental function of a county or city by deeming either of such payments as 'capital outlay'.
HB 0947OpposeAd Valorem Tax Exemption - All-Terrain VehiclesPenny Houston
2/21/2018House Second ReadersWays and Means
2018/02/16 ReportLarry RamseyProperty TaxRevenue & Finance
This bill is expanding the ad valorem tax exemption for vehicles held in dealer inventory to include Class I and Class II all terrain vehicles.
HB 0951SupportCenter for Rural Prosperity and InnovationJames Shaw
7/1/2018Effective DateSmall Business DevelopmentEconomic Development and Tourism
2018/02/16 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/2 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic Development
Larry Ramsey
This bill would create the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation. The Center would study and develop recommendations to support economic development, healthcare, and other concerns in rural Georgia. The Center would also receive recommendations from a permanent Rural Development Council composed of state appointees.
HR 0158SupportTrust Funds - Authorize General Assembly to Create Truly Dedicated Fees Via Statute Jay Powell
2/15/2018Senate Read and ReferredWays & MeansAppropriations
2018/01/26 Report2018/02/16 ReportAppropriationsRevenue & FinanceTodd Edwards
This proposed constitutional amendment authorizes the General Assembly to establish, by statute, true and dedicated trust funds whereby fees collected for a specific purpose (e.g. Hazardous Waste Trust Fund, Solid Waste Trust Fund, Joshua's Law, etc.) must actually go to that purpose rather than be redirected to the state's General fund.  Said fees would sunset within 10 years of their establishment, unless reauthorized; would require a 2/3rds majority of both the House and Senate to pass; could be redirected in a Governor's declared financial emergency; and could be redirected with a majority vote of both the House and Senate.             
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.
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 0017SupportSunday Brunch Alcohol Sales Renee Unterman
5/8/2018Act 461Regulated IndustriesRegulated Industries and Utilities
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/16 Report
Alcohol/TobaccoBusiness and Occupation TaxGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards

This bill authorizes cities and counties, in which the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises is already lawful on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, to allow said sale from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight if the county adopts an ordinance or resolution and the voters so approve via a referendum. 

Counties wishing to have this approved by the November 6, 2018 election should pass their ordinances by July 31st in order to provide their elections superintendents to prepare the proper materials ready and distributed to notify the public by August 4, 2018.     

SB 0184NeutralCreation of the Integrated Population Health Data Project and Establishment of the Governing BoardChuck Hufstetler
3/21/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteJudiciaryAppropriations
2018/02/16 Report2018/03/23 ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human Services
This legislation creates the Integrated Population Health Data Project which provides for the integration of all health related data by various governmental agencies.
SB 0342NeutralElimination of the Requirement that Law Enforcement take Custody of a Vehicle Without Valid License PlateMarty Harbin
5/8/2018Veto V20Motor VehiclesPublic Safety
2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/23 ReportDebra NesbitLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTags/Titles
This legislation eliminates the requirement of law enforcement take custody of a vehicle that does not have a valid vehicle registration and allows the owner to present proof of payment or possession of the required decal.
SB 0348EvaluatingAuthorization of Arrest Powers for Campus Police within the Technical College System of GeorgiaTyler Harper
3/21/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstitutePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 ReportDebra NesbitLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation provides arrest powers to campus police on a technical college campus who are certified by the Georgia Peace Officers and Standards Training Council (P.O.S.T).
SB 0357NeutralCreation of the Health Coordination and Innovation CouncilDean Burke
5/8/2018Veto V21Health and Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human Services
This legislation creates the Health Coordination and Innovation Council of the State of Georgia whose members will be the heads of all state agencies that maintain, report or receive health related data.  The purpose of the Council will be collect all pertinent data in one location and coordination state activities as they relate to health.
SB 0366NegotiatingState Mandated Completion of Salary Surveys for Employees of the Sheriff's DepartmentSteve Gooch
3/23/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteAppropriationsPublic Safety
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/23 ReportCompensation
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPopulation Acts
Public Safety and CourtsSheriff
This legislation is based on the report of the Compensation of Police and Sheriff's (COPS) and requires that every county conduct a wage and compensation study once every five years or lose their qualified local government status.  A detailed summary can be found here.
SB 0367SupportAllows Payment Indemnification Death or Disability Payment to be Awarded to the Estate of Deceased Public Safety/First ResponderGregory Kirk
3/29/2018Senate Disagreed House Amend or SubPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailDebra Nesbit
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEmergency Management/PreparednessEMS/AmbulanceGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
InsuranceInsurance Law EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows the payment of death benefits to the estate of a law enforcement officer; firefighter; emergency medical technician, emergency management specialist, state highway employee or prison guard.
SB 0368SupportRequires the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to Provide Technical Assistance to Law EnforcementGregory Kirk
3/29/2018House Passed/Adopted By SubstitutePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 ReportDebra Nesbit
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation adds the provision of technical support and assistance to certain law enforcement agencies to the duties of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC).
SB 0369NeutralRequirement for Jurisdictions to Deduct a $5.00 Fee from Pre-Trial Diversion Program Fees to Fund the Peace Officer Annuity and Benefit Fund.Gregory Kirk
5/8/2018Act 463Judiciary - Non-CivilPublic Safety
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 ReportClerk of Court
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates a new fee to be assessed and collected from the fees charged for pre-trial programs to fund the Peace Officer's Annuity and Benefit Fund (POAB).  The legislation requires counties to remit $5.00 of the funds they collect from pre-trial participants to fund the diversion program to the POAB.
SB 0371SupportSales Tax - Information Available to Local GovernmentsLee Anderson
5/7/2018Act 441Ways and MeansFinance
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 Report
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill allows the governing authority of any county or city to request that the state revenue commissioner furnish to a designated local finance officer or tax official information included on a vendor's sales and use tax certificate.

Such information is confidential, but boards of commissioners are allowed to review and discuss such information in executive session. This legislation will better enable local governments to identify and report to DOR apparent problems or errors in the vendor list. 

SB 0385NeutralChief Medical Examiner: Burial Authority Burt Jones
5/3/2018Act 358Natural Resources and EnvironmentNatural Resources and the Environment
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/2 Report2018/03/23 ReportForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
Kathleen BowenNat. Res. & the EnvironmentRevenue & FinanceSolid Waste

During the House Rules meeting on 3.27.18, a substitute was offered that removes the private landfill host fee bill and in its place is a bill relating to the chief medical examiner and his/her authority to inter remains (bury) and disinter remains (remove a body from a grave).

The original intent of SB 385 increases the state’s minimum local solid waste cost reimbursement (host) fee on waste going into landfills owned by private entities.  The $1 minimum fee has been in existence since 1992.

Talking points advocating for the increase of private landfill host fees can be found hereSimilar host fee language has been added to HB 792

SB 0395SupportGeorgia Joint Defense CommissionBen Watson
5/3/2018Act 399Economic Development and TourismVeterans, Military and Homeland Security
2018/02/16 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentLarry Ramsey
 This bill would create the Georgia Joint Defense Commission, the duties of which would include fostering better cooperation between military installations and surrounding communities, as well as advance planning to address potential impacts to such military installations and communities under the federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
SB 0402SupportBroadband - Georgia Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE) ActSteve Gooch
5/7/2018Act 423Ways and MeansRegulated Industries and Utilities
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/23 Report
BroadbandGeneral County GovernmentRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalTodd Edwards
The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Jay Powell, combined most of the House and Senate rural broadband initiatives into SB 402, making it the omnibus rural broadband bill of the 2018 legislative session.  Among its many components, the bill authorizes the DOT to use or lease their right of way (ROW) for broadband deployment, establishes a voluntary “broadband ready community” program for local governments that have streamlined their ROW permitting process, and creates a statewide broadband deployment plan.  
 
For a thorough summary of SB 402, please click here.
 
 
SB 0406NeutralRequirement for Background Check for All Long Term Care ProvidersBrian Strickland
5/7/2018Act 420Human Relations and AgingPublic Safety
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/16 ReportDebra NesbitGeorgia Bureau of Investigation
Health and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This bill enacts background checks for long term care providers via a registry within the Department of Community Health.
SB 0407SupportCriminal Justice ReformBrian Strickland
5/7/2018Act 416Judiciary - Non-CivilJudiciary
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/23 ReportDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This bill is the Governor's annual criminal justice reform bill.  Please click here for a detail summary of the original bill.  H.B. 15 was added to this legislation and it requires attorneys to electronically file all civil cases in state and superior court.  The maximum a vendor may charge is $30.00 per side with $2.00 of each electronic filing to be retained by the county off set the costs of equipment, etc.
SB 0414NeutralCharitable Collection ReceptaclesLindsey Tippins
3/5/2018House Second ReadersGovernmental AffairsState and Local Governmental Operations
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/2 ReportCode EnforcementGeneral County Government
Health and Human ServicesKathleen BowenNat. Res. & the EnvironmentSolid WasteSuperior Court
This legislation allows local governing authorities to issue written notices for the failure to clean and maintain charitable collection receptacles. In addition, the local government could file a lawsuit in Superior Court for an order to remove a collection receptacle if the owner of the receptacle does not comply with violation notices on at least three occasions in one calendar year.
SB 0418OpposeNo Local Restriction on any Sale of Goods Regulated by Federal or State Agencies John Wilkinson
2/28/2018Senate LostAgriculture and Consumer Affairs
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 ReportAgricultureGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Land Use/ZoningNat. Res. & the EnvironmentPreemptionTodd Edwards

This latest state preemption legislation, mirrored in HB 948, prohibits local governments from prohibiting or otherwise restricting the retail sale of any goods, products or items regulated by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the GA Dept. of Agriculture, so long as any said sales are in compliance with local zoning.  This effort to preempt local ordinances prohibiting a certain pet store chain has expanded greatly.   ACCG asks that you pay very close attention to this bill and provide Todd Edwards (tedwards@accg.org) feedback on how this bill may impact any county ordinances regulating the retail sale of animals (pets or livestock), tobacco, alcohol, plants, etc.  

For a list of all goods, products and items regulated by these agencies (thus preempted by local government regulation) please click here.   

Please note that ACCG takes no position on the operation of certain pet store chains; however, ACCG opposes taking away a community's ability to regulate the broad swath of goods, products and items covered by the above three agencies.    

 

SB 0426SupportBroadband - EMCs and Rural Telephone Cooperatives Authorized to Provide Steve Gooch
3/29/2018House Passed/Adopted By SubstituteEnergy, Utilities and TelecommunicationsRegulated Industries and Utilities
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 Report2018/03/23 Report
BroadbandCode EnforcementEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentFranchise Fees
General County GovernmentLand Use/ZoningPreemptionRevenue & FinanceRoads
TelecommunicationsTodd EdwardsTransportationUtilities

Originally, this was the wireless industry's attempt to preempt local management of the public's right of way.  The bill was changed in House Rules Committee to allow EMCs and rural telephone cooperatives to provide broadband service to rural areas under certain conditions.     

 

 

SB 0428NegotiatingStatewide Regulations for the Practice of Booting VehiclesMatt Brass
2/15/2018Senate Read and ReferredTransportation
2018/02/16 ReportCode EnforcementEcon. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and CourtsRoadsSheriffTraffic Enforcement
This legislation (similar to HB 774) defines and sets statewide standards for vehicle immobilization devices and services - commonly known as "booting". In addition, this bill allows a county or city to pass an ordinance stricter than the provisions set out by this bill; however, of concern is that the language does not clearly state that a local government can ban the practice of booting vehicles. 
SB 0430NeutralConstitutional Office Salary Update in Statute Matt Brass
3/29/2018Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub As AmendedGovernmental AffairsState and Local Governmental Operations
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 ReportClerk of Court
CompensationDebra NesbitElectionsGeneral County GovernmentMagistrate Court
Probate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSheriffTax Commissioner

This legislation simply codifies the COLA's that have been awarded to constitutional officers and magistrate judges  since 2006. The mandatory pay raise was removed from the legislation.

To see what Georgia's constitutional officers currently make, by county, which includes COLA's, longevity increases and state and local supplements, please click here:  

Note that these figures do not include fees received as personal compensation in some cases (e.g. clerks' fees for processing U.S. passport applications, probates' vital records fees, and tax commissioners' fees for collecting city property taxes). 

SB 0431NeutralRecreational Property Owners Act - Effect of Charging Admission FeeBlake Tillery
3/7/2018House Committee Favorably ReportedJudiciaryJudiciary
2018/02/16 ReportGeneral County GovernmentGovernment ImmunityLarry Ramsey
This bill would remove the immunity normally afforded an owner who makes recreational property availabe to the public, if that owner charges anyone for admission. This bill seeks to overturn a recent court case holding that immunity applies if the injured person was not charged for admission, regardless of whether other persons were charged for admission.
SB 0432EvaluatingIncome Tax and Sales Tax - Repeal of Multiple ExemptionsJohn Albers
3/29/2018House InsistedWays and MeansFinance
2018/02/16 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/2 ReportLarry RamseyRevenue & Finance
Sales Tax-Local
As amended, this bill would require the state to conduct cost-benefit analyses of a multitude of existing tax exemptions over the next several years.
SB 0436NeutralProbate Court Code ModernizationBrian Strickland
5/3/2018Act 405JudiciaryJudiciary
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/16 ReportClerk of Court
CompensationDebra NesbitElectionsForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsInsurance
Insurance Probate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsSheriffSuperior Court
Training
This legislation updates and modernizes the code that governs the operation of probate courts.  The bill also increases the surety bond requirement from $25,000 to $100,000.  Additionally the bill changes the current process of filling a vacancy, from appointment of the associate judge to requiring a special election.
SB 0445SupportSale of Property Formerly Used for Road Purposes / No Camping on GDOT PropertySteve Gooch
5/3/2018Act 407TransportationTransportation
2018/02/16 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentKathleen BowenProcurement
Roads

This legislation provides consistency across the right-of-way disposal methods. Property formerly used for road purposes can be sold by auction or back to the prior owner by as much as 15% below fair market value. 

In addition, this bill states that it is unlawful to camp on the side of a state highway or on any property owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation.