Transportation Funding


HB 0103EvaluatingRevenue and taxation; motor fuel and road taxes; change certain definitionsJay Powell
1/26/2017House Second ReadersWays & Means
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceTransportation Funding
This bill reenacts, without change, the definition of 'aviation gasoline' for purposes of motor fuel tax.
HB 0106EvaluatingRevenue and taxation; motor fuel and road taxes; change certain definitionsJay Powell
1/26/2017House Second ReadersWays & Means
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceTransportation Funding
 This bill reenacts, without change, the definition of 'aviation gasoline' for purposes of motor fuel tax.
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 0201NeutralMotor Fuel Tax - Reestablish Exemptions for School Buses and Mass Transit BusesRon Stephens
2/2/2017House Second ReadersWays & Means
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalTransportation Funding
This bill converts three temporary exemptions from motor fuel tax into permanent exemptions. The exemptions, which had expired on June 30, 2015, are for public mass transit, public campus transportation systems, and school buses. As drafted, it affects only the state motor fuel tax.
HB 0215NeutralT-SPLOST - Cities and Counties May Issue Bonds upon Voter ApprovalMeagan Hanson
2/7/2017House Second ReadersWays & Means
2017/02/03-ReportKathleen BowenRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalTransportation Funding
This bill amends the single county TSPLOST and clarifies that a qualified municipality can issue general obligation bonds in conjunction with the levy of single county TSPLOST, in the same manner as the county. The language of this bill tracks the general SPLOST law on this issue. The text of this bill was incorporated into HB 134 that passed during the 2017 General Assembly session.
HB 0316EvaluatingAnnual License Fees for Alterative Fuel Vehicles - Low Speed VehiclesTodd Jones
2/14/2017House Second ReadersTransportation
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceTransportation Funding
This bill adds low-speed electric vehicles (those with maximum speeds between 20 and 25 mph, such as certain golf carts) to the list of vehicles that are not subject to the annual $200.00 fee (noncommercial) or $300.00 fee (commercial) assessed on alternative fueled vehicles.
HB 0317EvaluatingAnnual License Fees for Alterative Fuel Vehicles - ReduceTodd Jones
2/14/2017House Second ReadersTransportation
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceTransportation Funding
This bill lowers the annual fee for noncommercial alternative fueled vehicles from $200.00 to $100.00.
HB 0352NeutralAlternative Fueled Vehicles - Exempt Low-speed vehicies from feesCharles Martin
2/8/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteWays & Means
Econ. Dev. & TransportationLarry RamseyRevenue & FinanceTransportation Funding
This bill exempts low-speed vehicles and electric powered personal transportation vehicles from the annual $200.00 fee levied on alternative fueled vehicles. This change is primarily intended to exempt golf carts from the fee.
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 0386NeutralMARTA tax - DeKalb CountyBilly Mitchell
2/17/2017House Second ReadersTransportation
Econ. Dev. & TransportationLarry RamseyLocal LegislationRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
Transportation Funding
This bill allows DeKalb County to impose an additional MARTA tax of .5 percent. The MARTA local constitutional amendment permits implemetation by local or general law. If this tax is imposed, any single county TSPLOST imposed in DeKalb would automatically have its effective rate reduced by .5 percent. The bill also excludes equalized HOST from the 2 percent ceiling on local sales and use taxes.
HB 0604EvaluatingMass Transit Sales TaxRon Stephens
3/22/2017House Second ReadersWays and Means
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalTransportation Funding
This bill creates another single county TSPLOST at a rate of up to 1% for up to 40 years. It can only be levied by a county that: 1) does not levy regional TSPLOST; 2) is not a metropolitan county special district; 3) is levying either SPLOST, MARTA, or the 2% LOST for certain consolidated governments. The proceeds can only be expended for mass transportation.
HB 0694NeutralElectronic Filing of Motor Fuel Tax ReportsBrett Harrell
3/21/2018Senate Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteWays and MeansFinance
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceRoadsTransportation Funding
This bill requires motor fuel distributors to file electronically their monthly reports with the state revenue commissioner.
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.  


HR 0848SupportHouse Commission on Transit Governance and FundingKevin Tanner
3/30/2017House Read and AdoptedRules
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenRevenue & FinanceTransitTransportation Funding

This legislation creates the House Commission on Transit Governance and FundingThe commission will study and assess the needs, funding methods and governance structures for mass transportation for any one or more metropolitan areas in Georgia. Appointments to the commission, made by the Speaker of the House, could include representation from counties that provide mass transportation. 

HR 1076NeutralUrging Federal Government to Fund Georgia PortsBill Hitchens
2/20/2018House Passed/AdoptedEconomic Development and Tourism
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentKathleen BowenPortsTransportation Funding
This resolution urges the federal government to provide funding for Georgia's ports.
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 0058WatchHotel-Motel Tax - Repeal $5 Per Room Charge for Transportation PurposesJoshua McKoon
1/25/2017Senate Read and ReferredFinance
Econ. Dev. & TransportationHotel Motel TaxLarry RamseyRevenue & FinanceTransportation Funding
This bill repeals the $5.00 per night hotel motel fee added in 2015, the proceeds of which are intended to be used for transportation purposes.
SB 0183NeutralState Road and Tollway AuthorityBrandon Beach
7/1/2017Effective DateTransportationTransportation
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenRevenue & FinanceTransportationTransportation Funding
This legislation amends the laws relating to the State Road and Tollway Authority.
SB 0224EvaluatingMARTA tax - Additional Sales Tax in DeKalb CountyGloria Butler
2/22/2017Senate Read and ReferredState and Local Governmental Operations
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalTransportation Funding
This bill is a local bill that seeks to allow for an additional .50% MARTA tax in DeKalb County only.
SB 0251EvaluatingMARTA tax - Additional Sales Tax in DeKalb CountyGloria Butler
2/24/2017Senate Read and ReferredTransportation
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalTransportation Funding
This bill amends Title 32 of the OCGA and allows for an additional MARTA levy of .50% for DeKalb County. If the tax is approved in a referendum, the rate of any regional or single county TSPLOST in DeKalb County is reduced. This bill also amends the 2% cap on local sales and use taxes by excluding MARTA from that cap when a county also levies either HOST or equalized HOST.
SB 0261EvaluatingMARTA Tax - Authorize additional half penny tax in DeKalb CountyGloria Butler
2/27/2017Senate Read and ReferredTransportation
Econ. Dev. & TransportationLarry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalTransportation Funding
This bill amends the MARTA local Act and purports to allows DeKalb County to levy and additional MARTA tax of up to .50%. The bill is  unclear and internally inconsistent though as the ballot question is at the flat rate of .50%. 
SB 0386NegotiatingTransit Governance & Funding for Metro Atlanta Brandon Beach
3/7/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteTransportationTransportation
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/2 ReportEcon. Dev. & Transportation
Kathleen BowenRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalTransportation Funding

During the House Transportation Committee meeting that took place on 3.6.18, the language from SB 386 was stripped and in its place, the language from HB 930 was inserted. HB 930 is the transit bill authored by House Transportation Committee Chairman Kevin Tanner that addresses transit governance and funding options for the Metro Atlanta region (Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale Counties). 

On 3.23.18, the Senate and the House insisted on their position to HB 930; therefore, a conference committee has been appointed where the differences from the House and Senate transit bills will be discussed with the goal of an agreed upon version will pass both chambers.  

HB 930 Conference Commitee composition: Rep. Kevin Tanner, Rep. Jan Jones, Rep. Calvin Smyre, Sen. Brandon Beach, Sen. Steve Gooch and Sen. David Lucas.  

Original Senate Transit Bill Language: 

This bill provides a new transit governance structure for the Metro Atlanta region and allows for an optional local funding mechanism to fund transit projects (Transit SPLOST). 

The newly created Atlanta-region Transit Link "ATL" Commission is a new division that would be placed under the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. The purpose of this commission is to plan and coordinate transit services, transit facilities, and the funding of those purposes throughout its jurisdiction. This jurisdiction consists of any county which has approved a MARTA tax or any county which has approved a Transit SPLOST.

The ATL Commission is initially composed of 14 members including the Governor, GDOT Commissioner, CEO of MARTA, Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, and appointments made by the Mayor of the City of Atlanta, President of the Atlanta City Council, Chair of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, Chair of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, CEO of DeKalb County, Chair of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners as well as an appointee selected by a majority vote of a caucus of the mayors from the municipalities in each county (Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton). If an additional Metro Atlanta county approves a Transit SPLOST, they shall have an appointee to the commission.

The legislation provides for a 1% Transit SPLOST for a period of 30 years. An IGA between the county and qualified municipalities must be agreed upon that includes the list of proposed transit projects, an agreement with MARTA for all rail based projects and/or an agreement with the ATL Commission approved bus operator.  The ATL Commission will have final approval of the transit project list.  

SR 0222SupportTax Exemption Study CommitteeJohn Albers
3/28/2017Senate Passed/AdoptedFinance
Business and Occupation TaxHotel Motel TaxInsurance Premium TaxLarry RamseyProperty Tax
Revenue & FinanceSales Tax-LocalTransportation Funding
This resolution creates the Senate Special Tax Exemption Study Committee. It directs the interim study committee to examine "tax exemptions" without specifying which exemptions are to be studied.
SR 0882NeutralHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Study CommitteeBurt Jones
3/27/2018Senate Passed/AdoptedTransportation
AirportsEcon. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenLocal LegislationTransportation
Transportation Funding
This resolution creates a study committee to study Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's operations and possibility of transferring the airport to an authority.