Legislation with Tracking Level = Support


HB 0004SupportConservation Use Valuation Assessments (CUVA) - Effect of Delinquent TaxesJason Spencer
1/25/2017House - House Second ReadersWays and Means
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/10 - ReportLarry RamseyProperty Tax
This bill amends OCGA 48-5-7.4 and provides for 2 new requirements for Conservation Use Valuation Assessment (CUVA) of property: 1) property owners cannot apply for or renew a CUVA covenant if delinquent on any taxes owed in the county where the property lies, until those taxes are paid; and 2) if an owner becomes delinquent on county taxes while a CUVA covenant is in effect, that delinquency constitutes a breach of the covenant.
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 0014SupportClarification - All Fees Collected By the Sheriff Go To General FundJeff Jones
5/1/2017 3:47:55 PMHouse Date Signed by Governor JudiciaryJudiciary
2017/01/13-Report2017/03/10 - ReportDebra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsPublic Safety and Courts
Revenue & FinanceSheriff
During the 2010 legislative session, a bill was passed and enacted dealing with juries.  Inadvertently, language requiring sheriffs to remit fees collected to the county within 30 days of receipt was deleted from this particular code section.  This legislation simply adds the language back. 
HB 0054SupportTax Credits for Donations to Rural HospitalsGeoff Duncan
3/30/2017 11:05:34 PMHouse Withdrawn, RecommittedWays & Means
2017/01/13-ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesHospital AuthorityRevenue & Finance
This legislation increases the income tax credit and reporting requirements for donations to rural hospitals.  Increases the total amount available for tax credits to $60 million for FY 17, FY 18 and FY 19.
HB 0060SupportLiquor - Distiller May Sell Directly to Public Ron Stephens
1/24/2017 10:18:35 AMHouse Second ReadersRegulated Industries
Alcohol/TobaccoBusiness and Occupation TaxGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation authorizes licensed distillers to obtain a retail package liquor store license and sale up to 10 percent of the total liquor it produces each year, or 1,000 barrels, whichever is greater, directly to the public from the distillery.  Excise taxes will be collected and paid by the distiller.  It also authorizes distilleries to have a food service establishment on the premises.    
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 0062SupportInternet and Out-of-State Retail Sales - Definition of "Dealer" and related Court ProceedingsJay Powell
1/24/2017 11:48:26 AMHouse Withdrawn, RecommittedWays & Means
Civil ProcedureGeneral County GovernmentGovernment ImmunityLarry RamseyRevenue & Finance
Sales Tax-Local
This bill is a companion bill to HB 61. For sales tax purposes, the definition of "dealer" is amended to add two categories of retailers: 1) any retailer that obtains gross revenues of over $250,000 in a year from sales of tangible personal property (whether delivered physically or electronically) in Georgia, and 2) any retailer that conducts 200 or more such sales in a calendar year. The bill would authorize the Department of Revenue to bring court action to determine whether a company is a "dealer" as defined above, and would also authorize direct appeals of trial court decisions on that issue.
HB 0069Support"Less Developed Area" Tax Credits - Reporting RequirementsPaulette Braddock
1/25/2017 10:13:58 AMHouse Second ReadersWays & Means
2017/01/27-ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentLarry RamseyRevenue & Finance
This bill requires the state revenue commissioner to prepare a report regarding the income tax credit for business enterprises in counties designated as less developed areas. That existing program allows higher income tax credits for the least developed counties. The reports called for in this bill are to be made for 2019-2024 and are to specify items such as the number of employers claiming the credit, the number and value of credits, and estimated economic impact.
HB 0070Support"Less Developed Area" Tax Credits - Classification Change for Counties with High Levels of CommutersPaulette Braddock
1/25/2017 10:13:58 AMHouse Second ReadersWays & Means
2017/01/27-ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentLarry RamseyRevenue & Finance
This bill redesignates any county to a lower economic development tier when at least 70 percent of the county's workforce commutes outside the county for work. The effect of this change is that businesses creating jobs within a county meeting this percentage would be entitled to higher income tax credits that would otherwise apply.
HB 0073SupportRevitalization Zone Income Tax CreditsPenny Houston
5/8/2017Effective DateWays & MeansFinance
2017/01/27-ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentLarry RamseyRevenue & Finance
This bill provides an income tax credit to businesses that establish new locations within revitalization zones designated by the Commissioners of the Department of Community Affairs and Department of Economic Development.  To be eligible for revitalization zone status, counties and/or cities must have a population of less than 15,000 and must show economic distress based upon poverty rate, downtown area vacancies or blight.  Additionally, the county and/or city must identify a concentration of historic commercial structures, a feasibility study or market analysis identifying business activities to be supported, and a master or strategic plan to assist private and public investment. 
HB 0076SupportClerks of Court - Revisions to Recording Maps, Plats and Plans Rick Jasperse
5/8/2017 4:25:21 PMHouse Date Signed by Governor JudiciaryJudiciary
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/03-Report2017/02/10 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - Report
Clerk of CourtGeneral County GovernmentLand Use/ZoningTodd Edwards

This is clean up legislation for HB 1004 from the 2016 legislative session.  All maps, plats, plans and condominium plans must now be submitted electronically to the clerk of superior court.  The remainder of the bill was worked out over the interim between counties, cities, surveyors, engineers, architects and the clerks, specifying the format for the submittal of plats and plans, required data for plats, which plats must be certified by land surveyors, and other certification required for plats.  Attempts to add language stating that maps not creating new roads or utilities do not need local approval prior to submittal to the clerk were unsuccessful. 

For the guidance document, click here

HB 0081SupportHospital Authorities and Contractors Intercept Income Tax Returns to Pay Medical BillsTom McCall
3/1/2018Senate - Senate Read and ReferredWays and MeansFinance
2017/01/27-Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/2 ReportClerk of CourtDebra Nesbit
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsHealth and Human ServicesHospital AuthorityIndigent Health CareJuveniles
Magistrate CourtProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceState Court
Superior Court
This legislation allows health care facilties created, formed or operated on behalf of a hospital authority to intercept tax refunds to pay outstanding medical bills. 
HB 0134SupportSingle County T-SPLOST ReformsJames Epps
5/1/2017 3:47:56 PMHouse Date Signed by Governor Ways & 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 0154SupportDental Hygienists may Provide Preventive Care Under Supervision of DentistSharon Cooper
1/1/2018Effective DateHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/03/06 - ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesHospital AuthorityIndigent Health Care

This legislation allows dental hygienists to apply topical flouride and sealants and oral prophylaxis under general supervision in county hospitals and health facilities.

HB 0160SupportGeorgia Commission on Transit Governance and FundingKevin Tanner
1/8/2018Senate - Senate 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 - Senate 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 0175SupportAlcohol - Locals May Reduce Distance Between Restaurant Sales and Schools/Housing Authorities Clay Cox
2/1/2017 10:25:14 AMHouse Second ReadersRegulated Industries
2017/02/03-ReportAlcohol/TobaccoGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesLand Use/Zoning
Public Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation allows counties and cities, via a resolution or ordinance, to reduce the state-mandated distance between a restaurant that serves wine and beer and a school or housing authority property.
HB 0181SupportSales and Use Taxes - Availability of Information to Local GovernmentsJodi Lott
1/25/2018Senate - Senate Committee Favorably ReportedWays & MeansFinance
2017/02/03-Report2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/10 - Report2017/03/24 - Report
2018/01/26 ReportLarry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local

This bill provides a mechanism by which the governing authority of a county or municipality can access sales and use tax information from the Department of Revenue (DOR). Present law prohibits DOR from disclosing tax information even to other governments. Under the substitute version of this bill, the governing authority appoints a designated officer or official  who can request a report from DOR regarding identifying information on those vendors within that local jurisdiction who are currently remitting sales tax reports (actual sales tax numbers would not be obtainable). The designated officer could additionally request DOR to verify that sales tax receipts from particular vendors are accurately being remitted to the appropriate jurisdiction. The information retains its confidential status and is not subject to the Open Records Act. The information may be discussed by the governing authority in executive session. Disclosure of such confidential information by a local official is punishable as a misdemeanor.

The text of this bill was also added to SB 216. 

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 0197SupportRequirements for Solicitation Regarding Conveying Real EstateSam Teasley
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
Clerk of CourtDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires advertisements for services to obtain copies of deeds, mortgages and liens to include a notification that the advertisement is not a bill or official government document.
HB 0205SupportFracking RegulationsJohn Meadows
5/8/2018Effective DateEnergy, Utilities & TelecommunicationsRegulated Industries and Utilities
2017/02/03-Report2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - Report2017/03/24 - Report
2018/02/02 Report2018/03/09 ReportKathleen BowenNat. Res. & the EnvironmentRevenue & Finance
Sales Tax-LocalWater QualityWater Quantity

This legislation amends the Oil and Gas Deep Drilling Act of 1975. It requires the creation of regulations governing hydraulic fracturing. Counties and cities have the ability to adopt local zoning or land use ordinances limiting the location or timing of fracking activities to protect natural resources, human life and human welfare. A three percent severance tax will be required from the sale price of the gas and oil obtained. Counties, where the fracking occurs, can enact local ordinances or resolutions to levy its own severance tax, which can't exceed nine cents per barrel of oil or two cents per thousand cubic feet of gas.  

HB 0244SupportNew Cities - Taxation for Unfunded County Pension LiabilitiesMary Oliver
2/8/2017 10:12:27 AMHouse Second ReadersGovernmental Affairs
2017/02/10 - ReportAnnexation/MunicipalizationAuditing/BudgetGeneral County GovernmentLarry Ramsey
Property TaxRetirementRevenue & Finance
This bill establishes a process by which a county within which a new city is formed may levy a tax within the newly incorporated city to cover that area's pro-rata share of the county's unfunded pension liability.
HB 0251SupportAllow EMS Personnel Access to Private Property During Declared State EmergencyDarrel Ealum
7/1/2017Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2017/02/03-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportDebra NesbitEmergency Management/Preparedness
EMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation gives EMS and all first responders the right to enter private property during a disaster declared by the governor, for search and rescue, debris removal and providing aid.
HB 0253SupportDog and Cat License PlatesWendell Willard
3/27/2018Senate - Senate TabledMotor VehiclesPublic Safety
2017/03/24 - ReportAgricultureAnimal ControlGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTags/TitlesTodd Edwards
This legislation amends the special license plates to help fund dog and cat reproductive sterilization support.
HB 0256SupportDirect Appeals of Immunity RulingsBarry Fleming
2/9/2017 10:12:43 AMHouse Second ReadersJudiciary
2017/02/10 - ReportCivil ProcedureGeneral County GovernmentGovernment ImmunityLarry Ramsey
This bill allows counties to immediately appeal the denial of sovereign immunity and other immunities. This bill would reverse a recent court decision holding that trial-court permission is necessary for such appeals, which in turn could mean that counties would have to spend taxpayer funds to cover the cost of an entire trial, only to find out in a subsequent appeal that the lawsuit was barred by sovereign or other immunities. Thte language of this bill has been added to HB 791.
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 0302SupportProperty Tax Millage Rate - Notice RequirementsRandy Nix
2/15/2018House - House 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 0312SupportRetirement Plans - Allow Roth optionHoward Maxwell
1/1/2018Effective DateRetirementRetirement
CompensationFire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentLarry RamseyPersonnel/Employment
Retirement
This bill provides that the state retirement system, as well as retirement plans offered by counties and other local governments, may include an option for use of a qualified Roth contribution program in a deferred compensation plan. As to counties, this appears to be a restatement or clarification of existing authority provided to counties under the Georgia Constitution.
HB 0319SupportIncrease Reimbursement to Counties for Habeas Corpus ProceedingsWilliam Werkheiser
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
2017/02/10 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailDebra Nesbit
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation increases the maximum amount that may be reimbursed by the state to the counties for court costs for habeas corpus proceedings at both the trial and appellate levels from $10,000 to $30,000 annually.
HB 0327SupportTitle Ad Valorem Tax on Vehicles - AmendmentsJay Powell
3/27/2018Senate - Senate 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 0329SupportTitle Ad Valorem Tax - RevisionsJay Powell
7/1/2019Effective DateWays & MeansFinance
 As originally introduced, this bill dealt only with lowering the top state income tax rate. As amended at the close of the 2018 session, the language of HB 327 was substituted, dealing with changes to the Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) system. For more information, see the description of HB 327.
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 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 0341SupportMandatory Sentences for Sex Trafficking and Changes to Mandatory NoticeAlbert Reeves
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilJudiciary
Debra NesbitPublic Safety and CourtsSex Offender
This legislation changes the requirements to the model notice for the human trafficking hotline, and the mandatory sentences for sex trafficking.
HB 0357SupportBoat TitlingRon Stephens
3/27/2018Senate - Senate 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 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 0391SupportAdditional Sites For Safe Place for NewbornsDavid Clark
7/1/2017Effective DateJuvenile JusticeSpecial Judiciary
Debra NesbitFire ServicesHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
Sheriff
This legislation amends the Safe Place for Newborns Act of 2002 by adding police and fire stations to safe place locations.  The bill also allows for reimburse by the Department of Human Resoures for any expenses prior to the department taking possession of the child.
HB 0419SupportFireworks - Counties May Limit Hours of UseDeborah Silcox
7/1/2018Effective DateRegulated IndustriesPublic Safety
2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - Report2018/03/23 ReportFireworks
General County GovernmentLocal LegislationPopulation ActsPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards

This legislation allows cities and counties to regulate the hours of firework usage within their communities on all but seven days of the year via the adoption of a noise ordinance, so long as said ordinance is general and applicable to all manner of sounds and noises.  Before adopting the ordinance, counties must post notice in the legal organ or on their Web site stating the date, time and place of the meeting and informing the public that the ordinance will affect the use of fireworks.  Statewide use remains allowed from 10:00 a.m to 11:59 p.m. on January 1, December 31, July 3 and July 4, the Saturday and Sunday preceding Memorial Day, Labor Day, and from 12:00 midnight to 1:00 a.m. on January 1 annually. On the downside, for counties not adopting an ordinance, fireworks usage extends from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. every day of the year.  Previously, usage was allowed from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.      

HB 0426SupportExpands Number of RN's Allowed to Practice Under a Physician in EMS OperationsSharon Cooper
2/22/2017 9:37:20 AMHouse Second ReadersHealth & Human Services
2017/02/24 - ReportDebra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation would expand the number of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who are allowed to work under a physician in an EMS operations conducted by or on behalf of any county or municipality which employs a full time medical director.  Identical bill dropped in the Senate, S.B. 242.
HB 0427SupportPhysician and Health Care Practitioners for Rural Areas Assistance ActMark Newton
7/1/2017Effective DateHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - ReportDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic Development
Health and Human Services
This expands the Physicians for Rural Areas Assistance Act to include dentist, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses, who have completed their health care education access to the loan repayment program operated by the Georgia Board of Phyisican Work Force.
HB 0434SupportEminent Domain - Condemnation of Blighted PropertyWendell Willard
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic Development
Eminent Domain/CondemnationFinancingGeneral County GovernmentLarry Ramsey
This bill establishes a process whereunder a local government can seek initial court determination of whether a property is blighted, and remedy of blight is deemed to be a "public use." If property is determined to be blighted, it can be the subject of condemnation proceedings. Additionally, such blighted property would not be subject to the normal limitations that a government must 1) hold condemned property for at least 20 years and 2) offer the property back to the prior owner if not put to public use within five years.
HB 0446Support9-1-1 Local Government Authority and Increased Revenue for 9-1-1 CentersAlan Powell
3/30/2017 11:05:34 PMHouse Withdrawn, RecommittedEnergy, Utilities & Telecommunications
2017/02/24 - Report911Debra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsGeneral County Government
Law EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSheriff
This legislation creates the Local Government 9-1-1 Authority which will provide coordination, planning, enforcement of statutory requirements for the payment of 9-1-1 fees, auditing, and development of best practices and standards for the operation of 9-1-1 Centers.  For a section by section summary click here.  For talking points click here.  Identical legislation dropped in Senate S.B. 222.
HB 0454SupportProvide Information when Offering HIV TestingPark Cannon
2/23/2017 9:56:47 AMHouse Second ReadersHealth & Human Services
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesHospital AuthorityIndigent Health Care
This legislation requires any health care facility that receives state or local funding to provide certain services related to HIV. 
HB 0458SupportAllow Automated Speed and Traffic Safety Devices in School Zones without PermitAlan Powell
3/6/2017 10:41:36 AMSenate Read and ReferredPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityGovernment Oversight
2017/03/06 - ReportDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
SheriffSolicitorsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation changes the use of radar and automated traffic enforcement safety devices, to allow an agent to operate automated devices without a permit or P.O.S.T. certification in school zones.
HB 0474SupportDriver's Manual Shall Include Best Practices for Drivers During a Traffic StopCarolyn Hugley
1/8/2018Senate - Senate RecommittedPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
Debra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation requires that the drivers' manual developed by the Department of Driver Services include best practices during a traffic stop by law enforcement.
HB 0475SupportRequirements for Charitable Contributions Receptacles for Donations on Private PropertyBuddy Harden
7/1/2018Effective DateJudiciaryRegulated Industries and Utilities
Debra NesbitGovernment ImmunityLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows a property owner to have an unauthorized collection receptacle removed from their property. If the receptacle is not removed, then the owner may request "law enforcement personnel" take possession of, remove and dispose of the collection receptacle and its contents.  The law enforcement personnel has the discretion to honor the request.  The law enforcement personnel will be immune from civil or criminal liability.
HB 0487SupportLeave with Pay for Certain State Employees to Participate in Disaster Relief ServicesJosh Bonner
3/15/2018Senate - Senate Read Second TimePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
CompensationDebra NesbitEmergency Management/PreparednessGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and Courts

This legislation allows state employees who are certified disaster service volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxiliary to be given p to 15 days of leave per year to assist county emergency management agencies. 

HB 0496SupportPublication of Financial StatementsSheri Gilligan
3/30/2017 11:05:34 PMHouse Withdrawn, RecommittedJudiciary
Auditing/BudgetGeneral County GovernmentLarry RamseyRevenue & Finance

This legislation repeals a 1952 law that is still on the books regarding publication of financial statements.  This law was superseded by the budget and audit law enacted in 1980, as well as the requirement to post all budgets and audits on the Carl Vinson Institute of Government website.  Removing the old law will avoid confusion, duplication and cost to the taxpayers.

HB 0526SupportHotel/Motel Tax - Applicable to House RentalsRon Stephens
3/3/2017 10:20:44 AMHouse Second ReadersWays & Means
Hotel Motel TaxLarry RamseyRevenue & Finance
This bill makes a significant alteration to the definition of 'innkeeper' for purposes of collecting the hotel motel tax. It now specifically includes the owner of a private residence where that residence is not the one the owner uses for voter registration or qualifying for elective office. This legislation appears to be aimed at individual rental of vacation/second homes.
HB 0635SupportCreation of At-Risk Adult Protection Investigative/Coordinating Teams in each Judicial CircuitSharon Cooper
7/1/2018Effective DateHuman Relations and AgingHealth and Human Services
2018/01/12 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/03/23 ReportDebra NesbitDistrict Attorneys
Georgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitors
This legislation amends the Disabled Adults and Elder Persons Protection Act, to require the creation and implementation of at-risk adult protection investigative/coordinating teams in each judicial circuit.  These teams will be formed at the direction of the district attorney and will include local law enforcement, aging services and any other agency as deemed appropriate by the district attorney.
HB 0650SupportConfederate Monuments - Allow Locals to Decide Removal Mary Oliver
1/22/2018House - House Second ReadersGovernmental Affairs
General County GovernmentTodd Edwards
This legislation (mirroring SB 302) authorizes city and county governments, via the adoption of a resolution, to remove or relocate any plaque, marker or memorial which honors the military service of the Confederate States of America that is located on public property or is publicly-owned.  If a privately-owned monument is on public property, a county may, by resolution, return the monument to the private owner.  ACCG supports home rule as one of its guiding principles.       
HB 0683SupportFY 2018 Amended BudgetDavid Ralston
3/9/2018Effective DateAppropriationsAppropriations
2018/01/19 Report2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/03/2 ReportAppropriations
Debra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesNat. Res. & the Environment
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
Please click here for a summary of the amended budget.
HB 0692SupportDeferred Compensation Plans - Automatic EnrollmentHoward Maxwell
3/9/2018Senate - Senate Read Second TimeRetirementRetirement
2018/03/09 Report2018/03/16 ReportGeneral County GovernmentLarry RamseyRetirement
This bill would allow municipalities to automatically enroll employees in deferred compensation plans and to pay certain plan costs. As amended in the Senate Finance Committee, counties would be included in such authorization.
HB 0699SupportAcceptance of Military Firefighter Training as Required Basic Firefighter CertificationDave Belton
7/1/2018Effective DatePublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/09 Report2018/03/09 ReportDebra NesbitFire ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
Training
This legislation allows military firefighter training in lieu of the required basic firefighter training for full time firefighters, upon the approval of the Firefighters Standards and Training Council.
HB 0703SupportCreation of the Governor's Office of Public Safety SupportBill Hitchens
5/7/2018Act 439Public Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/01/26 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/03/16 ReportDebra NesbitEmergency Management/Preparedness
EMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates the Governor's Office of Public Safety Support which will provide peer to peer counseling for public safety officers who experience traumatic events.  This office will be housed within the Department of Public Safety and will be staffed by employees of the department.  The legislation is contingent on funding.
HB 0719SupportHousing Preferences to Veterans who are HomelessSandra Scott
2/13/2018House - House Committee Favorably ReportedDefense and Veterans Affairs
Debra NesbitHealth and Human Services
This legislation requires housing authorities to give preference to veterans when they apply for housing.
HB 0733SupportLoan Forgiveness for Psychiatrist and Mental Health Professionals Providing Services in Rural AreasKimberly Alexander
1/29/2018House - House Second ReadersHealth and Human Services
2018/01/26 ReportDebra NesbitEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
 This legislation includes psychiatrists and mental health professionals who are eligible for student loan cancellation.
HB 0741SupportAd Valorem Taxation - Consideration of Income DataJohn Corbett
1/29/2018House - House Second ReadersWays and Means
2018/01/26 Report2018/02/02 ReportLarry RamseyProperty TaxRevenue & Finance
This bill amends the definition of 'fair market value' for ad valorem tax purposes. Currently, the income approach is required to be used if data is available and the bill will change this standard to merely being 'considered' rather than required. Also, under current law, if the owner voluntarily supplies actual income and expense data, it is required to be considered. The bill will change this standard to the data merely being one component of the fair market value determination.
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 0756SupportSPLOST - Annual Reporting DeadlineScott Hilton
3/12/2018Senate - Senate Read Second TimeWays and MeansFinance
2018/01/26 Report2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/03/09 ReportLarry Ramsey
Revenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill makes several changes to the requirements for annual reporting and publication of SPLOST proceeds and the expenditure thereof. Currently, reports are due within 180 days of the end of each calendar year. The bill changes "calendar year" to "fiscal year." For those counties with non-calendar year fiscal years, this would allow for SPLOST reports to be on the same schedule as annual audits, which are also due within 180 days of the end of the fiscal year.
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 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 - Senate 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 0827SupportIncome Taxes - Expansion of Rural Hospital Organization Tax CreditTrey Kelley
3/27/2018Senate - Senate TabledWays and MeansFinance
2018/02/23 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentHealth and Human ServicesLarry Ramsey
This bill would increase the value of the income tax credit, from 90% to 100%, of the amount of donations to rural hospital organizations. The credit applies to the first $5,000 (individual) or $10,000 (married or corporations) of such donations. The sunset date for this credit is extended through 2021.
HB 0834SupportAllows Termination of Rental or Lease Agreement in Circumstances of Family ViolenceMandi Ballinger
7/1/2018Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
2018/02/09 Report2018/03/16 ReportCivil ProcedureCriminal ProcedureDebra Nesbit
Public Safety and Courts
This legislation requires that landlords allow tenant who are victims of family violence to terminate their lease or rental agreements.
HB 0861SupportTax Credits - Capital Investments in Rural AreasCraig Gordon
2/12/2018House - House Second ReadersInsurance
AgricultureEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentInsuranceInsurance
Larry RamseyNat. Res. & the Environment
This bill would expand the availability of credits against corporate income taxes and certain state insurance taxes for businesses that make capital investments in small businesses in rural areas.
HB 0886SupportSales Tax Exemptions - Revision of Agricultural Exemption/GATE ProgramSam Watson
5/3/2018Effective DateAgriculture and Consumer AffairsAgriculture and Consumer Affairs
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/09 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 Report
2018/03/23 ReportLarry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill makes several changes to the GATE program: 1) increases the sales and operations thresholds from $2,500.00 to $5,000.00; 2) includes livestock as an agricultural product; 3) provides additional requirements for applicants who apply and provide IRS Form 1120 or 1120(s); requires the agriculture commissioner to get a taxpayer's valid state tax identification number prior to issuing an exemption certificate; 4) provides for 3 year duration of new exemption certificates for a fee of $150.00 and an annual wallet sized card showing the certificate is in effect for the current year; 5) provides for new procedures for suspension or revocation of the certificate for unlawful use; 6) authorizes DOR and the Department of Agriculture to share confidential tax information for program compliance purposes; and 7) requires the Department of Agriculture to prepare an annual report  for the chairs of House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees. 
HB 0913SupportCreation of a Law Enforcement Assistance Program with the Department of Public SafetyJodi Lott
2/14/2018House - House 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 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 - House 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 0944SupportLocal Option Sales Tax - Option of a Second Penny in Certain Consolidated GovernmentsAllen Peake
2/22/2018House - House Committee Favorably ReportedWays and Means
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill is changing the qualifications for which consolidated governments can increase an existing LOST from 1% to 2% or levy a new LOST at 2%. In order to qualify, such consolidated governments must also have a homestead exemption that limits, to 2%, the amount of annual assessment increases that can be captured for taxation purposes.
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.
HB 0962SupportHotel-Motel Tax - Amendment for Certain JurisdictionsRobert Gasaway
2/22/2018House - House Second ReadersWays and Means
Hotel Motel TaxLarry RamseyRevenue & Finance
This bill provides for hotel motel tax expenditure limitations for certain counties that currently levy at the rate of 3% under OCGA 48-18-51(a)(3) and that seek to levy the tax at the rate of 8%. It only applies if the county contains not less than 5 and not more than 10 miles of a primary U.S. interstate highway.
HB 1012SupportTax Refund Claims - No Class ActionsDon Hogan
3/1/2018House - House Second ReadersWays and Means
Franchise FeesHotel Motel TaxImpact FeesLarry RamseyProperty Tax
Revenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill prohibits class action refund claims for local taxes or fees.
HR 0158SupportTrust Funds - Authorize General Assembly to Create Truly Dedicated Fees Via Statute Jay Powell
2/15/2018Senate - Senate 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.
HR 0282SupportHouse Study Committee on Distracted Driving; createJohn Carson
3/30/2017 11:33:12 AMHouse Passed/AdoptedSpecial Rules
Debra NesbitPublic Safety and CourtsTraffic Enforcement
This legislation creates the House Study Committee on Distracted Driving.
HR 0283SupportTitle Ad Valorem Tax - Study CommitteeTom Kirby
2/17/2017 9:38:47 AMHouse Second ReadersSpecial Rules
Larry RamseyProperty TaxRevenue & FinanceTags/Titles
This legislation creates the House Study Committee on Title Ad Valorem Taxes. The Committee would study the results of the TAVT since implementation and make recommendations on any changes to the system.
HR 0389SupportHouse Rural Development CouncilSam Watson
3/10/2017 10:56:59 AMHouse Passed/AdoptedEconomic Development & Tourism
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County GovernmentLarry RamseyNat. Res. & the Environment
This legislation creates the House Rural Development Council. The Council would study and make recommendations intended to improve economic development in the state's rural areas.
HR 0634SupportHouse Study Committee on Civics EducationChristian Coomer
3/30/2017 11:45:37 AMHouse Passed/AdoptedSpecial Rules
Kathleen Bowen
This resolution creates a House study committee regarding civics education in Georgia. One task of the committee is to review any work that nonprofit civics education providers are currently doing in our state. ACCG intends to educate the members of the study committee of the efforts of the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation. 
HR 0848SupportHouse Commission on Transit Governance and FundingKevin Tanner
3/30/2017 2:51:00 PMHouse 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 1089SupportMarketplace Fairness ActJay Powell
3/7/2018House - House Passed/AdoptedWays and Means
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This resolution urges Congress to adopt the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would create a uniform, nationwide standard for the collection and payment of sales taxes to the states by out-of-state retailers.
HR 1398SupportShort-Term Rentals - Study CommitteeMatt Dollar
3/23/2018House - House Passed/AdoptedRegulated Industries
2018/03/09 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHotel Motel TaxLand Use/Zoning
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceTourism
This bill would create a House Study Committee to consider the effects and proper regulation of short-term rentals, such as provided via services like AirBnB.
HR 1539SupportStudy Committee on Technology and Taxation in the Public Right of Way Brett Harrell
3/19/2018House - House Second ReadersTransportation
BroadbandEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentEminent Domain/CondemnationFranchise Fees
General County GovernmentPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceRoads
TelecommunicationsTodd EdwardsTraffic EnforcementUtilities
This resolution, mirroring SR 1019, creates the House study committee on Advanced Communications Technologies and the Use of State and Local Government Right of Way.  The study committee (made up of five House members, one mayor, one county commissioner and three experts on communications deployment or taxation issues) will study state and local laws/regulations pertaining to the use public right of way to deploy advanced broadband, video and voice technologies; whether these advanced technologies are, or should be, treated differently than current technologies in terms of regulation, taxation and other matters; and whether state laws should be changed in this area.        
HR 1698SupportUse of County Right of Way for Telecommunications Technology - Study by House Rural Development Council John Meadows
3/27/2018House - House Passed/AdoptedRules
Econ. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentRoadsTodd EdwardsUtilities
This resolution urges the House Rural Development Council to investigate ways to streamline and make equitable use of state and local government right of way to expedite the deployment of emerging communications technologies while retaining local control of and fair compensation of such rights of way.  The Council is encouraged to seek input from the Georgia Department of Transportation, local governments and communications services providers on how best to manage the right of way.      
SB 0004SupportEstablish Georgia Mental Health Treatment Task ForceRenee Unterman
3/30/2017 10:01:56 PMHouse Disagreed Senate Amend or SubHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/02/03-Report2017/02/10 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailDebra Nesbit
Health and Human ServicesIndigent Health CarePublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates the Georgia Mental Health Treatment Task Force. 
SB 0006SupportGeorgia Commission on Transit Governance and FundingSteve Gooch
3/30/2017 11:05:34 PMHouse Withdrawn, RecommittedTransportationTransportation
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/03-Report2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - Report
Econ. Dev. & TransportationKathleen BowenTransit
This legislation creates the Georgia Commission on Transit Governance and Funding which will study and assess the needs for efficiencies, coordination and funding methods for mass transportation for any one or more metropolitan areas in Georgia. Composition of the commission includes representation from cities and counties who provide mass transportation and the directors of all metropolitan planning organizations serve as an ex officio member. 
SB 0012SupportDental Hygienists may Provide Preventive Care Under Supervision of DentistRenee Unterman
2/15/2017 10:20:36 AMHouse Second ReadersHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesHospital AuthorityIndigent Health Care
This legislation allows dental hygienists to apply topical flouride and sealants and oral prophylaxis under general supervision in county hospitals and health facilities.
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 0040SupportExpand Scope of Practice To Allow EMS Emergency Authorization to Transport Mental IllRenee Unterman
3/30/2017 11:05:34 PMHouse Withdrawn, RecommittedHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/01/27-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportDebra NesbitEMS/Ambulance
Health and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation allows emergency medical service (EMS) personnel to transport a person within the county to a an emergency receiving facility if EMS has been dispatched in response to an emergency if EMS believes that there is probable cause to believe that the person is mentally ill requiring involuntary treatment, and EMS has consulted with the emergency receiving facility physician, who is of the opinion that it is in the best interest that the person be immediately transported to the facility.
SB 0052SupportRemove Sunset on Licensed Professional Counselors Issuing Involuntary Commitment Orders for Mental Health PatientsP.K. Martin
5/9/2017 3:33:42 PMSenate Date Signed by Governor Health & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/03/17 - ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesLaw EnforcementNat. Res. & the Environment
This legislation removes the June 30, 2018 sunset of O.C.G.A. § 37-3-41 regarding the involuntary evaluation of mental illness and O.C.G.A. § 37-7-41(d) regarding emergency involuntary treatment of an alcoholic, drug abuser, or drug dependent individual. 
SB 0057SupportElections - State Reimburses Locals in Certain Circumstances Joshua McKoon
1/25/2017 10:07:15 AMSenate Read and ReferredEthics
ElectionsGeneral County GovernmentTodd Edwards
This legislation allows county governments to be reimbursed by the state for the cost or a portion of the cost of special primaries and special elections (to vill a vacancy in public office) not held in conjunction with a general primary or general election.
SB 0065SupportTire Disposal Restrictions and FeesFrank Ginn
1/8/2018Senate - Senate RecommittedNatural Resources and the Environment
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/03-ReportForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsKathleen BowenNat. Res. & the Environment
Revenue & FinanceSolid Waste
This legislation requires tire retailers to collect the full amount of the scrap tire fee regardless of whether the customer leaves a scrap tire. The intent of this bill is to remove the incentive for individuals to take tires and illegally dump them. This bill does not apply to purchasers who are local governments or public utilities.  
SB 0081SupportState Health Officer Allow Certain Persons and Entities Access to Opiod AntagonistsRenee Unterman
3/15/2018House - House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/03/06 - Report2018/03/16 ReportDebra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceGeneral County Government
Health and Human ServicesOpen Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Jeffrey Dallas Gay, Jr., Act, which allow the state health officers to allow certain persons and entities to obtain opioid antagonists and administer to persons believed to have overdosed on opioids.
SB 0084SupportGuns - Authorize Locals to Destroy Unclaimed Firearms Lester Jackson
1/30/2017 10:09:56 AMSenate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
Firearms/Carry LawsForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
Todd Edwards
This legislation revises the procedures to dispose of firearms seized by law enforcement.  It allows local law enforcement agencies to destroy the firearm rather than being required to auction it off. 
SB 0085SupportBreweries and Distilleries to Sell Directly to Public Rick Jeffares
5/8/2017 3:25:47 PMSenate Date Signed by Governor Regulated 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 0088Support'Narcotic Treatment Programs Enforcement Act'Jeff Mullis
5/4/2017 3:14:02 PMSenate Date Signed by Governor Health & Human ServicesRegulated Industries and Utilities
Debra NesbitHealth and Human Services
This legislation enacts the Narcotic Treament Programs Enforcement Act.
SB 0092SupportGuns - Law Enforcement Can Require the Showing of Carry License Steve Henson
1/30/2017 10:09:58 AMSenate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation allows law enforcement to detain an indivudial carrying a weapon to determine whether the individual has a weapons carry license.
SB 0095SupportRequire State Agencies to Provide Data Needed at No Cost to Superior Court Clerks to Keep Jury Lists UpdatedJesse Stone
5/9/2017 3:33:43 PMSenate Date Signed by Governor JudiciaryJudiciary
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 0102SupportCreate Office of Cardiac Care Within the Department of Public HealthButch Miller
7/1/2017Effective DateHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/02/03-Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/10 - ReportDebra NesbitEMS/Ambulance
Health and Human ServicesHospital AuthorityPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates the Office of Cardiac Care within the Department of Public Health to establish a program that identifies emergency cardiac care centers to ensure rapid triage, assessment, treatment and transport of patients who experience cardiac arrest, heart attack or complications.
SB 0109SupportAuthorize the Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact and Nurse Licensure CompactMichael Williams
7/1/2017Effective DateHealth & Human ServicesPublic Safety
Debra NesbitEmergency Management/PreparednessEMS/AmbulanceHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact, and the Nurses Licensure Compact which allows reciprocity with other states licensure requirements for these two disciplines.
SB 0121SupportState Health Officer May Issue Standing Order For Access to Opioid AntagonistsButch Miller
4/18/2017 10:12:20 AMSenate Date Signed by Governor Judiciary Non-CivilHealth and Human Services
2017/03/24 - ReportDebra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceGeneral County GovernmentLaw Enforcement
Open Records/Meetings ActPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation enacts the Jeffrey Dallas Gay, Jr. Act, which will allow certain people or entities to obtain and administer opioid antagonists to those believed to have over dosed on opioids.
SB 0132SupportJudicial Council Shall Promulgate Case Disposition Forms for Superior and State CourtBlake Tillery
1/1/2018Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
Civil ProcedureClerk of CourtDebra NesbitPublic Safety and CourtsState Court
Superior Court
This legislation changes how forms are promulgated for state and superior court to provide a more accurate case count for the determination of the need for additional judgeships.
SB 0135SupportGuns - Prohibit Carry in Government Buildings Emanuel Jones
2/8/2017 10:06:33 AMSenate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Firearms/Carry LawsGeneral County GovernmentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation prohibits carrying firearms in government building.
SB 0141SupportRequire Engineering Evaluation for All Carnival Ride PermitsBruce Thompson
7/1/2017Effective DateRegulated IndustriesRegulated Industries and Utilities
2017/02/10 - Report2017/03/10 - Report2017/03/17 - ReportCode EnforcementFire Services
General County GovernmentKathleen BowenPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation requires the operators the first time they apply for a permit in Georgia to provide an engineering evaluation of carnival rides to the State Fire Marshal prior to the issuance of a permit. 
SB 0142SupportAutomated Traffic Safety Devices in School ZonesJohn Kennedy
2/9/2017 10:02:35 AMSenate Read and ReferredGovernment Oversight
2017/02/10 - ReportClerk of CourtDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentLaw Enforcement
Open Records/Meetings ActProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitorsState Court
Superior CourtTraffic Enforcement
This legislation allows and sets forth guidelines for the use of automatic traffic enforcement safety devices in school zones by local sheriffs and law enforcement.
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 0168SupportData Sharing in Child Abuse Cases Between Law Enforcement Agencies, State Agencies and Child Abuse RegistryButch Miller
7/1/2017Effective DateJuvenile JusticeHealth and Human Services
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesJuvenilesLaw EnforcementPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation amends the laws relating to access to child abuse records, allow certain data to be shared between state agencies and law enforcement.
SB 0180SupportIncrease Limits for Tax Credits for Donations to Qualifying Rural HospitalsDean Burke
5/8/2017 3:25:48 PMSenate Date Signed by Governor Ways & MeansFinance
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesHospital AuthorityIndigent Health Care
Open Records/Meetings ActRevenue & Finance
This legislation increases the maximum tax credits for donations to qualifying rural hospitals.  Single head of household increases to 90% of amount expended or $5,000 whichever is greater; married couples increases to 90% of amount expended or $10,000 whichever is greater; corporations limits are 90% of amount expended or no more than 75% of tax debt.  The amount available for the tax credits increased from $50 million to $60 million for FY 17, FY 18 and FY 19.  The amount a qualifying hospital can receive per year is capped at $4 million for total donations.
SB 0222Support9-1-1 Local Government Authority and Increased Revenue for 9-1-1 CentersJohn Kennedy
5/9/2017 2:48:15 PMSenate Date Signed by Governor JudiciaryRegulated Industries and Utilities
2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report911Debra NesbitLaw Enforcement
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSheriff
This legislation creates the Local Government 9-1-1 Authority which will provide coordination, planning, enforcement of statutory requirements for the payment of 9-1-1 fees, auditing, and development of best practices and standards for the operation of 9-1-1 Centers.  This legislation also provides parity for 9-1-1 fees assessed on all devices and plans, all will be $1.50 per month or purchase, and eliminates the ability of telephone servcesuppliersi  to bill local governments for cost recovery.  For a section by section summary click here 
SB 0223SupportHomestead Option Sales Tax - Limitations on Total Sales Tax RatesGloria Butler
2/22/2017 10:23:35 AMSenate Read and ReferredFinance
Larry RamseyRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill amends the 2% cap on local sales and use taxes and excludes MARTA from the cap in a county that levies HOST or equalized HOST.
SB 0232SupportBroadband - Authorize EMCs to Provide Steve Gooch
3/5/2018House - House Second ReadersWays and MeansRegulated Industries and Utilities
2017/02/24 - Report2018/03/2 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
General County GovernmentLand Use/ZoningPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsPublic Works
Revenue & FinanceRoadsTelecommunicationsTodd EdwardsUtilities

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

 

SB 0242SupportExpands Number of RN's Allowed to Practice Under a Physician in EMS OperationsRenee Unterman
7/1/2017Effective DateHealth & Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportDebra NesbitEMS/Ambulance
Health and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation would expand the number of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who are allowed to work under a physician in an EMS operations conducted by or on behalf of any county or municipality which employs a full time medical director.  
SB 0250SupportSex Offenders Convicted in Other Countries Require RegistrationJeff Mullis
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilJudiciary
2017/03/24 - ReportClerk of CourtCorrectional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra Nesbit
Georgia Bureau of InvestigationImmigrationLaw EnforcementProgressing LegislationPublic Safety and Courts
Sex OffenderSuperior Court
This legislation changes requirements for registration of persons on convicted of a sexual offense in another county to be placed on the Georgia the sexual offender registry. 
SB 0256SupportState Properties Commission - Broadband Leases in Certain CountiesBlake Tillery
2/27/2017 9:52:36 AMSenate Read and ReferredRegulated Industries and Utilities
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County GovernmentLarry RamseyProcurement
Telecommunications
This legislation allows the State Properties Commission to enter into leases in Tier 1 (least developed) counties without seeking approval from the General Assembly. Broadband companies could obtain favorable lease terms from the State Properties Commission for purposes of expanding broadband services in those counties.
SB 0318SupportAllow EMS to Involuntarily Transport Persons Having a Psychotic EpisodeMichael Rhett
3/5/2018House - House Second ReadersHealth and Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2018/03/2 ReportDebra NesbitEMS/AmbulanceHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation establishes a pilot program to be administered by the Department of Community Health to allow emergency medical technicans with rthe permission of a physician involuntarily transport patients who are having a mental health episode. 
SB 0327SupportEliminate Requirement for a Medical Examiner Inquiry if a Death Occurs without an Attending PhysicianJohn Albers
5/3/2018Act 351Judiciary - Non-CivilPublic Safety
2018/01/19 Report2018/03/23 ReportCoroners/Medical ExaminersDebra NesbitPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation eliminates the requirement for a medical examiner inquiry if there is no attending physican at the time the death occured.  An inquiry may be conducted if the medical examiner deems appropriate.
SB 0351SupportIncrease in Number of Advanced Practice Nurses Allowed in Protocol AgreementsRenee Unterman
3/5/2018House - House Second ReadersHealth and Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
2018/03/2 ReportDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentHealth and Human Services
This legislation expands the number of advanced practice nurses from four to eight for which a delegating physician may enter into a protocol agreement.
SB 0358SupportBanking Improvement ZonesMichael Rhett
3/12/2018House - House Committee Favorably ReportedBanks and BankingBanking and Financial Institutions
2018/03/2 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesLarry Ramsey
Revenue & Finance
This bill would create an optional process for counties and cities that are underserved by financial institutions to apply to the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for designation as a "banking improvement zone." Upon approval by DCA, the county or city could designate a particular financial institution that locates within the jurisdiction as the depository of public funds. Except as otherwise provided in a written agreement, the county or city would obtain an interest rate at or below the institution's 2-year Certificate of Deposit interest rate.
SB 0367SupportAllows Payment Indemnification Death or Disability Payment to be Awarded to the Estate of Deceased Public Safety/First ResponderGregory Kirk
3/29/2018Senate - Senate 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 - House 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 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 0378SupportGeorgia Measuring Success ActJohn Albers
2/15/2018House - House Second ReadersWays and MeansFinance
2018/02/09 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentLarry RamseyProperty Tax
Revenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
This bill requires an economic analysis to be conducted prior to the introduction in the legislature of any tax bill as well as prior to any amendment or substitute to such a bill. For purposes of this new requirement, a tax bill is any bill which provides for a tax incentive or modifies or extends an existing tax incentive and a tax incentive is any exemption, exclusion, credit, deferral, rebate, abatement, or preferential rate of a tax.
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 0397SupportCounties May Retain Services of Real Estate Broker Ben Watson
5/3/2018Act 363Governmental AffairsState and Local Governmental Operations
General County GovernmentProcurementTodd Edwards
This legislation authorizes cities and counties to retain the services of a licensed real estate broker to assist in the disposition of surplus real property.  The services must be procured by an RFP, to include the minimum broker qualifications and experience.  Said broker must then issue a call or request for sealed bids and publish notice in the legal organ, including a legal description of the real property to be sold; market the disposition of the property; comply with all laws; create a website which posts all information; immediately forward the sealed bids to the local government; is prohibited from working with or aiding a prospective buyer; and must agree upon the sales commission with the county.        
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 0403SupportVoting Equipment - Establish Election Transition CommissionBruce Thompson
3/29/2018Senate - Senate Disagreed House Amend or SubGovernmental AffairsEthics
2018/02/09 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 ReportElections
General County GovernmentTodd Edwards
This legislation creates the Georgia 2020 Election Transition Commission to study the feasibility, practicality and desirability of acquiring new voting systems for use in Georgia's elections.  The Commission will consist of six House members, six members of the Senate, two local elections officials (as non-voting members), the chairperson of the Georgia Republican Party and Georgia Democratic Party (both non-voting).  The bill also extends the day for the certification of an election to the Wednesday of the week following the day of the election.            
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 0426SupportBroadband - EMCs and Rural Telephone Cooperatives Authorized to Provide Steve Gooch
3/29/2018House - House 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 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. 

SB 0453SupportNew Cities - Require Minimum 3-mile Distance from Existing Municipality Blake Tillery
3/5/2018House - House Second ReadersGovernmental AffairsState and Local Governmental Operations
2018/02/23 Report2018/03/2 ReportAnnexation/MunicipalizationGeneral County GovernmentLocal Legislation
Todd Edwards
This bill prohibits a new city from being formed if any of its boundary is within 3 miles from a boundary of an existing city, unless those within the 3-mile buffer have been denied annexation into the existing city within the previous 12 months.     
SR 0188SupportSenate Study Committee on Barriers to Georgians' Access to Adequate HealthcareRenee Unterman
3/28/2017 11:16:15 AMSenate Passed/Adopted By SubstituteHealth and Human Services
2017/02/10 - ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesIndigent Health Care
This legislation creates the Senate Study Committee on Barriers to Georgians' Access to Adequate Healthcare.
SR 0222SupportTax Exemption Study CommitteeJohn Albers
3/28/2017 11:16:15 AMSenate 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 0224SupportJoint Study Committee on Stormwater Management FeesFrank Ginn
3/16/2017 11:05:01 AMHouse 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.

SR 0227SupportAviation Fuel Tax - Urge Federal ActionBrandon Beach
3/28/2017 11:17:13 AMSenate Passed/Adopted By SubstituteTransportation
AirportsEcon. Dev. & TransportationLarry RamseyLocal LegislationRevenue & Finance
Sales Tax-Local
This legislation encourages each member of the Georgia congressional delegation to intercede with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation to prevent loss of aviation fuel tax revenue. A 2015 FAA ruling provides that taxes derived from the sale of aviation fuel must be spent for aviation purposes, even in the tax in question is a generally applicable tax. This FAA ruling will impact all counties (and cities) that have within their boundaries an airport that sells aviation fuel.
SR 0352SupportCreation of a Senate Study Committee on HomelessnessRenee Unterman
3/28/2017 11:16:15 AMSenate Passed/AdoptedHealth and Human Services
Debra NesbitHealth and Human Services
This legislation creates the Senate Study Committee on Homelessness.
SR 0392SupportSenate Rural Study CommitteeDavid Lucas
3/28/2017 11:16:15 AMSenate Passed/AdoptedRules
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesLarry Ramsey
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentRevenue & Finance
This legislation creates the Senate Rural Georgia Study Committee. The Committee would convene to study problems faced by rural areas such as economic development, health disparities, and infrastructure needs.
SR 0412SupportSenate Stroke and Trauma Center Study CommitteeJohn Kennedy
3/28/2017 11:16:15 AMSenate Passed/AdoptedRules
Debra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesPublic Safety and CourtsTrauma Care System
This legislation creates the Senate Stroke Trauma Center Study Committee. 
SR 0470SupportTitle Ad Valorem Tax - Study CommitteeChuck Hufstetler
1/8/2018Senate - Senate RecommittedFinance
2017/03/24 - ReportLarry RamseyPublic WorksRevenue & Finance
This resolution seeks to create the Joint Study Committee on Title Ad Valorem Tax. The purpose is to examine the split of proceeds between the state and local governments. This resolution was submitted in conjunction with the Senate Finance Committee's changes to HB 340 regarding distribution of TAVT proceeds.
SR 0916SupportStudy Committee on Tax ExemptionsJohn Albers
2/26/2018Senate - Senate Read and ReferredFinance
Larry RamseyRevenue & Finance
This bill would reconstitute a Senate Study Committee formed last year for the purpose of identifying procedures for determining the costs and benefits of the many income and sales tax exemptions and credits currently allowed under law.
SR 1019SupportCounty Right of Way for Telecommunications Deployment - Create Study Committee Frank Ginn
3/27/2018Senate - Senate Passed/Adopted By SubstituteRegulated Industries and Utilities
2018/03/23 ReportBroadbandEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentEminent Domain/Condemnation
Franchise FeesGeneral County GovernmentPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
RoadsTelecommunicationsTodd EdwardsTraffic EnforcementUtilities
This resolution, similar to HR 1698, creates the Senate Study Committee on Advanced Communications Technologies and the Use of State and Local Government Right of Way.  The study committee (made up of five Senate members, one mayor, one county commissioner and three experts on communications deployment or taxation issues) will study state and local laws/regulations pertaining to the use public right of way to deploy advanced broadband, video and voice technologies; whether these advanced technologies are, or should be, treated differently than current technologies in terms of regulation, taxation and other matters; and whether state laws should be changed in this area to achieve modernization, fairness and technology neutrality regarding access to the rights of way.