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2017 Public Policy Update #7

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March 6, 2017


2017 Public Policy Update #7



The Legislature completed Week 7 of the 2017 session at the close of business on Friday, March 3; Day 28 of the legislative calendar. The Legislature will be in session next Monday, March 6; in adjournment Tuesday and Wednesday and back in session on Thursday, March 9; Day 30. Day 28 was ‘crossover day’; the day when most bills must pass from one chamber to the other on or before that day to be eligible for passage in the other chamber and receive approval by the Governor. (NOTE: Previous reports listed Day 30 as crossover day; not Day 28)

As of the close of business on March 3, 2017, the House had introduced 545 bills and 500 resolutions. The Senate introduced 267 bills and 355 resolutions during the same period. That’s a total of 1,667 bills and resolutions. GEDA was tracking 74 of those bills and resolutions prior to March 3. GEDA will continue to monitor the thirty-one bills and resolutions that GEDA tracked that did crossover on 3/3/2017.

House Bills

HB329 Representative Powell of the 171st

Amends Article 2 of Chapter 7 of Title 48 of the OCGA, relating to imposition, rate, and computation of exemptions from income taxes, so as to modify the rate of tax imposed on the Georgia taxable net income of individuals; and for other purposes. The bill proposes to collapse the income tax percentage for singles, married filing separately, and heads of households and married persons filing jointly. Currently the percentage of income tax ranges from 1% to 6%. The bill sets 5.4% as the rate for all Georgians. The bill also establishes an inflationary index rate, and provides for a nonrefundable earned income tax credit. Did Crossover

Senate Bills

SB79 Senator Beach of the 21st

Destination casino resorts appear to be dead for this session. The latest Senate version of the bill provided for two casinos to be located in the State. Chairman Beach could not get enough votes in committee to move the bill forward. Chairman Stephens could not move a version of the bill in the House. Did Not Crossover

SB195 Senator Albers of the 56th

Senator Albers proposed to require companies, or more specifically call centers to notify state and local officials if they receive state or local incentives to locate and then create jobs overseas rather than in the State. The bill did receive a hearing in the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee, but appears to be dead for the session. HB 495 by Representative Gilligan of the 24th proposes similar reporting requirements for call centers that intend to relocate all or part of the call center representing at least 30 percent of the call centers total volume. Did Not Crossover

SB232 Senator Gooch of the 51st

Senator Gooch introduced a bill to provide for broadband service planning, deployment, and incentives. The bill is the ‘Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion Act’. The bill proposes to create the Georgia Gigabit Ready Community Site designation by the Department of Economic Development. It also removes barriers to the completion of broadband networks in rural Georgia. Did Not Crossover

SB 233 Senator Harbin of the 16th

The first of several possible religious freedom bills was introduced by Senator Harbin. SB 233 proposes to preserve religious freedom by applying the provisions of 42 U.S.C. Chapter 21B to this State. Did Not Crossover




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