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2017 Public Policy Update #9

Monday, March 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
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MARCH 20, 2017
2017 Public Policy Update #9

The General Assembly was in session Monday, March 13; Day 32 through Thursday, March 16; Day 35. The House and Senate were in recess on Friday, March 17, 2017. The week of March 20 the General Assembly will be in session Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; Days; 36, 37, and 38 of the Legislative Calendar. The 2017 General Assembly will be in session on Tuesday, March 28; Day 39 and Thursday, March 30; Day 40.

Listed below are the bills and resolutions that GEDA is continuing to track that have passed the House and Senate.


House Bills

HB1CSRepresentative Spencer of the 180th

The bill provides that a ‘space flight entity’ will not be civilly liable to or criminally responsible for any person for a space flight participant injury arising out of inherent risks associated with any space flight activities, has signed a warning and agreement required in state law, and given written informed consent as may be required by federal law. A ‘Space flight participant’ is defined as not a crew member; is carried aboard a spacecraft, launch, or reentry vehicle; that pays a required deposit or fee; and participates in any training program or orientation session.

Passed House and Senate


HB44Representative Ralston

Creates the FY-2018 Budget. Because of differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget, the bill will go to conference committee to resolve those differences.

Passed House and Senate


HB183Representative Dickey of the 140th

Moves the Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council from the Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, to the Department of Community Affairs. The Council will identify, develop, and prioritize areas whereby data can be used far more effectively to promote more efficient decision-making by governments in Georgia

Passed House and Passed Senate


HB265CSRepresentative Efstration of the 104th

Amends the OCGA relating to exemptions from state income tax, so as to revise the provisions relating to the credit for establishing or relocating quality jobs. The bill also amends the OCGA relating to exemptions form state sales and use taxes, so as to provide a state and local sales tax exemptions from state sales and use taxes, so as to provide a state and local sales tax exemption for sales of tangible personal property used for or in the renovation or expansion of certain theaters.

Passed House and Senate


House Resolutions

HR389Representative Watson of the 172nd

Creates the House Rural Development Council.

Passed House


Senate Bills

SB85CSSenator Jeffares of the 17th

Provides for the limited sale of distilled spirits and malt beverages to the public by manufacturers of such products, remittance of local excise taxes by distillers and brewers, and to clarify that sales at retail by brewpubs for consumption off the premises are governed by the local jurisdiction. The bill also provides for a limited exception related to the three-tier system for the distribution and sale of distilled spirits exist to the extent that the license to manufacture distilled spirits in this state will include the right to sell up to 500 barrels of distilled spirits per year produced at the distiller’s licensed premises to individuals that meet certain criteria.

Passed Senate and House


Senate Resolutions

SR152Senator of the 47th

Creates the Joint Study Committee on stream Buffers in Georgia.

Passed Senate and House


Bills must be ‘read’ three times to qualify for a vote in the chamber of origin.

Bills that receive a‘favorable report’in committee are eligible for selection by the House or Senate Rules Committee for inclusion on their respective Rules Calendar.

Bills that appear on a chamber’s Rules Calendar receive a vote by the House or Senate respectively.


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To view the GEDA Public Policy Agenda for 2017click here.

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