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Bug Bytes | Legislative Update Week 12

By April 3, 2018Bug Bytes

GPCA Bug Bytes

By Connie Rogers
April 3, 2018
In this issue: Legislative Update Week 12

2018 Weekly Legislative Update
Week 12 – March 30, 2018
Legislative Days 39-40

Last week marked the end of the 2018 Georgia General Assembly Legislative Session. The legislature completed Sine Die, day 40 of its 40 day session, just after midnight on Thursday, March 29.

Transportation

 HB 930 by Representative Kevin Tanner allows for expansion and coordination of transit in the metro region. The House and Senate adopted the Conference Committee report on HB 930 on Thursday, March 29. The bill goes to the Governor.

 Broadband/5G

 SB 402 by Senator Steve Gooch addresses broadband. The House and Senate adopted SB 402 as reported by the Conference Committee on Thursday, March 29. The bill is goes to the Governor.

SB 426 by Senator Steve Gooch addresses small cells and allowed for EMCs to compete in served markets. The Senate did not adopt the House substitute to SB 426 and the bill is dead.

 HB 887 by Representative Jay Powell seeks to expand broadband across the state, was substituted with SB 426. The House did not adopt HB 887 as amended by the Senate and the bill is dead.

 Budget

The House and Senate adopted the FY19 Budget, HB 684, as reported by the Appropriations Conference Committee on Thursday, March 29. The bill is awaiting action by the Governor. To review highlights of the budget, click here.

 Criminal Justice

SB 406 by Senator Brian Strickland requires criminal background checks for long-term care facilities personnel. The Senate adopted the House’s substitute to SB 406 on Thursday, March 29. The bill goes to the Governor.

SB 407 by Senator Brian Strickland seeks to provide comprehensive criminal justice reform. The Senate adopted the House’s substitute to SB 407 on Thursday, March 29. The bill goes to the Governor.

 Education

HB 217 by Representative John Carson increases the cap on contributions to student scholarship organizations. The House and Senate adopted the Conference Committee report HB 217 as reported by the on Thursday, March 29. The bill goes to the Governor.

HB 853 by Representative Katie Dempsey ensures that instructional dollars follow students who are receiving treatment in residential facilities. The House adopted the Senate substitute to HB 853 on Thursday, March 29 and the bill goes to the Governor.

HB 787 by Representative Scott Hilton increases funding for state charter schools. The House adopted the Senate substitute to HB 787 on Thursday, March 29 and the bill goes to the Governor.

SB 339 by Senator William Ligon provides for the establishment of free speech policies for institutions in the university system. The Senate adopted the House substitute to SB 339 on Thursday, March 29 and the bill goes to the Governor.

Elections

SB 403 by Senator Bruce Thompson provides for uniform election equipment throughout the state. The Senate disagreed to the House substitute to SB 403 on Thursday, March 29 and the bill is dead.

 Healthcare

SB 364 by Senator Chuck Hufstetler gives a higher supervisory ratio to physician assistants who have completed a board approved anesthesiologist assistant program. The bill passed the House on Tuesday, March 27 and is awaiting action by the Governor.

HB 769 by Representative Rick Jasperse would implement recommendations from the House Rural Development Council relating to health care issues. No changes were made to the CON law. The bill is awaiting action by the Governor.

HB 818 by Representative Lee Hawkins allows health care providers to choose the method of reimbursement by insurer. The bill passed the Senate on Tuesday, March 27 and is awaiting action by the Governor.

Fireworks

HB 419 by Representative Deborah Silcox authorizes counties to regulate the use of fireworks. The House adopted the Senate substitute to HB 419 on Thursday, March 29 and the bill goes to the Governor.

 Regulated Industries

SB 355 by Senator Chuck Hufstetler changes provisions relating to the recovery costs of financing the construction of nuclear generating plants. The bill is awaiting action by the Governor.

Taxes

HB 329 by Representative Jay Powell was substituted with HB 327. HB 327 by Representative Shaw Blackmon revises the manner in which used car sales are taxed. The House adopted the Senate substitute to HB 329 on Thursday, March 29 and the bill is awaiting action by the Governor.

HB 658 by Representative Earl Ehrhart removes the sunset date for the time during which certain excise taxes on lodgings can be collected. The House adopted the Senate’s substitute to HB 658 on Thursday, March 29 and the bill goes to the Governor.

HB 849 by Representative Allen Peake provides provisions for the reporting of federal partnership adjustments. The bill passed the Senate on Thursday, March 29 and goes to the Governor.

 Technology

 HB 696 by Representative Trey Kelley creates a tax exemption for certain high technology computer equipment used in data centers. The House adopted the Senate’s substitute to HB 696 on Thursday, March 29 and the bill goes to the Governor.

HB 898 by Representative Alan Powell enables implementation of new technology at the Department of Revenue to issue much more cost-effective license tag renewals for large fleet operators like UPS, Publix, GA Power, etc. The House adopted the Senate substitute to HB 898 on Thursday, March 29 and the bill goes to the Governor.

Highlights

On Friday, March 30 Governor Nathan Deal, Department of Community Health Commissioner Frank Berry, and Sharecare co-founders Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz hosted an event at the State Capitol to announce the start of the Sharecare Movement in Georgia. Please see the attached picture.

Events

This week GeorgiaLink hosted a luncheon for Paula Hastings, candidate for State House and Randy Robertson, candidate for State Senate. We also sponsored the House Majority Caucus dinner, the House Appropriations Committee lunch and the Senate Democrats Sine Die dinner.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, April 11 – Speaker David Ralston’s Campaign Kickoff Reception

Monday, April 16 – Kevin Tanner Campaign Kickoff Luncheon

As you review your legislative tracking page, please feel free to give us a call with any questions. For detailed information on specific legislation visit the General Assembly’s website here.

Thank you for the opportunity to represent your organization.

The GeorgiaLink Team,

 Trip, Boyd, Skin, John, Lauren

The GPCA Calendar for 2018 is filling up fast. Be sure to save these important dates:
July 15 – 19, 2018 – GPCA Summer Conference, Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast, FL
September 12 & 13, 2018 – GPCA North Georgia Conference, Dalton, GA
October 10, 2018 – GPCA Charity Golf Tournament, Reunion Country Club, Hoschton, GA – PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE
November 7 & 8, 2018 – GPCA South Georgia Conference, Rural Development Center, Tifton, GA