The Georgia General Assembly will convene today for the 15th day of its annual forty-day session. We track legislation specific to housing, energy, water and related issues that affect our practice. Here’s a list of what we’re watching…
House Bills & Resolutions
HR 4 – Georgia-Tennessee Boundary Dispute
HB 23 – Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Schools
HB 49 – Foreclosure Resuce Fraud Prevention Act
HB 69 – Amount Payable for Property at Redemption
HB 127 – Hazardous Waste Trust Fund Appropriation
HB 128 – Georgia Downtown Renaissance Investment Tax Credit
HB 136 – Coal Combustion Waste Storage and Disposal
HB 142 – Ethics Reform: Caps on Gifts from Lobbyists
HB 143 – Ethics Reform: Campaign Contributions Disclosure
HB 159 – Property Tax Not to Include Non-Tax Fees
HB 160 – Vacant & Foreclosed Real Property Registries
HR 174 – Study Committee for Atlanta-Savannah High-Speed Rail
HB 188 – Provide Licensure for Certain Military Certifications
HB 267 – Change Nuclear Plant Cost Recovery Calculation
Senate Bills & Resolutions
SB 73 – Anti-T-SPLOST Penalty
SB 89 – Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Schools
SB 123 – General Provisions of Foreclosures
SB 125 – Land Owner Duty to Trespasser
What We Expect
We’re looking for legislation proposing the licensing of Roofing & Sheet Metal work. A similar bill was introduced in the last session.
Most professional license boards have been monitoring the efforts of the Georgia Secretary of State to streamline the operations of the PLB (professional licensing boards) division by changing its structure and delegating responsibility away from the boards. SB 445 was withdrawn in the last session and we’re not aware of any legislation yet in this session.
The Flint River Drought Protection Act will probably be reconsidered during this session. The purpose of the act is to maintain in-stream flows during drought by paying farmers to take acres out of production (thus reducing the demand for water). With the current budget shortfalls, funding will be a significant challenge.
Legislation in the Georgia General Assembly must leave its chamber of origin (the chamber in which it was introduced – either the House or the Senate) by the 30th day of the session (called the “crossover day”) to be considered by the other chamber. The session is forty days long so that leaves ten days to take action on any legislation that hasn’t already passed both houses.
The Assembly doesn’t meet on a set schedule – lawmakers can choose not to convene if they need more time to meet in committee to work on legislation. You can refer to the Georgia General Assembly website to find calendars, legislation, contacts and other helpful information.
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