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H.B. 63 Lease Vehicle Tax Exemption bill sponsored by Rep. Shaw Blackmon (R), Bonaire. The substitute bill was presented in the House Ways & Means, ad valorem tax subcommittee for a second time. There was discussion of on-going changes and a new fiscal note being revised and added. The subcommittee voted for a DO PASS by subcommittee substitute. The bill was then presented to the full House Ways & Means committee and subsequently voted on with a DO PASS by a substitute.
H.B. 142 Education Qualified Tax Credit bill sponsored by Rep. Kasey Carpenter (R), Dalton. The bill was presented in the House Ways & Means, Income Tax subcommittee. There was a lot of discussion on the bill, with many parties opposing the bill regarding public education funding cuts and passing the savings to the private sector. The bill was tabled for further discussion.
H.B. 149" S" Corporation Tax bill sponsored by Rep. Bruce Williamson (R), Monroe. The House Ways & Means, Finance & Policy subcommittee held a second meeting for a substitute bill. After the subcommittee's questions were answered, the subcommittee voted a DO PASS by subcommittee substitute. The bill was presented to the full House Ways & Means committee, where it was voted a DO PASS by substitute.
H.B. 184 Rental Property for Family Living sponsored by Rep. Marvin Lim (D), Norcross. The House Agriculture & Consumer Affairs held a hearing only for the bill. Several questions were raised about the code section that the bill seeks to change regarding the penalties set for violators. After further discussion, the subcommittee will hold the bill for further research.
H.B. 243 Landowner Property Annexation bill sponsored by Rep. Brad Thomas (R), Holly Springs. The bill was presented to the House Government Affairs, State & Local Government subcommittee [LG1] for hearing only. There was quite a lot of discussion and questions about the bill, and it became clear that this bill directly involves the City of Woodstock. The city and others oppose the bill because this change in procedure will set annexation precedence for the rest of Georgia and its landowners they did not believe was appropriate.
H.B. 292 Board of Equalization Training Requirement bill sponsored by Rep. Noel Williams, Jr. (R), Cordele. The bill was presented a second time to the House Ways & Means, ad valorem tax subcommittee. The subcommittee voted a DO PASS. The bill was presented to the full House Ways & Means Full committee, where it was subsequently voted a DO PASS.
H.B. 306 Remote Communication and Meeting bill sponsored by Rep. Stan Gunter (R), Blairsville. The bill was presented a second time to the House Banks & Banking committee. The committee voted a DO PASS.
H.B. 317 Innkeeper Taxation bill sponsored by Rep. Ron Stephens (R), Savannah. The bill was presented in The House Ways & Means, Finance & Policy subcommittee. Very little was asked about the bill since it was the same as last year. The subcommittee voted a DO PASS. The bill was presented to the full House Ways & Means committee and was subsequently voted a DO PASS.
H.B. 336 Hemp Farming bill sponsored by Rep. John Corbett (R), Lake Park. The House Agriculture & Consumer Affairs held a hearing-only meeting for the bill. Rep. Corbett disclosed that he's been working on the bill with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and they presented a language problem. The bill was tabled until a later meeting. Previously on an unrelated bill, when this happened, the language issue was minor but enough to stall the bill for a short time.
H.B. 363 Protection of the Elderly bill sponsored by Rep. John LaHood (R), Valdosta. The House Non-Civil Judiciary Setzler subcommittee held a hearing only for the bill. Since the bill covers many different code sections to protect the elderly from physical, mental, and deceptive harm, the committee will hold the bill until further research has been done before voting on the bill.
H.B. 389 Department of Labor Employment Security bill sponsored by Rep. Todd Jones (R). South Forsyth. The bill was presented to the House Insurance & Labor committee. Lots of clarification and questions were asked about how the Department of Labor would investigate and enforce the new classification’s violators. Rep. Jones disclosed that he is open to adjusting the bill, and the committee recommended that a substitute be drafted.
H.B. 399 College Savings Plan 529 and Military Enlistment bill sponsored by Rep. Heath Clark (R), Warner Robbins. The bill was presented to the House Ways & Means, Tax Revision subcommittee. There was some discussion on the bill for clarity. The bill is being held for research until the next meeting.
S.B. 45 Professional Industries & Utilities sponsored by Sen. Bruce Thompson (R), White. The substitute bill was brought to the Senate floor. Two separate amendments were presented along with the substitute bill before being voted on. The bill passed with a final vote of 37-15. The House first read the bill and assigned the bill to the Regulated Industry committee.
S.B. 75 Termination of Residential Lease due to Criminal Stalking bill sponsored by Sen. Kim Jackson (D), Stone Mountain. The bill was presented to the Senate Judiciary committee. There was heavy questioning on the bill to be sure it encompassed everything the bill intended and how criminal stalking relates to residential leases. The bill received a vote of DO PASS.
S.B. 114 Revised License Refusal or Revocation bill sponsored by Sen. Randy Robertson (R), Catuala. The bill was presented to the Senate Judiciary committee. There was full support for the bill that would allow convicted criminals of certain crimes to be allowed the ability to receive a professional or business license. The bill received a vote of DO PASS.
S.B. 116 Maternity Support Housing Bill sponsored by Sen. Randy Robertson (R), Catuala. The bill was presented to the Senate Health and Human Services committee. The committee pointed out a couple of language issues that they would like to see defined and added. The bill received a vote DO PASS by committee substitute.
S.B. 148 2021 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians and the Special Joint committee on Georgia Revenue Structure bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R), Rome. A substitute bill was presented to the Senate Finance committee on the creation of this new committee. There was a discussion on the need for this committee and how the process would work for the committee to submit legislation to the floor as it sees fit directly. The bill received a vote of DO PASS.