Tomorrow, we will have reached the halfway point (Day 20) in the 40-day legislative session. Tomorrow will also be the day that Rep. Kevin Tanner's heavily anticipated transit governance and finance bill is finally unveiled. The pace may start to pick up and it should be an eventful week under the Gold Dome.
Transit Governance _ Funding
While Rep. Tanner's transit legislation will be introduced tomorrow, Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) introduced his own transit bill (SB 386) last week. The relatively concise legislation creates a new transit-only SPLOST that a county could impose to fund transit capital improvements. This new Transit SPLOST would be exempt from the existing cap on local sales taxes (allowing Fulton & DeKalb counties to use this new funding tool). Local governments would enter into an intergovernmental agreement with MARTA for the provision of transit services and MARTA would be the operator of those services. A new "Atlanta-region Transit Link 'ATL' Commission" would be created within the existing Georgia Regional Transportation Authority to serve as the Atlanta region's transit planning entity (along with the Atlanta Regional Commission). The bill had its first hearing this afternoon in the Senate Transportation Committee.
Rural Broadband
SR 502, by Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega), encourages the federal government to develop policies and funding sources to help bring high-speed broadband access to rural America. The legislation, as a resolution, did not have to go through the full committee process and passed out of the Senate chamber unanimously, 50-0. While this Senate resolution was focused on the federal government, we do expect to see the General Assembly introduce a comprehensive Georgia plan for rural broadband, with details having been hashed out between the telecommunications industry and local governments. This will incentivize companies to bring broadband internet access to the non-metropolitan areas of the state in order to foster economic growth and development.
Tax Revenue is Up
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia's net tax collections for January totaled nearly $2.57 billion, for an increase of $368.2 million, or 16.7 percent over January 2017. Year-to-date (Georgia's fiscal year begins July 1), net tax collections totaled $13.87 billion, for an increase of $812.9 million, or 6.2 percent, over 2017.
2018 Elections
Contribution disclosures were due last Wednesday, and the numbers are in. Although fundraising prowess is not always a predictor of electoral success (see John Oxendine), it does allow each candidate a chance to gauge their current place in the race and formulate an ongoing strategy with the primary election about four months away. It also gives donors who have not chosen a side an indication of who may be the 'safer bet.' 

Check out ACEC Georgia's "Political Pulse" at the end of the month for all the details on fundraising figures and rankings.
Other News
Also in the news, last week we found out there will be six more weeks of winter predicted by General Beauregard Lee, Georgia's official weather prognosticating groundhog.
The Week Ahead
Legislators will be in session today (Monday) through Thursday this week.
Legislation ACEC Georgia is Following
HB 55 - By Rep. Rick Williams (R-Milledgeville) is a proposal to institute term limits for the members of Georgia's professional licensing boards (limiting appointees to no more than eight consecutive years of service). As with last session, this legislation is unlikely to move forward. STATUS: Assigned to House Regulated Industries Committee. 

HB 59 - By Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) modifies Georgia's existing historic structures tax credit by eliminating the caps on non-residential structures and by making the tax credits more readily transferable. STATUS: Passed out of House Ways & Means Committee February 27, 2017 and Full House March 3, 2017. Passed out of Senate Finance Committee by substitute on March 22, 2017. Bill has been recommitted to and is now pending in the Senate Finance Committee. 

HB 68 - By Rep. Andrew Welch (R-McDonough) would require the creation of an emergency pull-off shoulder for the entire length of any GDOT road construction zone. As with last session, this legislation is unlikely to move forward. STATUS: Assigned to House Transportation Committee. 

HB 150 - By Rep. Allan Powell (R-Hartwell) would allow the State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA) to place a hold on the motor vehicle registration of anyone who fails to pay tolls, after sufficient notice and opportunity to respond and pay the tolls and associated fines. It would also allow unpaid tolls and fines to be collected via state income tax refund set-off. More importantly, the version which passed the Senate on the final day of last year's session also includes language that extends the sunset on use of the Consumer Price Index in calculating Georgia's motor fuel excise tax for an additional four years, to July 1, 2022. STATUS: Senate Passed on March 30, 2017. House agreed to Senate version 145-23 on January 30, 2018. It is now on the Governor's desk awaiting signature. 

HB 158 - By Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), the "Destination Resort Act" is one of two identical companion bills [the other being SB 79 by Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta)] that would allow for the construction and operation of two destination casino resorts in Georgia. One would be somewhere in the metro Atlanta area near a convention center district (think downtown Atlanta, near the Georgia World Congress Center) and with a minimum of 1,000 rooms and $2 billion in investment. The other would be located somewhere outside the metro area, also near a convention center (think Savannah), with a minimum investment of $450 million. One company cannot operate both resorts. A 20% tax on gross receipts that will go to the HOPE scholarship (70%) and needs-based scholarships (30%). The Act would require the approval of an amendment to the Georgia Constitution, which would be placed on the November 2018 ballot. STATUS: Assigned to House Regulated Industries Committee. 

HB 189 - By Rep. Sheila Nelson (D-Augusta), the "Contract Cancellation Act" would require any service contract with a state agency or local government to "contain specific performance and cost parameters" and require the service provider to submit quarterly reports to the governing authority showing the provider's compliance with those performance criteria. It would also allow all contracts to contain a provision allowing governing authority to unilaterally terminate the contract if the contractor fails to comply with the performance criteria or if projected annual costs exceed the cost established by the contract. Obviously, performance and cost criteria can be affected by conditions outside of the service provider's control, including acts of God (such as weather), actions of third parties or even the actions (or inaction) of the governing authority itself. This bill did not move until very late in the process and we are still working alongside other stakeholders (AGC, ABC and AIA) to understand the motivation behind the bill (i.e. what exactly is the problem this bill is trying to solve?) and to work with the Senate committee to educate them on the potential unintended consequences of this legislation. STATUS: Passed out of the House Government Affairs Committee on March 1, 2017 and the full House on March 6, 2017 by a vote of 156-13. Assigned to the Senate State & Local Government Operations Committee. 

HB 201 - By Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) would exempt transit buses and school buses from Georgia's motor fuel excise tax. STATUS: Assigned to House Ways & Means. 

HB 204 - By Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville) would prohibit anything other than actual ad valorem property taxes from being included on property tax bills (i.e. no solid waste or stormwater fees on tax bills). There has been significant opposition to this legislation from local governments, particularly local stormwater authorities. The Senate passed a substitute version that gutted Rep. Harrell's original bill and replaced it with language exempting 501(c)(3) charitable tax-exempt corporations from the definition of innkeeper. Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville) chaired a Joint House Senate Study Committee which explored issues relating to stormwater fee collections, including placing them on property tax bills. Consensus of that joint committee seemed to fall on the side of leaving that issue alone. STATUS: Passed out of the House Ways & Means Committee on February 16, 2017 and out of the full House on February 28, 2017 by a vote of 111-61. Passed out of the Senate Finance Committee by substitute on March 22, 2017. Bill has been recommitted to and is now pending in the Senate Finance Committee. 

HB 215 - By Rep. Meagan Hanson (R-Brookhaven) would clarify language on the special district mass transportation sales and use tax and who is considered a qualified municipality that can issue general obligation bonds as necessary. STATUS: Assigned to House Ways & Means. 

HB 248 - By Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown) seeks to provide a legal framework for the operation of autonomous motor vehicles on public roads. However, the legislation also presents some significant concerns that it may actually stifle the use and development of this emerging technology in Georgia if passed as is. STATUS: Assigned to House Transportation. 

HB 271 - By Rep. Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah) seeks to clarify and expand shore protections in coastal Georgia. STATUS: Passed out of the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee on February 23, 2017 and the full House on March 3, 2017 by a vote of 174-0. Assigned to Senate Natural Resources and the Environment Committee. 

HB 317 - By Rep. Todd Jones (R-Cumming) would lower the current annual fee for alternative fuel vehicles from $200 to $100, meaning alternative fuel vehicles would pay approximately half as much to maintain Georgia's roads as the drivers of conventional fuel vehicles, while having the same maintenance impact on those roads. ACEC Georgia opposes this legislation. STATUS: Assigned to the House Transportation Committee. 

HB 364 - By Rep. Matt Gurtler (R-Tiger) is identical to SB 58 by Sen. Josh McKoon and would completely eliminate the $5.00 per night hotel/motel room fee that makes up a significant portion of the new transportation revenues created by HB 170 in 2015. ACEC Georgia opposes this legislation. STATUS: Assigned to the House Transportation Committee. 

HB 379 - By Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) would create a new Georgia Public Road Authority which would be a public corporation established to provide financing alternatives for the construction of public roads throughout the state, including tolled facilities and public-private partnerships. STATUS: Assigned to the House Transportation Committee. 

HB 489 - By Rep. Tom McCall (R-Elberton) is a great, common sense bill that would require all local governments in Georgia to advertise local government bid opportunities for goods, services and public works with the Georgia Procurement Registry managed by the Georgia Department of Administrative Affairs, in addition to the official legal organ and other media outlets. This would create a "one stop shop" listing of all local government procurement listings in Georgia. STATUS: Assigned to House Government Affairs Committee where it awaits a hearing.

HB 653 - By Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) would allow certain professional licensing boards to suspend the license of a person upon notice of nonpayment or default on a federal educational loan or service conditional scholarship, but the licensing boards are not required to do so. STATUS: Assigned to House Regulated Industries.  

HB 674 - By Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs) would waive the government's sovereign immunity in cases for declaratory judgments or other injunctive relief. STATUS: Assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. 

HB 694 - By Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville) would require each distributor to file motor fuel taxes electronically by the twentieth day of each calendar month for the preceding month's activities. STATUS: Assigned to House Ways & Means Industries Committee where is was passed out on January 29, 2018. The full House chamber passed the bill 161-0 on January 31, 2018. Pending in Senate Finance Committee. 

HB 702 - By Rep. Heath Clark (R-Warner Robins) would create a new service cancelable education loan program for students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) who work in federal civil service positions at defense installations in Georgia. STATUS: Pending in House Higher Education Committee.  

HB 704  - By Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock) would change when the current eight-year statute of limitations would begin to run in connection with construction waste bury pits on residential property. STATUS: Passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on February 8, 2018. Pending in House Rules Committee.

HB 720 - By Rep. Sandra Scott (R-Rex) would prohibit companies from discharging an employee for discussing their wages with another employee, increasing the existing fine to $1,000. STATUS: Assigned to House Industry & Labor Committee.  

HB 753 - By Rep. Don Hogan (R-St. Simon's Island) would exempt nonprofit conference centers from the $5 per night hotel/motel fee created by the Transportation Funding Act of 2015. The bill defines 'nonprofit conference and retreat center' as a nonprofit facility that furnishes for value overnight lodging to the public while they are attending seminars, retreats, or other similar learning program. ACEC Georgia opposes this legislation. STATUS: Assigned to House Transportation Committee. 

HB 778 - By Rep. Terry England (R-Auburn) would transfer career, technical, and agricultural education (CTAE) programs in the state's K-12 systems from the State Board of Education to the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia. STATUS: Pending in House Higher Education Committee. 

HB 781 - By Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) would provide comprehensive reform of Georgia's sales and use tax for educational purposes (E-SPLOST, to allow for a range of maintenance, operational and educational programs to be included in the list of things that could be funded by an E-SPLOST (subject to local vote approval), which is currently limited to capital expenditures only (HR 992 is the constitutional amendment bill necessary to implement this legislation). STATUS: Passed out of House Education Committee on February 8, 2018. Pending in House Rules Committee.

HB 791 - By Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), similar to HB 674, would waive the government's sovereign immunity in cases for declaratory judgments or other injunctive relief. STATUS: Assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. 

HB 833 - By Rep. Paulette Rakestraw (R-Hiram) is a housekeeping bill introduced on behalf of SAMSOG dealing with certain educational and licensing requirements for land surveyors, most notably eliminating the hydrology related educational and examination requirements for all surveyors (unless they opt-in). ACEC Georgia supports this legislation.  STATUS: Pending in the House Regulated Industries Committee. 

HR 284  - By Rep. Dominic LaRiccia (R-Douglas) created a House Study Committee on State & Local Construction Management to look at CM At-Risk vs. Design-Build and other methods of contracting to determine their impacts on the ability of small firms to compete for contracts, as well as potential efficiencies and cost-savings. STATUS: The study committee met several times over the summer and fall, however, there has been no final report issued at this time. 

HR 389 - By Rep. Sam Watson (R-Moultrie), but an initiative of Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), created the House Rural Development Council to try to find solutions to the problems of loss of population, limited access to quality health care, poor infrastructure, diminished quality of educational opportunity, scarcity of employment opportunities and overall lack of economic growth in rural Georgia. STATUS: The study committee was held over the interim and you may read the final report HERE. 

HR 943 - By Rep. Marc Morris (R-Cumming) is a resolution proposing to create a Joint Georgia-North Carolina and Georgia-Tennessee Boundary Line Commission to work on the issues surrounding the erroneously marked boundary line between Georgia and its neighbors to the north. STATUS: Passed out of House Committee on Interstate Cooperation. Pending in House Rules Committee. 

HR 992 - By Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) is the constitutional amendment required to implement HB 781 (see above). STATUS: Passed out of House Education Committee on February 8, 2018. Pending in House Rules Committee. 

SB 2 - By Sen. Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton) the FAST Act ("Fairness, Accountability, Simplification, and Transparency - Empowering Our Small Businesses to Succeed") seeks to eliminate duplicative rules, regulations and red tape to create a more efficient and transparent permitting process for Georgia businesses. It would require state agencies and local governments to set forth a specific turnaround time for processing licenses, permits and approvals as well as associated fees, including making available an expedited process available for an additional fee. If the agency fails to meet its timeline, the fee for that service would be reduced. ACEC Georgia supports this legislation.  STATUS: Passed out of the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee on February 15, 2017 and the full Senate on February 17, 2017. Passed out of House Small Business Development Committee on March 28, 2017 but was recommitted by the full House on March 30, 2017. Pending in House Small Business Development Committee. 

SB 3 - By Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) the "Creating Opportunities Needed Now to Expand Credentialed Training (CONNECT) Act" would expand career education in grades 6 through 12, including new opportunities for internships, apprenticeships and cooperative learning and to provide a means of industry credentialing for those programs. It also requires closer collaboration between the Georgia Department of Education and the Technical College System of Georgia relative to identifying and addressing critical workforce needs through career education. ACEC Georgia supports this legislation.  STATUS: A Conference Committee was appointed on March 30, 2017 to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill but which failed to report. This means another conference committee will be held to determine the fate of the bill. 

SB 17 - By Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) is the so-called "Mimosa Mandate" bill (formerly known as the "Better Brunch Bill") to allow local governments to authorize the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on Sundays starting at 10:30 a.m. (current law prohibits this activity until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays). STATUS: Assigned to Senate Regulated Industries & Utilities Committee. There was a hearing on Wednesday, where the committee passed the bill 6-4. Pending in the Senate Rules Committee. 

SB 19 - By Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) would require the State Treasurer to create an "Expenditure Database of the State of Georgia" that would show all expenditures made by any state entity to all vendors and which would be fully searchable online by a variety of search criteria. Vendor is defined in the legislation as anyone providing equipment, materials, goods, supplies or services to any state entity pursuant to a contract. STATUS: Assigned to Senate Government Oversight Committee. 

SB 26  - By Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) would require local school boards to use "competitive sealed bidding" for any professional services contracts that exceed $50,000 in any calendar year. The bill only applies to local boards of education. STATUS: Assigned to Senate Education & Youth Committee. 

SB 27  - By Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) would require attorneys fees to be awarded to prevailing condemnees in condemnation cases. STATUS: Assigned to Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 54 - By Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) creates new regulations around autonomous vehicles. STATUS: Assigned to Senate Transportation Committee. 

SB 58 - By Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) would completely eliminate the $5.00 per night hotel/motel room fee that makes up a significant portion of the new transportation revenues created by HB 170 in 2015. ACEC Georgia will be joined by many organizations in opposing this bill.  STATUS: Assigned to Senate Education & Youth Committee. 

SB 67 - By Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) the "Bring Small Businesses Back to Georgia Act" is a regulatory reform bill focused on small businesses (defined as an independently-owned business having less than 50 employees or less than $4 million in gross annual sales). It would amend the administrative procedures act relative to state agency rule making authority, requiring a cost-benefit analysis, expanded notice and hearing requirements, as well as requiring amendment or repeal of two existing rules for every new rule proposed. It would also require hearings by standing legislative committees of jurisdiction and review and reports every four years by each agency of all rules and regulations, their efficacy, complaints received, etc. STATUS: Assigned to Senate Economic Development & Tourism Committee. 

SB 79 - By Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) the "Destination Resort Act" is one of two companion bills [an identical bill will be introduced in the House by Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah)] that would allow for the construction and operation of two destination casino resorts in Georgia. One would be somewhere in the metro Atlanta area near a convention center district (think downtown Atlanta, near the Georgia World Congress Center) and with a minimum of 1,000 rooms and $2 billion in investment. The other would be located somewhere outside the metro area, also near a convention center (think Savannah), with a minimum investment of $450 million. One company cannot operate both resorts. A 20 percent tax on gross receipts that will go to the HOPE scholarship (70 percent) and needs-based scholarships (30 percent). The Act would require the approval of an amendment to the Georgia Constitution, which would be placed on the November 2018 ballot. STATUS: Assigned to Senate Regulated Industries. 

SB 89 - By Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth) would create a Georgia Freight Railroad Program within GDOT and would facilitate the expenditure of additional appropriations by the General Assembly for purposes of improving freight and passenger railway and crossing infrastructure. ACEC Georgia supports this legislation.  STATUS: Passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee on February 7, 2017 and the full Senate on February 15, 2017 by a vote of 49-0. Pending in House Transportation Committee. 

SB 116 - By Sen. Frank Ginn (R- Danielsville) exempts properties deemed to be "water-neutral" from all local government stormwater fees. The bill defines water-neutral as "a property designed to achieve control of water runoff from a 25-year, 24-hour storm event in a manner consistent with the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual" as certified by a professional engineer. STATUS: Bill was assigned to Senate Regulated Industries on February 7, 2017. The Senate decided to have a study committee (SR 224) on storm water management fees (SR 224) look further into the issue. The study committee recommended that the utility determining the fees should use best practices that will be developed jointly by The Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP), Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), along with other organizations. No further action on this bill is expected. 

SB 210 - By Sen. Bruce Thompson (R-White) the "Georgia Government Accountability Act" would create a Legislative Sunset Advisory Committee that would be tasked with reviewing individual state agencies and departments to determine if they should be abolished and their responsibilities transferred to another agency. STATUS: Assigned to the Senate Government Oversight Committee. 

SB 232 - By Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) the "Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion (FIBRE) Act" would create incentives for public and/or private entities to expand gigabit or higher broadband services to areas within the state where such services are not currently available. STATUS: Assigned to Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee. 

SB 233 - By Sen. Marty Harbin (R-Tyrone) is a drastically scaled down version of the so-called "religious liberty" or RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) bills that have been introduced over the past several years. This version would simply make Georgia subject to the existing Federal RFRA statute that was passed in 1993. Opponents in Georgia's business community believe this legislation would result in significant damage to our state's economy and welcoming, business-friendly reputation... sentiments that have been echoed by Governor Deal, Speaker Ralston and other leaders... and which have grown even louder with Georgia in the running for the Amazon HQ2 project and the 50,000 jobs it would bring. ACEC Georgia opposes this legislation.  STATUS: Assigned to the Senate Rules Committee. 

SB 251 - By Sen. Gloria Butler (D-Stone Mountain) would allow for the levy of a retail sales and use tax by DeKalb County for public transportation through MARTA. STATUS: Assigned to the Senate Transportation Committee. 

SB 315  - By Sen. Bruce Thompson (R-White) would create the new crime of unauthorized computer access to protect individuals and businesses from ransomware and other computer related attacks. ACEC Georgia supports this legislation.  STATUS: Passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee on February 1, 2018. Vote by the full Senate expected this week.

SB 319 - By Senator John Albers (R-Alpharetta) the "Consolidation of Fire Safety Services in Georgia Act" would create a new Department of Fire Safety, led by a Commissioner of Fire Safety and would combine the myriad fire safety related departments, inspectors and training activities into one, unified agency. STATUS: Assigned to Senate Public Safety Committee. There was a hearing-only meeting last week. We currently await another hearing that will result in a vote.

SB 324 - By Sen. John Albers (R-Alpharetta) would allow any municipality to contract with any county abutting that municipality's corporate limits for the construction and maintenance of a bridge within the limits of both the municipality and county. STATUS: Passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee on February 8, 2018. Pending in the Senate Rules Committee. 

SB 353 - By Senator Lee Anderson (R-Grovetown) would establish civil enforcement and penalty authority in the Safety Fire Commissioner for violations related to the regulation of boilers and pressure vessels. STATUS: Assigned to Senate Public Safety Committee. 

SB 379 - By Sen. Burt Jones (R-Jackson) filed in response to the major power outage last year, would provide for the creation of the Georgia Major Airport Operations and Management Board, for the purpose of transferring ownership and operation of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport from the City of Atlanta to the new state authority. The Governor has made it clear that this legislation will not fly with him, so don't expect this bill to get off the ground. STATUS: Pending in Senate Transportation Committee. 

SB 386 - By Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) creates a new transit-only SPLOST that a county could impose to fund transit capital improvements. This new Transit SPLOST would be exempt from the existing cap on local sales taxes (allowing Fulton & DeKalb counties to use this new funding tool). Local governments would enter into an intergovernmental agreement with MARTA for the provision of transit services and MARTA would be operator of those services. A new "Atlanta-region Transit Link 'ATL' Commission" would be created within the existing Georgia Regional Transportation Authority to serve as the Atlanta region's transit planning entity (along with the Atlanta Regional Commission). STATUS: The bill had its first hearing this afternoon in the Senate Transportation Committee at 2pm. 

SR 152 - By Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville) created a "Joint Study Committee on Stream Buffers in Georgia" to look into best practices from around the southeast and recommend new stream buffer legislation in 2018 that would "strike the proper balance between water protection and private property rights." ACEC Georgia supported this legislation.  STATUS: Passed out both chambers last session. Committee was co-chaired by Sen. Ginn and Rep. Lynn Smith (R-Newnan) and held several meetings around the state in the fall. The committee concluded that certain areas needed further study by the legislature. Meanwhile, the Georgia EPD will create a manual of best practices, which should resolve these issues. 

SR 224 - By Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville) created a "Joint Study Committee on Storm-Water Management Fees" which met several times over the summer and fall in different cities around the state. STATUS: The study committee recommended that the utility determining the fees should use best practices that will be developed jointly by The Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP), Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), along with other organizations. 

SR 312 - By Sen. Joshua McKoon (R-Columbus) would place a fee on expedited processing and filing of corporate documents in the Secretary of State's office. Provided the fee not exceed $50 per filing. STATUS: Assigned to Senate Economic Development and Tourism. 

SR 502 - By Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) encourages the Congress of the United States and Federal Agencies to do all within their powers to develop policies and funding sources to help bring high-speed broadband access to rural America. STATUS: Assigned to Senate Rules Committee and was passed out on January 25, 2018. The full Senate Chamber passed the bill 50-0 on January 31, 2018. It is currently waiting to be assigned to a House committee. 

SR 576 - By Sen. Joshua McKoon (R-Columbus) will no longer require proceeds from corporate filing fees in the Secretary of the State's office to be deposited into the general fund. Rather, the General Assembly may dedicate any part or all of the funds to go back into administration of the office. STATUS: Prefiled, has yet to be assigned to a committee. 

SR 577 - By Sen. Joshua McKoon (R-Columbus) will no longer require proceeds from licensing fees in the Secretary of the State's office to be deposited into the general fund. Rather, The General Assembly may dedicate any part or all of the funds to go back into administration of the office. STATUS: Prefiled, and has not yet been assigned to a committee.
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