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Gwinnett Chamber Public Policy Updates – Week 12 + Sine Die

Gwinnett Chamber Public Policy Updates – Week 12 + Sine Die

The Georgia General Assembly convened last week for legislative days 36 through 39. Yesterday was Sine Die, the last day of session, where legislators voted on bills and amendments until a quarter after midnight. During the 2021-2022 legislative session, over 1000 bills passed in each chamber. Governor Brian Kemp signed over 550 bills into law. Legislators passed the $30.2 billion state fiscal year 2023 budget that would increases pay for teachers, school staff, and most state employees. Lawmakers also passed a bill to reduce the state’s income tax rate from 5.75% to 4.99% over 7 years. Gwinnett could add a new State Court Judge after the House and Senate passed HB 1570. Governor Kemp now has 40 days to sign passed legislation into law or veto.

Bill Tracking

HB 78 Administrative Services, Department of; create Division of Supplier Diversity

Status: 1/26/2021 – House Second Readers. Did not pass Crossover Day

HB 385 Teachers Retirement System of Georgia; employ beneficiaries; permit public school systems

Status: 3/22/2022 – Senate Passed/Adopted 50-1. House Passed/Adopted by Substitute 169-0.

HB 389 Employment security; change definition of employment to include services performed by an individual for wages

Status: 4/4/2022 – House Agreed to Senate Sub 155-12. ­­­­­Senate Passed/Adopted by Substitute 54-0. House Passed 162-6.

HB 587 Georgia Economic Recovery Act of 2021; enact

Status: 1/10/2022 – Recommitted to Senate Finance Committee. House Passed 157-14.

HB 835 Ad valorem tax; contracts between a county and a municipality for the tax commissioners to prepare the municipal tax digests and collect municipal taxes are not subject to approval of the tax commissioner; provide

Status: 1/10/2022 – House Second Readers. Did not pass Crossover Day

HB 855 Workers’ compensation; coverage for first responders for post-traumatic stress disorder arising in the course of employment; provide

Status: 1/24/2022 – House Second Readers. Did not pass Crossover Day

HB 865 Labor and industrial relations; professional employer organizations; provisions

Status: 1/14/2022 – House Second Readers. Did not pass Crossover Day

HB 866 Labor and industrial relations; employers to provide workers’ compensation to certain persons; require

Status: 1/14/2022 – House Second Readers. Did not pass Crossover Day

HB 867 Truth in Prescription Pricing for Patients Act; enact

Status: 2/7/2022 – Senate Read and Referred to Senate Insurance and Labor Committee. House voted 166-1.

HB 872 Gwinnett County; Board of Education; revise district boundaries

Status: 2/17/2022 – Signed by Governor. House vote 148-7. Senate vote 49-0.

HB 873 Gwinnett County; Board of Commissioners; revise district boundaries

Status: 2/17/2022 – Signed by Governor. House vote 96-70. Senate vote 33-22.

HB 884 Professions and businesses; expedited licenses for military spouses; provisions

Status: 3/30/2022 –Senate Passed/Adopted As Amended 51-0. House Passed/Adopted by Substitute 164-0.

HB 920 Income tax; revise tax credit for certain investments to be limited to investments in entrepreneurship programs, centers, and initiatives

Status: 1/25/2022 – House Second Readers. Did not pass Crossover Day

HB 926 Labor and industrial relations; employers to provide certain documentation when compensating employees; require

Status: 1/25/2022 – House Second Readers. Did not pass Crossover Day

HB 932 Education; noncitizen students with certain refugee, special immigrant, or humanitarian parole status under federal law are classified as in-state for tuition purposes; provide

Status: 1/25/2022 – House Second Readers. Did not pass Crossover Day

HB 934 Sales and use tax; special district mass transportation

Status: 4/1/2022 – House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub 146-5. Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute 46-4. House Passed 150-8.

HB 961 Torts; authorize apportionment of damages in single-defendant lawsuits; provide for evidence of fault of nonparties

Status: 3/30/2022 – Senate Passed/Adopted 52-0. House passed 168-0.

HB 1013 Mental Health Parity Act; enact

Status: 3/30/2022 – Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute 54-0 and House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub. House Passed/Adopted by Substitute 169-3.

HB 1037 Georgia Peer Workforce Navigator Pilot Program Act; enact

Status: 2/1/2022 – House Second Readers assigned to House Industry and Labor Committee. Did not pass Crossover Day

HB 1044 Local government; creation of regional development authorities; provide

Status: 4/1/2022 – Senate Passed/Adopted As Amended 42-10. Passed out of the House 165-0.

HB 1058 Income tax; affiliated corporations file separate or consolidated returns; provisions

Status: 4/4/2022 – Senate Passed/Adopted 51-0. House Passed 163-0.

HB 1091 Torts; liability of owners and occupiers of land; provisions

Status: 2/2/2022 – House Second Readers assigned to House Judiciary Committee. Did not pass Crossover Day

HB 1093 Local government; residential dwellings; prohibit certain use restrictions

Status: 2/2/2022 – House Second Readers assigned to House Judiciary Committee. Did not pass Crossover Day

HB 1152 Fair Business Practices Act of 1975; require merchants to accept cash for purchases

Status: 2/3/2022 – House Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee Favorably Reported by Substitute. Did not pass Crossover Day

HB 1187 Sales and use tax; exemption for certain high-technology data center equipment; extend sunset

Status: 3/16/2022 – Senate Read and Referred to Senate Finance Committee. House Passed/Adopted by Substitute 153-14

HB 1291 Sales and use tax; exemption for sale or lease of computer equipment of high-technology companies; revise spending threshold and extend sunset date

Status: 4/1/2022 – Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute 44-8. House Passed/Adopted by Substitute 150-17

HB 1322 Public utilities and public transportation; deployment of electric vehicle charging equipment; provide

Status: 3/9/2022 – House Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Committee Favorably Reported by Substitute. Did not pass Crossover Day

HR 579 Georgia Commission on Sustainability and Economic Opportunity; create

Status: 2/8/2022 – House Small Business Development Committee Favorably Reported by Substitute

HR 627 House Study Committee on Bureaucratic Hindrances to Businesses; create

Status: 2/8/2022 – House Small Business Development Committee Favorably Reported by Substitute

SB 52 Selling and Other Trade Practices; legislative findings; standards for cybersecurity programs to protect businesses from liability; provide

Status: 4/4/2023 – House Judiciary Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute. Senate Passed/Adopted by Substitute 31-18.

SB 257 Georgia Crime Information Center; criminal history record restrictions for certain persons cited with or convicted of certain criminal offenses; provide

Status: 4/1/2022 – House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute. Senate Passed/Adopted by Substitute 48-3.

SB 329 Joint Tort-Feasors; apportionment of awards of damages among one or more persons in certain actions; provide

Status: 1/12/2022 – Senate Read and Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee. Did not pass Crossover Day

SB 331 “Protecting Georgia Businesses and Workers Act”; enact

Status: 3/22/2022 – House Passed/Adopted 99-67. Senate Passed/Adopted by Substitute 31-21.

SB 350 Elections; local legislation for nonpartisan elections for any county offices; authorize the General Assembly

Status: 1/25/2022 – Senate Read and Referred to Senate Ethics Committee. Did not pass Crossover Day

SB 363 “Fair Business Practices Act of 1975,”; class action suits and for damages for violating the requirements for solicitations for corporate filings; provide

Status: 3/30/2022 – House Passed/Adopted 169-0. Senate voted 51-0

SB 369 Board of Education of Gwinnett County; future elections for members of the board of education shall be nonpartisan; provide

Status: 2/21/2022 – Signed by Governor. House vote 95-61. Senate vote 32-21

SB 379 State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia; establish a program to promote the creation and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in the state; provide

Status: 3/30/2022 – House Passed/Adopted 166-1. Senate Passed by Substitute 42-4

SB 393 ‘Common Carrier Non-Discrimination Act’; enact

Status: 3/11/2022 – House Second Readers. Senate Passed/Adopted by Substitute 33-21.

SB 394 “Georgia Computer Data Privacy Act”; enact

Status: 1/27/2022 – Senate Read and Referred to Senate Science and Technology Committee. Did not pass Crossover Day

SB 421 ‘Georgia Utility Rate Reduction Act (GURRA)’; enact

Status: 3/9/2022 – Senate Read Second Time. Senate Committee on Regulated Industries and Utilities Favorably Reported by Substitute. Did not pass Crossover Day

SB 438 Contracts; certain provisions relating to retainage of progress payments; change

Status: 3/28/2022 – House Passed/Adopted 151-0. Senate Passed/Adopted 52-0.

SB 460 Education; noncitizen students who have received a grant of deferred action for childhood arrivals; qualify for in-state classification; may be extended same consideration as citizens of the United States

Status: 2/7/2022 – Senate Read and Referred to Senate Higher Education Committee. Did not pass Crossover Day

SB 492 Public Utilities and Transportation; the deployment of electric vehicle charging equipment; provide

Status: 2/11/2022 – Senate Read and Referred to Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee. Did not pass Crossover Day

SB 597 Department of Administrative Services; provide for definitions; certification of certain business enterprises; provide

Status: 3/4/2022 – Senate Read and Referred to Senate Insurance and Labor Committee. Did not pass Crossover Day

SR 463 Joint Study Committee on the Electrification of Transportation; create

Status: 3/30/2022 – House Passed/Adopted 167-0. Senate Passed/Adopted 53-0


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