In Other Action This Week...
Here's a summary of other legislation we've been monitoring, asking to be amended or generally involved with all session.
Power of Attorney.
The Senate Judiciary Committee amended and reported HB 221
by Rep. Chuck Efstration
(R-Dacula). The bill is essentially a rewrite of the current power of attorney statute. Our thanks to Rep. Efstration for making a number of changes we recommended in the legislation. The bill was amended this week to take more of our suggestions and to clarify that limited powers of attorney used in many transactions like real estate closings are not covered by the new legislation. GBA supports
Save, Earn, Win Act.
The House Banks and Banking Committee chaired by Rep. Greg Morris
(R-Vidalia) held a hearing but took no further action on SB 134
by Sen. David Shafer
(R-Duluth). The bill authorizes banks and credit unions to offer a deposit account with a raffle component to encourage savings. GBA supports.
The Senate Finance Committee chaired by Sen. Chuck Hufstetler
(R-Rome) reported HB 357
by Rep. Ron Stephens
(R-Savannah). The bill creates a process by which boats and other watercraft will be titled. GBA supports.
The Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee chaired by Sen. Mike Dugan
(R-Carrollton) reported HB 87
by Rep. Brad Raffensperger
(R-Johns Creek). The bill makes the current annual corporate registration requirement good for three years. GBA is monitoring.
Property Tax Bills.
The Senate Finance Committee amended and reported HB 204
by Rep. Brett Harrell
(R-Snellville). The bill prohibits any non-tax fees from being included on an ad valorem tax bill. GBA is monitoring.
Statewide Tax Lien Registry.
The Senate Finance Committee reported HB 337
by Rep. Bruce Williamson
(R-Monroe). The bill creates a new process by which state tax liens will be registered at the state level. The bill is a priority of the Department of Revenue. GBA is monitoring.
Electronic Lien and Title
- Commercial Vehicles.
The Senate Public Utilities Committee chaired by Sen. Tyler Harper
(R-Ocilla) reported HB 412
by Rep. Timothy Barr
(R-Lawrenceville). The bill expands the current electronic lien and title program to certain commercial motor vehicles. GBA is monitoring.
Maps, Plats, Plan Filings.
The Senate Judiciary Committee reported H.B. 76
by Rep. Rick Jasperse
(R-Jasper). The bill makes several changes to legislation passed in the 2016 session creating a more user-friendly system for the filing of maps, plats and plans for real estate. This bill mostly deals with condominium projects and land surveyors. GBA is monitoring.
- File Electronically.
The Senate Judiciary Committee reported HB 15
by Rep. Wendell Willard
(R-Sandy Springs). The bill creates a new process by which certain civil proceedings will be filed electronically with the courts. Convenience fees for those using credit card or bank drafting service is limited to no more than 3.5 percent of the legislated fees plus $0.30 per transaction. GBA supports.