New Bills Added to our Tracking List
We added the following bills to our tracking list this week:
Consumer Credit Reporting Bureau Fees. SB 376 by Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth) is similar to SB 345 introduced last week by Sen. Jen Jordan (D-Atlanta) and removes the statutory authorization for a consumer credit reporting agency to charge a fee to a consumer who chooses to place or remove a security freeze on the consumer’s account. The bill was assigned to the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. Abandoned Motor Vehicles. HB 773 by Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) revises the process by which abandoned motor vehicles are sold, including a process to foreclose outstanding liens. The bill has been assigned to the House Motor Vehicles Committee. Appraisal Management Companies. HB 775 by Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) is a substantial revision to the existing statutes related to appraisal management companies. The bill has been assigned to the House Regulated Industries Committee. Homeowner, Community and Condo Associations. HB 748 by Rep. William Boddie (D-East Point) creates the Community Association Transparency and Protection Act requiring certain documentation be provided as projects are completed and turned over to homeowner-run associations and ongoing requirements for those entities. The bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. A companion bill, SB 374 by Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rental Agreement Terminations. HB 745 by Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) authorizes an individual to terminate a rental agreement in certain circumstances related to family violence. The bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.
Rural Development Council Recommendations. After hearings throughout the state this past summer and fall, the Council has made a number of recommendations for legislation to address identified needs in rural Georgia. Two bills were introduced this week:
- HB 769 by Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper) contains the healthcare recommendations. Among those are the elimination of the requirement for a pharmacist to be present at all times in a hospital pharmacy; expediting the credentialing process for access to state medical plans; the establishment of the Rural Center for Healthcare Innovation and Sustainability; and the creation of a new entity called a micro hospital. The bill has been assigned to the House Health and Human Services Committee.
- HB 735 by Rep. Patty Bentley (D-Butler) creates a state tax credit for short-line railroads similar to the federal tax credit. The bill has been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee.