Legislation Introduced This Week
Four bills were introduced this week that we’ve added to our monitoring list. We update the State Issues Page
on our website daily, so be sure to check that page to follow issues of interest to you. Here is more information about the bills we added this week:
Elder Abuse Reporting. HB 978
by Rep. Bee Nguyen
(D-Atlanta) amends the current statute related to mandated reporters including employees of financial institutions to prohibit retaliation against a person relating to a report that a disabled adult or elder person is in need of protective services or has been the victim of abuse, neglect or exploitation. The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Human Relations & Aging.
GBA is monitoring.
Rural Capital Investment. HB 930
by Rep. John Corbett
(R-Lake Park) amends the Georgia Agribusiness and Rural Jobs Act to add $100 million of additional credits to be available for eligible capital investment purposes in counties having population less than 75,000. The bill has been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee. GBA is monitoring.
Timber Harvesting. HB 897
by Rep. James Burchett
(R-Waycross) requires the State Forestry Commission to develop a website to provide a state-wide notification platform for persons or firms harvesting standing timber to utilize as a uniform system of notification to local governing authorities. The bill has been assigned to the House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee. GBA is monitoring.
Timber Loss Tax Deduction. HB 919
by Rep. Matt Hatchett
(R-Dublin) provides for a deduction from Georgia taxable income for casualty losses of timber in an amount based on the diminution of value. The bill has been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee. GBA monitoring.
Tort Reform. SB 390
by Sen. Steve Gooch
(R-Dahlonega) is a comprehensive bill to streamline the process of litigation and reduce costs for Georgia's industries, small businesses and citizens. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. GBA supports.
Individual Recognition. SR 746
by Sen. Butch Miller
(R-Gainesville) recognizes Ron Quinn
, president and CEO of Peach State Bank & Trust
, Gainesville, for his years of community service and recently being recognized with the prestigious 2020 Gainesville Rotary W. Lee Arrendale Vocational Excellence Award. Congratulations, Ron!