Two Bills We’re Supporting, Others Received Floor Votes This Week
Committees are quickly completing work on bills moving through the process for the legislation to be scheduled for consideration by the full House or Senate. Two bills we’re supporting received floor action this week:
Director and Officer Liability.
The Senate passed SB 373
by Sen. John Kennedy
(R-Macon). The bill is patterned after GBA’s legislation from 2018 that gave directors and officers of banks and other business corporations gross negligence protections under the state’s Business Judgment Rule. This bill applies to directors and officers of not-for-profit corporations like those who serve on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Bankers Association. The bill has been assigned to the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee.
Income Tax - Hurricane Michael Relief.
The Senate passed HB 105
by Rep. Sam Watson
(R-Moultrie). The bill exempts certain federal disaster relief payments to victims of Hurricane Michael from state income taxes. As the bill was amended in the Senate, it must return to the House for further action. GBA is monitoring.
Four other bills we’re monitoring also received floor votes this week:
The House passed HB 847
by Rep. John Corbett
(R-Lake Park), a bill that builds off legislation passed in 2019 setting up a regulatory structure for growing and processing hemp. The legislation is necessary so that the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s policies and procedures will comply with federal law and regulations.
The House passed HB 897
by Rep. James Burchett
(R-Waycross). The bill 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.
Elder Abuse Reporting.
The House passed HB 987
by Rep. Sharon Cooper
(R-Marietta), a comprehensive bill that increases the oversight of elder care facilities. We are monitoring the bill because of language contained in HB 978
by Rep. Bee Nguyen
(D-Atlanta) was merged into bill. That language 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 needs protective services or has been the victim of abuse, neglect or exploitation. The bill is pending in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
The House passed HB 968
by Rep. Chuck Efstration
(R-Dacula), a bill that would overturn Court of Appeals decisions that ensure existing warranties in contracts would remain in effect. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.