Committees Acted on Several Bills of Interest This Week
Several bills we’re monitoring were either subject to hearings or received favorable votes in committees to move forward this week.
Homeowner Association Study Committee.
The House Special Rules Committee held a hearing, amended and reported HR 117
by Rep. William Boddie
(D-East Point). The bill creates a committee to study how homeowners’, condominium owners’ and similar community associations could be better organized to implement requirements and procedures for turnover and transition from declarants, developers or management companies. The bill is pending before the House Rules Committee. GBA is monitoring.
Specialized Land Transactions.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing and reported HB 470
by Rep. Dale Washburn
(R-Macon). The bill relates to the regulation of specialized land transactions to provide that no plans are required when units are not designated by physical structures. GBA is monitoring.
The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing, amended and reported HB 282
by Rep. Steven Meeks
(R-Screven). The bill addresses the ad valorem taxation of qualified timberland property by defining parameters for “contiguous” property, specifying how the appraised value of timberland property is calculated, and clarifies the required documentation landowners must submit to the Commissioner of Revenue for certification. GBA is monitoring.
Ad Valorem Tax Exemption – Agriculture.
The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing and reported HB 498
by Rep. Sam Watson
(R-Moultrie). The bill expands an exemption for agricultural equipment and certain farm products to include entities comprising two or more family-owned farm entities and adds dairy products and unfertilized eggs of poultry as qualified farm products with respect to such exemption. The bill is pending in the Senate Rules Committee. GBA is monitoring.
At the request of Sen. Randy Robertson
(R-Cataula), the Senate Public Safety Committee amended a bill related to driver’s licenses, SB 289, to incorporate Sen. Robertson’s legislation, SB 171
, the Safe Communities Act. Among other things, that bill provides for enhanced penalties for certain offenses committed during an unlawful assembly. A bank is listed among those businesses defined as providing public accommodations that would be covered by the proposal. GBA is monitoring.
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing, amended and reported SB 86
by Sen. Larry Walker
(R-Perry). The bill is similar to HB 153 above and amends the "Fair Business Practices Act of 1975" to require those soliciting services for corporate filings required by the Secretary of State who are other than government officials to clearly show there is no relationship to the governmental entity on the solicitation. The bill is pending in the House Rules Committee. GBA is monitoring.