Legislature Bills: Status on Crossover Day

Following is the status of various legislation that is active in the State Legislature for 2012 as of “Crossover Day”. Crossover day is the day of the legislative session where no new legislation will be considered. Although many of these have not passed as of March 9th, they are still very much active and the final status could be substantially different.

Bills that did not pass the House or Senate by Crossover Day:

• HB 109 – Prohibit Use of County Equipment to Lobby
• HB 236 - Bars Tax Commissioners, Staff to be in State Retirement Unless Authorized by Commissioners
• HB 291 – Removal of Authority to Collect Fees on Property Tax Bills
• HB 650 – Increases Local Bid Mandates
• HB 672 – Legislative Schedule for Authorizing New Municipalities
• HB 679 – No License Required for Concealed Weapons
• HB 688 – Locals Must Approve Power Line Routes
• HB 715 – Contracting for Municipal Tax Collection
• HB 782 – Numerous Animal Control Unfunded Mandates
• HB 802 – Allows for the Subdivision of Historic Property
• HB 814 – Changes in Content of SPLOST Published Annual Report
• HB 830 – Creates Standards for Creating a New City
• HB 849 – County Resolution Suffices to Hold Liquor Referendum
• HB 853 – No Zoning on Chickens, Rabbits and Honey Bees
• HB 881 – More Preference Mandates on Local Government Purchasing
• HB 889 – Campaign Finance Commission’s Rule Making Authority
• HB 893 – Eliminate Local Governments Ability to Lien Solid Waste Fees
• HB 938 – New TSPLOST Bill
• HB 981 – Concealed Gun Carry Law – Another Round of Extensive Revisions
• HB 993 – Retail Fairness Act
• HB 949 – Revise election code regarding petitions, qualifying, election dates, registration, other matters
• HB 1046 – Expand the Firing of Guns Near Roadways
• HB 1050 – Tourism Development Act
• HR 419 – Allow Gas Tax Revenues to Fund Airports
• SB 75 – Allow for Nonpartisan County Commission Races
• SB 146 – Increase Truck Weight Limits from 80,000 lbs to 86,000 lbs
• SB 269 – Compliance with Water Pollution Rules
• SB 340 – Clarifies Covenant Use Created Prior to Adoption of Zoning Laws
• SB 401 – Cogeneration and Distributed Generation Act
• SB 408 – Call Before You Dig – Replacing Traffic Devices Readily
• SB 415 – EPD Wastewater Permits: Only Need Before Operating Plant
• SB 457 – Requires Partisan Elections be Held for Most Elected Officials
• SB 467 – Septage Land Application – Ease Regulations
• SB 474 and HB 1199 – Establishes the Georgia Regional Transit Authority
• SB 508 – Local Government Public Works Bids – “May” Accept the Lowest Bid
• SR 1067 – Authorize the Re-Creation of Historically Existing Counties

Bills that passed in the House or the Senate by Crossover Day:

• HB 48 – Expanded Options for the Freeport Exemption
• HB 100 – Creation of a Tax Court for Cases with Department of Revenue
• HB 110 – Vacant Property Registry
• HB 247 – Department of Community Health Requirement to Fingerprint and Investigate EMS Personnel
• HB 351 – Increase in Probate Court Judges Retirement Surcharge – Include State Court
• HB 372 – Release of Unclaimed Bail Bonds in One Year to County General Fund
• HB 397 – Open Meetings Law Revision
• HB 514 – Authorizing Tastings at Liquor Distilleries
• HB 534 – Change in Population Range of Counties where Probate Judge Must Be Attorney
• HB 641 – Juvenile Code Rewrite
• HB 648 & HR 977 – Dedication of Indigent Defense Fees/ Constitutional Amendment
• HB 665 – Office of Clerk of Superior Court Clerk – Comprehensive Administrative Changes
• HB 685 – Define Vicious Dogs – Provide Penalties for Negligent Owners
• HB 725 – Qualification of Candidates
• HB 728 – Clarifies Covenant Use Created Prior to the Adoption of Zoning Laws
• HB 730 – Cannot Require nor Prohibit Bidders to/from Unions and Collective Bargaining
• HB 741 – State Supplemental FY 2012 Budget
• HB 742 – State FY 2013 Budget
• HB 743 – Motor Fuel Tax Exemption for Public Transit and Public Campus Systems
• HB 763 – Clarification of Eligibility of Certain Persons to Serve as Trial or Grand Jurors
• HB 811 – Prevent the Redirection of Dedicated Fees
• HB 817 – DOT Annual Clean Up Bill
• HB 822 – Georgia Taxpayer Protection False Claims Act
• HB 827 – Makes Fleeing/Attempting to Elude Police or Impersonating a Police Officer A Felony Offense
• HB 828 – Makes Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer a Felony Offense
• HB 844 – Amends Revenue Bond Validation Hearing Requirements
• HB 864 – Locals to Have Notice of State Park Closings, Option to Operate
• HB 871 – Extends Sunset on Joshua’s Law – Fee on Traffic Fines
• HB 872 – Comprehensive Revision of Secondary Metal Theft Recyclers and Metal Theft Requirements
• HB 897 – Georgia Workforce Investment Board
• HB 899 – Election Code Revision
• HB 900 – Cancellation of Certificate of Title for Scrap Metal from Dismantled or Demolished Trailers
• HB 916 – Amendments to Conservation Use Special Assessments
• HB 940 – Modifies Payment Requirements for Indigent Defense Conflict Cases
• HB 991 – Sheriffs Vacancy – Procedures for Filling
• HB 994 – Extends Timeframe for Property Tax Break for Brownfield Property
• HB 997 – Makes Filing a False Lien Statement Against Public Officers a Crime
• HB 1048 – Statewide Process Server Certification – Removal of Sheriff’s Approval
• HB 1049 – Clarification of Definition Prepaid Cellular Service for Purpose of 911 Fees
• HB 1065 – Alcohol Sales – Changes in Local Tax Collection Date
• HB 1066 – Alcohol Sales – How to Measure Distances from Churches and Schools
• HB 1080 – Eliminate State 911 Advisory Committee
• HB 1123 – Repeals Authorization for Cities to Unilaterally Annex Unincorporated Islands
• HB 1176 – Criminal Justice Reform
• SB 225 – Create a New Offense of Transmitting a False Report
• SB 257 – Development Authorities
• SB 284 – Georgia Land Bank Act
• SB 286 – Prohibits New Tax Commissioners from Participating in the State Retirement Plan
• SB 293 – Replaces County Name Decal with “In God We Trust” on License Plates
• SB 321 – Comprehensive Metal Theft Revision
• SB 332 – Changes in Contents of SPLOST Published Annual Report
• SB 350 – Forfeiture of Firearms Used in Commission of a Crime
• SB 369 – Extend the Life of the Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council
• SB 371 – Authorize Counties to Improve Airports with CID Funds
• SB 379 – Pawn Transaction Fees – Prohibit Local Governments from Collecting
• SB 395 – Authorization to Impose a SPLOST at a Fraction of One Percent
• SB 402 – Expands Investment Capacity for State Employees Retirement Fund
• SB 411 – Creation of the Georgia Sheriff’s Cooperative Authority
• SB 424 – Expands Locations Where Certain Government Displays Can Be Located
• SB 432 – Counties Cannot Enact Any Ordinance More Restrictive Than General Law on Knife Sales
• SB 458 – Illegal Immigration Reform Revisions – Secure and Verifiable Documents by Mail
• SB 465 – Increase Punishment of Aggravated Assault Upon a Nurse While Engaged in Official Duties
• SB 493 – Gun Carry Permits – Authorize Those 18 and Over to Carry After Training

Bills passed by the House and Senate and signed by Governor Nathan Deal:
• HB 683 – Authorize Non-Attorneys to Answer Garnishment Proceedings

J. Michael Brewer
Interim County Administrator
County Legislative Coordinator

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