(R-Loganville) would give employers the discretion to issue payroll for wages in the manner chosen by the employer.
(R-Marietta) creates a committee to better understand whether additional security requirements for privacy protection and increased investments in better internet-of-things related security measures should be considered.
(D-Lithonia) creates a cybersecurity task force to study and make recommendations in eight areas related to the security of connected computing devices.
(R-Camilla) would amend the Constitution so as to authorize the General Assembly to provide by general law for the dedication of revenues derived from fees or taxes to the public purpose for which such fees or taxes were imposed.
(R-Marietta) revises procedures for the initiation of dispossessory actions to require a demand by the owner and a tenant's opportunity to cure.
by Rep. Chuck Efstration
(R-Dacula) increases the penalty for willfully failing to report cases of elder financial exploitation to a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.
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 was amended to remove private right of action language and merged with HB 987
by Rep. Sharon Cooper
(R-Marietta) which is a comprehensive bill that increases the oversight of elder care facilities
Electronic Filing – Courts
by Sen. William Ligon
(R-Brunswick) would exclude certain filings such as those related to the enforcement of child support orders to be entered into the clerk of court’s electronic filing registry.
Factory Built Buildings and Residential Units
by Rep. Joe Campbell
(R-Camilla) removes the requirement that factory-built buildings be permanently attached to a metal chassis.
Fair Housing Discrimination
by Sen. Tonya Anderson
(D-Lithonia) and HB 1010
by Rep. Kim Schofield
(D-Atlanta) are identical bills that among other things, prohibits lenders from discriminating in the making of loans secured by residential real property on the basis of hairstyles historically associated with race.
FDIC Insurance Premium Deductibility
HB 762 by Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) would restore the deduction of FDIC insurance premiums from state income tax liability for banks that lost the deduction when legislation was adopted to conform with recent federal tax reform legislation.
FinTech Regulatory Sandbox
HB 763 by Rep. Todd Jones (R-Cumming) empowers the Attorney General to designate a developing financial product or service as innovative and in so doing, that would allow a person, without being licensed or registered as would otherwise be required, to test the products or services for a limited time and on a limited basis.
HB 776 by Rep. Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) would provide protections for military service members in the event of foreclosures or other proceedings to enforce secured obligations.
by Rep. Dale Washburn
(R-Macon) would provide that it shall be unlawful for a person with intent to hinder, delay, impair, or defraud a creditor's rights to deed or otherwise transfer title to real property to another person without the knowledge or consent of such other person.
SB 443 by Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro) is a substantial revision to the current garnishment statute with one of the more significant provisions being to extend Georgia’s continuing garnishments from six months to three years.
HB 715 by Rep. Shaw Blackmon (R-Bonaire) removes certain references to gross receipts in the tax code.
HB 847 by Rep. John Corbett (R-Lake Park) builds off legislation passed in 2019 setting up a regulatory structure for growing and processing hemp in order for the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s policies and procedures will be in compliance with federal law and regulations.
HB 904 by Rep. Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah) changes “lot owner” to “declarant” as a party that may request exemption from assessments.
Homeowner Association Study Committee
HR 933 by Rep. William Bodie (D-East Point) 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.
Homeowner/Property Owner Association Statement of Accounts
by Rep. P.K. Martin, IV
(R-Lawrenceville) would establish a statutory statement of accounts to be used by authorized parties representing homeowner or property owner associations to respond to requests for information needed by mortgage lenders to consider a loan request, including outstanding fees owed by property owners.
Information Security Officer – Covenants
HB 81 by Rep. Todd Jones (R-Cumming) would prohibit restrictive covenants from being included in information technology employee contract agreements.
SR 793 by Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) that creates a joint House-Senate Study Committee on private financing of infrastructure projects.
Installment Land Contracts
HB 729 by Rep. Debra Bazemore (D-South Fulton) creates a filing process with the Clerk of Superior Court of a new type of document related to the sale of land over a period of five or more years.
SB 315 by Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) intends to address Court of Appeals decisions involving waivers of liens and notices of nonpayment in contractor-subcontractor relationships. As background, the Courts reversed the customary belief that not perfecting a lien waiver waived a contractor’s lien rights, but did not affect the contractor’s right to bring a subsequent breach of contract action. The proposed bill reverses the Court of Appeals decisions and codifies the industry’s prior understanding. If passed, contractors may bring a breach of contract action (usually for non-payment) even if they do not perfect their lien rights. The bill also adds an additional 30 days for the contractor to perfect their lien to bring the time to 90 days.
Peer-to-peer Vehicle Sharing
by Rep. Shaw Blackmon
(R-Bonaire) would establish a regulatory structure for peer-to-peer vehicle sharing services.
HB 865 by Rep. Mitchell Scoggins (R-Cartersville) is a substantial rewrite of the Probate Code that was last revised in 1999.
Property Tax Bills
HB 411 by Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville) would preclude tax commissioners from including on property tax bills nontax related fees or assessments, including, but not limited to, storm-water service fees or solid waste service fees.
HB 528 by Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton) allows the convictions of certain crimes to be concealed.
HB 828 by Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) would require retail establishments to allow access to employee restrooms if public restrooms are not available for customers that have written documentation from health professionals of certain illnesses. Exemptions are included for locations where sensitive or federally protected information is stored.
Right to Farm
HB 545 by Rep. Tom McCall (R-Elberton) seeks to strengthen and protect farmers from loopholes in the existing right to farm statute.
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.
Self-settled Spendthrift Trust
SB 186 by Sen. Bill Cowsert (R-Athens) creates a new trust in Georgia that allows the creator of the trust to also be the beneficiary of the trust.
Stored Value Cards
HB 488 by Rep. Martin Momtahan (R-Dallas) would establish a process intended to prevent the use of stored value cards to commit organized retail crime.
Student Loan Defaults – Professional Licenses
HB 42 by Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holy Springs). The bill would prohibit the state’s professional licensing boards from refusing to issue a license or suspending or revoking the license of a person who is a borrower in default under an educational loan issued through the Georgia Higher Education Assistance Corporation or through a federal agency. Among other licensees, those for money transmitters, check cashers and mortgage brokers are included.
SB 92 by Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) would prohibit a professional licensing board from revoking licenses due solely to a student loan default.
HB 641 by Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee) authorizes subpoena powers for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, upon the approval of the Attorney General, to investigate alleged violations of the Georgia Computer Systems Protection Act. Ransomware attacks would be the most likely type of crimes covered by the new subpoena powers.
Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions
SB 302by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) creates a process to review various state tax credits, deductions and exemptions. GBA has provided Sen. Albers an analysis of the Bank Tax Credit developed by GBA’s Tax Advisory Committee explaining the background of the credit and that it is neither an incentive nor transferable credit.
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.
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.
SB 329 by Sen. Randy Robertson (R-Cataula) provides for the regulation of the title pawn industry and places oversight in the Department of Banking and Finance. The lenders are being authorized to make loans up to $3,000 for three years or less with an APR not to exceed 36%. The Department is authorized to charge fees to cover the cost of supervision. Banks are specifically exempted.
HB 968 by Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula) and SB 451 by Sen. John Kennedy (R-Macon) are identical bills that would overturn Court of Appeals decisions that ensure existing warranties in contracts would remain in effect.
HB 532 by Rep. Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick) would require the collection of a defined fee to be remitted to the state for sending certain wire transfers.
HR 826 by Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) recognizes Margaret Ayers of Northeast Georgia Bank, Lavonia, for 75 years of service at the bank.
HR 912 by Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) recognizes former GBA Chairman Jimmy Burnsed for his leadership to the State of Georgia and especially Bryan County. The resolution also calls for an interchange on I-95 to be named in his honor.
HR 913 by Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) recognizes Jimmy Burnsed and another local leader, Harold Fowler, and calls for a bridge to be named in their honor. Congratulations, Jimmy!
by Sen. Butch Miller
(R-Gainesville) recognizes Ron Quinn
, president and CEO of Peach State Bank, Gainesville, for his years of community service and recently being recognized with the prestigious 2020 Gainesville Rotary W. Lee Arrendale Vocational Excellence Award.