ACCG Legislative Priorities Signed Into Law

May 8th was the last day Governor Deal had to sign/veto bills from the 2018 Legislative Session.  Through the diligent efforts of county officials communicating with their legislators, most of the legislation that would have been detrimental to counties did not pass while many bills that will provide benefits to counties will now become law.  Click here to view the list of the bills Governor Deal signed and here for the veto statements.

ACCG priority legislation signed by Governor Deal:

  • HB 751, this year's 911 legislation, establishes the necessary coordination of 911 centers across the state, increasing revenue and helping counties implement Next Generation 911;
  • SB 402, a collaborative Senate and House effort, provides the framework to facilitate broadband deployment to rural Georgia;          
  • HB 61 expands the collection of sales and use taxes on Internet and other “remote” sales from out-of-state vendors; 
  • SB 371 authorizes cities and counties to obtain more information from the Department of Revenue to determine whether vendors are submitting local sales taxes;
  • HB 930 establishes transit governance and funding, and authorizes metro Atlanta counties to levy a Transit SPLOST of up to 1 percent, for up to 30 years, for transit purposes;   
  • HB 329 makes substantial changes to the Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) system that will substantially increase the local share of TAVT and provide a new method of local allocation; and  
  • HB 811 authorizes the Department of Revenue to contract with companies that will examine, from publicly available information, whether businesses are underpaying state and local sales taxes.

ACCG’s Final 2018 Legislative Update which outlines other significant county issues from this past legislative session will be released on Thursday, May 17th. Tune in at 8:30 am on Friday, May 18th for the Facebook Live wrap up of the 2018 Georgia General Assembly session.