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Many County Priorities Meet Crossover Day Deadline

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Wednesday, March 16 marked a critical point in the 2011 legislative session as bills that originated in either the House or the Senate had to pass that chamber before the end of the day in order to receive future consideration this year.

Many bills containing county priority issues successfully met this Crossover Day deadline.  Just as important, many bills containing issues of concern to counties were stopped.  The final ten days of this year’s legislative session will be very busy as the House and Senate must consider legislation that has been passed by the other chamber and reconcile any differences before Day 40.  The General Assembly also must finalize the FY2012 state budget.
ACCG would like to thank all county commissioners and staff who contacted legislators to urge their support or opposition on key bills in the last few days.  Your calls and emails definitely help to make a difference and reinforce information that ACCG provides legislators about the impact of legislation at the local level.
Following is a summary of the legislation that is of interest to counties:
Bills that did not pass the House or Senate by Crossover Day:
  • HB 71 – Restores Local Control Over Bicycles on Sidewalks
  • HB 73 – Authorizes Fractional Sales Tax for Economic Development
  • HB 76 – Creates Georgia Certified Retirement Community Program
  • HB 131 – Reduces State/DOT Fines for Polluting Georgia’s Streams
  • HB 235 – Allows Sales Tax to be Used to Finance Convention and Tourist Attractions
  • HB 259 – Changes Motor Vehicle Taxation
  • HB 284 – Allows for Private Process Servers
  • HB 291 – Removes Authority to Collect Fees on Property Tax Bills
  • HB 301 – Doubles Exemptions to Truck Weight Limits
  • HB 321 – Allows Sales Tax to be Used to Finance Tourism Developments
  • HB 381 – Extends Property Tax Assessment Cap
  • HB 397 – Revises Open Meetings Open Records Law
  • HB 428 – Creates New Method of Annexation
  • HB 475 – Amends Development Authority Bonding Law
  • HB 487 – Expands Overloaded Truck Permitting
  • SB 27 – Illegal Immigration Reform – Expands E-Verify Requirements and Penalties
  • SB 188 – Expands Animals that Can be Raised as Alternative Livestock
To see the entire Legislative Update, click here.
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