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2014 Scorecard Tracker

(as of 2/21/2014)

 

HB 176: Mobile Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development (BILD) Act
Sponsor: Don Parsons 44th
Status: Jan/31/2014 House Passed/Adopted by Substitute; Feb/03/2014 - Senate Read and Referred; Regulated Industries and Utilities
Chamber Position: Support; Scorecard

HB 176 provides for a streamlined regulatory process for companies investing in new or upgrading existing wireless infrastructure. Wireless and broadband infrastructure is a vital economic development resource to attract business and improve the quality of life for area residents, especially in rural Georgia, and this bill encourages those continued, important investments.
 

HB 419: Change the sales and use tax definition regarding manufacturing
Sponsor: Barry Fleming 121st
Status: Feb/22/2013 - House Ways & Means
Chamber Position: Oppose; Scorecard

HB 419 Removes the sales and use tax exemption on equipment used for power generation.


HB 532: Failure to use seat safety belts may be admitted into evidence under certain circumstances
Sponsor: Mike Jacobs 80th
Status: Mar/07/2013 - House Judiciary
Chamber Position: Support; Scorecard

HB 532 would permit a defendant to show that a plaintiff was not wearing a seat belt and demonstrate his or her contribution to the injury in an automotive case. This would apply to any motor vehicle containing seat belts.


HB 643: Georgia Civil Practice Act; general provisions governing discovery
Sponsor: Wendell Willard 51st
Status: Mar/22/2013 - House Judiciary
Chamber Position: Support; Scorecard

HB 643 mirrors the federal rules adopted recently in North Carolina which require a pre-trial discovery conference for determining the scope of discovery for ESI, introduces a concept of proportionality in searching, so that duplicative, burdensome, or expensive searches are not required unless there is a demonstrated need and permits the court to allocate discovery costs between the parties, and provides a safe harbor in the event that relevant information is unintentionally lost or destroyed.


HB 714: Determination of eligibility for unemployment benefits of certain people performing certain services
Sponsor: Mark Hamilton 24th 
Status: Feb/10/2014 - House Passed/Adopted by Substitute
Chamber Position: Support; Scorecard

HB 714 seeks to ensure uniformity in unemployment benefits qualifications by prohibiting private educational contractors working for public education institutions from collecting unemployment benefits during the summer months.


HB 958: Revenue and taxation; state income tax credit for qualified entertainment production companies; change certain provisions
Sponsor: Chad Nimmer 178th
Status: Feb/10/2014 – House First Readers; House Ways & Means
Chamber Position: Support; Scorecard

House Bill 958 was created as a result of Governor Deal's Competitiveness Initiative and would enact a number of measures related to revenue and taxation.  It provides a state income tax credit for qualified entertainment production companies (film, video or digital); an exemption from state sales taxes for qualified food banks; a sales tax holiday for energy efficient or water efficient products; and extends the sales tax exemption on construction materials used in competitive projects of regional significance (determined by the Department of Economic Development).


SB 73: Anti-T-SPLOST Penalty Act
Sponsor: John Albers 56th
Status: Jan/30/2013 – Senate Read and Referred; Senate Transportation
Chamber Position: Oppose; Scorecard

Senate Bill 73 would make significant changes to the Transportation Investment Act legislation passed in 2010 in which lawmakers set up a process through which every region of our state had the opportunity to choose to make much-needed transportation investments. Both the benefits and the risks were clearly outlined, and local leaders spent a significant amount of time developing project lists and educating the public prior to the vote last July. Three regions passed the referendum based on that legislation and will generate over $1.8 billion in new transportation dollars over the next ten years.

While The Georgia Chamber believes that the state needs to identify additional opportunities to address our state’s transportation needs, it should not be done in a way that backtracks on the commitment made to voters in those regions that passed the referendum last year.


SB 125: Liability of Owners/ Occupier of Land; codify the duty of a possessor of land to a trespasser against harm
Sponsor: Jesse Stone 23rd
Status: Feb/25/2013- Senate Passed/Adopted; Jan/31/2014 - House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Chamber Position: Support; Scorecard

Senate Bill 125 offers landowners liability protection against lawsuits brought upon by trespassers that were unintentionally harmed and injured on the property. The Chamber believes this legislation is an essential tool to protect property owners from unfair and unwarranted litigation brought by criminals.


SB 213: Flint River Drought Protection Act
Sponsor: Ross Tolleson 20th
Status: Mar/07/2013- Senate Passed/Adopted by Substitute; Mar/28/2013-House Withdrawn/Recommitted to House Agriculture & Consumer Affairs; Feb/05/2014 - House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Chamber Position: Support; Scorecard

SB 213 amends the current Flint River Drought Protection Act to better assist the agricultural economy in the Lower Flint River basin during extreme drought conditions. This bill would authorize EPD to augment stream flows in the Flint River basin during times of drought to protect at risk aquatic life. It will strengthen the state's defenses to challenges from Federal agencies and downstream jurisdictions. It is important Georgians make decisions about Georgia water management, rather than risk these decisions being determined by litigation in federal courts.


SB 368: Civil Practice; plaintiff's right to dismiss an action; change provisions
Sponsor: Charlie Bethel 54th
Status: Feb/10/2014 – Senate Read and Referred: Senate Judiciary
Chamber Position: Support; Scorecard

Currently, a plaintiff may dismiss his or her case without prejudice voluntarily at any time before the first witness is sworn.  SB 368 would limit the right to dismiss without prejudice once there is an entry of a pretrial order or the filing of a responsive pleading to a motion for summaryjudgment, whichever first occurs. This would permit a court to dismiss the case with prejudice when the defendant has actually been prejudiced by the action.  This change would mirror the current Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. 


SB 354: "Georgia Civil Practice Act"; governing discovery general provisions; electronically stored information
Sponsor: Bill Cowsert 46th
Status: Feb/05/2014 – Senate Read and Referred: Senate Judiciary
Chamber Position: Support; Scorecard

SB 354 mirrors the federal rules adopted recently in North Carolina which require a pre-trial discovery conference for determining the scope of discovery for ESI, introduces a concept of proportionality in searching, so that duplicative, burdensome, or expensive searches are not required unless there is a demonstrated need and permits the court to allocate discovery costs between the parties, and provides a safe harbor in the event that relevant information is unintentionally lost or destroyed.

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