Georgia Chamber

Legislative Updates

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Georgia is very proud to be known nationally as the number one state to do business.  We boast Fortune 500 headquarters and our recruitment efforts are second to none.  Our economic development efforts have yielded major prospects, citing good quality of life and good business climate.  The startup scene is growing and we now rank third in the country in film production. However, one area…

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Georgia Chamber Endorses U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson

For Immediate Release Georgia Chamber of Commerce Endorses U.S. Senator and Senate Candidate Johnny Isakson ATLANTA–July 25, 2016–On behalf of our 40,000 members and their 2,000,000 employees across all industry sectors throughout the state, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce is proud endorse U.S. Senator and Senate candidate Johnny Isakson. The Georgia Chamber strives to support those individuals whose priorities include advancing economic development and job…

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Georgia Chamber of Commerce Endorses Drew Ferguson for Congress

    For Immediate Release Georgia Chamber of Commerce Endorses Drew Ferguson for Congress ATLANTA–July 14, 2016–On behalf of our 40,000 members and their 2,000,000 employees across all industry sectors throughout the state, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce is proud to endorse Drew Ferguson for Congress in Georgia’s Third District.  Each year, the Georgia Chamber strives to support those individuals whose priorities include advancing economic…

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Georgia Chamber’s Government Affairs Council Announces Legislators of the Year

For Immediate Release GEORGIA CHAMBER’S GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES LEGISLATORS OF THE YEAR How they voted supports strong pro-business policy agenda ATLANTA – June 15, 2016 – Each year, the Georgia Chamber’s Government Affairs Council recognizes legislators for their votes on critical business legislation. During this year’s spring meeting Senator Jeff Mullis, Representative John Meadows and Representative Beth Beskin all received top honors in recognition…

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Georgia Chamber Launches New Digital Voter Scorecard

For Immediate Release ATLANTA – May 23, 2016 – The Georgia Chamber continues to take the legislative session beyond the Gold Dome with the launch of its interactive digital voter guide, the Chamber scorecard http://gachamberscore.com/. This user friendly platform offers the business community and Georgia voters the ability to track how legislators vote on important economic issues. With hundreds of bills debated each legislative session,…

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Innovation & Technology Committee hosted a reception at Google Atlanta

The Innovation & Technology Committee hosted a reception at Google Atlanta on April 13, 2016. Georgia Chamber President & CEO Chris Clark facilitated an interactive polling experience to determine innovation and technology issues affecting companies in the state and gain insight on where the Chamber should focus policy efforts.

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House Bill 937 extends the sunset provision on the sales and use tax credit

Also sponsored by Representative Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), House Bill 937 extends the sunset provision on the sales and use tax credit for competitive projects of regional significance through 2019. This credit for projects of regional significance is an essential tool used by the Department of Economic Development in recruiting new industry to Georgia

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House Bill 936 provides clarity to an existing tax credit program

Sponsored by Representative Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), House Bill 936 provides clarity to an existing tax credit program designed to entice job creation throughout the state. Also a priority for the Department of Economic Development, HB 936 provides that a “new full-time employee job” means a newly-created position requiring a minimum of 35 hours per week paying at or above the average wage in the lowest…

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House Bill 935, extending the inventory ad valorem tax exemption, passes

Sponsored by Representative Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), House Bill 935 extends the inventory ad valorem tax exemption, also known as the Freeport exemption, to fulfillment centers. A priority for the Department of Economic Development, this legislation recognizes, and further promotes, the positive impact of internet commerce in Georgia.

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Annual IRS update bill was passed and signed into law

The annual IRS update bill was passed and signed into law midway through the 2016 session. Sponsored by Rep. David Knight (R-Griffin), House Bill 742 ensures the continued stability and compliance of the Georgia Revenue Code that is vital to the operation of businesses of all sizes. Of particular note, HB 742 increases the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000 in state revenue code, which…

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