GBAN Legislative Update – February 9, 2018

Legislative Calendar

This week, the Georgia General Assembly convened Monday through Thursday completing eighteen legislative days of the 40-day session.The General Assembly will reconvene on Monday, February 12, and work through Thursday.

Chamber Scorecard Legislation

House Resolution 993: Constitutional Amendment to create business court with statewide jurisdiction

Chamber Position: SUPPORT

Bill Author: Representative Chuck Efstration (Dacula)

HR 993 proposes an amendment to the Georgia Constitution that would establish a business court with statewide jurisdiction. If enacted and approved by voters in November, this court would provide specialized resolution of complex business litigation matters.

Legislation of Interest

This week, the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council (GAC) convened several committee meetings to vet and take positions on bills that impact the state’s business community.

Senate Bill 355: Nuclear Generating Plant; recovery of the costs of financing the construction; provisions

Chamber Position: OPPOSE

Bill Author: Senator Chuck Hufstetler (Rome)

SB 355 seeks to discontinue the application of the Nuclear Energy Financing Act as it relates to Plant Vogtle.  The impact of this action would add cost to the construction project.

House Bill 785: Solid waste management; certain definitions; modify and enact

Chamber Position: SUPPORT

Bill Author: Representative Randy Nix (LaGrange)

HB 785 will provide for additional management options for materials previously classified as waste, such as non-recycled feedstock and post-use plastics.  This will allow for materials that cannot currently be economically recycled to be converted in to a new fuel source.

Political Affairs Update

Election Day for State House District 175 will held be on Tuesday, February 13. If you are a resident of this district, we strongly encourage you to get out and vote for Chamber-endorsed candidate John LaHood. To learn more about John and his campaign, visit To locate your polling place, visit the Secretary of State website.

The Georgia Chamber Political Affairs Council, Inc. (PAC) is continuing to support candidates for office who will champion business-friendly, job-creating initiatives. Your support of the PAC is essential as we work to keep Georgia the number one state in which to do business.To make a donation to the PAC, click here. For additional information regarding the Chamber’s Political Affairs Council, Inc., contact Chelsey Ruppersburg at

Click here to learn more about the Chamber’s 2018 Legislative Priorities.

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