July Legislation

New Georgia Laws – Chamber supported legislation effective July first.

Below are the Chamber’s legislative scorecard bills that went into effect on July first, and are helping keep Georgia the #1 state for business.

House Bill 338, Sponsored by Representative Kevin Tanner (R – Dawsonville)
House Bill 338 gives low performing schools the tools to help all students reach their full potential.  It is a long-standing Chamber position to support any education initiative that supports students in their pursuit of a quality education and academic success.  HB 338 allows all students to prepare for post-secondary and career success and will help build a strong workforce and ensure employers have the talent they need to keep Georgia competitive.

House Bill 245, Sponsored by Representative Al Williams (D – Midway)
House Bill 245 requires professional licensing boards and other boards to adopt rules and regulations that allow military spouses and transitioning service members to qualify for certain licenses. This legislation will assist in Georgia’s compliance with the Base Realignment and Closure Committee (BRACC) and help better serve our state’s military families, personnel, and institutions.

House Bill 192, Sponsored by Representative Beth Beskin (R – Atlanta)
House Bill 192 fixes an issue by returning Georgia to a standard that existed prior to a 2014 Georgia Supreme Court decision, which has placed business at a greater risk of losing qualified directors and officers who serve on corporate boards. The bill brings the standard of care for officers and directors in Georgia back in line with the standard in 35 other states. HB 192 will create a more predictable legal climate that is attractive to companies considering Georgia as a potential corporate headquarters and to businesses of all sizes who care deeply that the civil justice system remain fair and equitable to all parties.

Don’t forget to check our Georgia Chamber Scorecard for frequent updates on bills that impact you and your business.

The Georgia Chamber is gearing up for what is already a busy and extremely important 2018 election cycle and we need your help. This pivotal election will decide who resides in the Governor’s mansion, all statewide-elected constitutional officers, and every member of the Georgia General Assembly. We are moving full steam ahead to support pro-jobs candidates; because maintaining our standing as the #1 State for Business begins at the ballot box. Groups intent on damaging Georgia’s business environment and driving up your cost of doing business are already raising money for their political engagement efforts. Your personal or corporate commitment today to the Georgia Chamber PAC will ensure that we as an organization are prepared to meet the challenges ahead. If you have any questions about the Political Affairs Council or would like more information regarding the Chamber’s political engagement efforts, please contact Chelsey Ruppersburg at cruppersburg@gachamber.com.

 

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