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Gold Dome Report – Legislative Day 8

Although Wednesday was Mental Health Day at the State Capitol, legislators and lobbyists appeared much more checked out on Thursday. Both chambers convened, and the House debated and passed HB 841 (putting forth a referendum on the City of East Cobb), but there was little other action in the halls under the Gold Dome. Overflowing hoppers in the Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate’s office made up for the lack of legislator action, though–over 100 propositions were introduced and approved or assigned to committee on Thursday. Highlights of the most notable new legislation in this #GoldDomeReport.

The General Assembly now heads home for a long weekend, returning on Tuesday, February 1 to reconvene for Legislative Day 9.

In this Report:

  • New Legislation

  • What’s Next


New Legislation

The following legislation of interest has been introduced in the House:


Mental Health Parity Act; enact

GA Speaker David Ralston (R-GA-007)


Sales and use tax; exemption for sales of admissions to nonrecurring major sporting events; revise

GA Rep. Marcus Wiedower (R-GA-119)


Georgia Peer Workforce Navigator Pilot Program Act; enact

GA Rep. William Boddie (D-GA-062)


Income tax; limit eligibility for rural physician tax credit to physicians who qualify on or before December 31, 2022

GA Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-GA-043)


Social services; community action agencies to submit audit reports and IRS forms before any contracts are made with DHS; require

GA Rep. Patty Bentley (D-GA-139)


Income tax; tax credits for contributions to rural hospital organizations;  increase aggregate limit

GA Rep. Clay Pirkle (R-GA-155)


OneGeorgia Authority Act; grant program to establish primary care medical facilities in health professional shortage areas; provide

GA Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-GA-011)


Local government; creation of regional development authorities; provide

GA Rep. Clay Pirkle (R-GA-155)


Education; local units of administration to annually report to State Board of Education certain information regarding educational performance of foster care students

GA Rep. Sandra Scott (D-GA-076)


State Board of Nursing Home Administrators; revise composition

GA Rep. John LaHood (R-GA-175)


Penal institutions; tracking of inmate labor; provide

GA Rep. Rebecca Mitchell (D-GA-106)


Income tax; certain expenditures made by postproduction companies; extend tax credit

GA Rep. Ron Stephens (R-GA-164)


Georgia Equine Therapy Recovery Program; establish

GA Rep. Mandisha Thomas (D-GA-065)


Mental health; standard suite of services that community service boards are required to provide in their respective service areas; provide

GA Rep. Gerald Greene (R-GA-151)


Income tax; affiliated corporations file separate or consolidated returns; provisions

GA Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-GA-115)


Insurance; unfair trade practices and unlawful inducements; provide for exclusions

GA Rep. Matthew Gambill (R-GA-015)


House Study Committee on Bureaucratic Hindrances to Businesses; create

GA Rep. Bill Yearta (R-GA-152)


Joint Study Committee for Consolidation of County Governments and School Systems; create

GA Rep. Darlene Taylor (R-GA-173)


The following legislation of interest has been introduced in the Senate:


Education; state agencies and certain local government entities to take measures to prevent the use of curricula or training programs which act upon, promote, or encourage certain concepts, with exceptions; require

GA Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-GA-053)


State Government; take measures to prevent the use of curricula or training programs which act upon, promote, or encourage certain concepts, with exceptions; require state agencies

GA Sen. Bo Hatchett (R-GA-050)


State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia; establish a program to promote the creation and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in the state; provide

GA Sen. Brian "Brian" Strickland (R-GA-017)


Minimum Wage; certain provisions regarding the minimum wage law; revise

GA Sen. Lester Jackson (D-GA-002)


State Income Tax; all income paid to individuals 60 years of age or older who have been residents of Georgia for ten years; exclude from state income tax

GA Sen. Lester Jackson (D-GA-002)


'Common Carrier Non-Discrimination Act'; enact

GA Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-GA-027)


"Georgia Computer Data Privacy Act"; enact

GA Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-GA-027)


General Educational Development (GED) Diplomas; update and replace terminology; state approved high school equivalency (HSE) diplomas; provide

GA Sen. Russ Goodman (R-GA-008)

What’s Next

The General Assembly will reconvene for Legislative Day 9 on Tuesday, February 1, at 10AM.

The Senate is expected to consider the following propositions on Legislative Day 9:

  • SB 330 – "Giving the Gift of Life Act"; enact

  • SB 332 – "Inform Consumers Act"; enact

The House has not set a Rules Calendar for Legislative Day 9

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