Daily report, 2017 March 22

DAILY REPORT Wednesday
March 22, 2017

37th Legislative
Day

House Budget & Research Office (404) 656-5050

House Media Services (404) 656-0305

The House will reconvene for its 38th Legislative Day on Friday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m. The Rules committee will meet tomorrow, Thursday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m. Six bills / resolutions are expected to be debated on the Floor.

Today on the Floor

Conference Committee Reports
HB 44 General appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
Bill Summary: House Bill 44, the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, is set by a revenue estimate of $24.9 billion. This represents an increase of $1.25 billion, or 5.3 percent, over the FY 2017 original budget. The bill, tracking sheet and highlights may be found on the House Budget and Research Office website: http://www.house.ga.gov/budget.

Authored By: Rep. David Ralston (7th)

Rule Applied: Modified-Open

Conference Committee Reports: (Adoption of the conference committee report represents final passage of the bill since

the State Senate also voted to adopt the report.)

Motions to Agree
HB 1 Georgia Space Flight Act; enact
Bill Summary: This legislation adds new chapters to Title 51, related to torts, to provide a limited waiver of liability for persons who agree to participate in space flight activities and space flight operations provided such persons sign a written waiver agreeing to those limitations. The bill provides the warning and written agreement that the flight participant shall sign, and it provides a list of what makes the warning and written agreement effective and enforceable. This limit on liability does not cover injuries caused by gross negligence (acting in a conscious and voluntary disregard of the need to use reasonable care) for the safety of the participant or intentional injury. Liability is also not limited for: any other person who is not a participant of a space flight who has not signed such a waiver; for breach of contract for the use of real property by a space flight entity; or for an action by the federal government, the State of Georgia, or any state agency to enforce a valid statute or rule or regulation. All space flight lawsuits that occur in Georgia shall be brought in Georgia.

Authored By: Rep. Jason Spencer (180th)

Rule Applied: Modified-Structured

Motions to Agree: (A motion to agree represents final passage of the bill.)

HB 83

Firefighters' Pension Fund; invest up to 10 percent in real estate; provide
Bill Summary: HB 83 allows the Georgia Firefighters' Pension Fund to invest up to 10 percent of the fund's assets in real estate. If the fund's assets decrease in value, the fund may retain the real estate investments as long as they were owned prior to the decrease in the fund's assets. The only other system that can invest in real estate is the Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System. HB 83 also increases the percent of assets the fund can invest in alternative investments from 5 percent to 10 percent. This bill has been certified as a nonfiscal retirement bill by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts.

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Today on the Floor

Authored By: Rep. Howard Maxwell (17th)

Rule Applied: Modified-Open

Motions to Agree: (A motion to agree represents final passage of the bill.)

HB 265

Income tax; credit for establishing or relocating quality jobs; revise provisions
Bill Summary: House Bill 265 amends 48-7-40.17, relating to income tax credit for establishing or relocating quality jobs, by allowing for qualified projects having at least a $2.5 million investment to receive a subsequent quality jobs tax credit. A taxpayer creating a qualified project is eligible to begin a subsequent seven-year job creation period for quality jobs developed through the project, provided that the taxpayer creates 50 or more new quality jobs above its single previous high yearly average. New quality jobs generated under a previous seven-year job creation period continue to be eligible. A taxpayer may create more than one subsequent seven-year job creation period.

The bill also amends 48-8-3, relating to exemptions from state sales and use taxes, by adding two new paragraphs, the first allows for a state and local sales tax exemption on the tangible personal property used for the renovation or expansion of a theater located within a 501(c)(3) facility that contains an art museum, symphonic hall, and theater. This exemption applies from July 1, 2017 through January 1, 2019 and until the aggregate state sales tax exempted exceeds $750,000. The second allows for an exemption for the sales of tickets, fees, or charges for admission to a fine arts performance or exhibition conducted within a 501(c)(3) organization or a museum of cultural significance if the organizations primary mission is to advance the arts in this state.

Authored By: Rep. Chuck Efstration (104th)

Rule Applied: Structured

Motions to Agree: (A motion to agree represents final passage of the bill.)

HB 534

Roswell, City of; councilmember; provide that no one person hold office more than three consecutive terms
Bill Summary: HB 534 states no person shall serve as a councilmember in the city of Roswell for more than three consecutive four-year terms of office. No terms of office served prior to January 1, 2018, shall be considered when determining how many terms a councilmember has served.

Authored By: Rep. Betty Price (48th)

Rule Applied:

Motions to Agree: (A motion to agree represents final passage of the bill.)

Rules Calendar
SB 52 Mental Health; authorizing licensed professional counselor; sunset provision; repeal
Bill Summary: This bill repeals the sunset provision on the authorization for a licensed professional counselor to deliver a person who is mentally ill or alcohol or drug dependent to the nearest available emergency receiving facility serving the county in which the patient is found for an examination.

Authored By: Sen. P. K. Martin (9th) House Committee: Health & Human Services

Floor Vote:

Yeas: 140 Nays: 23

Rule Applied: Committee Action:

Modified-Open 03-14-2017 Do Pass

SB 201

Labor and Industrial Relations; employees to use sick leave for the care of immediate family members; allow
Bill Summary: Senate Bill 201 provides that an employer with at least 25 employees that provides sick leave shall allow an employee to use that leave for the care of an immediate family member. The provisions of this bill will expire on July 1, 2020.

Authored By: Sen. Butch Miller (49th) House Committee: Industry and Labor

Floor Vote:

Yeas: 114 Nays: 51

Rule Applied: Committee Action: Amendments:

Modified-Structured 03-13-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute AM 40 0282

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Today on the Floor

SR 95

Sales and Use Tax; net proceeds; educational purposes; county school system; independent school systems; provide for distribution-CA
Bill Summary: Senate Resolution 95 amends the constitution to allow for a special education sales and use tax referendum to be called by a county school district or independent school district or districts having a majority of the students enrolled within the county. The proceeds of the tax are to be split between the districts based either on an agreement made between the districts or on a ratio of enrollment.

Authored By: Sen. Ellis Black (8th) House Committee: Ways & Means

Floor Vote:

Yeas: 128 Nays: 44

Rule Applied: Committee Action: Amendments:

Modified-Structured 03-02-2017 Do Pass
AM 28 1573

Postponed Until Next Legislative Day
SB 88 'Narcotic Treatment Programs Enforcement Act'
Bill Summary: Senate Bill 88 provides for the regulation of narcotic treatment programs. The 'Narcotic Treatment Programs Enforcement Act' applies to any system of treatment provided for chronic heroin or opiate-like drug-dependent individuals that administers narcotic drugs under physicians' orders either for detoxification purposes or for maintenance treatment in a rehabilitative context offered by any county board of health, partnership, corporation, association, or person or groups of persons engaged in such administration.
The Department of Community Health is authorized and directed to create all rules and regulations necessary for narcotic treatment programs. The department shall establish an information forum for potential applicants no less than 14 days prior to the start of an open enrollment period, which shall be held December 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017, to accept applications for narcotic treatment. It is mandatory for a representative of the applicant to attend the information forum. Failure to attend and comply with this record of attendance requirements shall disqualify any applicant from consideration during open enrollment. The Department of Community Health will also establish an application review process committee that consists of staff and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
The Department of Community Health shall issue up to four licenses per region to a governing body for any narcotic treatment program which meets all the rules and regulations; however, the department shall establish a review process to determine if a waiver should be granted to allow any additional licensed narcotic treatment programs in a region. The department shall have full authority to determine the requirements for a waiver to be considered for review.
Narcotic treatment programs shall not provide a bounty, free services, free medication, or other rewards for patient referral to such program. Narcotic treatment programs shall not provide temporary discounted financial incentives to a potential patient that do not conform to the schedule of fees established by the department's rules and regulations. To prevent simultaneous enrollment of a patient in more than one program, all programs shall comply with the policies and participate in the central registry operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Authored By: Sen. Jeff Mullis (53rd)

Rule Applied: Modified-Structured

SB 108

Veterans Service; maintenance of a women veterans' office by the commissioner of veteran services; require
Bill Summary: This bill instructs the Department of Veterans Service to maintain a Women Veterans' Office. This office will conduct outreach to female veterans for the purpose of improving awareness of eligibility for federal and state veterans' benefits and services and to conduct assessments of the specific needs of women veterans with respect to benefits and services. The Women Veterans' Office will also work to assist with recruiting and training women veterans to serve as mentors for veterans participating in the veterans' court divisions.

Authored By: Sen. Larry Walker III (20th)

Rule Applied: Modified-Open

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Today on the Floor

Local Calendar
HB 590 Downtown Athens Development Authority; Downtown Athens Area; define and create Bill Summary: HB 590 defines and creates the Downtown Athens Area.

Authored By: Rep. Regina Quick (117th)

House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination Local

Floor Vote:

Yeas: 160 Nays: 0

Rule Applied: Committee Action: Amendments:

03-20-2017 Do Pass

HB 591

Warren County; Board of Education; provide for compensation of members
Bill Summary: HB 591 states the members of the Warren County Board of Education shall receive $100 per month for their services, in addition to a $100 per diem expense allowance while they are traveling or meeting outside the county as a member of the board.

Authored By: Rep. Mack Jackson (128th)

House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination Local

Floor Vote:

Yeas: 160 Nays: 0

Rule Applied: Committee Action: Amendments:

03-20-2017 Do Pass

HB 594 Lawrenceville, City of; provide a new charter; provisions Bill Summary: HB 594 provides for a new charter for the city of Lawrenceville.

Authored By: Rep. Chuck Efstration (104th)

House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination Local

Floor Vote:

Yeas: 160 Nays: 0

Rule Applied: Committee Action: Amendments:

03-20-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

HB 595

Doraville, City of; DeKalb County; change certain provisions relating to tax levies
Bill Summary: HB 595 changes certain provisions relating to tax levies in the city of Doraville. It states that the ad valorem tax, except those which are levied for bonded indebtedness, shall not exceed 10 mills; however, an ad valorem tax within a special district created by city ordinance may be levied without a rate limitation.

Authored By: Rep. Tom Taylor (79th)

House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination Local

Floor Vote:

Yeas: 160 Nays: 0

Rule Applied: Committee Action: Amendments:

03-20-2017 Do Pass

HB 596 Tucker, City of; levy an excise tax Bill Summary: HB 596 authorizes the governing authority of the city of Tucker to levy an excise tax.

Authored By: Rep. Michelle Henson (86th)

House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination Local

Floor Vote:

Yeas: 160 Nays: 0

Rule Applied: Committee Action: Amendments:

03-20-2017 Do Pass

HB 601 City of Holly Springs Community Improvement Districts Act; enact
Bill Summary: HB 601 provides for the creation of one or more community improvement districts in the city of Holly Springs.

Authored By: Rep. Scot Turner (21st)

House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination Local

Floor Vote:

Yeas: 160 Nays: 0

Rule Applied: Committee Action: Amendments:

03-20-2017 Do Pass

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Next on the Floor

Next on the Floor from the Committee on Rules
The Committee on Rules has fixed the calendar for the 38th Legislative Day, Friday, March 24, and bills may be called at the pleasure of the Speaker. The Rules Committee will next meet on
Thursday, March 23, at 3:00 p.m.

HR 462 House of Representatives; commitment to strengthening military installations located within state; reaffirm
Bill Summary: House Resolution 462 reaffirms the Georgia House of Representatives' commitment to strengthening the military installations located within the state. In an effort to maximize the military value of those installations, the House is rededicating itself to supporting our troops and their families by taking all prudent actions to improve their quality of life and empower them to contribute to our nation's defenses.

SB 8

Authored By: Rep. D. C. Belton (112th) House Committee: Defense & Veterans Affairs

Rule Applied: Committee Action:

Modified-Open 03-13-2017 Do Pass

"Surprise Billing and Consumer Protection Act"; health insurance; provide consumer protections; definitions
Bill Summary: Senate Bill 8 requires a health care provider, group practice, diagnostic and treatment center or health center to disclose to patients or prospective patients, either in writing or online, the health care plans in which the provider is affiliated prior to the provision of non-emergency services, as well as verbally at the time an appointment is scheduled.

In the event that a provider does not participate in the network of a patient's or prospective patient's health care plan, the provider is required to inform the patient that the estimated amount the provider will bill for services is available upon request. Upon receipt of the request by a patient, the provider must disclose to the patient in writing the amount or estimate amount (or schedule of fees) that the provider or health center will bill the patient for health care services to be provided or anticipated to be provided, absent any unforeseen medical circumstances. Physicians are required to provide the patient with the name and contact information of any health care provider scheduled to perform inpatient or outpatient services in coordination with or through a referral by the physician. This act further requires each hospital to publicly post and maintain an updated list of the hospital's standard charges for items and services, including diagnosis-related groups (DRG). Hospitals are required to post online a list of the health plans in which the hospital participates. Further, hospitals must include a statement clarifying that physician services provided in the hospital are not included in the hospital facility bill and that patients should check with the physician arranging for the hospital services to determine the health care plans in which the physician participates. To facilitate this process, the hospital must post this information on its website so that it is available to patients.

At admission or during registration for non-emergency hospital services, the hospital is required to advise the patient to check with the physician arranging services to determine the information of any other physician whose services will be arranged for by the physician and communicate whether it is reasonably anticipated that services will be provided by physicians who are employed by the hospital.

In the case of emergency services, it provides that an out-of-network doctor shall not "balance bill" the patient. Their reimbursement shall be the greatest of one of the following three options: the median network rate paid by the health care plan; the rate of the health care plan in its standard formula for outof-network reimbursement; or the Medicare fee for service reimbursement rate.

Authored By:

Sen. Renee Unterman (45th)

House Committee: Insurance

Rule Applied: Committee Action:

Modified-Open 03-20-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

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SB 117

Georgia Technology Authority; definition of the term "agency"; change; establishment of certain policies and standards used by all agencies; provide
Bill Summary: Senate Bill 117 clarifies the code as it relates to the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) in order for the state to purchase cyber insurance. It reflects current practices by adding the General Assembly, the Georgia Department of Defense, and elected constitutional officers to the list of government entities not supported by GTA.

Further, it requires GTA to establish technology policies and standards for all agencies they serve. These policies shall include, but not be limited to, the role and responsibilities of chief information officers and chief information security officers within such agencies.

Authored By: Sen. P. K. Martin (9th) House Committee: Governmental Affairs

Rule Applied: Committee Action:

Modified-Open 03-15-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SB 153 Hearing Aid Dealers and Dispensers; exempt certain activities
Bill Summary: SB 153 increases the scope of practice for optometrists by allowing for pharmaceutical agents to be administered through injections.

Authored By: Sen. Matt Brass (28th) House Committee: Regulated Industries

Rule Applied: Committee Action:

Modified-Structured 03-20-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SB 219

Motor Vehicles; definitions; operation of motor vehicles with automated driving systems on certain public roads; provide
Bill Summary: SB 219 allows for autonomous vehicles to operate on the roads of this state without a human driver present. The vehicle is required to have the ability to obey all traffic laws and to be covered under liability coverage at the same limits as commercial indemnity and limousine carriers set in Georgia Code. The bill preempts any laws prohibiting automated driving systems and declares that automated motor vehicles, automated driving systems and any commercial use or operations are governed exclusively by this Code section.

Authored By: Sen. Steve Gooch (51st) House Committee: Transportation

Rule Applied: Committee Action:

Modified-Structured 03-16-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SR 229

Public Property; granting of non-exclusive easements for the construction, operation, and maintenance of facilities, utilities, roads; authorize 10 counties
Bill Summary: SR 229 authorizes the granting of non-exclusive easements for the construction, operation, and maintenance of facilities, utilities, roads, and ingress and egress in, on, over, under, upon, across, or through property owned by the State of Georgia in the counties of Baldwin, Bleckley, Chatham, Cherokee, Douglas, Effingham, Evans, Fulton, Glynn, Hall, Henry, Laurens, Madison, Rockdale, Upson, Walton, and White, as follows:

Article 1 grants an easement to the Georgia Power Company or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.10 of an acre at the Baldwin State Prison in Baldwin County under the custody of the Department of Corrections for the construction, operation and maintenance of a transmission line and associated equipment in Land Lots 243 and 244, 5th Land District, 318th G.M. District, for fair market value, but not less than $650.

Article 2 grants an easement to Bleckley County or its successors and assigns over approximately 1.86 acres under the custody of the Department of Natural Resources to widen, pave and maintain County Road 128 (Roy Bryant Road) in Land Lot 57, 1811th G.M. District, for $10.

Article 3 grants an easement to the Georgia Power Company or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.02 of an acre at the Coastal State Prison in Chatham County under the custody of the Department of Corrections for the construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of a power line and associated equipment to serve a new welding shop at Coastal State Prison in the 8th G.M. District for $10.
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Article 4 grants an easement to the Atlanta Gas Light Company or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.001 of an acre in Cherokee County under the custody of the Technical College System of Georgia for the installation, operation and maintenance of a gas regulator station and associated equipment to serve the Woodstock campus of Chattahoochee Technical College in Land Lot 10022, 15th District, 2nd Section, for $10.
Article 5 grants an easement to the Greystone Power Corporation or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.05 of an acre in Douglas County under the custody of the Department of Natural Resources for the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of electrical distribution lines and associated equipment to serve the park manager's residence at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Land Lot 886, 18th Land District, 2nd Section for $10.
Article 6 grants an easement to Georgia Pacific Consumer Products, LP or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.52 of an acre of marshlands in Effingham County (commonly known as the Georgia Pacific Savannah River Mill Maintenance dredging area) under the regulation by the Department of Natural Resources pursuant to the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act, O.C.G.A. 12-5280, et seq., and the governor's powers to regulate public property, O.C.G.A. 50-16-61, for the purpose of expanding the dredging area by 0.52 of an acre for $650.
Article 7 grants an easement to the Canoochee Electrical Membership Corporation or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.05 of an acre in Evans County in the custody of the Department of Natural Resources for the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of underground electrical lines and associated equipment to serve a new picnic pavilion at the Evans County Public Fishing Area in the 401st G.M. District for $10.
Article 8 grants an easement to the City of Atlanta or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.0671 of an acre of a portion of the Western and Atlantic Railroad in Fulton County under the custody of the State Properties Commission for the construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of a sub-surface deep drinking water tunnel and associated equipment in Land Lot 189 of the 17th District for fair market value in the amount of $1,403.
Article 9 grants an easement to the Atlanta Gas Light Company or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.226 of an acre at the Coastal Pines Technical College in Glynn County under the custody of the Technical College System of Georgia for the installation, operation and maintenance of underground gas distribution lines and associated equipment to serve the Golden Isles campus for construction project TCSG-247 in the 26th GM District, for $10.
Article 10 grants an easement to the Georgia Power Company or its successors and assigns over approximately one acre at the Coastal Pines Technical College in Glynn County under the custody of the Technical College System of Georgia for the installation, operation and maintenance of underground electrical distribution lines and associated equipment to serve the Golden Isles campus for construction project TCSG-247 in the 26th GM District, for $10.
Article 11 grants an easement to the Georgia Power Company or its successors and assigns over approximately 6.73 acres at the Lanier Technical College in Hall County under the custody of the Technical College System of Georgia for the installation, operation and maintenance of electrical distribution lines and associated equipment to serve the Hall County campus for construction project TCSG-327 in the 411th GM District, for $10.
Article 12 grants an easement to the Georgia Power Company or its successors and assigns over approximately 6.73 acres at the Lanier Technical College in Hall County under the custody of the Technical College System of Georgia for the installation, operation and maintenance of electrical distribution lines and associated equipment to serve the Hall County campus for construction project TCSG-327 in the 411th GM District, for $10.
Article 13 grants an easement to the Snapping Shoals Electrical Membership Corporation or its successors and assigns over approximately 3.14 acres at the Henry County Campus of Southern
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Crescent Technical College under the custody of the Technical College System of Georgia for the installation, operation and maintenance of electrical transmission lines and associated equipment to serve the Industrial Training and Technology Building at the Henry County campus of Southern Crescent Technical College for construction project TCSG-317 in Land Lot 136, 7th District, for $10.

Article 14 grants an easement to the City of Dublin or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.16 of an acre of temporary easement and 0.010 of an acre of permanent easement in Laurens County under the custody of the Georgia Department of Defense for the replacement, operation and maintenance of sewer lines and associated equipment to serve the Dublin Readiness Center in Land Lot 233 of the 1st Land District for $10.

Article 15 grants an easement to the Georgia Power Company or its successors and assigns over approximately 2.0 acres at the Watson Mill Bridge State Park and surrounding areas in Madison County under the custody of the Department of Natural Resources for the construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of electrical distribution lines power line and associated equipment to serve the Watson Mill Bridge State Park and surrounding areas in the 203rd G.M. District for $10 and the conveyance of any interest that Georgia Power may have in their existing 8.0 acre easement.

Article 16 grants an easement to the Georgia Power Company or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.0007 of an acre at the Conyers Region 10, Investigative Office in Rockdale County under the custody of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of overhead and underground transmission lines and associated equipment to serve a new office modular unit in the 237 Land Lot of the 16th GM District, for $10.

Article 17 grants an easement to the Georgia Power Company or its successors and assigns over approximately one acre in Upson County under the custody of the Department of Natural Resources for the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of overhead and underground power lines and associated equipment at Sprewell Bluff Wildlife Management Area in Land Lot 206 of the 15th Land District for fair market value, but not less than $650.

Article 18 grants an easement to the Walton Electrical Membership Corporation or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.08 of an acre in Walton County under the custody of the Department of Natural Resources for the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of underground electrical transmission lines and associated equipment to serve a new Wildlife Resources Division's maintenance building at the Walton Fish Hatchery in Land Lot 74, 1st District for $10.

Article 19 grants an easement to Habersham Electrical Membership Corporation or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.3 of an acre at the Hardman Farm Historic Site in White County under the custody of the Department of Natural Resources for the construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of underground distribution lines and associated equipment to serve a new entrance sign at the Hardman Farm Historic Site in Land Lots 56 and 73, 3rd Land District for $10.

Article 20 grants an easement to the Georgia Power Company or its successors and assigns over approximately 0.25 of an acre at Unicoi State Park in White County under the custody of the Department of Natural Resources for the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of underground transmission lines and associated equipment to serve a new archery range restroom building at Unicoi State Park in Land Lot 6, of the 3rd Land District for $10.

Authored By:

Sen. Burt Jones (25th)

House Committee: State Properties

Rule Applied: Committee Action:

Modified-Open 03-15-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

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Committee Actions

Committee Actions
Bills passing committees are reported to the Clerk's Office and are placed on the General Calendar.

Governmental Affairs Committee
HR 610 United States Congress; remove election and voting systems from the critical infrastructure designation; urge
Bill Summary: House Resolution 610 is a resolution urging the United States Congress to remove election and voting systems from the critical infrastructure designation.

Authored By: House Committee:

Rep. Jason Spencer (180th) Governmental Affairs

Committee Action:

03-22-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

SB 155

Local Law Enforcement Officer Compensation Commission; create
Bill Summary: Senate Bill 155 creates the Local Law Enforcement Officer Compensation Commission. It is composed of the commissioner of administrative services, one person who is the chief executive engaging in the management of a county or municipal law enforcement agency in this state appointed by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, a sheriff appointed by the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, the executive director of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia or his or her designee, the executive director of the Georgia Municipal Association or his or her designee, two members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate, and two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House. The commissioner of administrative services shall be the chairperson of the commission, and the commission shall be assigned to the Department of Administrative Services for administrative purposes.
The purpose of the commission is to conduct an annual review of the salaries and benefits of local law enforcement officers in this state and other states using data and information provided by local governing authorities. This report will be given to the General Assembly and released to the Sheriffs' Association and to all local governing authorities.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Greg Kirk (13th) Governmental Affairs

Committee Action:

03-22-2017 Tabled

Judiciary Non-Civil Committee

SB 1

"The Protect Act- Protecting Georgians Against Terrorism"; revise the definition of domestic terrorism

Bill Summary: SB 1 creates the offense of domestic terrorism. Domestic terrorism is any felony offense or attempt to commit a felony intended to cause serious bodily harm, kill, or disable or destroy critical infrastructure, which is intended to intimidate the civilian population or coerce the policy of the government. The punishment for domestic terrorism where a death occurs is death or imprisonment for life. The punishment for domestic terrorism where a kidnapping occurs is imprisonment for no less than 15 nor more than 35 years or imprisonment for life. The punishment for domestic terrorism where serious bodily harm occurs is imprisonment for no less than 15 nor more than 35 years. The punishment for domestic terrorism where critical infrastructure is disabled or destroyed is imprisonment for no less than 5 nor more than 35 years. Furthermore, any punishment for domestic terrorism shall not be suspended, stayed, probated or differed. SB 1 also updates the definition of bacteriological weapon and biological weapon. Moreover, SB 1 directs the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to establish guidelines and procedures for the purpose of identifying and combating domestic terrorism.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Bill Cowsert (46th) Judiciary Non-Civil

Committee Action:

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03-22-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

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Committee Actions

SB 125

Physician Assistants; authority to prescribe hydrocodone compound products; authorize a physician to delegate to a physician assistant
Bill Summary: SB 125 allows a physician to delegate to a physician assistant the ability to issue a single non-refillable prescription for hydrocodone for a maximum 5-day supply consisting of not more than 30 tablets for adults (300 milligrams) and not more than 30 tablets (100 milligrams)for individuals under the age of 18. In addition, a physician assistant who has been delegated the authority to prescribe hydrocodone is required to complete three hours of continuing education biennially in the appropriate ordering and use of Schedule 2 controlled substances.

Authored By: House Committee:

Sen. Rick Jeffares (17th) Judiciary Non-Civil

Committee Action:

03-22-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

Special Rules Committee
HR 240 Joint Study Committee on Reforming HIV Related Criminal Laws; create
Bill Summary: This resolution creates a Georgia House of Representatives study committee that will identify barriers to access for adequate health care particularly related to asthma, HIV, adult obesity, and low immunization rates.

Authored By: House Committee:

Rep. Sharon Cooper (43rd) Special Rules

Committee Action:

03-22-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

HR 608

Joint Study Committee on the Georgia Public Schools Calendar; create
Bill Summary: This resolution creates the House Study Committee on the Georgia Public Schools Calendar to study the issue of early school start dates to determine its social, growth, and economic impact.

Authored By: House Committee:

Rep. Ron Stephens (164th) Special Rules

Committee Action:

03-22-2017 Do Pass by Committee Substitute

HR 629

House Study Committee on the Utilization and Modernization of the State Capitol and Other Buildings; create
Bill Summary: This resolution creates the House Study Committee on the Utilization and Modernization of the State Capitol and Other Buildings to examine whether the Georgia State Capitol, Coverdell Legislative Office Building, parking facilities and surrounding grounds, and the Governor's Mansion are being used efficiently in a manner that best serves the public and the employees who work in those buildings.

Authored By: House Committee:

Rep. Matt Hatchett (150th) Special Rules

Committee Action:

03-22-2017 Do Pass

HR 634

House Study Committee on Civics Education in Georgia; create
Bill Summary: This resolution creates the House Study Committee on Civics Education in Georgia to evaluate whether a recommendation should be made to further strengthen Georgia's standards in civics education.

Authored By: House Committee:

Rep. Christian Coomer (14th) Special Rules

Committee Action:

03-22-2017 Do Pass

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Committee Meeting Schedule
This meeting schedule is up to date at the time of this report, but meeting dates and times are subject to change. To keep up with the latest schedule, please visit www.house.ga.gov and click on Meetings Calendar.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:00 AM NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT - 403 CAP 10:00 AM GAME, FISH & PARKS - 403 CAP 11:00 AM REGULATED INDUSTRIES - 506 CLOB 12:00 PM Energy Subcommittee of Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications - 403 CAP 1:00 PM WAYS & MEANS - 406 CLOB 1:00 PM HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Time & Room Change - 515 CLOB 1:00 PM BANKS & BANKING - 341 CAP 1:00 PM ENERGY, UTILITIES & TELECOMMUNICATIONS - 403 CAP 2:00 PM Transportation Subcommittee on Resolutions - 506 CLOB 2:15 PM TRANSPORTATION - 506 CLOB 3:00 PM RULES - 341 CAP

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Locations