|Bill Title||Description||Chamber Position|
|2017: SB 70 Hospital Medicaid Financing Program||
Senate bill 70 is a critical measure aimed at ensuring Georgia’s hospitals receive much-needed financial support. The bill is sponsored by Senator Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, and reauthorizes much needed payments to hospitals to obtain federal financial assistance for the state’s Medicaid program. Reauthorization of this financing program returns hundreds of millions in federal tax dollars to Georgia in order to provide financial stability and ensure our hospitals are able to continue providing quality care.
|2017: SB 3 Creating Opportunities Needed Now to Expand Credentialed Training (CONNECT) Act||
Senate bill 3, also referred to as the Creating Opportunities Needed Now to Expand Credentialed Training (CONNECT) Act, aims to identify critical workforce needs and provide students with opportunities to earn industry credentials in those fields. The bill, sponsored by Senator Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta), links education and workforce development by embedding skills-based learning into academic instruction. These efforts align with the Georgia Chamber’s priority to enhance workforce readiness in order to improve lives and promote economic mobility and prosperity.
|2017: HB 73 Income tax credit; incentives to promote the revitalization of rural Georgia downtowns||
House bill 73 will help incentivize economic growth and investment in some of Georgia’s most economically disadvantaged rural areas. This legislation is an important piece in a larger conversation surrounding the opportunities for economic growth in rural communities throughout Georgia. HB 73 creates innovative tax incentives, tied to sustainable and responsible job creation, to encourage the revitalization of downtown centers across rural Georgia.
|2017: HB 338 Education; system of supports and assistance for low-performing schools in the greatest need||
House bill 338, sponsored by Representative Kevin Tanner, 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.
|2017: HB 245 Professional Standards Commission; establish process by which military spouses may qualify for temporary certificates||
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.
|2017: HB 192 Banks, trust companies, and corporations; responsibilities and standard of care of directors and officers||
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. Passage of HB 192 would 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.
|2017: HB 134 Sales and use tax; special district mass transportation||
House bill 134 allows for greater flexibility in the administration of single county T-SPLOST, including allowing a county to levy multiple T-SPLOST as long as the total amount levied does not exceed 1%. HB 134 also grants cities the authority to bond their T-SPLOST projects, an option currently available only to counties. Legislation such as HB 134 provides local officials, working with their constituents, the tools necessary to build and maintain a transportation network necessary to attract business growth and address their citizens’ needs.