|Bill Title||Description||Chamber Position|
|SB 52: Cyber Security Business Protection and Safe Harbor||
SB 52, “Cyber Safe Harbor,” would provide an affirmative defense for businesses from civil actions resulting from a data breach if those businesses take the necessary cybersecurity precautions. SB 52 incentivizes Georgia businesses to adopt a higher level of cybersecurity in order to protect consumer data. The House did not take up SB 52 for a vote.
Senate Vote #50 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59139
|SB 185: Taxpayer Fairness Act||
SB 185 is designed to level the playing field for taxpayers in disputes with the Department of Revenue. SB 185 allows the Tax Tribunal Judge more flexibility in taxpayer dispute cases and frees them from an administrative rule requiring them to defer to the Department of Revenue’s interpretation of ambiguous laws.
Senate Vote #100 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59714
House Vote #282 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59714
|HB 588: Georgia Freight Railroad Program||
House Bill 588 would enable the Georgia Department of Transportation to make investments in private freight and logistics infrastructure provided that the projects serve a “public benefit” including, but not limited to, enhanced public safety, enhanced mobility of people or goods, congestion mitigation, and enhanced trade and economic development. HB 588 passed unanimously out of the House and the Senate before the House agreed to the Senate substitute.
Senate Vote #385 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59949
House Vote # 422 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59949
|HB 581: Insurance Consumer Bill of Rights Act||
HB 581 would place unreasonable requirements on insurers to collect and provide excessive information before settling a claim, thus creating a legal climate where more insurance claims proceed to trial. This legislation requires that insurers advise claimants to their rights under this act. Furthermore, HB 581 reduces the amount of time from 60 to 30 days that insurers have to offer a settlement. This would place a significant burden on insurers and negatively affect Georgia’s legal climate for businesses. HB 581 did not receive a floor vote in either chamber.
|HB 539: Medical Practice Act of the State of Georgia||
HB 539 allows for the bifurcation of liability and damage proceedings in civil medical malpractice cases. HB 539 would allow any party to motion for separate proceedings for the liability and damages portions of the trial. By bifurcating the liability and damages portions, prejudicial evidence relating to the amount of compensatory damages would be prohibited from the liability phase of the trial. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee offered the current language to HB 539 and that language did not receive a vote in the House.
Senate Vote #303 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59839
|HB 307: Georgia Telehealth Act||
HB 307 would authorize healthcare professionals to provide telemedicine services from home. HB 307 would also make it possible for patients to receive telemedicine services from home, work, or school without first requiring an in-person visit. HB 307 prohibits separate deductibles, allows the prescribing of medicine post-visit, and requires virtual visits to be as thorough and as consistent as an in-person visit. The Chamber has been supportive of voluntary investments and incentives to encourage the use of telemedicine, as well as technology advancements and infrastructure necessary to expand healthcare services.
Senate Vote #301 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59349
House Vote #385 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59349
|HB 265: Internal Revenue Code Update||
HB 265 is the annual legislation matching our state tax code to the federal tax code. By doing this, HB 265 provides the simplicity and predictability needed for a business-friendly tax environment. This update included matches to all federal laws regarding the taxation of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds as well as other federal pandemic recovery programs. The uniformity of state and federal tax rules assists in fiscal planning for businesses of all sizes across Georgia.
Senate Vote #69 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59265
House Vote #23 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59265
|HB 112: COVID Liability Immunity Extension||
HB 112 protects businesses from frivolous lawsuits regarding the transmission of COVID-19 and extends the liability protection from such lawsuits for one year. To support economic recovery, businesses need the assurance that when giving their best efforts to protect employees and the general public, they in turn will be protected from frivolous lawsuits. HB 112 provides a consistent and predictable legal environment for Georgia businesses and is narrowly tailored to provide targeted relief against frivolous lawsuits regarding the transmission of COVID-19. Two amendments offered by Senators Jordan and Cowsert, respectively, failed.
House Vote #27 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/58959
Senate Vote #221 https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/58959