Gold Dome Report – Legislative Day 8 2022

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

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:

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H.B.1013 Mental Health Parity Act; enact GA Speaker David Ralston (R-GA-007)
H.B.1034 Sales and use tax; exemption for sales of admissions to nonrecurring major sporting events; revise GA Rep. Marcus Wiedower (R-GA-119)
H.B.1037 Georgia Peer Workforce Navigator Pilot Program Act; enact GA Rep. William Boddie (D-GA-062)
H.B.1038 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)
H.B.1040 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)
H.B.1041 Income tax; tax credits for contributions to rural hospital organizations; increase aggregate limit GA Rep. Clay Pirkle (R-GA-155)
H.B.1042 OneGeorgia Authority Act; grant program to establish primary care medical facilities in health professional shortage areas; provide GA Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-GA-011)
H.B.1044 Local government; creation of regional development authorities; provide GA Rep. Clay Pirkle (R-GA-155)
H.B.1048 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)
H.B.1049 State Board of Nursing Home Administrators; revise composition GA Rep. John LaHood (R-GA-175)
H.B.1051 Penal institutions; tracking of inmate labor; provide GA Rep. Rebecca Mitchell (D-GA-106)
H.B.1053 Income tax; certain expenditures made by postproduction companies; extend tax credit GA Rep. Ron Stephens (R-GA-164)
H.B.1054 Georgia Equine Therapy Recovery Program; establish GA Rep. Mandisha Thomas (D-GA-065)
H.B.1057 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)
H.B.1058 Income tax; affiliated corporations file separate or consolidated returns; provisions GA Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-GA-115)
H.B.1059 Insurance; unfair trade practices and unlawful inducements; provide for exclusions GA Rep. Matthew Gambill (R-GA-015)
H.R.627 House Study Committee on Bureaucratic Hindrances to Businesses; create GA Rep. Bill Yearta (R-GA-152)
H.R.630 Joint Study Committee for Consolidation of County Governments and School Systems; create GA Rep. Darlene Taylor (R-GA-173)
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The following legislation of interest has been introduced in the Senate:

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S.B.375 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)
S.B.377 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)
S.B.379 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)
S.B.388 Minimum Wage; certain provisions regarding the minimum wage law; revise GA Sen. Lester Jackson (D-GA-002)
S.B.390 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)
S.B.393 'Common Carrier Non-Discrimination Act'; enact GA Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-GA-027)
S.B.394 "Georgia Computer Data Privacy Act"; enact GA Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-GA-027)
S.B.397 General Educational Development (GED) Diplomas; update and replace terminology; state approved high school equivalency (HSE) diplomas; provide GA Sen. Russ Goodman (R-GA-008)
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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

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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