New Bills of Interest Introduced
Several bills of interest to cities were introduced and are eligible for committee hearings:
HB 632, Municipal Elections, by Rep. Dave Belton (R-Buckhead) would allow cities with populations under 1,000 to shorten the advanced voting period for elections and run-off elections. GMA is evaluating this legislation.
HB 679, Annexations Restrictions Related to Municipal Elections by Rep. Beth Beskin (R-Atlanta) would prevent annexations or deannexations from becoming effective within 90 days prior to a municipal election. GMA is working with the author on this legislation.
HB 693, Repeal of Solid Waste Liens by Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), would remove the ability of cities, counties and authorities to use liens as a way of collecting unpaid solid waste fees. GMA opposes this legislation.
SB 285, Municipal Incorporation Standards, by Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur), would prohibit any city that is incorporating from using land from an existing city. GMA is evaluating this legislation.
Bills on Confederate Monuments Introduced
HB 650, Confederate Monuments by Rep. Mary Oliver (D-Decatur), and SB 302 by Sen. Elena Parent (D-Decatur) would allow local governments to alter, conceal or remove any Confederate monument or memorial. GMA supports this legislation.
Bills to Discuss with Your Legislators
GMA expects there to be a new version HB533, Small Cells in the Right of Way, by Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), coming next week. This bill would give unregulated access and special privileges to those seeking to put wireless service facilities in the public rights-of-way. The legislation limits, and in some cases eliminates, cities’ cost recovery options for maintaining the public rights-of-way, while also superseding existing zoning ordinances. City officials are encouraged to become familiar with the current legislation. GMA will report on changes made to the bill. GMA is evaluating this legislation.
HB 61 - Internet Sales Tax by Rep. Jay Powell (R-Camilla) seeks to require "delivery retailers" that have gross revenues in excess of $250,000.00 or conducts 200 or more retail sales in the State to collect and remit sales and use taxes. The bill also outlines the procedure for remission, and penalties for non-compliance. GMA supports this legislation.
Mayors’ Day Conference
GMA’s six policy committees will be meeting this Sunday at Mayors’ Day. Reps. Mike Glanton, Jay Powell, Deborah Silcox, Lynn Smith, Kevin Tanner, Sam Watson and Andy Welch, along with Sens. Greg Kirk and Renee Unterman and Revenue Commissioner Lynne Riley will be participating in panel discussions. Also, Rep. Brenda Lopez is planning to speak to the Mayors’ Day youth delegates about the importance of civic participation.