Rep Brett Harrell’s Capitol Update – news from under the Gold Dome.

State Rep Brett Harrell’s Capitol Update – news from under the Gold Dome.

The 2017 Session ends Sine Die this week . . .
Two voting days remain (Tuesday and Thursday) in the 2017 Session of the Georgia General Assembly. We will conclude this Session on Thursday, March 30, 2017 likely at 12 midnight.
This past week, several important bills passed including:
House Bill 44, the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, passed on Day 37 perhaps the earliest the budget has ever been adopted. The $24.9 billion budget is balanced and prioritizes education, transportation, and child welfare. The FY 2018 budget also includes raises for state law enforcement officers, teachers, and DFACS personnel. I voted – YES.
Senate Bill 206 authored by Gwinnett Senator P.K. Martin provides insurance coverage for hearing aids for children 18-years old and under. The cost of care with early intervention when hearing loss is diagnosed in children is significantly less than the alternative. I voted – YES.
House Resolution 462 is one of several measures passed by the House in support of Georgia’s military families and bases. Georgia has the fifth largest military population in the country, and with an annual impact of $20 billion, our military is one of our state’s biggest economic drivers. With over 750,000 veterans, Georgia ranks eighth nationally. I voted – YES.
Senate Bill 219 creates a framework for autonomous vehicles (AV) in Georgia. I was pleased to Chair the House Subcommittee on this measure and I appreciate Senator Steve Gooch for allowing a substitute to include the House version, HB 248, that gained the support of all parties within the AV industry including manufacturers, technology companies, insurers, and our legal community. A special thanks for the great work done on this issue by Reps. Trey KelleyEd SetzlerMeagan HansonTodd JonesSpencer Frye, and Brian Prince.  I voted – YES.
On Monday, the House Rules Committee will meet to consider placing these bills on the floor.
The House streams most meetings live and you will find a broadcast schedule here.
Senate Rules considering House Bills for passage
The Senate Rules Committee chaired by Senator Jeff Mullis will also meet on Monday to set their final calendar for House bills they will vote on this Session. Among those bills are:
HB 329 Income Tax Cut reduces the top marginal rate to 5.65%, indexes tax brackets and deductions for inflation, eliminates a double deduction loophole, and provides an economic nexus for internet retailers in Georgia. I am a co-sponsor of this legislation with Chairman Jay Powell and other members of the House Ways and Means Committee.
You may view all the bills available for consideration by the Senate here.
Presentation of HB 204 passing the House
Rep Brett Harrell passes HB 204 No Fees on Property Tax Bills in Georgia House
Rep Brett Harrell passes HB 204 No Fees on Property Tax Bills in Georgia House

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