Abandoned Motor Vehicles.
HB 307 by Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) replaces the current process for disposing of abandoning motor vehicles in public rights of way with a new process that is intended to take into account any existing liens when the vehicles are sold and the proceeds escheated to the Revenue Department.
HB 19 by Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) would create a comprehensive state civil rights law protecting individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment.
Appraisal Management Companies
HB 192 by Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) is a substantial revision to the code relating to the operation of Appraisal Management Companies.
Bank Data Match – State Tax Delinquencies
HB 452 by Rep. Steven Sainz (R-Woodbine) would allow the Department of Revenue access to the child support data match registry to search, levy and seize deposits found of delinquent tax payers.
Banking Improvement Zone
HB 552 by Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens) would provide an incentive for financial institutions to operate in under-served areas designated as Banking Improvement Zones by the Department of Community Affairs by allowing the local governmental entity to place deposits with a financial institution as long as the fixed rate of interest is at or below the institution’s posted two-year certificate of deposit rate.
Banking Improvement Zone
SB 20 by Sen. Michael Rhett (D-Marietta) would provide an incentive for financial institutions to operate in under-served areas designated as Banking Improvement Zones by the Department of Community Affairs by allowing the local governmental entity to place deposits with a financial institution as long as the fixed rate of interest is at or below the institution’s posted two-year certificate of deposit rate.
Checks for Payroll
HB 110 by Rep. Tom Kirby (R-Loganville) would give employers the discretion to issue payroll for wages in the manner chosen by the employer.
Dedicated Taxes and Fees
HR 164 by Rep. Jay Powell (R-Camilla) would amend the Constitution so as to authorize the General Assembly to provide by general law for the dedication of revenues derived from fees or taxes to the public purpose for which such fees or taxes were imposed.
Electronic Filing – Courts
SB 38 by Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) would exclude certain filings such as those related to the enforcement of child support orders to be entered into the clerk of court’s electronic filing registry.
HB 396 by Rep. Dale Washburn (R-Macon) would provide that it shall be unlawful for a person with intent to hinder, delay, impair, or defraud a creditor's rights to deed or otherwise transfer title to real property to another person without the knowledge or consent of such other person.
Funeral Expenses for Intestate Depositors
HB 490 by Rep. Jason Ridley (R-Chatsworth). The bill would increase the amount and shortens the time financial institutions are required to release deposits upon receipt of a proper affidavit to pay claimants for funeral expenses or expenses of last illness.
HB 715 by Rep. Shaw Blackmon (R-Bonaire) removes certain references to gross receipts in the tax code.
HB 70 by Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula) would revise a number of areas within the code affecting guardianship of minors and adults. The changes mostly relate to appointment issues and court administration rather than bank operations.
HB 213 by Rep. John Corbitt (R-Lake Park) would establish the framework for research, development, growing, licensing and regulating hemp production in Georgia.
Homeowner/Property Owner Association Statement of Accounts
SB 178 by Rep. P.K. Martin, IV (R-Lawrenceville) would establish a statutory statement of accounts to be used by authorized parties representing homeowner or property owner associations to respond to requests for information needed by mortgage lenders to consider a loan request, including outstanding fees owed by property owners.
Information Security Officer – Covenants
HB 81 by Rep. Todd Jones (R-Cumming) would prohibit restrictive covenants from being included in information technology employee contract agreements.
Innovation and Emerging Technologies Joint Study Committee
HR 408 by Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) and SR 275 by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) would create a joint study committee of the House and Senate and others to undertake a study of the conditions, needs, issues, and problems of emerging technology entities in Georgia.
Low THC Oil
HB 324 by Rep. Micah Gravely (R-Douglasville) would provide for for the production, manufacturing, and dispensing of low THC oil.
Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry
HB 212 by Rep. Clay Pirkle (R-Ashburn) would exempt certain retailers of mobile homes and employees of residential contractors from registration under the state and national mortgage registration system.
SB 162 by Sen. Matt Brass (R-Newnan) is related to financing broadband services that originally included language prohibiting lenders from accelerating loans under certain circumstances. PACE is the abbreviation for property assessed clean energy financing and the concept is being hawked as an alternative means of financing energy efficiency upgrades, disaster resiliency improvements, water conservation measures, or renewable energy installations of residential, commercial, and industrial property owners. Obviously these types of loans are readily available from traditional lenders. What’s unique about PACE loans is that they are authorized by a public entity (in this case a Downtown Development Authority or other Development Authority), the loan payments are made along with property tax payments, and the loan balance has the same super priority lien status that a tax lien would have should a foreclosure occur. These loans all run with the property and not the borrower, so if a property is sold, the PACE loan obligation remains.
Peer-to-peer Vehicle Sharing
HB 337 by Rep. Shaw Blackmon (R-Bonaire) would establish a regulatory structure for peer-to-peer vehicle sharing services. The bill has been assigned to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.
Property Owner Associations Study Committee
HR 329 by Rep. William Boddie (D-East Point) would create a committee to study how various communities could be better organized to implement requirements and procedures for turnover and transition from declarants, developers or other establishing entities to property owners comprising the community association.
Property Tax Bills
HB 411 by Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville) would preclude tax commissioners from including on property tax bills nontax related fees or assessments, including, but not limited to, storm-water service fees or solid waste service fees.
Property Tax ID Numbers
HB 694 by Rep. Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) would require certain real estate transaction recordings contain property tax identifying numbers.
HB 288 by Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell), among other things, would create a flat filing fee for recording certain real estate and personal property with the clerk of superior court by raising the current base fee and eliminating the per page fee.
529 Savings Trust Accounts
HB 266 by Rep. Marcus Wiedower (R-Watkinsville) would double the state income tax deduction for contributions of certain savings trust accounts
Self-settled Spendthrift Trust
SB 186 by Sen. Bill Cowsert (R-Athens) creates a new trust in Georgia that allows the creator of the trust to also be the beneficiary of the trust.
Stored Value Cards
HB 488 by Rep. Martin Momtahan (R-Dallas) would establish a process intended to prevent the use of stored value cards to commit organized retail crime.
Student Loan Defaults – Professional Licenses
HB 42 by Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holy Springs). The bill would prohibit the state’s professional licensing boards from refusing to issue a license or suspending or revoking the license of a person who is a borrower in default under an educational loan issued through the Georgia Higher Education Assistance Corporation or through a federal agency. Among other licensees, those for money transmitters, check cashers and mortgage brokers are included.
Student Loan Defaults – Professional Licenses
SB 92 by Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) would prohibit a professional licensing board from revoking licenses due solely to a student loan default.
SB 120 by John Albers (R-Alpharetta) would require study each of Georgia’s tax credits. The legislation calls for the state auditor to develop an economic analysis on each tax credit over a series of years. The auditor’s reports would be provided to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. The Bank Tax Credit is found in Code Section 48-7-29.13 and that report is scheduled for no later than Dec. 1, 2021.
Timber Tax Credit
HB 446 by Rep. David Knight (R-Griffin) relating to income tax credits for timber producers incurring losses from Hurricane Michael, so as to clarify that certain income tax credits that have been transferred shall not be refundable to the transferee and shall not be eligible for transfer.
SB 202 by Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) would allow title insurance to be procured on a lender's security interest in personal property taken by the lender as collateral for a loan.
HB 532 by Rep. Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick) would require the collection of a defined fee to be remitted to the state for sending certain wire transfers.
Writ of Possession
HB 492 by Rep. Bonnie Rich (R-Suwanee) requires applications for execution of a writ of possession in dispossessory proceedings be made within 30 days of the issuance of the writ unless good cause is shown.