Abandoned Mobile Homes
HB 381 by Rep. John Corbett (R-Lake Park) establishes a new procedure for the disposal of abandoned mobile homes.
Appraisers, Real Estate Agents, Salespersons – Disciplinary Action
HB 39 by Rep. Alan Powell gives a 10-day period for any of the affected licensees to notify the licensing board of convictions of certain offences and replaces the requirement for automatic revocation of a license to a permissive process.
Banking Empowerment Zone
SB 213 by Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) would incent financial institutions to operate in underserved areas designated as Banking Empowerment Zones by allowing the local governmental entity to place deposits with such financial institution as long as the rate of interest in at least equal to the institution’s posted two year rate paid on certificates of deposit.
Bankruptcy – Extinguish Liens
SB 87 by Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro) would create a new process to extinguish certain liens against property after the debtor has been discharged from his debts in a bankruptcy proceeding
Bankruptcy Exemptions – HSAs, MSAs
SB 71 by Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro) would add Health Savings Accounts and Medical Savings Accounts to the list of property that is exempt from bankruptcy.
HB 87 by Rep. Brad Raffensperger (R-Johns Creek) would make the current annual corporate registration requirement good for three years.
Credit Checks Employees/Potential Employees
HB 182- by Rep. Winfred Dukes (D-Albany) would prohibit credit checks on certain current and potential employees. Employees of banks and credit unions would be exempt from the prohibition.
Cyber Challenge Study Committee
Electronic Lien and Title – Commercial Vehicles
SR 318 by Sen. Harold Jones (D) Augusta, creates a study committee to look into the conditions, needs, issues, and problems with cyber-attacks, cyber threats, and the demand for cyber security.
by Rep. Timothy Barr
(R-Lawrenceville) would expand the current electronic lien and title program to certain commercial motor vehicles.
by Rep. Wendell Willard
(R-Sandy Springs) would revise the current statute to include provisions related to blighted property.
Fair Business Practices – Solicitation of Real Estate Conveyance Instruments
by Rep. Sam Teasley
(R-Marietta) would require any mail solicitations for services to obtain a copy of an instrument conveying real estate to be in large type and contain specific language indicating the mailing is a solicitation, not a bill.
Fee collection requirement for wire transfers
by Rep. Jeff Jones
(R-Brunswick) would require a new state fee to be collected when certain wire transfers are initiated. An early draft of the legislation included banks among the entities that would have been subject to the collection requirement, and our thanks to Rep. Jones for exempting banks as long as the wires are initiated in the normal course of doing business with, or on behalf of, customers.
Foreclosure – Cure Before a Sale
by Rep. Billy Mitchell
(D-Stone Mountain) creates a process allowing a defaulting borrower to cure the default prior to a sale of the property.
Funeral and Cemetery Services
by Rep. Rick Williams
(R-Milledgeville) would create a House committee to review of the current code provisions relating to funeral, cemetery, and related services and issue a report of their findings and recommendations.
by Sen. Jesse Stone
(R-Waynesboro) makes several changes to the garnishment code among which are the earnings subject to garnishment, service of garnishments, the time a garnishment may be outstanding and the evidence that may be presented to the court.
Georgia Personal Data Security Act
by Rep. Sheri Gilligan
(R-Cumming) would require certain entities after having experienced a data breach to notify individuals whose personally identifying information has been compromised. Entities such as banks with notification procedures in place would be exempt.
Homeowner Association – Fees
Home Owners Association Governance
by Rep. Sam Teasley
(R-Marietta) restricts the initial assessments of new purchasers of lots within a homeowner association to one month of dues and limits the fees that an HOA can charge to provide documentation related to amounts owed to the HOA.
by Rep. Brian Strickland
(R-McDonough) establishes new procedures for how home owners associations may expand their scope and changes certain related governance restrictions.
Homeowner Association Lien Rights
by Sen. Donzella James
(D-Atlanta) changes procedures by which homeowner associations foreclosure their lien rights for certain outstanding debts.
Industrial Loan Act – Contracts
by Sen. Elena Parent
(D-Atlanta) prohibits Georgia Industrial Loan Act licensees from using instruments like checks to create contracts under certain circumstances.
Industrial Loan Licensees – Military Installations
by Rep. Brian Strickland
(R-McDonough) would prohibit Industrial Loan Act licensees from having a location within certain distances of a military installation.
Installment Loan Pawn Transactions
by Rep. Brett Harrell
(R-Snellville) creates a new opportunity for pawn transactions to be handled as installment loans.
Livestock Dealers and Auctions – Surety Requirement
by Rep. Clay Pirkle
(R-Ashburn) adds letters of credit, certificates of deposit and other instruments issued by lending institutions to the surety bond options for livestock dealers and licensed auction houses to use as bond to cover losses resulting from the failure to pay the purchase price for animals being sold.
Maps, Plats, Plan Filings
by Rep. Rick Jasperse
(R-Jasper) makes several changes to legislation passed in the 2016 session creating a more user-friendly system for the filing of maps, plats and plans for real estate. This bill mostly deals with condominium projects and land surveyors.
Motor Vehicle Fair Market Value
by Rep. Jay Powell
(R-Camilla) changes the method by which the fair market value of certain motor vehicles is determined.
Motor Vehicles - Abandoned
by Rep. Wendell Willard
(R-Sandy Springs) adds provisions related to motorized and non-motorized trailers to the current abandoned motor vehicle statute.
by Rep. Andy Welch
(R-McDonough) makes substantial revisions to the Georgia Notary Public code similar to legislation introduced in prior sessions.
Power of Attorney
by Rep. Chuck Efstration
(R-Dacula) is essentially a rewrite of the current power of attorney statute. Our thanks to Rep. Efstration for making a number of changes we recommended in the legislation.
Property Tax Bills
HB 204 by Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville) would prohibit any non-tax fees to be included on an ad valorem tax bill.
Recording of Deeds – Constructive Notice
SB 120 by Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) establishes a procedure for the correction of defects in attestations and acknowledgments to certain filings.
HB 441 by Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) creates a new trust instrument in Georgia that allows the creator of the trust to also be the beneficiary of the trust.
Statewide Tax Lien Registry
HB 337 by Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-Monroe) creates a new process by which state tax liens will be registered at the state level. The bill is a priority of the Department of Revenue.
Tax Credits – Rural Georgia Revitalization
HB 73 by Rep. Penny Houston (R-Nashville) provides tax credit incentives to promote the revitalization of vacant rural Georgia downtowns by encouraging investment, job creation, and economic growth in long-established business districts.