State Banking Issues

Georgia General Assembly 2024 Session

The Georgia General Assembly convened Jan. 8, 2024, for the second session of a 2-year legislative cycle. Legislation not completed during the 2023 session will be carried over to the 2024 session. Pursuant to an adjournment resolution, the General Assembly has designated Thursday, March 28, 2024, as the date to conclude this year's session.

GBA is represented throughout each session by our Executive Vice President for Government Relations & Advocacy Elizabeth Chandler, 404.372.7893, Government Relations Consultant Steve Bridges, 404.420.2037,  SVP, Member Services & Advocacy Bo Brannen, 404.420.2014, Tripp Cofield, 404.420.2016, president & CEO of GBA Insurance Trust, and President and CEO Joe Brannen404.401.0274. Contact any of them with questions about legislation, information about your legislator's stance on a particular issue, or to request any other information related to the Georgia General Assembly.

GBA's Georgia General Assembly Legislation Tracker

Below are the banking and financial services bills we are tracking during the 2021 session.


GBA Priority / Supporting

Department of Banking and Finance Housekeeping Bill
HB 876 by Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-Monroe) updates language within Title 7 of the Official Code of Georgia related to all the entities regulated by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. Of interest to bankers are the provisions related to bank formation, filings with the Secretary of State, the definition of subsidiaries, and updates to the Merchant Acquirer Limited Purpose Bank charter. 

Bills Opposed

Interchange Restriction on Sales Tax
(Withdrawn) SB 126 by Sen. Billy Hickman (R-Statesboro) prohibits the collection of or a rebate to merchants for the interchange paid by retail merchants on the sales tax portion of a transaction. One of the first acts by the Senate during the 2024 session was the unanimous approval of Sen. Hickman's request to withdraw the bill from further consideration.

Access to Services
HB 1205 by Rep. Todd Jones (R-South Forsyth) requires financial institutions to produce requested statements of specific reasons for the denial, restriction, or termination of services.

Bills Monitoring

Access to Criminal Records
HB 588 by Rep. Tyler Paul Smith (R-Bremen) authorizes restriction to access certain minor offenses such as shoplifting and allows individuals to petition the court to block access to other offenses such as those for which the offender was not arrested, pled nolle, or the charges were reduced to violations of a local ordinance, among others.

Administrative Hearing Officers
HB 563 by Rep. Rob Leverett (R-Elberton) amends the Fair Employment Practices Act making a number of changes with the process of appointing administrative hearing officers who appear before the administrative law judges.

Ad Valorem Tax
HB 449 by Rep. David Knight (R-Griffin) repeals an exception to the breach of a covenant for bona fide conservation use related to the solar generation of energy.

HB 322 by Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) provides that property tax bills shall not include any nontax related fees or assessments.

SB 349 by Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome) revises provisions related to the setting of millage rates.

HB 808 by Rep. Mike Cheokas(R-Americus) increases the statewide ad valorem tax exemption for tangible personal property from $7,500 to $50,000.

HR 1021 by Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) proposes an amendment to the Constitution providing local governments the option to offer a state-wide homestead exemption from ad valorem taxes in an amount equal to any amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base year value of such homestead.

HR 1022 by Rep. Beth Camp (R-Concord) proposes an amendment to the Constitution providing local governments the option to offer a state-wide homestead exemption from ad valorem taxes in an amount equal to any amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the inflation rate from the adjusted base year value of such homestead.

Age Discrimination
HB 256 by Rep. Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta) change the age of individuals protected by age discrimination in employment statute from between the ages of 40 and 70 to 40 years of age or older.

Agriculture – Soil Amendments
HB 477 by Rep. Rob Leverett (R-Elberton) require notices for the application of soil amendments to land with requirements as to form, included information, and delivery method and provide for related rules and regulations and for construction of a state-wide notification website for persons or firms applying soil amendments.

Appraisals
HR 1041 by Rep. Dale Washburn (R-Macon) provides that the governing authority of any county or consolidated government shall be authorized to adopt an alternative method of appraisal and assessment of real property located within such county for taxation.

Arrest Records
HB 171 by Rep. Greg Kennard (D-Lawrenceville) restricts access to arrest-only criminal history record information prior to an indictment or other charging instrument.

Artificial Intelligence
SR 476 by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) creates a study committee on Artificial Intelligence and its utilization in fields such as financial services, healthcare, education, housing and transportation.

Bankruptcy Exemptions
HB 628 by Rep. Matt Reeves (R-Duluth) relates to exemptions for purposes of bankruptcy and intestate insolvent estates to raise the exemptions for a debtor's aggregate interest in real property or personal property that the debtor or a dependent of the debtor uses as a residence, in a cooperative that owns property that the debtor or a dependent of the debtor uses as a residence, or in a burial plot. The exemptions would be raised from $21,500 to $50,000 for individuals and $43,000 to $100,000 for property held by two spouses.

Buckhead City
SB 113 by Sen. Randy Robertson (R-Cataula) provides for the transition of services and facilities from an existing municipality to a newly incorporated municipality.

SB 114 by Sen. Randy Robertson (R-Cataula) provides a charter, boundaries and powers of the City of Buckhead City.

Business and Occupation Tax – Regulatory Fees
HB 461 by Rep. Brad Thomas (R-Holly Springs) relates to general provisions regarding specific, business, and occupation taxes to require that the proceeds of local government regulatory fees be used to pay for regulatory activity and not general operations and removes certain provisions authorizing calculation of regulatory fees for renovation and other construction projects and provide for refunds in certain circumstances.

Cash Acceptance
HB 940 by Rep. Todd Jones (R-South Forsyth) requires retail stores to accept cash for purchases.

Cash Payments
HB 1101 by Rep. Mesha Mainor (R-Atlanta) amends the Fair Business Practices Act to, with limited exceptions, require merchants to provide store credit to a customer paying with cash when they are unable to provide exact change.

Central Bank Digital Currency
HB 1053 by Rep. Carter Barrett (R-Cumming) prohibits government agencies from using central bank digital currency as payment.

Certificate of Title
HB 1100 by Rep. Kimberly New (R-Villa Rica) authorizes the use of electronic notifications and communications by the Department of Revenue to motor vehicle owners relative to motor vehicle registration and certificates of title upon consent.

Charlie Curry Memorial Bridge
HR 919 by Rep. Gerald Greene (R-Cuthbert) designates a bridge in Terrell County to the memory of Charlie Curry, Sr. Curry, who died in 2018, was the former president and CEO at First State Bank of Randolph County, a past GBA director and past chairman of GBA’s Agriculture Committee.

Civil Rights
HB 679 by Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) creates a comprehensive state civil rights law protecting individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment. SB 319 by Sen. Sally Harrell (D-Atlanta) provides for a state civil rights law protecting individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment.

HB 830 by Rep. Deborah Silcox (R-Sandy Springs) provides for a comprehensive state civil rights law protecting individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment.

Clearing Title to Coastal Marshlands
HB 370 by Rep. Matt Reeves (R-Bremen) The bill provides a procedure for clearing title to coastal marshlands.

Code Revision
SB 448 by Sen. Bo Hatchett (R-Cornelia) is the Georgia Code Revision Commission's annual bill, which makes recommendations for non-substantive changes to Georgia code. There are a number of non-substantive changes to Title 7, which deals with banking and finance.

Computer Software - Sales Tax Exemption
HB 170 by Rep. Kasey Carpenter (R-Dalton) provides a sales tax exemption for certain digital products and pre-written software. Text from this bill was added to SB 56 which passed.

Community Development Districts
SR 533 by Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville) calls for a constitutional amendment allowing the creation of community development districts. SB 435 is the enabling legislation.

Condominiums – Unit Insurance Deductibles
HB 389 by Rep. Martin Momtahan (R-Dallas) revises the maximum amount of insurance deductibles payable by unit owners to the be not more than the association’s master policy deductible per casualty loss.

Conservation Easement
SB 220 by Sen. Russ Goodman (R-Cogdell) enacts the Georgia Farmland Conservation Act allowing the creation of an agricultural conservation easement, a non-possessory interest in real property that runs with the land and is of perpetual duration.

Consumer Reports
HB 1132 by Rep. Mesha Mainor (R-Atlanta) prohibits the misuse of consumer reports for housing, employment, and insurance purposes.

Covid Liability
SB 430 by Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-Cumming) is a repeal of Covid liability warnings for businesses.

C-PACE
HB 206 by Rep. Steven Sainz (R-St. Marys) provides for the creation of Commercial Property Assessed Conservation, Energy, and Resiliency Development Authorities in counties and municipalities that have adopted implementing ordinances. Language from this bill was added to SB 145 which did not pass the 2023 session.

Credit Repair
HB 187 by Rep. Rob Leverett (R-Elberton) proposes to allow for-profit credit repair services.

Criminal History Records
HB 334 by Rep. Tyler Paul Smith (R-Bremen) provides for criminal history record information restrictions for certain persons cited with or convicted of certain criminal offenses, mostly related to pardons and first offenders.

Criminal Trespass
HB 922 by Rep. Ken Vance (R-Milledgeville) provides that entrance upon property of another without consent shall be an offense of criminal trespass.

Cyber Command / Cannabis Commission
SB 97 by Sen. Jason Anavitarte (R-Dallas) creates the Georgia Cyber Command Division under the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. This Division will handle all of the duties formerly handled by the Georgia Technology Authority regarding cyber security for the state and state agencies. The House replaced the cyber command language with text rom HB 196 related to the cannabis commission.

Cybersecurity
SB 161 by Rep. John Kennedy (R-Macon) ensure that counties, municipalities, and state agencies are protected from cyber-attacks directed at contractors and suppliers by requiring certain provisions in county and municipal contracts and contracts with the Georgia Technology Authority.

Deeds
HB 888 by Rep. Mandisha Thomas (D-South Fulton) relates to recording deeds and other real estate transactions. The bill allows the clerks of the superior court to ask for identification before recording and authorizes the clerk to refuse to record if a government-issued ID is not furnished. Rulemaking authority is given to the Superior Court Clerks Authority.

SB 474 by Sen. Russ Goodman (R-Cogdell) requires certain unlicensed and unregulated individuals to use electronic filing for deeds and other instruments.

HB 1247 by Rep. Rob Leverett (R-Elberton) provides for transfer-on-death deeds, the execution and recording of such deeds and necessary forms. The bill provides that such deeds shall not be revoked by wills.

HB 1292 by Rep. Gabe Okoye (D-Lawrenceville) requires clerks of the superior courts to obtain photographic identification cards of individuals who present deeds or other instruments for recording.

Development Authorities - Governance
SB 26 by Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-Cumming) authorizes meetings and public hearings of development authorities and community improvement districts to be held by teleconference.

Development Impact Fees
SB 136 by Sen. Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton) relates to calculation of development impact fees to add workforce housing to the list of projects that may be excluded from development impact fees included in municipal or county development impact fee ordinances. Language from this bill was added to SB 514 which did not pass in 2023.

SB 208 by Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-Cumming) provides for development impact fees for education to be approved by local boards of education of a high growth school system to pay for a share of the cost of additional educational facilities.

SR 189 by Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-Cumming) is a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would allow the General Assembly to authorize local boards of education to impose and collect development impact fees for education.

HB 585 by Rep. Todd Jones (R-South Forsyth) provides for development impact fees for education.

HR 303 by Rep. Todd Jones (R-South Forsyth) is a proposed constitutional amendment providing that the General Assembly may authorize local boards of education to impose, levy, and collect development impact fees and use the proceeds to pay for a share of the cost of additional educational facilities.

Discrimination
HB 108 by Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) provides for a comprehensive state civil rights law protecting individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment.

Dispute Financing
HB 1244
by Rep. Todd Jones (R-South Forsyth) establishes dispute financing provisions including conflicts of interest in certain circumstances, financier limitations, disclosures with certain foreign entities and for other purposes.

Earned Wage Access
SB 254 by Sen. Matt Brass (R-Newnan) establishes parameters for earned wage access services, provides such services are non-recourse and not loans, and provides for fees that are not defined as interest.

Elder Abuse
HB 1123 by Rep. Carter Barrett(R-Cumming) requires the establishment of an Adult Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Multidisciplinary Team in each judicial circuit of the state. The bill also creates an elder justice coalition for the State of Georgia, which will include a representative of the GBA.

Electronic Signatures
HB 1206 by Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee) provides that failure of a business or entity to provide or offer to provide a written copy of any form which a consumer or client executes via electronic signature is declared to be unlawful as an unfair or deceptive practice.

Employee / Employer Relations
HB 411 by Rep. Debra Bazemore (D-South Fulton) prohibits an employer from seeking salary history information about an applicant during the hiring process and, among other things, require employers to make certain disclosures in job postings such as the hourly or salary  compensation or a range of the hourly or salary compensation and a general description of  all benefits and other compensation to be offered to the hired applicant; and prior to making a promotion decision, an employer shall make reasonable efforts to  announce, post, or otherwise make known to all current employees on the same calendar  day any opportunities for promotion.

Equity Impact Statements
HB 433 by Rep. Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta) Would enact the Equity Impact Act to provide for equity impact statements regarding policy areas included, but not limited to, racial, socioeconomic, health and other similar factors to be attached to all proposed legislation that would impact such policy areas.

Evictions
HB 1059 by Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) provides for residential eviction diversion programs for disabled and low-income persons.

Eviction Records
HB 1055 by Rep. Yasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro) relates to sealing eviction records that happened during Covid.

Farmland Sales
HB 1093 by Rep. David Clark (R-Buford) prohibits the acquisition of possessory interest in agricultural land by nonresidents from countries designated as foreign adversaries by the United States Secretary of Commerce.

SB 420 by Sen. Jason Anivitarte (R-Dallas) prohibits the acquisition of possessory interest in agricultural land by nonresidents from countries designated as foreign adversaries by the United States Secretary of Commerce.

Fair Business Practices Act – Active Service Members
HB 247 by Rep. Lee Hawkins (R-Gainesville) makes it a violation of the Fair Business Practices Act to charge over 6% interest on a mortgage, credit card or other loan made by a bank or industrial loan company to service member incurred after the service member is on active duty.

Fair Business Practices Act – Brokerage Engagements
HB 471 by Rep. Clint Crowe (R-Jackson) adds an example of an unfair or deceptive practice regarding real estate brokerage engagements and options to enter into brokerage engagements to the "Fair Business Practices Act", and relating to telephone solicitations to residential, mobile, or wireless subscribers, requires the Public Service Commission to establish and maintain list of certain subscribers and develop a schedule of fees. The text of this bill has been added to SB 90*.

Fair Business Practices Act – Store Credits
HB 149 by Rep. Meisha Mainor (D-Atlanta) requires certain merchants that do not have exact change for overpayments made by cash to provide a store credit for the overage.

Foreclosure
SB 13 by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) authorizes online public sales under tax levies and executions.

HB 418 by Rep. Tyler Paul Smith (R-Bremen) allows internet enabled technology and digital media for sales under execution and sales made on foreclosure under power of sale and clarifies the date of sheriff’s sales.

HB 854 by Rep. Eric Bell (D-Jonesboro) prohibits nonjudicial foreclosures on mortgages on real estate when the mortgagor is 65 years of age or older or an adult for whom a guardian or conservator has been appointed.

HB 1051 by Rep. Rhonda Burnough (D-Riverdale) would provide for a senior and disabled persons foreclosure protection fund to be managed and maintained by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Georgia Firearms Industry Nondiscrimination Act
HB 1018 by Rep. Jason Ridley (R-Chatsworth) prohibits financial institutions from requiring the use of a firearms code that distinguishes firearms retailers from other retailers, prohibits discrimination against firearms retailers by financial institutions through the use of a firearms code, prohibits the disclosure of certain financial records by financial institutions, provides for petitions to the Attorney General to investigate alleged violations, and prohibits persons or government entities from keeping registries of firearms or owners of firearms.

Georgia Higher Education Assistance Corporation
HB 985 by Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) abolishes the Georgia Higher Education Assistance Corporation. The bill passed the House last session as HB 319 and would return money back to the state for other higher education purposes.

Hair Texture and Hairstyles
SB 82 by Sen. Tonya Anderson (D-Lithonia) amends fair housing, education, and labor and industrial relations to add hairstyles as a protected class and expands the definition of race to include hair texture and protected hairstyles.

HB 432 by Rep. Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta) adds hairstyles associated with race, color, or national origin as a protected class related to discrimination in fair housing, education, employment.

HB 1208 by Rep. Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta) prohibits housing discrimination based on natural, protective, or cultural hairstyles.

Hemp
SB 22 by Sen. Kay Kilpatrick (R-Marietta) amends the Hemp Farming Act to, among other things, make it illegal to sell hemp products to anyone under the age of 18.

SB 39 by Sen. Kim Jackson (D-Stone Mountain) amends the "Georgia Hemp Farming Act," so as to allow persons convicted of any misdemeanor or certain felonies to grow industrial hemp.

HB 196 by Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) abolishes the state's cannabis commission, moves its duties to the Department of Agriculture, and restructures the oversight committee.

HB 458 by Rep. Clay Pirkle (R-Ashburn) relates to offenses against public health and morals to prohibit the purchase of, sale of, and the offering of samples of hemp products by or to any individual under the age of 21 years old. Text of the bill was added to HB 196.

SB 494
by Sen. Sam Watson (R-Moultrie) relates to the 'Georgia Hemp Farming Act to regulate hemp products. Prohibits persons from performing certain activities without licenses, revises disqualifications for hemp grower licenses and hemp processor permits and other provisions.

HB 1286 by Rep. John Corbett (R-Lake Park) relates to the 'Georgia Hemp Farming Act to regulate hemp products. Prohibits persons from performing certain activities without licenses, revises disqualifications for hemp grower licenses and hemp processor permits and other provisions.

Higher Education Savings Plan; ABLE
HB 122 by Rep. Lee Hawkins (R-Gainesville) relates to the state’s higher education savings plan and Georgia Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE), respectively, to provide for the governance of the Georgia ABLE program by the board of directors of the Georgia Higher Education Savings Plan and among other things, removes the maximum amount of contributions currently allowed per beneficiary.

Historic Home Tax Credit
HB 1116 by Rep. Debbie Buckner (D-Junction City) extends the sunset date to 2035 for the historic home portion of the tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic structures.

HB 1134 by Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) extends the sunset date to 2029 for the tax credits for the rehabilitation of hishtoric structures, expands the criteria for historic homes to qualify for such credits, increases the aggregate caps for credits related to historic structures other than historic homes and provides for a five-year carry-forward period for credits for historic structures other than historic homes.

Housing Authorities
HB 1108 by Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens) would amend the law creating housing authorities to make a housing authority a political subdivision of this state.

Housing Zoning and Permitting
HB 514 by Rep. Dale Washburn (R-Macon) relates to zoning procedures to provide for the length and renewal of moratoriums related to zoning decisions, procedures for the levy, collection, use, and waiver of fees related to zoning decisions and related permits, and revise notice and hearing requirements for certain zoning decisions. Language from SB 136 was incorporated into the bill during the 2023 session.

HB 517 by Rep. Dale Washburn (R-Macon) enacts the "Georgia Homeowner Opportunity Act" to prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing ordinances or regulations relating to or regulating building design elements as applied to one- or two-family dwellings.

Insurance Discount – Windstorm Events
HB 279 by Rep. Matthew Gambill (R-Cartersville) provides for an insurance premium discount or rate reduction for property owners who build a new residential or commercial property or who retrofit an existing residential or commercial property that better resists tornado, hurricane, or other catastrophic windstorm events. A similar bill is, SB 158 by Sen. Randy Robertson (R-Cataula).

Interchange
HR 1135
by Rep. Todd Jones (R-South Forsyth) would create the House Study Committee on Credit Card Fees on State Sales and Excise Tax and Their Impact on Georgia Merchants and Consumers.

Jobs Tax Credit
HR 324 by Rep. Penny Houston (R-Nashville) proposes to create a committee to study the Jobs Tax Credit Tier System.

Land Ownership
SB 132 by Sen. Brandon Beech (R-Alpharetta)  prohibits the acquisition of possessory interest in certain land by nonresident aliens from a country designated as a “Country of Particular Concern” by the U. S. Secretary of State.

HB 452 by Rep. Clay Pirkle (R-Ashburn) prohibits the acquisition of possessory interest in certain land such as that for agricultural use or within 25 miles of a military installation by certain nonresident aliens.

HB 246 by Rep. Martin Momtahan (R-Dallas) prohibits China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, their citizens and companies from acquiring title to property in Georgia.

HB 494 by Rep. Lydia Glaize (D-Fairburn) provides that ownership of real property in this state by a foreign corporation or foreign limited liability company constitutes doing business in this state and provides for service of process by email.

Landowner Liability
SB 186 by Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-Cumming) limits landowner liability regarding invitees, licensees, and trespassers, provides for no landowner liability due to alleged constructive notice of prior crimes or violent nature; and provide for apportionment of fault.

Landlord Tenant
SB 125 by Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta)is a wholesale rewrite of the landlord tenant code.

SB 239 by Sen. Nikki Merritt (D-Grayson) requires landlords to provide carbon monoxide detectors in rental units.

HB 304 by Rep. Yasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro) would enact the Uniform Landlord and Tenant Act, a total rewrite of the existing landlord and tenant statutes.

HB 329 by Rep. Mesha Mainor (R-Atlanta) amends the Fair Business Practices Act and landlord and tenant in general, respectively, to provide that certain landlords shall provide notices to existing and prospective tenants about certain crimes occurring on the premises being leased.

HB 344 by Rep. Marvin Lim (D-Norcross) provides for landlord duties regarding rental premises such as agreements regarding repairs, maintenance tasks, alterations, or remodeling and provides for tenant remedies.

HB 404 by Rep. Kasey Carpenter (R-Dalton) provides for a duty of habitability for certain rental agreements, notice, maximum security deposit amounts, and expedited evictions for certain criminal activity.

HB 420 by Rep. Shea Roberts (D-Atlanta) provides that conditioned air is a utility and a landlord cannot suspend supplying the service until after the final disposition of any dispossessory proceeding by the landlord against the tenant.

HB 534 by Rep. Carl Gilliard (D-Savannah) requires a landlord to provide a 60-day notice prior to terminating a lease for non-payment of rent.

HB 627 by Rep. Rhonda Taylor (D-Conyers) repeals Code Section 44-7-19 relating to restrictions on rent regulation by local governments.

HB 719 by Rep. Yasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro) repeals the current code section in Georgia statutes relating to restrictions on rent regulation by local governments.

Leased Property
HB 1052 by. Rep Chas Cannon (R-Moultrie) revises the eligibility requirements for conservation use valuation assessments (CUVA).

Local Government Investment Policies
HB 531 by Rep. Carter Barrett (R-Cumming) requires local governments that are investing excess funds adopt an investment policy which outlines authorized investments and other operational requirements.

Local Government Loans
HR 804 by Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) changes the date by which temporary loans for counties, municipalities, and other political subdivisions of the state are payable in full from the end of the calendar year to within 12 months of the initial funding date of the loans. 

Manufactured and Mobile Homes
HB 1076 by Rep. Will Wade (R-Dawsonville) provides circumstances under which a manufactured or mobile home shall become real property.

Military Housing
HB 323 by Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) among other things, adds veteran or military status as protected classes in fair housing for real estate sales and rentals and lending for housing purchase.

Minimum Wage
HB 241 by Rep. Dewey McClain (D-Lawrenceville) provides for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour; provides a credit toward the minimum wage for employers of tipped workers; and eliminates various eligibility exemptions from the minimum wage such as domestic and farm worker employers.

SB 25 by Sen. Gloria Butler (D-Atlanta) requires certain employers to pay a $15 minimum wage with a cost-of-living adjustment.

Motor Vehicle License Plates
SB 217 by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) relates to registration and licensing of motor vehicles, to provide for the offense of operation of a motor vehicle with a fraudulent license plate. The House Rules Committee amended the bill to remove language in existing statutes related to liens on vehicles from speeders ticketed in school zones to remove a cloud on the vehicle title.  Similar language was included in HB 183.

Notaries Public
SB 265 by Sen. Blake Tillery (R-Vidalia) provides for electronic notarization of certain notarial acts using real time audio-video communication technology for some notarial acts. Exempted from electronic notarization are conveyances of real estate, wills, codicils and testamentary trusts. A notary public, a mortgage lender or its affiliates, employees, agents, and attorneys or the attorney's employee or agent violating provisions of the Act are subject to criminal penalties and civil liability, including compensatory and punitive damages and for class action lawsuits.

SB 271 by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) authorizes notaries public to electronically execute notarial certificates in person in conformance with technical standards to be issued by the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority.

SB 425 by Sen. Blake Tillery (R-Vidalia) provides for electronic notarization of certain notarial acts using real time audio-video communication technology for some notarial acts, including real estate closing for property in Georgia under certain conditions.

HB 1075 by Rep. Scott Hilton (R-Peachtree Corners) provides that state agencies shall accept notary acts, including electronic notarizations, performed in other states when the manner of notarization is authorized in that state.

Online Marketplace
SB 472 by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) revises certain definitions related to third-party sellers that utilize online marketplaces.

Pay Stubs
HB 261 by Rep. Regina Lewis-Ward (D-McDonough) requires employers to contemporaneously provide a pay stub or other documentation communicating certain information such as rate of pay, number of hours works, deductions and other information when compensating employees.

Peach Save Plan
SB 463 by Sen. Chuck Hufstetler(R-Rome) provides for the creation of the Peach Save plan, a public/private defined contribution retirement plan.

SB 477 by Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome) provides for the creation of the Peach Save plan, a public/private defined contribution retirement plan.

Personal Privacy
SB 414 by Sen. John Kennedy (R-Macon) prohibits nonprofit organizations from releasing personal information to public agencies.

SB 473 by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) is intended to protect the privacy of consumers’ personal data.

HB 1113 by Rep. Matt Reeves (R-Duluth)prohibits nonprofit organizations from releasing personal information to public agencies.

Probate
HB 346 by Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee) provide that certain cases concerning the probate of wills may be removed from a probate court to a superior court upon the petition of the court and agreement of all parties.

Property Owners' Associations
SB 29 by Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta) provides for certificates of good standing for payment of annual assessments; requires associations to offer to participate in alternative dispute resolution prior to the effectuation of a lien on a lot for unpaid assessments and that such a lien shall be inferior to liens for unpaid medical bills; and among other things, provides for alternative dispute resolution policies.

SR 37 by Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta) creates a committee to study Property Owners' Associations, Homeowners' Associations and Condominium Associations.

HB 145 by Rep. Regina Lewis-Ward (D-McDonough) relates to property owners’ associations to provide for certificates of good standing for payment of annual assessments; requires associations to offer to participate in alternative dispute resolution prior to the effectuation of a lien on a lot for unpaid assessments; provided that such a lien shall be inferior to liens for unpaid medical bills; and provides for alternative dispute resolution policies and requirements therefore.

HB 220 by Rep. Rob Leverett (R-Elberton) provides for means of enforcement of condominium and property owners' association instruments, rules, and regulations and for compliance with, and means of enforcement of, covenants and instruments for certain planned subdivisions.

HB 303 by Rep. Viola Davis (D-Stone Mountain) is a significant rewrite of the statutes governing condominium home owner and property owner associations, among many other things, creates an ombudsman to register all community associations under the Secretary of State.

HB 355 by Rep. Kasey Carpenter (R-Dalton) prohibits property owners' associations from creating or enforcing covenants which infringe upon a lot owner's right to use natural gas or to install or use a solar energy device.

SB 356 by Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta) prevents condominium associations and property owners associations from foreclosing liens due to past due assessments.

HB 522 by Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens) prohibits property owners' associations from creating or enforcing covenants which infringe upon a lot owner's right to install a solar energy device or to display the United States flag.

HB 885 by Rep. Kimberly Alexander (D-Hiram) establishes protections for condo owners, homeowners, and property owners by placing requirements, such as reserve funds and budgets, on community associations.

HB 1032 by. Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Atlanta) prevents condominium associations and property owners associations from foreclosing liens due to past due assessments.

HB 1287
by Rep. Eric Bell (D-Jonesboro) relates to regulation of specialized land transaction relative to property so as to repeal the ability of condominium associations and lot owners association to foreclose on liens for assessments.

Property Seizure/Forfeiture
HB 106 by Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) amends the "Uniform  2 Civil Forfeiture Procedure Act," so as to provide for hearings upon the seizure of certain property, provides that certain properties shall not be subject to forfeiture, and the circumstances under which seized may not be returned to the security interest holder.

HB 109 by Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) provides that real property subject to a homestead exemption, currency totaling $541.00 or less, and motor vehicle of less than $5,000.00 in market value are exempt from seizure or forfeiture under the Uniform Civil Forfeiture Procedure Act.

HB 110 by Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) requires the Carl Vinson Institute of Government to create a tracking system for property seized subject to forfeiture.

Property Taxes, Delinquent – Waive for Returning Property to Effective Utilization Status
SR 82 by Sen. Carden Summers (R-Cordele) proposes an amendment to the Constitution so as to authorize the tax commissioner, subject to local governing authority approval, to waive certain delinquent ad valorem property taxes, penalty, and interest for the purpose of placing non-revenue generating and tax delinquent property back to effective utilization status. HR 118 by Rep. Bill Yearta (R-Sylvester) is an identical bill.

Real Property Reporting
HB 628 by Rep. Marvin Lim (D-Norcross) among other things, requires each state chartered bank to report to the Department of Banking and Finance every 24 months regarding loans made for the creation, acquisition, or rehabilitation of housing units, adds a requirement to list all real property owned and addresses on any corporate registration with the Secretary of State and prohibits bundling of real properties in foreclosure sales.

Regional Commissions
HB 1247
by Rep. Victor Anderson (R-Cornelia) relates to regional commissions and revises the composition of the governing council for such commissions and how members would be chosen and provides for training for the members.

Regulatory Impact Analysis
HB 697 by Rep. James Beverly (D-Macon) requires the preparation and distribution of a regulatory impact analysis by state agencies prior to such agency adopting, amending, or repealing any regulatory rule.

Rent Control
HB 1156 by Rep. Derrick Jackson (D-Tyrone) would repeal any restrictions on rent control by local governments.

HB 1157 by Rep. Derrick Jackson (D-Tyrone) provides that a violation of the statute limiting certain rent increases is an unlawful business practice.

Residential Building Restrictions
SB 188 by Sen. Russ Goodman (R-Cogdell) prohibits local governments from enacting or enforcing any restrictions on land or dwellings that are or are anticipated to be subject to a residential rental agreement of more than 30 days or that would prevent a person from occupying a dwelling for more than 30 days based solely on whether that person owns the dwelling.

Residential Rental Property
HB 490 by Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens) eliminates a deduction related to depreciation for single-family residential rental property.

Retirement – Peach Save
SB 463 by Sen. Chuck Hufstetler(R-Rome) provides for the creation of the Peach Save plan, a defined contribution retirement plan.

Rural Economic Development
HB 413 by Rep. Noel Williams (R-Cordele) provides for a second round of funding "Georgia Agribusiness and Rural Jobs Act."

Sales and Use Tax – Mobile Homes; Tax Credit – First Time Homebuyers
HB 283 by Rep. Beth Camp (R-Concord) changes the computation of sales and use tax on the purchase of a new manufactured home from 50% to 60% of the sales price and creates a new tax credit for first time homebuyers.

Short-Term Rentals
HB 1121 by Rep. Bethany Ballard (R-Warner Robbins) prohibits local governments from suspending or prohibiting the continued use of property as a short-term rental unit by a property owner under certain circumstances.

Sick Leave
HB 78 by Rep. Kimberly Alexander (D-Hiram) requires all employers with over 25 employees to have paid sick leave for its employees; contains numerous highly prescriptive requirements for an employer’s sick leave policy, including a requirement that an employee be paid for unused sick leave.

Small Business
SB 429by Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-Cumming) allows for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor or any member of the legislature to request a small business impact analysis from the Office of Planning and Budget and the Department of Audits for any bill introduced during a legislative session.

State Retirement Fund Investing - Social Political Ideological
HB 481 by Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) would require those who invest state retirement assets to take into account only fund historic, current and potential future returns and not subordinate the interests of the participants and their beneficiaries or sacrifice investment returns or accept increased investment risks in the promotion of any nonpecuniary interests. Such nonpecuniary interests shall include, but shall not be limited to, the furtherance of any social, political, or ideological interests.

SB 266 by Sen. Marty Harbin (R-Tyrone) would require those who invest state retirement assets to take into account only fund historic, current and potential future returns and not subordinate the interests of the participants and their beneficiaries or sacrifice investment returns or accept increased investment risks in the promotion of any nonpecuniary interests. Such nonpecuniary interests shall include, but shall not be limited to, the furtherance of any social, political, or ideological interests. Text from this legislation was incorporated into SB 240.

Squatters
HB 1153 by Rep. Todd Jones(R-South Forsyth) allows any person who owns property to file a written affidavit with the clerk of the superior court of the county where such property resides stating the intention to not subject such property to rental agreement.

SB 470 by Sen. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) creates a notice of vacancy, filed as a written affidavit, stating the owner's intention for the land or tenement to remain vacant for a set amount of time and assigning enforcement of the notice to law enforcement.

Statute of Frauds
SB 242 by Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-Cumming) provides that agreements with a value in excess of $10,000.00 shall be in writing.

Tax Code
HB 95 by Rep. David Knight (R-Griffin)is the annual bill incorporating various new provisions in the federal tax code into the Georgia tax code.

HB 1162 by Rep. David Knight(R-Griffin) is the annual bill incorporating various new provisions in the federal tax code into the Georgia tax code.

Tax Credit – Analysis
HB 581 by Rep. Shaw Blackmon (R-Bonaire) requires the Department of Audits and Accounts to annually analyze a prioritized list of various tax credits.

Tax Credit – Carry Forward
HB 1181 by Rep. Chuck Martin(R-Alpharetta) limits the carry-forward periods of certain income tax credits.

Tax Credit – Hemp
HB 533 Rep. Carl Gilliard (D-Savannah) provides for a tax credit for costs of doing business with Georgia Grown hemp owners and suppliers.

Tax Credit - Jobs
HB 512 by Rep. Dar'shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia) provides for a tax credit for small businesses that employ certified work force ready graduates in high-tech full-time jobs.

Tax Credit – Low Income
HB 476 by Rep. James Beverly (D-Macon) relates to tax credits for qualified low-income buildings to allow an additional amount of the tax credit for certain new single-family homesteads in less developed census tracts sold to low-income individuals or families.

Tax Credit – Low Income Housing
HB 1182 by Rep. Clint Crowe (R-Jackson) provides that low income housing tax credits shall be called Georgia affordable housing tax credits, reduces the amount of these credits available for certain projects and authorizes the credits in an amount equal to the federal credit for certain projects.

Tax Credit – Mortgage Originators
HB 488 by Rep. Matt Reeves (R-Duluth) provides for tax credits for contributions made by taxpayers to defined mortgage loan originators promoting affordable housing.

Tax Credit – New Home Construction
HB 483 by Rep. Jasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro) provides for a tax credit for up to 20% of construction expenses incurred by taxpayers that sell new construction homes to an individual or related individuals with a sales price of up to $200,000.

Tax Credit – Quality Jobs
HB 482 by Rep. Steven Sainz (R-St. Marys) amends the current income tax credit for establishing or relocating quality jobs such that eligibility for the credit shall be based only  on the projects and investments, which are related primarily to such trade or business,  and the jobs that qualify solely based on such trade or business.

Tax Credit – Remote Work
HB 263 by Rep. Mandisha Thomas (D-South Fulton) provides for a tax credit for certain remote work expenses incurred by employers that enter into remote work agreements with their employees.

Tax Credit – Rural Hospitals, Student Scholarship Organizations, Home Ownership
HB 101 by Rep. Clint Crowe (R-Jackson) adds free-standing emergency departments to organizations eligible for the Rural Hospital Tax Credit, requires the primary campus of the organization to be in a rural county, and raises the total appropriation for the credit to $80 million; increases the appropriation for the Student Scholarship Organization Tax Credit to $120 million in 2023 and $130 million for subsequent years; and creates a new tax credit for contributions made to a not-for-profit organization that makes mortgage loans to individuals to promote home ownership or improvements for the disadvantaged.

Tax Credit – Rural Physician
HB 82 by Rep. Mack Jackson (D-Sandersville) limits eligibility for the existing rural physician tax credit to persons qualifying as a rural physician on or before December 31, 2023. The bill creates a new tax credit for rural physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Tax Credit - Solar
HB 536 by Rep. Mandisha Thomas (D-South Fulton) provides a tax credit   for certain expenses incurred by taxpayers for installing solar energy systems at warehouses or residential dwellings.

Telephone Solicitations
SB 73 by Sen. Blake Tillery (R-Vidalia) provides for class action suits and for damages against certain persons for violating provisions relating to telephone solicitations. The text of HB 92 has been added to the bill.

Timber – Ad Valorem Tax Reduction
HR 96 by Rep. Noel Williams (R-Cordele) proposes an amendment to the Constitution to provide for a reduction in the rate of the ad valorem tax assessment of timber at sale or harvest.

Time-shares
HB 292 by Rep. Matt Reeves (R-Duluth) revises procedures regarding judicial and nonjudicial foreclosure of time-share estates and relates to notice, interests of mortgagees, trustees, recording of time-share interests, sales of encumbered time-share estates and proceeds, and transfer of title. The text of the bill has been amended into HB 182.

Title Pawn
HB 342 by Rep. Josh Bonner (R-Fayetteville) creates a regulatory structure for the title pawn industry.

SB 452 by Sen. Greg Dolezal(R-Cumming) provides for regulations of motor vehicle title pawn transactions. It would require the Department of Banking and Finance to license and regulate title pawnbrokers.

Tort - COVID-19
SB 2 by Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-Alpharetta) would permanently extend immunities from certain liability claims related to Covid-19.

Tort - Motor Vehicles
SB 426 by Sen. Blake Tillery (R-Vidalia) revises the circumstances in which a motor carrier and insurance carrier can be joined in the same lawsuit action following an accident.

Tort – Weapons
HB 568 by Rep. Beth Camp (R-Concord) relates to liability of owners and occupiers of land to provide that a person, business, or other entity that owns or legally controls a property and prohibits a lawful weapons carrier from possessing a weapon on such property shall assume absolute custodial responsibility for the safety of such lawful weapons carrier from certain threats.

Tort - Data Gathering
HB 1114 by Rep. Will Wade (R-Dawsonville) authorizes the collection of data by the Office of Commissioner of Insurance and Safety Fire for the purposes of future tort reform legislation.

Trigger Leads
HB 1040 by Rep. Scott Hilton (R-Peachtree Corners) prohibits unfair or deceptive practices in consumer transactions related to mortgage trigger leads sold by credit reporting agencies. These leads contain contact details of individuals applying for credit, gathered when their credit reports are pulled.

Uniform Commercial Code
HB 1240
by Rep. Matt Reeves (R-Duluth) updates and modernizes various statutes in the commercial code relating to commercial transactions in order to maintain uniformity in Georgia’s statutes governing commercial transactions as recommended by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Includes the establishment of commercial law for transactions involving digital assets.

Utilities
HB 438 by Rep. Victor Anderson (R-Cornelia) prohibits governmental entities from adopting any policy that prohibits the connection or reconnection of any utility service or sales of certain fuels based upon the appliance to be used by a customer.

Veteran’s Benefits
SB 451 by Rep. Nabilah Islam-Parkes (D-Duluth) creates a voluntary low-interest loan program for Georgia-based banks and credit unions to assist veterans.

Virtual Currency Mining
HB 1043 by Rep. Scott Hilton (R-Peachtree Corners) provides protections relating to the generation and use of virtual currency.

Wage and Employment Benefit Mandates
HB. 245 by Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Atlanta) removes the state preemptions of wage and benefit mandates, requirements for contractors to provide certain wage and benefits to employees and other requirements of local governments.

Wage Withholding
HB 267 by Rep. Tyler Paul Smith (R-Bremen) authorizes private causes of action for equitable relief regarding the failure of employers to comply with revenue provisions regarding employees, such as failure to properly withhold.

Wills, Trusts & Estates
HB 901 by Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex), among other things, provides for electronic wills and the execution of such wills.

HB 1218
by Rep. Rob Leverett (R-Elberton) establishes a provision of notice to beneficiaries of an estate.