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Sign up for ACEC Georgia’s weekly Capitol Updates newsletter to be kept up to date on the General Assembly’s activities that affect the engineering industry in Georgia. These updates are emailed to subscribers on Mondays at noon during the legislative session (January through April, depending on the legislative calendar), with one additional update following the end of the Governor’s signing period.

 

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April 11, 2022

Last Monday on April 4th state lawmakers adjourned— “Sine Die”—for the regular legislative session. This session we say goodbye to 48 incumbents, including 37 Representatives, 10 Senators, and the Lt. Governor, who are not running for reelection. These departing incumbents include two incredibly influential lawmakers: the chairman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee, Senator Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga), who is retiring after 22 years of service; and the Dean of the House, Representative Calvin Symre (D-Columbus), wh

Christy Tarallo

April 4, 2022

Last week, lawmakers met to convene for Legislative Days 36 through 39, with this past weekend blocked out for House committee workdays. Today marks the last day of the legislative session, known as “Sine Die!” Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter James Salzer wrote a column over the weekend (HERE’S THE LINK) that does an excellent job describing the somewhat chaotic energy of Sine Die.

Christy Tarallo

March 28, 2022

Last week, state lawmakers met for Legislative Days 32 through 35, leaving only five legislative days left in the 2022 Legislative Session. But a lot is going to happen in those last five days! HB 476 – Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Act We are absolutely thrilled to report that last Thursday, HB 476 – ACEC Georgia’s PELS Board legislation – was passed unanimously out of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee!

Christy Tarallo

March 21, 2022

Last week, state lawmakers met for Legislative Days 28 through 31. Tuesday, Legislative Day 28, was Crossover Day – the deadline which is the last day to pass a bill out of the chamber of origin—and lawmakers met until 9:30pm in the Senate, while the House met until 11:00pm. On Thursday, the Senate unanimously voted to support Governor Kemp’s gas tax suspension proposal, HB 304. The estimated fiscal impact of this proposal is roughly $400 million. The Governor has stated that the lost funds will be replaced by unreserv

Christy Tarallo

March 14, 2022

Last week was an incredibly important week in Georgia politics! In addition to lawmakers convening for Legislative Days 25 through 27, this past week was “qualifying week,” which is the 5-day period when candidates must officially file their paperwork to run for office within their respective political parties (or as undeclared/independent candidates).

Christy Tarallo

March 7, 2022

Last week, lawmakers met for Legislative Days 21 through 24. This week begins “qualifying week,” which is the 5-day period when candidates must officially file their paperwork to run for office within their respective political parties (or undeclared/independent classifications). Friday is the last day to file that mandatory paperwork in order to be eligible to run for any given regularly scheduled election in 2022. Qualifying is sometimes a turning point in the legislative session, because incumbents will finally know

Christy Tarallo

February 28, 2022

Georgia lawmakers met to convene for Legislative Days 19 and 20 this past week—officially marking the halfway point to Sine Die (the last day of session, scheduled for April 4) and 8 Legislative Days until the Crossover Day deadline of March 15. The legislature is certainly feeling the heat of the election year and the approaching deadlines. As such, the legislature kept quite busy last week and promises to continue to stay busy this week!

Christy Tarallo

February 21, 2022

This past week, Georgia state lawmakers met for Legislative days 16 through 18. There are now three calendar weeks until the Crossover Day deadline (March 15th), though only 9 legislative days are scheduled between now and Crossover. The various Cobb County cityhood bills continue to move steadily through the legislative process and may soon be subject to voter approval during the May primary election this year. The proposed city of Mableton passed the House Government Affairs Committee this past week and is now elig

Christy Tarallo

February 14, 2022

This past week the Georgia General Assembly met for Legislative Days 12 through 15. The legislature is now past the halfway point to Crossover (the deadline for legislation to pass its original chamber) and activity in both chambers is starting to pick up. The amended budget, HB 910, passed the House by a vote of 152-4 this past Friday. The entire amended budget passed by the House totals $29.9 billion. The House largely preserved the Governor’s ambitious promises made in response to a huge windfall in tax revenue and

Christy Tarallo

February 7, 2022

This past week the legislature met Tuesday through Thursday for Legislative days 9 through 11. As of February 3rd, nearly 2,900 bills and resolutions have been introduced over the course of this two-year session! Of those 2,900 bills and resolutions, House Bill 961 by Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula) and Senate Bill 329 by Sen. Bo Hatchett (R-Cornelia) are high on ACEC Georgia’s priority list. HB 961 and SB 329 are both intended to address a 2021 ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court that eliminated the apportionment of

Christy Tarallo

January 31, 2022

Among the issues the House is juggling, and in addition to the proposed city of Buckhead, there are several other bills proposing referendums for the creation of new cities. These new city proposals include the cities of Lost Mountain, Vinings, and East Cobb—all of which are located in Cobb County. The legislation proposing the cities of Lost Mountain and Vinings passed the House Government Affairs Committee’s Special Subcommittee on Cityhood this past week and are now pending in the full committee.

Christy Tarallo

January 24, 2022

Last week, the Georgia General Assembly took its customary break from legislative days for the joint House & Senate Appropriations Committees to hear presentations from various state agency heads on their portion of the Governor’s proposed budget. The Governor kicks things off with an overview of any significant changes from the previous year’s budget, while also highlighting his new initiatives and budget priorities. Some of our readers may already be familiar with the Governor’s recommendation to increase overall spen

Christy Tarallo

January 18, 2022

Last week, UGA’s complicated relationship with Hope turned into full-blown commitment and the excitement was palpable at the Capitol. In fact, before the Georgia General Assembly even met to convene the second year of the 156th General Assembly on Monday, January 10th, they preemptively decided to take Tuesday off to recover from the Monday evening championship game (before UGA had even won!).

Christy Tarallo
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