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                         GEORGIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                         GEORGIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                       DAILY REPORT
Monday,, March 30,, 2009
Monday March 30 2009                                                                          38tth Legiisllattiive Day
                                                                                              38 h Leg s a ve Day

TODAY ON THE FLOOR
 MOTIONS TO INSIST
 HB 277 - The Georgia 2020 Transportation Act; enact
 - BILL SUMMARY: This legislation provides for an additional special transportation sales and use tax at the rate of 1
 percent. The proceeds from the collection of this tax will be deposited into the Georgia 2020 Transportation Trust Fund
 created by the legislation. The Fund will be overseen by the Georgia 2020 Transportation Trust Fund Oversight
 Committee also created by this legislation. The committee make-up will be 11 members appointed by the Governor (3
 appointees), Lieutenant Governor (4 appointees), and House Speaker (4 appointees). Governance and administration of
 the Fund is charged to the State Road and Tollway Authority (or another successor agency or authority which may divest
 SRTA of its powers). The Committee will oversee the work and operation of SRTA in this capacity. The Fund will be
 expended on an extensive list of projects included in the legislation. The bill also goes on to revise the OCGA relating to
 imposition and rate of sales and use tax (48-8-30) to include an additional special transportation sales and use tax of 1
 percent. Should the voters reject the 1 percent statewide sales tax, there is an opportunity to vote on an
 intergovernmental approach.
 - Authored By: Rep. Vance Smith of the 129th
 - House Committee: Transportation
 - A motion to insist sends this bill back to the Senate for consideration.

 HB 481 - Jobs, Opportunity, and Business Success Act of 2009; enact
 - BILL SUMMARY: House Bills 481 make several changes in our code to provide tax relief and encourage employment
 opportunities and business stimulation. The bills make the following changes. It provides for a one year waiver of certain
 Secretary of State filing fees for corporations, limited partnerships, and LLCs which will be effective from July 1, 2009
 through June 30, 2010.
 It provides employers that hire people that are receiving unemployment benefits with a quarterly credit per employee
 against their required unemployment contributions. It also provides employers with a $2400 income tax credit per
 employee if they employ these people for at least 2 years. The bill also eliminates the requirement for dealers to remit
 estimated sales tax liability. Currently dealers must file returns and remit their estimated sales tax liability if their
 estimated liability exceeds $5,000.
 - Authored By: Rep. Tom Graves of the 12th
 - House Committee: Ways & Means
 - A motion to insist sends this bill back to the Senate for consideration.
MOTIONS TO AGREE
HB 70 - Early care and learning; fingerprint records checks; require
- BILL SUMMARY: This legislation seeks to require that employees of day care centers submit to both national and state
background searches prior to any employment, except where emergency temporary worker is defined. In the bill certain
terms are also clarified, specifically “Director” and “Fingerprint”. Furthermore the bill requires current employees and
directors of day care centers to under go these specific background searches before 6/30/2010, as well as require that
any one who resides within a family day care center undergo the same background searches of that of an employee.
- Authored By: Rep. Sean Jerguson of the 22nd
- House Committee: Children & Youth
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

HB 123 - Sexual offenses; child molestation; define; change certain provisions
- BILL SUMMARY: HB 123 amends O.C.G.A. § 16-6-4, which defines the crime of child molestation. A Court of Appeals
decision established that physical presence was required for a conviction of child molestation. The bill provides that if a
person exposes a child to an immoral act with the intent to arouse the sexual desires of the child or the person, and uses
some electronic means of communication such as the internet, rather than being in the child’s physical presence, the act
is still child molestation.
- Authored By: Rep. Matt Ramsey of the 72nd
- House Committee: Judiciary Non-Civil
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

HB 126 - Uniform Electronic Transactions Act; enact
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill creates the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act that establishes guidelines for electronic
business practices. It further makes provisions for the use of electronic records, signatures and notarization as well as for
automated transactions.
- Authored By: Rep. Edward Lindsey of the 54th
- House Committee: Banks & Banking
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

HB 170 - State owned marshland or water bottoms; change annual rental fees; provisions
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill relates to the leasing of state owned marshland or water bottoms and changes the amount of
annual rental fees from fair market value to a fixed rate of $1000.00 per acre.
- Authored By: Rep. Roger B. Lane of the 167th
- House Committee: State Institutions & Property
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

HB 248 - Georgia Voluntary Remediation Program Act; enact
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill establishes a Voluntary Remediation program in which property owners could utilize, with the
approval and supervision of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD, registered professional engineers or
registered professional geologists to formulate and implement cleanup of contaminated sites on the HSRA (state
superfund) list. Under these provisions, HSRA is expanded to become more efficient and effective in completing site
remediation. The property owner of a contaminated site would be allowed to initiate remediation by applying with EPD
with a proposed voluntary remediation plan. If the application is approved by EPD, the property owner then would
implement the remediation plan, and after completion, submit a final compliance division report for EPD to review and
approve. The bill provides for a $5,000 nonrefundable fee to apply for the program and lists criteria for participating in the
program, and program standards and policies.
- Authored By: Rep. Terry Barnard of the 166th
- House Committee: Natural Resources & Environment
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

HB 280 - Quality Basic Education Act; mathematics or science teachers; additional
compensation; provide
- BILL SUMMARY: This legislation provides for additional compensation for teachers in mathematics or science. It
provides for standards for mathematics and science endorsements.
Code Section 20-2-212.5
A secondary school teacher in a local school system who is or becomes certified in mathematics or science by the PSC
shall be moved to a salary step on the salary schedule that is applicable to 6 years of creditable service. From salary step,
the teacher shall be attributed one additional year of creditable service on the salary schedule each year for 5 years. After
5 years, this teacher may continue to be attributed one additional year of creditable service on the salary schedule each
year if he/she meets or exceeds student achievement criteria. Upon expiration of 5 years, if teacher does not meet
student achievement criteria such teacher shall be moved to the salary step applicable to the actual number of years of
creditable service which the teacher has accumulated. A kindergarten or elementary school teacher who receives an
endorsement in mathematics, science, or both from the PSC shall receive a stipend of $1000.00 per endorsement up to 5
years. Upon expiration of 5 years, if teacher does not meet necessary student achievement than teacher shall cease to
receive stipend. This is subject to appropriations by the General Assembly. A teacher must meet certain requirements to
qualify for a stipend in mathematics or science endorsements. The PSC shall establish standards for the math and
science endorsements.
 - Authored By: Rep. Brooks Coleman of the 97th
- House Committee: Education
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

HB 308 - Georgia Limited Liability Company Act; certain technical corrections; clarify
provisions
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill makes technical corrections in the Georgia Limited Liability Company Act, clarifies certain
provisions and makes certain provisions consistent with parallel provisions in the Georgia Business Corporations Code.
The bill provides for automatic resignation of a registered agent following the dissolution of a limited liability company;
reduces the risk of an unintended dissolution of an LLC and provides that a judgment creditor shall have no right to force
dissolution of an LLC.
- Authored By: Rep. David Ralston of the 7th
- House Committee: Judiciary
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

HB 312 - Financial institutions; S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008; incorporate
provisions
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill incorporates provisions of the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) Mortgage
Licensing Act of 2008 and does the following:
  • Defines the “mortgage loan originator” as an individual who for compensation or gain takes a residential mortgage loan
application or offers or negotiates terms of a residential mortgage loan, with certain exceptions.
  • Requires individuals desiring to engage in the business of a mortgage loan originator to obtain a license or registration
and a unique identifier and requires such identifying number to be displayed on all loan application forms, solicitations,
advertisements, etc.
  • Adds relevant licensing requirements as well as provisions for renewal and revocation of such licenses.
  • Authorizes adding mortgage loan originators to the automated nationwide licensing system and registry previously
authorized by the General Assembly for mortgage brokers and mortgage lenders.
  • Clarifies that any education provider that offers mortgage industry related courses designed to satisfy education
requirements must be approved by the Department.
  • Clarifies and separates in relevant areas the requirements that apply to mortgage brokers and mortgage lenders and
those requirements that apply to all licensees, including mortgage loan originators.
  • Authorizes the Department to conduct investigations and examinations of mortgage loan originators and authorizes the
Department to take into account Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry fees in setting appropriate licensing
fees.
  • Establishes that the prohibited acts provision and the disclosure requirements are applicable to mortgage loan
originators.
- Authored By: Rep. Calvin Hill of the 21st
- House Committee: Banks & Banking
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

HB 315 - Real estate brokers; certain disclosures made in writing; require
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill amends code section 43-40-25, relating to real estate brokers and salespersons, to require
additional disclosures of fees and other valuable consideration to be included on real estate transaction settlement
statements.
- Authored By: Rep. Terry Barnard of the 166th
- House Committee: Judiciary
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

HB 441 - Sales and use tax; refund claims; expedited payment; provisions
- BILL SUMMARY: HB 441 provides that taxpayers that wish to expedite payment of claims for sales or use tax refunds
may apply to the commissioner for an expedited refund if they file a bond that is satisfactory to the commissioner. The
refund must be issued within 30 days of the date of the posting of the approved bond. This bond will be security for
repayment of the refund and any applicable tax, interest, penalties, fees, or costs in the event that all or a portion of the
refund is paid in error. Any assessment of such tax, interest, or penalties must be made within 3 years after the date that
the refund was paid by the commissioner.
  Taxpayers that file sales and use tax refund claims for at least 50% more than the eligible refund amount with no
reasonable basis for such excessive amount shall be subject to a penalty of 20% of the excessive amount. “Reasonable
basis” may be proven using statutory provisions; proposed and adopted regulations; court cases; Attorney General
opinions; and letter rulings, policy statements, and informational bulletins published by the commissioner. Treatises, legal
periodicals, and legal opinions rendered by tax professionals shall not constitute acceptable authority.
No penalty shall be assessed if the refund is claimed in good faith and the filing was not due to negligent disregard of the
law.
When all or part of the excessive amount of the taxpayer’s claim for refund is based on a position which is knowingly and
willingly advanced in bad faith and is patently improper, such taxpayer is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished
by a fine of not more than $1000.
- Authored By: Rep. Larry O`Neal of the 146th
- House Committee: Ways & Means
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

HB 495 - Probate courts; associate probate court judges; provisions
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill amends code section 15-9-4, relating to eligibility requirements for probate court judges, by
providing that a probate court judge currently holding office may seek re-election despite the requirement in large
population counties that a probate judge practice law.
  The bill further amends code section 15-9-11 to provide for procedures of filling probate judicial vacancies that occur in
the last year of term of office. This bill provides that in such a case, the person assuming such judicial duties shall serve
until the expiration of the term.
  Additionally, the bill amends code section 15-9-30 relating to subject matter jurisdiction of probate courts. This bill adds
to the general jurisdiction of the court conservators of minors, guardians of incapacitated adults, and conservators of
incapacitated adults.
- Authored By: Rep. Roger B. Lane of the 167th
- House Committee: Judiciary
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

HB 550 - Insurance; mutual life insurer; additional method of payment; provide
- BILL SUMMARY: HB 550 relates to conversion of a mutual insurer to a stock insurer. It provides that if a life insurer,
payment may be provided as a paid-up life insurance policy with a cash value equal to 100 percent of the policyholder's
equity in the insurer.
- Authored By: Rep. John Meadows of the 5th
- House Committee: Insurance
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

HB 553 - Local Government Equipment Financing Authority Act; create
- BILL SUMMARY: This legislation is known as the "Local Government Equipment Financing Authority Act," which
provides a financing mechanism allowing local governments to borrow money at a reduced interest rate by grouping
together multiple bond packages.
- Authored By: Rep. John Lunsford of the 110th
- House Committee: Appropriations
- A motion to agree represents final passage of this bill.

MOTIONS TO DISAGREE
HB 68 - Funeral establishments and crematories; disposition of cremains; provide
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill :
  • Requires a person legally entitled to authorize the cremation to provide the funeral establishment with a signed
statement describing the specific method of disposing of such cremated remains.
  • Allows the cremated remains to be shipped only by a method that has an internal tracking system and provides a
receipt signed by the person accepting the delivery. Upon receiving the cremains the authorizing agent will be responsible
for the disposition.
  • Requires the funeral director to send a notification to the authorizing agent if within 60 days the specifications of
disposition were not made and the cremated remains were not claimed. If after 30 days of the notice the instructions are
still not provided by the authorizing agent this bill authorizes the funeral director to dispose of the cremated remains in a
crypt or underground or store them in the funeral establishment and requires the funeral director to clearly mark and
record the final resting place.
- Authored By: Rep. Chuck Sims of the 169th
- House Committee: Regulated Industries
- A motion to disagree sends this bill back to the Senate for consideration.
HB 254 - Human Resources, Department of; juvenile proceedings; locate adult relatives;
provisions
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill shortens from 90 to 30 days the time in which a due diligence search is to be conducted to
locate relatives or other persons who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to a child after the child has been
removed from his or her parent(s). The bill provides that the parent supply names and addresses of other persons who
might be considered as possible placements for the child and that these persons receive notice explaining their options.
The bill further instructs to the court to consider the following: 1) the placement that offers the greatest degree of legal
permanence, 2) the placement that offers the least disruption, 3) continuity of relationships, and 4) any other factors the
court deems relevant.
- Authored By: Rep. Allen Peake of the 137th
- House Committee: Judiciary Non-Civil
- A motion to disagree sends this bill back to the Senate for consideration.

HB 261 - Income tax credit; purchase of one eligible single-family residence; provide
- BILL SUMMARY: This legislation provides a state income tax credit for the purchase of one single-family residence
during the six month period following the effective date of this legislation. The amount of the credit will be 1.2% of the
purchase price up to a maximum of $3600 (which would be equal to 1.2% of a $300,000 purchase price home). In each
year, the amount of the credit may not exceed the taxpayer’s income tax liability or $1200, whichever less, and any
excess or unused credit may be carried forward to apply to the succeeding two years’ tax liability.
   Residences eligible for the tax credit include: 1) new single family residences; 2) previously occupied residences that
were for sale prior to the effective date of this legislation and are still for sale after the effective date; 3) owner-occupied
residences with respect to which the owner’s acquisition debt is in default on or before March 1, 2009; and 4) residences
in foreclosure which are owned by the mortgagor or the mortgagor’s agent.
   In order to receive the credit, the taxpayer must submit to the commissioner some documentation to validate the
eligibility of the residence for this tax credit such as a bona fide listing agreement with a real estate agent or broker
licensed in Georgia or other documentation deemed sufficient by the commissioner. However, if the taxpayer files
electronically, this documentation is only required to be attached to the return if the IRS allows such electronic
attachments to Georgia returns. If the IRS does not provide for the attachment of such documentation, the taxpayer must
maintain this documentation and it shall be made available upon request if the commissioner.
- Authored By: Rep. Ron Stephens of the 164th
- House Committee: Ways & Means
- A motion to disagree sends this bill back to the Senate for consideration.



RULES CALENDAR
HR 29 - Gaza strip; expressing support for the nation of Israel in its defense against terrorism
- BILL SUMMARY: No Summary Available
- Authored By: Rep. Howard Maxwell of the 17th
- House Committee: Special Rules
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 149; Nays: 1

HR 135 - Capitol Arts Standards Commission; Admiral John Henry Towers portrait, urge
- BILL SUMMARY: Resolution urging the Capitol Arts Standards Commission to place a portrait of Admiral John Henry
Towers.
- Authored By: Rep. Barry Loudermilk of the 14th
- House Committee: Special Rules
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 155; Nays: 0

HR 165 - University System of Georgia; #1 DESTINATION FOR ENTREPRENEURS; request
- BILL SUMMARY: Encourages the promotion of science and technology with in the Higher Education system of Georgia.
For successful economic growth in Georgia, expanding and developing education for the support of science, innovation,
technology and energy will more effectively promote the establishment of new technology driven business in the state.
There fore establishing Georgia as the #1 destination for entrepreneurship.
- Authored By: Rep. Bob Smith of the 113th
- House Committee: Higher Education
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 152; Nays: 1
HR 282 - National Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness Week; support goals and ideals
- BILL SUMMARY: This resolution supports the goals of National Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness Week and seeks to
raise awareness and understanding of this disease.
- Authored By: Rep. Sharon Cooper of the 41st
- House Committee: Health & Human Services
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 161; Nays: 1

HR 471 - United States Congress; oppose efforts to expand reach and scope of Clean Water
Act; request
- BILL SUMMARY: Requests Congress to oppose legislative efforts to expand the reach and scope of the Clean Water
Act, such as the previously proposed Clean Water Restoration Act.
- Authored By: Rep. Lynn Ratigan Smith of the 70th
- House Committee: Natural Resources & Environment
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 123; Nays: 31

HR 533 - Environmental Protection Division; evaluate oxygen in Savannah Harbor; request
- BILL SUMMARY: Requests the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to lead efforts to evaluate the
appropriate deficit from natural for dissolved oxygen in the Savannah Harbor to allow for protection of aquatic species and
the economic viability of the region.
- Authored By: Rep. Earl Carter of the 159th
- House Committee: Natural Resources & Environment
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 93; Nays: 70

HR 578 - United States Fish and Wildlife Service; scientific study in Etowah River Basin;
request
- BILL SUMMARY: No Summary Available
- Authored By: Rep. Barry Loudermilk of the 14th
- House Committee: Natural Resources & Environment
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 107; Nays: 49

HR 583 - Congress; oppose legislation that interferes with state's ability to transport horses;
request
- BILL SUMMARY: This resolution requests the United States Congress oppose federal legislation that interferes with a
state's ability to direct the transport or direct the processing of horses.
- Authored By: Rep. Terry England of the 108th
- House Committee: Agriculture & Consumer Affairs
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 103; Nays: 49

HR 583 - Congress; oppose legislation that interferes with state's ability to transport horses;
request
- BILL SUMMARY: This resolution requests the United States Congress oppose federal legislation that interferes with a
state's ability to direct the transport or direct the processing of horses.
- Authored By: Rep. Terry England of the 108th
- House Committee: Transportation
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 103; Nays: 49

HR 622 - United States Congress; change definition of renewable biomass; request
- BILL SUMMARY: This resolution asks the United States Congress to take legislative action to change the current
definition of renewable biomass.
- Authored By: Rep. Jim Cole of the 125th
- House Committee: Agriculture & Consumer Affairs
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 153; Nays: 4
SB 8 - Student Health; provide for possession/self-administration of auto-injectable
epinephrine by students
- BILL SUMMARY: SB 8 would allow students who have a written consent from both a physician and the child's parent or
legal guardian to carry and administer epinephrine while they are at school.
- Authored By: Sen. Jack Murphy of the 27th
- House Committee: Health & Human Services
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 159; Nays: 0

SB 20 - Local Government; prohibit sanctuary policies; provide penalties
- BILL SUMMARY: Senate Bill 20 prohibits local governments from enacting, adopting, implementing, or enforcing
sanctuary policies. A “sanctuary policy” is defined as any regulation, rule, policy, or practice that prevents local officials or
employees from reporting a person’s immigration status or otherwise providing immigration status information. Local
governments (sanctuary cities) that violate this legislation or fail to cooperate with the federal government in reporting a
person’s immigration status will be subject to with holding of state funding or state administered federal funding.
- Authored By: Sen. Chip Pearson of the 51st
- House Committee: Governmental Affairs
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 124; Nays: 28

SB 24 - Probation Management Act; probationers; provide comprehensive provisions
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill reinstates an article in Chapter 8 of Title 42 outlining the probations options system that
lapsed on July 1, 2008. This system provides administrative sanctions to probationers as an alternative to judicial
modification or revocation of probation.
- Authored By: Sen. Johnny Grant of the 25th
- House Committee: Judiciary Non-Civil
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 163; Nays: 1

SB 24 - Probation Management Act; probationers; provide comprehensive provisions
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill reinstates an article in Chapter 8 of Title 42 outlining the probations options system that
lapsed on July 1, 2008. This system provides administrative sanctions to probationers as an alternative to judicial
modification or revocation of probation.
- Authored By: Sen. Johnny Grant of the 25th
- House Committee: State Institutions & Property
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 163; Nays: 1

SB 26 - Firefighters; limit the disclosure of certain private information
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill amends subparagraph (a)(11.3)(A) and paragraph (13)(a) of code section 50-18-72, relating
to when public disclosure of public records is not required, by protecting from public disclosure utility account numbers
and passwords used to access those accounts in subparagraph (a)(11.3)(A), and by adding firefighters, emergency
medical technicians and paramedics to the list of public employees whose home telephone number, address, social
security number, and insurance and medical information is protected in paragraph (13)(a).
- Authored By: Sen. David Shafer of the 48th
- House Committee: Judiciary
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 129; Nays: 0

SB 30 - Gasoline; suppliers of automotive gasoline; fuel alcohol; define certain terms; change
certain provisions
- BILL SUMMARY: Senate Bill 30 allows gasoline distributors or dealers to blend their fuel with ethanol, putting more of an
emphasis on alternative fuel use in the state. The bill aims to keep more money in Georgia, create more jobs, increase
competition in the marketplace, and lessen the dependence on foreign oil.
- Authored By: Sen. Ross Tolleson of the 20th
- House Committee: Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications
- Rule: Modified-Open
- Yeas: 137; Nays: 30
SB 38 - Health; authorize Board for the Distribution of Cadavers to provide use of dead bodies
in training/handling of police canine
- BILL SUMMARY: Senate Bill 38 relates to death investigations by coroners. It clarifies that the Georgia Bureau of
Investigations has jurisdiction over the post mortem examination or autopsy on persons whose death occurs on certain
state property. This provides for the training of canine service dogs for the purpose of body recovery and rescue persons.
- Authored By: Sen. Seth Harp of the 29th
- House Committee: Health & Human Services
- Rule: Modified-Open
- Yeas: 160; Nays: 0

SB 55 - Ad Valorem Taxation; change factors to be considered in determining fair market
value of real property
- BILL SUMMARY: Senate Bill 55 adds factors to the list of criteria that tax assessors must use in determining the fair
market value of real property for ad valorem tax purposes. It adds foreclosure sales, bank sales, or other financial
institution owned sales or distressed sales of comparable real property. It also adds that the assessors must consider
decreased value of the property based on limitations and restrictions resulting from the property from the property being in
a conservation easement.
  The bill also extends the deadline for filing for forest land conservation use assessment for the year 2009 only. The
current deadline is April 1, but the rules and regulations are still not ready, therefore applicants need more time to review
these before applying.
  The bill also provides that the board of assessors must send out change in assessment notices if the value of the
property increases or decreases. Currently, some counties are not sending out assessment notices if the value
decreases.
- Authored By: Sen. Chip Pearson of the 51st
- House Committee: Ways & Means
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 146; Nays: 0

SB 63 - Insurance; multiple employer self-insured health plan; independent nonpropriety
institutions of higher education; not subject to requirements
- BILL SUMMARY: SB 63 will allow small private colleges in Georgia to join together and create an LLC for the purpose of
pooling risk as it relates to insurance benefits for employees.
- Authored By: Sen. Ralph T Hudgens of the 47th
- House Committee: Insurance
- Rule: Modified-Open
- Yeas: 158; Nays: 0

SB 65 - Probation Detention Center; sentencing and confinement of certain defendants; permit
credit for time
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill relates to confinement in a probation detention center, so as to change provisions relating to
the sentencing and confinement of certain defendants in a probation detention center. The bill would permit credit for time
served in confinement while awaiting confinement in a probation detention center.
- Authored By: Sen. Johnny Grant of the 25th
- House Committee: State Institutions & Property
- Rule: Modified-Open
- Yeas: 157; Nays: 1

SB 67 - Drivers' Licenses; examinations shall be administered only in English language;
provide for an exception
- BILL SUMMARY: SB 67 provides that examinations for permanent drivers' licenses shall be administered only in the
English language. It does not prevent testing in other languages for temporary licenses.
- Authored By: Sen. Jack Murphy of the 27th
- House Committee: Motor Vehicles
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 104; Nays: 58
SB 68 - Alcoholic Beverages; counties/municipalities; prohibition against sale within 100
yards of housing authority property; provide an exception
- BILL SUMMARY: Currently, it is prohibited to sell any alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises within 100
yards of any housing authority property. This bill allows counties and municipalities with the approval of the local housing
authority board of commissioners to adopt a resolution that would provide an exemption from such prohibition. This bill
also adds a provision that, for the purpose of sampling, allows a representative of a manufacturer or a wholesaler to open
a container of alcoholic beverages and distilled spirits in the area on the premises of the retail dealer closed to the public
and allows the dealer or his employee to sample such beverage. Starting on July 1, 2009, this bill prohibits municipalities
and counties to authorize the location of a new or relocation of an existing retail package liquor place of business engaged
in the retail package sales of distilled spirits within 500 yards of any other business licensed to sell package liquor at retail
and provides for a way to properly measure that distance. It further states that a violation of Code Section 3-4-49 will
result in denial of issuance of a state license.
- Authored By: Sen. Jack Murphy of the 27th
- House Committee: Regulated Industries
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 42; Nays: 114

SB 104 - Cosmetic Laser Practitioners; licensing; change certain provisions; amend
definitions; consulting physicians
- BILL SUMMARY: This legislation amends the Georgia Cosmetic Laser Services Act so that for any cosmetic laser
procedure, other than laser hair removal, the patient must first be seen by a trained medical professional. Also this bill
requires that a consent form be signed by the patient stating the degrees of the persons performing the procedure as well
as the name, qualifications, and emergency contact information of the supervisor.
- Authored By: Sen. John J. Wiles of the 37th
- House Committee: Health & Human Services
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 156; Nays: 8

SB 141 - Property; foreclosures and deficiency judgements; change provisions
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill amends code section 44-14-160 to require all deeds under power to be recorded by the holder
of the deed within 90 days of a foreclosure sale.
- Authored By: Sen. Bill Hamrick of the 30th
- House Committee: Judiciary
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 161; Nays: 1

SB 151 - Penal Institutions; provide courts/State Board of Pardons and Paroles greater input
from crime victims, their families, interested witnesses
- BILL SUMMARY: • Senate Bill 151 relates to oral victim impact statements and grants of pardons, paroles, and other
relief to provide courts and the State Board of Pardons and Parole greater input from crime victims, their families, and
other witnesses and to provide for victim notification of parole board hearings.
- Authored By: Sen. John J. Wiles of the 37th
- House Committee: Judiciary Non-Civil
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 155; Nays: 0

SB 152 - Agriculture; provide for an Agricultural Commodity Commission for Ornamental
Plants; balloting
- BILL SUMMARY: Senate Bill 152 provides for administrative authority to the Commissioner of Agriculture regarding
hearings, penalties, final decision and judicial review. It allows the Commissioner the ability to create a "monetary penalty
or other sanction" when a violation occurs. It further relates to the establishment of agricultural commodity commissions.
It provides for ratifications, contributions, and balloting to for an Agricultural Commodity Commission for Ornamental
Plants. This bill also authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture to create, register, license, promote and protect a
trademark relating to agricultural commodities grown in Georgia.
- Authored By: Sen. John Bulloch of the 11th
- House Committee: Agriculture & Consumer Affairs
- Rule: Modified-Open
- Yeas: 147; Nays: 8
SB 159 - Hemophilia Advisory Board Act; create; provide for duties, reporting, membership,
selection of officers
- BILL SUMMARY: Senate Bill 159 would create a Hemophilia Advisory Board for hemophilia and other bleeding
disorders. Hemophilia, a disorder that is expressed almost solely in males, affects the blood’s ability to clot. Trish Dominic
of Hemophilia Georgia explained to committee members that the disease is treatable; however, such a disorder locks
sufferers out of individual insurance plans, forcing them to seek state aid. In addition, public misinformation on the
disorder often leads to improper treatment of those with it. The board would have nine members with two designated non-
voting members. Because members would serve on a volunteer basis, the legislation would place no additional financial
burden on the state.
- Authored By: Sen. Johnny Grant of the 25th
- House Committee: Health & Human Services
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 158; Nays: 3

SB 199 - Courts; required annual training for magistrates/probate judges; suspend for one
year
- BILL SUMMARY: This bill amends code section 15-9-1.1, relating to courts, to provide the Probate Judges Training
Council with the option to suspend annual training, in whole or in part, for the calendar years 2009 and 2010. This is a bill
is aimed at helping the budgetary squeeze by saving state funds where training is unnecessary.
- Authored By: Sen. John J. Wiles of the 37th
- House Committee: Judiciary
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 150; Nays: 11

SB 211 - State Purchasing; exempt certain purchases from having to go through Dept. of
Administrative Services
- BILL SUMMARY: Senate Bill 211 exempts the purchase of routine office supplies used for the daily operation of state
agency which are, in the ordinary course of business, commonly restocked every one to 12 months from having to come
through the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS). However, such routine office supplies shall not include office
equipment or furniture, such as computers, shelves, printers, chairs, copy machines, or similar items.
- Authored By: Sen. Eric Johnson of the 1st
- House Committee: Governmental Affairs
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 144; Nays: 17

SB 240 - County Boards of Tax Assessors; comprehensive revision of the appeal of
assessments for ad valorem tax purposes
- BILL SUMMARY: Senate Bill 240 provides for another method of appeal for property tax assessments. The taxpayer
may opt to submit an appeal to binding arbitration. Prior to appointment of the arbitrator and within 30 days of filing notice
of the appeal, the taxpayer must provide a copy of the value certified by a professional real estate appraiser as classified
by the Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board. The board may accept this value or the appeal will go to arbitration. Within
30 days of holding a hearing, the arbitrator shall render a decision regarding the value of the property by choosing
between a single value submitted by the board of assessors and a single value submitted by the taxpayer. The losing
party must pay for the fees and costs of the arbitrator.
- Authored By: Sen. Chip Rogers of the 21st
- House Committee: Ways & Means
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 161; Nays: 2

SB 244 - Ga. Registered Professional Nurse Practice Act; performance of health maintenance
act. by a designated caregiver shall not be prohibited
- BILL SUMMARY: This legislation would allow certain medical acts to be performed by caregivers, instead of as in
current law that stipulates that these particular acts be performed by a registered nurse.
- Authored By: Sen. Renee S Unterman of the 45th
- House Committee: Health & Human Services
- Rule: Modified-Open
- Yeas: 158; Nays: 0
 SR 96 - Trustee, Board/Georgia Military College President; urged to maintain the current
 military programs
 - BILL SUMMARY: Senate Resolution 96 urges the Board of Trustees and the president of Georgia Military College to
 maintain the current military program at the military junior college of Georgia, Georgia Military College.
 - Authored By: Sen. Johnny Grant of the 25th
 - House Committee: Higher Education
 - Rule: Structured
 - Yeas: 155; Nays: 0

 SR 431 - Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails; designate
 - BILL SUMMARY: This resolution designates 6 driving trails already in development or planned by Georgia Civil War
 Heritage Trails as the official state-wide Civil War Era Historic Trails of Georgia. The resolution provides that the Civil War
 Heritage Trails have sole authority in planning, construction, and maintaining the trails upon any roadway in the state.
 - Authored By: Sen. Jeff Mullis of the 53rd
 - House Committee: Transportation
 - Rule: Structured
 - Yeas: 148; Nays: 1

 LOCAL CALENDAR
 HB 813 - Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority; membership; change
 - BILL SUMMARY: A Bill to provide for the selection members of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority.
 - Authored By: Rep. Henry "Wayne" Howard of the 121st
 - House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination - Local
 - Rule: Open
 - Yeas: 135; Nays: 1

 SB 261 - St. Mary, City of; ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes; provide homestead
 exemption
 - BILL SUMMARY: A Bill to provide a homestead exemption from City of St. Mary's ad valorem taxes for municipal
 purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base
 year assessed value of such homestead.
 - Authored By: Sen. Jeff Chapman of the 3rd
 - House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination - Local
 - Rule: Open
 - Yeas: 135; Nays: 1

 SB 266 - Kingsland, City of; ad valorem taxes; homestead exemption; municipal purposes
 - BILL SUMMARY: A Bill to provide a homestead exemption from City of Kingsland ad valorem taxes for municipal
 purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base
 year assessed value of such homestead.
 - Authored By: Sen. Jeff Chapman of the 3rd
 - House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination - Local
 - Rule: Open
 - Yeas: 135; Nays: 1

 SB 267 - Woodbine, City of; ad valorem taxes; homestead exemption; municipal purposes
 - BILL SUMMARY: A Bill to provide a homestead exemption from City of Woodbine ad valorem taxes for municipal
 purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base
 year assessed value of such homestead.
 - Authored By: Sen. Jeff Chapman of the 3rd
 - House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination - Local
 - Rule: Open
 - Yeas: 135; Nays: 1


* The House will reconvene Wednesday, April 1, at 10:00 AM, for its 39th Legislative
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                                       COMMITTEE ON RULES
 The Committee on Rules will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31 at 10:00am to
       fix the calendar for the 39th Legislative Day, Wednesday, April 1,
             and bills may be called at the pleasure of the Speaker.

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                                    COMMITTEE ACTION REPORT
 Judiciary Non-Civil

 SB 56 - Georgia StopMeth Log; establish; electronically recording the identity; provide statement of
 purpose; definitions; misdemeanor penalty
 - BILL SUMMARY: This bill provides for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to establish a StopMeth Log program. The program
 creates an Internet information system tracking information from pharmacies and retailers regarding transactions for over the counter
 drugs which are used to create methamphetamine. The purpose of the program is to assist law enforcement.
 The bill provides that buyers of listed drugs provide pharmacists and retailers with valid identification and other information. The bill
 also provides that the GBI is authorized to implement an Internet based program, accessible to those retailers, in compiling that
 information.
 - Authored By: Sen. Gloria S. Butler of the 55th
 - Committee Action: Do Pass by Committee Substitute

 Judiciary Non-Civil

 SB 59 - Electronic Mail Fraud; definitions; prohibit a person from using certain computers to retransmit
 commercial email to deceive recipients
 - BILL SUMMARY: Sections 1 and 2 permit telephone companies to disconnect lines when a local line for a business does not
 correspond with a local business address. The purpose of the bill is to protect local businesses and Georgia’s economic interests.
 This legislation arose due to concern by local businesses such as florists, locksmiths, and garage door installers. A national service
 provider can register a name that implies it is a local business, and request a local phone number. However, the local number reaches
 an organization outside of Georgia, which takes an order and completes a transaction. Georgia does not collect sales tax for the
 transaction.
 This bill requires a telephone listing, whether in a book or on-line, must include that business’s address. The measure ensures that a
 customer seeking a specific local business is not misled by a local telephone line. The bill places the enforcement actions under the
 purview of the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs.
 Sections 3 addresses spam and computer fraud. The bill provides that it is a crime to conspire to or knowingly transmit multiple emails
 with the intent to deceive or mislead recipients. The bill defines the terms and sets a graduated penalty scheme based on the number of
 emails sent. A suggested amendment from the Office of the Attorney General has two changes. First, district attorneys will also be
 able to prosecute for the crime. Second, it provides a process for forfeiture.
 - Authored By: Sen. Cecil Staton of the 18th
 - Committee Action: Do Pass by Committee Substitute

 Judiciary Non-Civil

 SB 180 - Driving Permits; allow issuance of a limited driving permit; person convicted of driving under
 the influence subject to certain conditions
 - BILL SUMMARY: Section 1 and 2 provide that a person convicted of a DUI could receive a limited driver’s license, but still be
 subject to the penalties based on his or her blood alcohol concentration. Section 1 of the bill removes a provision that forbids a person
 who has a DUI conviction under that section of the Code from having a limited driving permit. Section 2 changes section of the Code
 related to restricted licenses and provides that a sentencing judge may also require an ignition interlock for the defendant’s vehicle and
 required participation in either a multiple offender program, or a drug court program.
 Section 3 provides for an increase to the administrative fee charged to participants in DUI schools, and provides those funds are
 transferred to the state. This language is identical to an amendment to SB 196, which was already passed by the committee.
 - Authored By: Sen. Bill Cowsert of the 46th
 - Committee Action: Do Pass by Committee Substitute
 Transportation

 SB 120 - MARTA; allow a transportation services contract to authorize the extension of/addition to the
 Authority's existing rapid rail system
 - BILL SUMMARY: Changes the restrictions on MARTA dollars to a 60%-40% split.
 - Authored by: Sen. Doug Stoner
 - Committee Action: Do Pass by Committee Substitute

* Bills passing committees are reported to the Clerk’s Office, and are then placed on the General Calendar.
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                                  COMMITTEE SCHEDULE
                                          Tuesday, March 31, 2009
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM               INSURANCE                                                         406 CLOB
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM             Entrepreneurship and Business Subcommittee                        415 CLOB
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM             RULES                                                             341 CAP
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM               GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS                                              406 CLOB
                               Wednesday, April 01, 2009 : No Meetings Today
                                        Thursday, April 02, 2009
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM              JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL                                               132 CAP
* This schedule is up to date at the time of this report, but meetings dates and times are subject to change. To
keep up with the latest schedule please visit the General Assembly website www.legis.ga.gov and click on House
Meetings. To view the live stream of these meetings, please visit the Georgia Legislative Network.

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