Capitol Update Week 5 – Full Speed Ahead



The Georgia Southern University Eagle visited the Capitol this week.
Georgia Southern University Eagle visited the Capitol this week.
What’s Brett up to?

I am pleased that HB 195 that I authored has passed the Ways and Means Committeeand is now before House Rules. This bill will allow, after a citizen referendum, for the reinstatement of the property tax abatement.

A wonderful Atlanta non-profit,  Project Interconnections, Inc., provides 24/7 care and housing for 69 mentally ill residents at Phoenix House. They recently partnered with a for-profit contractor for the sole purpose of making renovations to their facility. This partnership disqualified the non-profit from receiving an Atlanta property tax abatement resulting in increased costs of about $40,000 a year.

HB 41 providing an innovative approach to education for our best students of Architecture to achieve licensure in approximately 7 years rather than the 12 year average will be heard in Regulated Industries Committee this week. The bill is supported by the Savannah College of Art and Design, Kennesaw State University, and Georgia Tech.

HB 204 prohibiting the billing of tack-on fees on your property tax bill will have a second hearing in Ways and Means this week. You simply shouldn’t lose your home over a garbage bill (it is legal today) or risk a lien on your property for a tack-on fee such as nuisance abatement or storm water (it is happening today). Supporters of your private property rights include Georgia Realtors, Bankers, Engineers, Architects, Credit Unions, Mortgage Bankers, Independent Business, and many, many more.

Finally, Rep. Kevin Tanner, Chair of the House Transportation Committee, has appointed me to Chair a Special Subcommittee on HB 248 authored by Rep. Trey Kelley to determine Georgia’s regulatory environment for autonomous vehicles. I anticipate a first hearing on Thursday.

Let me hear from you

As always, I remain appreciative that you allow me to serve as your state Representative. I encourage you to contact me with any comments or questions you have about the legislation being considered at your state Capitol.

Brett Harrell