Week 7 Legislative Update: Tax Cuts, Cannabis Oil, & Music

March 9, 2017

Friends,

“Crossover Day” is now behind us and we are in the final stretch of the 2017 Legislative Session.  The 28th Day of our 40 Day session is Crossover Day.  All legislation must pass in either the House or Senate Chambers to be eligible for consideration in this year’s legislative session.  There were several notable pieces of legislation that were not passed by crossover including the two Casino bills.

With a schedule to adjourn on March 30, Georgia lawmakers are working around the clock to pass legislation that strengthens our economy, enhances educational opportunities for students, and ensures a better, brighter future for our state.

Tax Cut For Hardworking Georgians

I am pleased to report that HB329, which lowers taxes for hardworking Georgians was passed in the General Assembly this past Wednesday.  By replacing the graduated state income tax structure with a 5.4% flat tax, Georgians will save millions of dollars every year.  To learn more about HB329, click HERE.

My 2nd Bill Passes on Crossover Day – HB370

HB370 allows our Municipal Court Judges across the State to create a deferred savings plan across multiple municipal employers.  It is exciting to help create a vehicle to assist public servants in our state to plan and save for retirement.

City of Peachtree Corners Public Facilities Authority Act – HB369

HB369 provides a tool for the City Council to enter into multi-year lease or purchase agreements.  Once the legislation is passed, the City Council will need to vote to activate the Authority. The PFA will allow our City to negotiate competitive, long-term agreements.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with great questions on the bill and why it was requested by the City.  I would encourage you to read the City’s announcement via the following link: HERE.

You can also read my update on HB369 on the NextDoor neighbor site: HERE.

Please feel free to email/call or text with any additional questions on this legislation – I would be happy to answer – 404.951.8902

Community Coffee
Join us THIS SATURDAY – March 11th at Norcross High School (5300 Spalding Dr., Norcross) for “Coffee and Conversation.”  Please enter through the Main Entrance and we’ll have signs directing you to the Family Consumer Science Room.

We’ll have plenty of doughnuts, hot coffee, and good discussion. The event begins at 9AM. I look forward to discussing the 2017 Legislative Session and listening to your feedback on pressing issues in our community.

Remaining Date:

  • March 25th, 9:00AM – Duluth Rexall Pharmacy – 3165 Buford Hwy, Duluth, GA

Sponsored Legislation

I have served as a co-sponsor on several other important pieces of legislation.  A handful of these include HR403 recognizing the Compact for Balanced Budget – encouraging passage of a balanced budget at the Federal level.  Also, HR402 recognizing Oct. 2nd-6th as Pre-K week in Georgia.  You can find the full-list of sponsored legislation by clicking: HERE.

Stopping Opioid Abuse

To stop the opioid epidemic in Georgia, the General Assembly passed HB249, which will empower the Department of Public Health, enhance reporting requirements for users of certain controlled substances, and increase monitoring and accountability.  HB249 is a good step in the right direction as we work to protect our friends and neighbors from prescription drug abuse.

More Music, More Jobs

HB155, which passed in the State House on Friday, will create an income tax credit for certain expenditures by a production company related to state certified musical or theatrical productions or recorded musical performances. If approved by the Senate and signed by the Governor, HB 155 will create more jobs by bringing recording studios, theatrical productions, and artists to the Peach State.

Other Notable Legislation – Passed Last Week:

HB 65- increases the list of conditions that are eligible for treatment with medical cannabis.

HB 114 amends the ‘Move on When Ready Act’ to ensure dual-enrollment students are not penalized by local school systems for taking on the challenge of collegiate coursework while still in high school.

HB 427 expands the loan program for physicians in underserved areas to other health care practitioners. The purpose is to increase the number of physicians and health care practitioners in underserved rural areas of Georgia.

HB 87 allows for multiple-year registrations with the Secretary of State for certain types of corporations to reduce burdens on small businesses.

HB 124 strengthens the criminalization of fraud in obtaining public assistance.

HB 217 increases the amount of the cap on contributions to certain scholarship organizations.  The cap will be increased from $58 million to $65 million in 2018.  Over the next several years the cap will be increased gradually up to $100 million.

HB 422 authorizes the Veterans Service Board to establish a non-profit corporation designated as the Georgia Veterans Service Foundation, Inc. to actively seek supplemental funds, in-kind goods, services, and property to promote Georgia’s state war veterans’ homes and veterans’ cemeteries.

HB 51 instructs all Georgia postsecondary institutions to report any information reasonably believed pertinent to a felony crime committed by an enrolled student, in or on properties overseen by the institution, to law enforcement officials.

HB 341 adds those who patronize or solicit a person who is the victim of sexual servitude to the offense of sex trafficking.

Movement to End Sex Trafficking –

Last week, we did our part to “Shine A Light on Slavery” at the State Capitol in an effort to end Human Sex Trafficking. Learn more at www.enditmovement.com.

It is truly a pleasure to work on your behalf.  You are always welcome to call/text my me at: 404.951.8902 or e-mail: Scott.Hilton@house.ga.gov

You can also post a message to my FB page using the link below or Tweet @ScottHiltonGA

Sincerely,

Rep. Scott Hilton
Georgia General Assembly
District 95