TAG Capitol Update: May 2014

May 2014


 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


Georgia U.S. Senate Canadiate Survey 


The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) surveyed all Georgia US Senate candidates vying to fill the seat for retiring Senator, Saxby Chambliss, in order to gain a better perspective on those running. 




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Digital Media Tax Credit



Georgia’s digital entertainment state tax credit has been extended for two years for gaming companies.  The industry continues to grow to a whooping $1 billion annual impact on the state’s gross domestic product. 




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2015 Budget



The budget for fiscal year 2015, which begins July 1, is the largest budget—coming in at $20.8 billion—since the Great Recession.  Much of the projects within the budget that target the tech industry are those presented at Governor Deal’s State of the State address in January.  




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Mobile BILD Act



The Mobile Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development (BILD) Act, sponsored by Representative Don Parsons (R) streamlines the regulatory process for companies investing in new or upgrading existing wireless infrastructure. 




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Prohibiting Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement



House Bill 809, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Williamson (R) amends the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act to prohibit Patent Assertion Entities, or "patent trolls," from making bad-faith assertions of patent infringement.




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Companies specializing in real-time ridesharingapplication platforms found themselves in the middle of the legislative session this year.  If you are not familiar, applications such as Uber and Lyft, provide consumers rides to their destinations through their innovative platforms. 



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Contribute to TAG PAC



TAG PAC, the state level political action committee, is the vehicle for technology leaders to financially support state level candidacies of men and women who understand and support issues important to the technology industry.




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In This Issue


Georgia U.S Senate Candidate Survey

Digital Media Tax Credit

2015  Budget

Mobile BILD Act

Prohibiting Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement


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President & CEO
(404) 920 - 2027

Heather Miner
Senior Director of Government Relations & Statewide
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Joseph Santoro
Associate Director of External Affairs
(404) 526 - 6049



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