TAG Capitol Update: April 2016

April 2016

       

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


Successful TAG 2016 Legislative Session

 

In 2016, the Technology Association of Georgia worked closely with our federal, state and local elected officials as well as community partners to promote sound public policies that enhanced the growth of the technology industry in Georgia. TAG applauds the passage of the STEM HOPE Scholarship HB 801, the industry supported unmanned vehicle HB 779, and appropriations for the Invest Georgia Program & Small Business Film Production grant. TAG is looking forward to the off-session to educate legislators on the importance of the data center industry in Georgia through tours and discussions. 
            

 

Governor Deal Vetoed HB 757

 

HB 757 includes the original Pastor Protection Act (PPA) plus the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and elements of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) without clear non-discrimination language. Last week Governor Deal vetoed HB 757 on the grounds it doesn’t reflect Georgia’s welcoming image. To read Governor Deals remarks, click the link below. TAG supports Governor Deal's decision to make Georgia a pro-business state by vetoing HB 757. 


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Invest Georgia Program Funded $10.5 Million

 

The Invest Georgia program is a state-based fund of funds created to improve venture capital opportunities for Georgia-based businesses and established as a component of Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC). In 2014, Governor Nathan Deal allocated the first installment of $10 million into the fund. Click the link below to view the Invest Georgia 2015 Report for more details and to review the fund selection process. From its inception, TAG supported the Invest Georgia program and celebrates the second installment of $10.5 million into the Program!


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$300,000 in Grants for Small Business Film Production Companies

 

In an effort to grow home grown production companies the state allocated $300,000 in grants for small business film production companies. Stay tuned, more information regarding this grant coming soon. To view the Fiscal Year 2017 State Budget highlights click the link below. 

 


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Unmanned Vehicle HB 779 Passed

 

HB 779 establishes a Commission originally proposed in SB 325 and changed the county & municipality preemptive language. The bill also modifies the penalty for violating existing wiretapping, eavesdropping and surveillance laws as defined in section 16-11-62 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA). Ultimately, the unmanned vehicle legislation treats UAS photography and videography the same as it does ground based operations. TAG worked closely with industry before the bill's passage. 


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Georgia Small Businesses Act SB 277 Passed

 

The Georgia Protecting Georgia Small Businesses Act sponsored by Senator John Albers (District 56) works to protect & support small business franchisees owners by maintaining control of their business operations locally. SB 277 awaits the Governor's signature to become law. TAG thanks Senator Ablers for his leadership role in protecting small business franchisee owners.

  

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Financial Technology Incentives Joint Study Committee SR 883 Passed


SR 883 sponsored by Senator Brandon Beach (District 21) creates a joint study committee to review incentives for financial technologies and the payment processing industry. According to the resolution, more than 60 percent of the financial transactions industry is housed in Georgia and over 70 percent of the payments processed in the United States are processed in Georgia. The study of financial incentives for the payments processing industry will provide the state with the necessary resources to continue to invest in the financial security and longevity of global markets.

          

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April 7th CompTIA Webinar: The Ultimate Disruptor: The Challenges and Opportunities of the Internet of Things and Smart Cities at the Nexus of Transportation

 

According to CompTIA’s Sizing Up the Internet of Things (IOT) report, projections estimate 50.1 billion connected devices by the year 2020 and $1.9 trillion in global economic value-add. The dramatic rise in computing power and storage capacity offered at ever-lower prices, coupled with the miniaturization of sensors and chips, robust wireless networks, IPv6, and a software-defined world, to name a few enabling factors, make this iteration of the Internet of Things different than prior eras. Click the link below for more information and to register.

  

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FCC Approves Low-Income Internet Subsidy to Bridge Digital Divide

 

Low-income Americans will be eligible for a monthly subsidy of $9.25 to receive high-speed Internet service in an effort approved by federal regulators on Thursday to close the so-called digital divide and expand access to broadband. Now consumers will be able to apply the monthly Lifeline subsidy to broadband service or a bundled voice-and-data package from an Internet service provider. The Internet service could be wired or wireless. Click the link below to read more information. 

  

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New Resource for State & Local Governments to Manage Grants 

 

The federal government issues approximately $600 billion dollars each year in grant funding to state and local governments, but managing the grant requirements is a complicated process. The new website in the link below provides a free resource for State and Local Governments to utilize for training and step-by-step process of correctly managing grants. 

  

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In This Issue

State:

Governor Deal Vetoed HB 757

Invest Georgia Program Funded $10.5 Million

$300,000 in Grants for Small Business Film Production Companies

Unmanned Vehicle HB 779 Passed


Protecting Georgia Small Businesses Act SB 277 Passed

 

Financial Technology Incentives Joint Study Committee SR 883 Passed

  


Federal:

April 7th CompTIA Webinar: The Ultimate Disruptor: The Challenges and Opportunities of the Internet of Things and Smart Cities at the Nexus of Transportation


FCC Approves Low-Income Internet Subsidy to Bridge Digital Divide

 

New Resource for State & Local Governments to Manage Grants


 

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Director of External Affairs
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(404) 526 - 6049 

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