TAG Capitol Update: February 4, 2016

February 4, 2016

       

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


High-Tech Day at the Capitol

 

Join TAG for a day at the Georgia State Capitol February 24th. We encourage you to join TAG in meeting with Georgia's state legislators to educate them about issues in the technology arena. During this year’s High-Tech Day, the Georgia technology community representatives will be urging legislators to move on TAG’s legislative agenda which focuses on five main policy areas: Business and Industry, Economic Development and Taxation, Education and Workforce, Procurement, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. If you are interesting in supporting one of our legislative agenda issues, please register at the link below.


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Health IT Day At the Capitol

 

Please join TAG on Thursday, February 25th for Health IT Day at the Capitol, a day of celebration, learning, and connecting with the legislature. Topic: Using Health IT to Improve Patient Care and Health Outcomes. The importance of connecting the business sector to our government cannot be underestimated. The health IT industry is a leading driver of Georgia's high tech economy and we want to make sure that the voices of the Health IT community are heard.

  

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2015-2016 TAG Legislative Tracker


The Technology Association of Georgia is committed to working with our federal, state and local elected officials to promote sound public policies that will enhance the growth of the technology industry, as well as, Georgia's overall economic development. Please take a look at our legislative Tracker for bills and legislation TAG supports, opposes, or is monitoring. 

 


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TAG Grassroots Liaison Program

 

The TAG Grassroots Liaison Program is an opportunity for a representative at every TAG member company to serve as an advocate for the technology industry in the state. This means supporting laws and policies that are beneficial for the technology industry, and opposing ones that are not. Advocacy can be both fun and easy. Though the topics and issues the technology industry deals with are important and sometimes complicated, the TAG Government Affairs staff does its best to make your job as an advocate as simple and effective as possible.

 

  

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HB 801 Passed/Adopted by Georgia House of Representatives

 

HB 801 passed unanimously through the Georgia House of Representatives yesterday. The bill sponsor, Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton), introduced this legislation to redefine the HOPE scholarship reward program for Georgia college students taking rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses. This initiative will encourage our young people to develop the 21st century skills demanded in STEM fields and make Georgia even more competitive in attracting high tech companies to locate and expand in our state. To send your support to the Georgia Senate, please click the link below.

 

  

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Energy Necessary and Integral to Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exemptions

 

The Georgia Department of Revenue has adopted an amendment to Rule 560-12-2-.64 Energy Necessary and Integral to Manufacturing. This Rule addresses the sales and use tax exemptions for energy used in manufacturing. Click the link to read the detailed amendment.

 

  

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TAG & CompTIA 2016 DC Fly-In Briefing Book  

 

The 2016 DC Fly-In Attendee Briefing Book is complete! This book will brief you on the current landscape in Washington, DC as it relates to IT policies and regulations, some important industry facts, and our 2016 policy priorities. It also goes over some FAQs and contains important contact information. You’ll also receive a hard copy onsite. Download the briefing book here. 

  

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Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA)


As part of the 2016 Omnibus bill the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) was signed into law. Now that CISA has been signed into law, implementation begins. CISA enables businesses to share cyber threat information with seven specified federal agencies. CISA requires the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to jointly submit to Congress interim CISA policies and procedures by February 16, 2016, and publish final policies and procedures by June 15, 2016. Click the link below to read the entire CISA bill text. 

  

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Pell Grant Proposed Changes


The U.S. Department of Education announced two new proposed changes to the federal Pell grant program, focused on keeping students on track to graduate. The proposed changes include bringing back year-round eligibility, which was cut in 2011, and providing a $300 annual incentive for students receiving Pell grants to take a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester. This proposal will need congressional approval, which may be unlikely given the $2 billion price tag.

  

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In This Issue

State:

 

High-Tech Day at the Capitol


Health IT Day At the Capitol


2015-2016 TAG Legislative Tracker

TAG Grassroots Liaison Program

HB 801 Passed/Adopted by Georgia House of Representatives


Energy Necessary and Integral to Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exemptions

  


Federal:

TAG & CompTIA 2016 DC Fly-In Briefing Book

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA)

 

Pell Grant Proposed Changes

 

TAG Government Relations Sponsor

 

TAG Capitol Contacts

Tino Mantella
President & CEO
Tino@tagonline.org
(404) 920 - 2027


Heather Maxfield
Vice President, Government Relations & Statewide
Heather@tagonline.org
(404) 920 - 2022


Joseph Santoro
Director of External Affairs
Joseph@tagonline.org
(404) 526 - 6049 

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