TAG Capitol Update: January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016

       

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


HB 801: HOPE Scholarship GPA Calculation for STEM Courses

 

Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) introduced legislation refining the HOPE scholarship to reward Georgia college students for taking rigorous science, technology, engineering, and math courses. The legislation directs the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to select bachelor-level science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses to receive extra weight for purposes of calculating the HOPE scholarship GPA while a student attends college. 


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HB 779: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legislation Proposed

 

HB 779 provides that it will regulate the use of unmanned aircraft systems and the resulting captured images, prohibit operations in connection with hunting and fishing, and to prohibit the possession of, operation of, manufacturing of, and transportation of unmanned aircraft systems with a weapon attached. Click read more to view the entire HB 779. TAG Government Relations Task Force Member, Elizabeth Wharton, analyzes the bill: Georgia's Proposed Anti-Drone Legislation.

  

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SB 276: Georgia Personal Data Security Act

 

The Technology Association of Georgia is reviewing the new version of Senator Albers Georgia Personal Data Security Act. The purpose behind the Senate bill is to improve systems and procedures for providing and regulating notifications of data beaches affecting Georgia residents. Click the link to review the bill.


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TAG 2016 Legislative Agenda

 

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. TAG looks forward to working with elected officials this upcoming legislative session to make Georgia a top state for technology. Connect with our government affairs team on any state or federal issues. TAG remains a tech-policy resource for our members and the Georgia Technology community throughout the session. Click the link below to review TAG's 2016 legislative agenda.

 

  

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High-Tech Day at the Capitol

 

Join TAG for a day at the Georgia State Capitol. 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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Governor Deal's AFY 2016 Budget: Education & Technology

 

According the Governor Nathan Deal's Amended Fiscal Year 2016 Budget recommendations, $14,900,000 will go towards grants for local school systems for broadband internet connectivity through the Connections for Classrooms program and to provide funds for live online instructions and other digital platforms for students and teachers. The Governor recommended $1,651,892 to support the information technology applications utilized by local school systems. The purpose of this appropriation is to manage enterprise technology for the department, provide internet access to local school systems, support data collection and reporting needs, and support technology programs that assist local school systems.

 

  

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Quality Jobs Tax Credit 

 

The Quality Jobs Tax Credit is another job tax credit for jobs that pay higher-than-average wages. It can give Georgia companies a significant tax break and help drive growth. The Quality Jobs Tax Credit rewards companies that create at least 50 jobs in a 12-month period – provided the jobs pay wages that are at least 10 percent higher than the county average for wages.

 

  

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2016 TAG Government Affairs & CompTIA DC Fly-In   

 

Now’s your chance to make your voice heard. Register today for the TAG & CompTIA DC Fly-In and help us impact legislative decisions that may directly affect your business. This 2-day event gives you the opportunity to learn about new laws and regulations, recognize members of Congress and your colleagues for their support of our industry, and advocate for policies that will help your business grow and compete in the global marketplace. We hope you will consider being a part of Georgia's delegation on February 9-10, 2016 for this important event. Registration is free. 

  

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National Technology Security Coalition


The Technology Association of Georgia is forming a trade association called the National Technology Security Coalition. Headquartered in Georgia, the purpose of the National Technology Security Coalition is to effectively forge a coalition of information security stakeholders to reverse the accelerating pace of digital or physical disruption to information systems of U.S. companies, governmental authorities and individuals. NTSC’s mission will be accomplished in part by promoting policies and legislation with respect to information security, conducting networking forums for information security professionals to share their expertise and delivering a continuum of professional development programs to equip members with innovative cybersecurity solutions.

  

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Extension of the Export-Import Bank until mid-2016


Both the Senate & the House of Representatives, as well as President Obama signed EXIM Bank’s reauthorization into law December 4th, 2015. The Export-Import Bank secured a long-term reauthorization that will be in effect until September 30, 2019. The bank is finally able to restart the work needed to meet its mission of supporting American jobs and equipping American businesses with the tools necessary to compete for global sales. To read through the bill text pertaining to the Export-Import Bank, scroll down near the end of the document to find Division E.

  

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In This Issue

State:


HB 801: HOPE Scholarship GPA Calculation for STEM Courses


HB 779: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legislation Proposed

SB 276: Georgia Personal Data Security Act

TAG 2016 Legislative Agenda

 

High-Tech Day at the Capitol


Governor Deal's AFY 2016 Budget: Education & Technology


Quality Jobs Tax Credit
 

  


Federal:

2016 TAG Government Affairs & CompTIA DC Fly-In


National Technology Security Coalition

Extension of the Export-Import Bank until mid-2016

 

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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