TAG Capitol Update: March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015

       

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


HB 237: Angel Investor Tax Credit Adopted by Senate

 

HB 237 seeks to renew the Angel Investor Tax Credit, which sunsets at the end of 2015, for another five years. First implemented in 2011, 2014 marked the 4th year that the program had been in existence. While law requires that data be collected relative to job growth and average individual salary by the Department of Revenue upon a business’s registration, information is limited due to a two-year delay between when an investment is made and when a tax credit is claimed. Preliminary and anecdotal data shows that the program is growing and will continue to grow as the program is continued by the state of Georgia. HB 237 passed out of the Senate today and will be presented to Governor Deal. 

  

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Support SB 89: Student Data Privacy, Accessibility, Transparency, and Digital Classroom Act

 

SB 89 was first introduced in the Senate at the beginning of February 2015. The bill mandated that all schools in Georgia switch from traditional textbooks to digital devices by July of 2020. The mandating requirement made the bill unfavorable by most of the Senate, thus the term was removed and the bill took on a more voluntary opportunity for schools to switch to digital devices if they so choose. Recently, in the past week, HB 414 was attached to SB 89, which essentially ensures that student data is safeguarded and that students' and parents' privacy is honored, respected, and protected. SB 89 has moved through the House Rules Committee and will be presented to the House floor on Tuesday March 31, 2015.

  

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Augusta-Richmond County Commission Banned Drones Over Augusta

 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) holds general jurisdiction over drones, but the commission determined it had specific public health and safety issues. The new ordinance will be in effect April 2-13, lasting from a week before the Masters to the Monday after the event at Augusta National Golf Club.

 

  

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HB 225: Uber & Lyft Regulations Adopted By Senate

 

HB 225 was passed/adopted by the Senate with a 48-2 vote, an effort to regulate app-based transportation industry such as Uber & Lyft to meet taxi and limousine company standards. The bill was supported by the ride-sharing industry that allows them to conduct their own private background checks for drivers and requires companies to either pay state sales taxes or an annual fee for each vehicle in its network. 

 

  

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HB 439: Georgia New Markets Jobs Act Adopted By Senate

 

HB 439 was passed/adopted by the Senate that establishes qualified low-income community investment where certain entities may earn credit against state premium tax liability.

 

  

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[Update] - Internet Tax Freedom Act

 

The Internet Tax Freedom Act (IFTA) has banned federal, state and local governments from taxing Internet access charges, as well as from assessing multiple taxes on electronic commerce. HR 235: Permanent Internet Freedom Tax Act (PIFTA) would ban federal, state and local governments from taxing Internet access charges, as well as from assessing multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce. The current moratorium will expire on October 1, 2015. If they ban is allowed to lapse, state and local governments could move to enact taxes on Internet access, as well as other Internet-related activity, such as bit taxes, bandwidth taxes, or email taxes. This would increase the costs for Internet Service Providers, as well as for all Internet users.

 

  

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[Update] - Startup Act

 

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan) and Mark Warner (D-Va), along with others introduced Startup Act 3.0 in 2013. Startup Act creates both entrepreneur and STEM Visas for highly-educated and entrepreneurial driven immigrants to stay in the United States where their talent and innovative ideas can develop economic growth and create American jobs. With a renewed focus on comprehensive immigration reform, it is imperative that we take commonsense steps to help the U.S. compete and win the global competition for talented innovators and entrepreneurs.

 

  

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[Update] - Startup Jobs and Innovation Act

 

Introduced in the Senate by Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and co-sponsored by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), this legislation would encourage investment in small startups by allowing certain tax benefits to flow back to investors.

 

  

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In This Issue

State:


HB 237: Angel Investor Tax Credit Adopted By Senate

Support SB 89: Student Data Privacy, Accessibility, Transparency, and Digital Classroom Act

Augusta-Richmond County Commission Banned Drones Over Augusta


HB 225: Uber & Lyft Regulations Adopted By Senate


HB 439: Georgia Markets Jobs Act Adopted By Senate


 Federal:

[Update] - Internet Tax Freedom Act


[Update] - Startup Act

[Update] - Startup Jobs and Innovation Act

 

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