TAG Capitol Update: May 2016

May 2016

       

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


Governor Deal Signed HB 801

 

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. Under the legislation, a student completing a class selected for extra weight would receive .5 added to his or her grade for purposes of calculating the HOPE scholarship GPA. Governor Deal signed HB 801 into law. TAG thanks Governor Deal for incentivizing students to select STEM pathways and advancing educational opportunities for all Georgians.


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Governor Deal Signed SB 277

 

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. Governor deal signed SB 277 into law. TAG thanks Governor Deal and Senator Ablers for protecting small business franchisee owners.

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Governor Deal Plans to Create Unmanned Vehicle Commission

 

Governor Deal vetoed HB 779 on the grounds it raised a unique concern requiring careful research. The Governor believes that Georgia should first allow the FAA to complete their efforts in creating federal rules and regulations for the use of drones. Until FAA regulations are declared, Governor Deal plans to create a Commission to examine & propose state-level guidelines. In the link below, Governor Deal provides statements on legislation vetoed in 2016. 


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Governor Deal Signed FY 2017 Budget

 

On May 2 Governor Deal held budget signing ceremonies throughout the state for next year’s $23.7 billion state budget. The signed version of House Bill 751 will support Georgia citizens by funding initiatives in education, public safety, economic development, health care and other key areas.

 

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2016 General Assembly Study Committees

 

During the General Assembly interim there are Study Committee meetings taking place to examine and report any findings, recommendations, or legislative proposals on issues important to the state of Georgia. TAG is participating in several 2016 Study committees impacting the technology industry. These issues include alternative fuels, high speed broadband, financial technologies, unmanned vehicles, venture capital investments, and cyber security. The meeting dates are in the process of being determined. If you are interested in participating on a particular Study Committee, please reach out to TAG's government relations team.

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Commissioners Celebrate Groundbreaking Solar Facility

 

Commissioners Lauren "Bubba" McDonald and Doug Everett joined community leaders, elected officials, Department of the Navy (DON) officials, and Georgia Power representatives at the groundbreaking ceremony on April 28 for a new solar facility at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia.

  

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Governor Deal: Mohawk Industries to create 200 jobs in Dalton


Gov. Nathan Deal announced April 21 that Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, will expand its existing vinyl flooring operations in Dalton-Whitfield County. This project will significantly increase the company’s current U.S. luxury vinyl tile (LVT) manufacturing capacity. The $100 million capital investment in infrastructure and equipment will generate approximately 200 jobs for the region.

          
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Port Tax Credit Bonus


The port tax credit bonus rewards new or expanding Georgia companies that increase imports or exports through a Georgia port by at least 10 percent over the previous or base year. Click the link for more information and to apply today.

          
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2016 Sales Tax Holidays


On April 21, 2016, Governor Deal signed H.B. 951, creating two sales tax holidays in 2016. The sales tax holidays will take place on July 30-31, 2016 for sales of clothing, computers, and school supplies and on September 30 - October 2, 2016 for sales of energy or water efficient products. For a list of sales exempt items click the link below. 

          
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CompTIA and 26 Tech Councils Commend House Passage of Email Privacy Act

 

CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, and 26 state and regional tech councils commend the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) by a vote of 419-0. CompTIA and technology groups across the country have supported this bill for years. Its passage would close ECPA’s current loophole allowing law enforcement access to emails and other stored communications over 180 days old without a warrant.

  

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U.S. Department of Commerce Seeks Comment on Potential Policy Issues Related to Internet of Things

 

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that as part of the Department’s Digital Economy Agenda, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a Request for Comment (RFC) on questions posed by the growth of the Internet of Things (IOT).

  

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New House Caucus Will Help Keep Hackers out of Cars  

 

Four House members on Thursday established a new caucus focused on connected and self-driving cars. The House Smart Transportation Caucus comes as autonomous driving is quickly becoming a reality, with internet-enabled devices within vehicles sparking fears of remote hacking. The bipartisan group said it will focus on identifying policies that make sure these new technologies are safe for drivers and secure from digital intruders.

  

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Collins Bill to Protect American Jobs, Innovation, Passes House  

 

The House passed legislation introduced by Congressman Doug Collins called the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. This is important legislation, because it protects American businesses from the theft of information critical to their success, and it's headed to the President's desk for his signature.

  

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FAA Allows Commercial Drone to Fly at Night  

 

The use of drones for business purposes has achieved another milestone. For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration has approved night flights by a commercial drone operator.

  

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In This Issue

State:

Governor Deal Signed HB 801

Governor Deal Signed SB 277

Governor Deal Plans to Create Unmanned Vehicle Commission

Governor Deal Signed FY 2017 Budget


2016 General Assembly Study Committees

 

Commissioners Celebrate Groundbreaking Solar Facility


Governor Deal: Mohawk Industries to create 200 jobs in Dalton


Port Tax Credit Bonus 


2016 Sales Tax Holidays

  


Federal:

CompTIA and 26 Tech Councils Commend House Passage of Email Privacy Act


U.S. Department of Commerce Seeks Comment on Potential Policy Issues Related to Internet of Things

 

New House Caucus Will Help Keep Hackers out of Cars


Collins Bill to Protect American Jobs, Innovation, Passes House


FAA Allows Commercial Drone to Fly at Night


 

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