TAG Capitol Update: May 2017

 

May 2017

       

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


2017 Legislation Signed Into Law

 

Thursday, March 30th was the last legislative day of the 2017 40-day session of the Georgia General Assembly. Governor Deal has until May 9th to sign or veto a measure. The link below lists all bills Governor Deal has signed into law.


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Lt. Governor Cagle Expands HOPE Scholarship for Dual Enrollment Students

 

Senate Bill 186 furthers Lt. Governor Cagle’s commitment to ensure Georgia’s students graduate high school career ready. Importantly, this measure creates additional opportunities for students who wish to continue their education by allowing students seeking an associate degree to be eligible for the HOPE grant and the ability to later be awarded a HOPE scholarship.  


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Deal signs FY 2018 Budget

 

On May 1st Gov. Nathan Deal held budget signing ceremonies across the state for next year’s $25 billion state budget. The legislation, HB 44, will support Georgia citizens by funding initiatives in education, human services, public safety, state infrastructure and other key areas. This budget is based on a 3.5 percent increase in general fund revenues over FY 2017, reflecting Georgia’s sustained economic growth.


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Deal Signs Video Game & Postproduction Tax Credit

 

Governor Deal signed HB 199 into Law. This bill changes certain provisions regarding the income tax credit for interactive entertainment companies and postproduction company expenditures while removing the sunset on such exemptions. The bill adds an exemption for certain pre-released products, and provides for a new state income tax credit for qualified postproduction expenditures of postproduction companies.


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Speaker Ralston Announces Members of the House Rural Development Council 

 

Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) announced the members of the House Rural Development Council. This council, which was created during the recent legislative session, will work with rural communities to find ways to encourage economic growth.


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Senate approves Trump's Agriculture chief

 

The Senate easily approved Sonny Perdue on Monday to lead the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA). Senators voted 87-11 on the former Georgia governor's nomination, readily hitting the simple majority needed to approve President Trump's pick.

 

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Senator Johnny Isakson Signs Bipartisan Letter To Fight For Rural Broadband

 

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., joined a bipartisan group of 56 senators in sending a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging continued efforts to advance broadband access in rural areas to give more Georgians and Americans the opportunity to obtain affordable Internet services.

 

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In This Issue

State:

2017 Legislation Signed Into Law

Lt. Governor Cagle Expands HOPE Scholarship for Dual Enrollment Students

Deal signs FY 2018 Budget

Deal Signs Video Game & Postproduction Tax Credit

Speaker Ralston Announces Members of the House Rural Development Council 

   


Federal:
 

Senate approves Trump's Agriculture chief


Senator Johnny Isakson Signs Bipartisan Letter To Fight For Rural Broadband

 

 

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