TAG Capitol Update: November 2015

November 2015

       

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


Policy Briefing Tomorrow Morning with US Chairman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Rep. Lamar Smith & Barry Loudermilk

 

Join us for a policy briefing with the US House of Representative's Chairman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Rep. Lamar Smith and Rep. Barry Loudermilk. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear a first-hand update from Chairman Smith on issues so very important to our industry including research and development, new strides in technology, and cyber-attacks. These potential attacks pose such a serious threat, not only to our businesses, but to our daily lives, and are among the top national security concerns. The briefing is free to attend, to register click the link below. 

 

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TAG 2015 Legislative Roundtable with International Acclaimed Speakers on Cybersecurity, Drones and the Naked Entrepreneur

 

TAG Legislative Round-table is an annual event focused on bringing legislators, researchers, and industry representatives together to discuss emerging science and technology policy issues in Georgia. The event is hosted by TAG and aims to match political, academic, and industry expertise in a venue that fosters development of relationships and understanding of Georgia's policies surrounding science and technology. Relating to the cyber industry, TAG hosts Chris Mathers a security expert and the State Cyber Security Study Committee. Click read more for more details and to register. 

 

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Rep. Buzz Brockway Highlights Disruptive Technologies & the Need for Data Center Tax Break Reform

 

In the middle of October Rep. Buzz Brockway attended the State Internet Policy Conference in Silicon Valley. He alluded that disruptive technologies such as Uber and AirBnB are not the end of new emerging technologies causing turmoil. That Autonomous vehicles and drones delivering packages are not far out. 

 

  

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Proposed Federal Drone Registry

 

In a joint press conference the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) introduced a task force charged with drafting recommendations for a registration system of drone purchases regardless of commercial or hobbyist use.  Retroactive registration for previously purchased drones will also be required.  The task force, comprised of 25-30 members from industry and public sectors, will present its report by November 20. Final implementation is scheduled for mid-December. 

 

  

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TAG PAC Donations  

 

TAG PAC, the state level political action committee, is the vehicle for technology leaders to financially support the state level candidacies of men and women who understand and support issues important to the technology industry.  Some donors ask if their contribution really makes a difference... Yes, they do!  Contributions should be considered an investment in the future of technology. PAC dollars go to legislators who support technology and legislation affecting our industry. Click below to make a donation and support the technology industry here in Georgia.

  

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Senate Passes Cyber Security Information Sharing Act (CISA)


CISA passed in the Senate late yesterday with a strong bipartisan vote of 74-21. The only amendment that was adopted was offered by Senator Flake and added a 10 year sunset provision. CISA’s underlying purpose is to encourage the sharing of cyber threat information amongst private entities and between private entities and the federal government.

  

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House Votes Overwhelmingly to Reopen the Export-Import Bank


The House acted Tuesday October 27th to approve legislation that would reopen the federal Export-Import Bank. The final vote of 313 to 118 reauthorized the 81 year old bank agency. But the bank’s future may not be resolved until December when it goes to the Senate, which approved similar Ex-Im Bank reauthorization measure as part of an unrelated transportation bill. Big and small businesses alike have increasingly complained of lost sales opportunities, and General Electric announced that it would move some operations out of the United States to take advantage of foreign countries’ export financing.

  

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In This Issue

State:


Policy Briefing Tomorrow Morning with US Chairman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Rep. Lamar Smith and Barry Loudermilk


TAG 2015 Legislative Roundtable with International Acclaimed Speakers on Cybersecurity, Drones and the Naked Entrepreneur

Rep. Buzz Brockway Highlights Disruptive Technologies & Need for Data Center Tax Break Reform

Proposed Federal Drone Registry 

 

TAG PAC Donations

 


 Federal:

Senate Passes Cyber Security Information Sharing Act (CISA) 


House Votes Overwhelmingly to Reopen the Export-Import Bank

 

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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