Though the 2018 Georgia legislative session is just a week away, Georgians will soon see some of the repercussion from the 2017 legislative session as a few remaining laws signed by Governor Deal take effect as of January 1.
Here’s a look at just a few of them.
HB 148 – The firefighter cancer bill
Local governments and county fire departments are now required to provide mandatory insurance coverage for cancer treatment for firefighters, paid, part-time, and volunteer. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Micah Gravley, has drawn staunch criticism from local governments in rural areas, many of whom have been forced to raise taxes to cover the new premiums.
HB 154 – The dental hygienist bill
The new law simply gives hygienists the ability to offer basic dental services in a dental office without a dentist present.
HB 155 – The Georgia Music Investment Act
The new law offers a 15% tax incentive for musical projects or tours around the state. The bill had a tumultuous journey in the House and Senate chambers before being sent to the Governor’s desk.
HB 237 – Tax credits for private school donations
This legislation applies to tax years beginning January 1, 2018 and allows the Public Education Innovation Fund Foundation to receive private donations to be used for grants to public schools and provides income tax credits for those who donate.
HB 143 – A series of banking regulations
SB 206 – Hearing aid coverage for children
This bill mandates that children receive hearing aid coverag by insurance companies in the state of Georgia.
SB 141 – Carnival Ride permits
No carnival ride operators can obtain permits for operation until an inspection is conducted with an engineering report.
HB 73 – Tax credits for revitalized downtowns in rural Georgia
The new law gives tax credits for those who revitalize rural downtowns. Read the details.