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April 4, 2013

State legislative session wrap-up



HB 650 (Sales Tax): Pending hearing, would state no sales tax on products made in Georgia, a 4.5% percent sales tax on products made in U.S. and 12 percent tax on all items made outside of U.S.


HB 75 (GMC Stipend): Would allow GMC students who wanted to go into military after graduation to be able to apply for a yearly stipend to help offset tuition. Set for study commission this summer.

HB 185 (Distillery): Held for hearing and would permit distilleries like Georgia Distillery in Milledgeville to retail it’s products on the premises where it is made.

HB 177 (Greenway Authority): Adds two additional members to the Baldwin County Greenway Authority. Status: Awaiting signature of the Governor.


Bills to watch in 2014

SB 101/HB 512 (Expansion of Concealed Carry Locations): Amends multiple sections of Georgia’s weapons Code to allow for expanded carry rights for license holders and to clean up and clarify language regarding weapons law in this state. Allows for carry in places of worship, bars, on college campuses, in certain government buildings and in K-12 schools for certain school personnel. It also gives more discretion to determine eligibility of an applicant after a mental health waiver is signed. The legislation makes unknowingly carrying a weapon in a non-restricted area of a commercial airport a misdemeanor offense. Finally, the bill gives the power to regulate weapons law to the state legislature. This Act is known as the “Safe Carry Protection Act”. STATUS: Did not pass.

Call Rusty Kidd at 478-452-1354 or email to with any questions or need for additional information.






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