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REALTORS® Complete Successful Legislative Session Highlighting Member Value

The 2014 legislative session ended at midnight on Thursday, March 20. Georgia REALTORS® achieved significant victories that protected our membership and ensured the foundation of our industry was not disrupted. Continue reading to learn more about Georgia REALTORS’® legislative priorities in 2014.


GAR Successful in Protecting REALTORS® From Auctioneer's Licensing Requirements

If you sell real property via competitive bid, sealed bid or silent bid, the original version of House Bill 1042 would have required you to be licensed as an Auctioneer in the state of Georgia. Under current law, licensed Real Estate Brokers are permitted to sell or attempt to sell real property in a variety of ways, including at auction, without additional licensure requirements. HB 1042, introduced on behalf of the Georgia Auctioneers Association, would have changed this longstanding right, if our Governmental Affairs Team had not been at the Capitol to protect our industry.

When HB 1042 was introduced, Georgia REALTORS’® immediately engaged the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Katie Dempsey of Rome, regarding our concerns that the definition of “auction” was overly broad and would require almost all Georgia REALTORS® to become licensed as auctioneers in order to sell real property. After hearing our concerns, House Chairman Howard Maxwell of Dallas insisted on protecting REALTORS® by including an amendment that specified that nothing in the bill would impact current protections provided under real estate license law.

When the bill traveled to the Senate, additional groups came forward with concerns regarding how the broad definition of “auction” would impact their ability to sell property. After hearing such collective concerns, Rep. Dempsey and Senate Chairman Jack Murphy removed the definition from HB 1042, thereby removing those concerns, including those originally expressed by Georgia REALTORS®. The final version of the bill does nothing more than remove the definition of "Apprentice Auctioneer" from the current law. This was a significant victory for Georgia REALTORS®, and a prime example of the importance of representation at the State Capitol and the value of your REALTOR® membership.


REALTORS® Successful in Advocating for Statewide Metal Theft Database Funding

Georgia REALTORS® continued our efforts to address the issue of metal theft by successfully advocating for an appropriation of $150,000 in the state budget to fund a statewide metals database to be operated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. This database was approved in a REALTOR® supported bill in the 2012 Legislative Session, but remained unfunded by the General Assembly. The intent is to create a centralized database containing the critical details of metals transactions that law enforcement can utilize to track metal thieves across jurisdictional lines. This issue was promoted by over 700 REALTORS® during our Legislative Conference in January, making a strong impression on our legislators. The final version of the budget approved by both the House and Senate contains the $150,000 appropriation and we hope this new tool will provide greater protection for property owners by better enabling law enforcement to track down and prosecute metal thieves.


REALTORS® Protect Private Property Rights in Solar Financing Bill

House Bill 874, as originally drafted said that any solar technology used for private consumption may be installed on property owned or occupied by an electric customer. The broad language in the original bill undermined private property rights by allowing “occupants” to install solar panels, regardless of ownership rights. Additionally, the original language would have undermined the rights of Condo and Homeowners Associations to restrict the use of solar panels in their communities, allowing the state to override private contracts. The author of the bill indicated that was not his intention and was willing to address the REALTOR® concerns. Through negotiating with the author, GAR reached an agreement to add language clarifying that nothing in the bill shall be construed to create or alter rights in real property or to change any restrictions or regulations on the use of real property that may exist, including a covenant, ordinance, state or federal law. This issue highlights the potential for unintended consequences in legislation and the critical work conducted by our Governmental Affairs Team. Even though the REALTOR® concerns were addressed, HB 874 remained controversial and did not receive a vote. A House study committee has been formed to allow legislators to study the issue of solar financing over the summer and provide the General Assembly with recommendations.


Bill Passed to Reduce Property Owners Liability in Cases of Trespass

Senate Bill 125 is a reaction to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Torts, which sought to impose broad new duties on those who own, occupy, or control premises, including the duty to exercise reasonable care to all trespassers. The intent of this bill is to codify existing case law and to preserve the attractive nuisance doctrine and common law as it relates to attractive nuisance. This bill says that a lawful possessor of land owes no duty of care to a trespasser except to refrain from causing a willful or wanton injury. Common law, as it exists and is applied to the doctrine of attractive nuisance, shall not be construed to be altered by this bill and shall not affect any immunities from or defenses to civil liability to which a lawful possessor of land may be entitled. Georgia REALTORS® worked with a broad coalition over the past two years to pass SB 125 and believes this bill will keep private property owners on firm legal grounds if injuries occur to a trespasser on their property.


Georgia Downtown Renaissance Act Receives Final Passage

Georgia REALTORS® proudly supported House Bill 128, the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Act. This bill implements many of the recommendations of the Special Downtown Development Task Force, including additional investment and revitalization in Georgia's historic downtowns. HB 128 creates a fund to direct investments in downtowns that would be administered by the Department of Community Affairs and authorizes funding at an annual appropriation of up to $5 million for 4 years, for a total of $20 million. This revolving loan fund can be accessed by developers seeking to invest in or renovate structures in designated downtown areas across Georgia.


Bill Passed to Modify Watershed Protection Standards

Current law says that the Department of Natural Resources may develop minimum standards for the protection of natural resources statewide, including watersheds. However, these standards are “one-size-fits-all” and not customized for local needs. One of the most burdensome requirements is a 300-feet buffer mandate for streams seven miles upstream from a source that provides drinking water for the area. This mandate means property owners are kept from building on or making improvements to their own land, regardless of the precautions taken to preserve the watershed management regulations and protect landowner rights. Senate Bill 299, supported by Georgia REALTORS®, provides local governments with greater flexibility to draft a customized watershed protection plan that serves area needs. To take advantage of the increased flexibility provided for in this bill, local governments would be required to create a watershed management plan which must be approved by the Georgia EPD. Plans would be required to include all measures taken to ensure water can still be treated to meet drinking water standards.
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National Flood Insurance Bill Passes Senate

Late yesterday, the Senate passed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (H.R. 3370) by a vote of 72-22. By passing the measure already approved by the House, the Senate avoided a conference committee and the bill will go to the President for his signature. NAR fully supported swift passage of the legislation.

As passed, the bill repeals FEMA’s authority to increase premium rates at time of sale or new flood map, and refunds the excessive premium to those who bought a property before FEMA warned them of the rate increase. Additionally, the bill limits premium increases to 18% annually on newer properties and 25% for some older ones. Additionally, the bill adds a small assessment on policies until everyone is paying full cost for flood insurance.

To see NAR President Steve Brown’s statement on passage, visit REALTOR.org: http://bit.ly/ObwaHn

Both Senator Chambliss and Senator Isakson voted yea on the passage of this bill. Thanks to Georgia REALTORS® all across the state who reached out to their Senators on this critical issue!

For additional resources and information please visit the following links:

Read NAR’s letter of support for the bill

NAR Issue Brief: Flood Insurance Side by Side Comparison


Auctioneer's Bill Significantly Modified by State Senate Committee

This week, the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee made significant changes to the Auctioneer's Bill, HB 1042. The original version of HB 1042 defined the term "Auction," which was previously undefined in Georgia law, and sought to require any person who sells goods or property via competitive bid, silent bid, or sealed bid to be licensed as an auctioneer in Georgia.

GAR's Governmental Affairs team engaged immediately to communicate to the bill sponsor, Rep. Katie Dempsey of Rome, regarding our concerns that her definition of auction was overly broad and would require almost all Georgia REALTORS® to become licensed as an auctioneer in order to sell property. After hearing our concerns, the House Regulated Industries Committee insisted on protecting REALTORS® by including an amendment that specified that nothing in the bill would impact current protections provided under real estate license law.

When the bill traveled to the Senate, additional groups came forward with concerns regarding how the broad definition of auction would impact their ability to auction real property or surplus property. These groups included, the Credit Unions, local governments, Sheriff's Association, and others. After hearing a collective concern about the definition of auction, Rep. Dempsey and Senate Chairman Jack Murphy decided to remove the definition of auction from HB 1042, thereby removing any concerns, including, those originally expressed by Georgia REALTORS®. The current version of the bill does nothing more than remove the definition of "Apprentice Auctioneer" from the current law. This was a significant victory for Georgia REALTORS®, and a strong example of the value of your REALTOR® membership.


Georgia Senate Panel Makes Big Changes to the Gun Bill

The State Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee passed a new version of House Bill 875 that would give more authority to churches, bar owners, and municipalities to decide whether to allow weapons in their churches, businesses, and government buildings. Under both the House and Senate versions of the gun bill, private property owners retain the ability to determine whether firearms are permitted on their property. The main difference in this regard is the House version says guns are allowed in bars and churches unless prohibited by the property owner; the Senate version changes this portion to say that guns are not allowed in bars and churches unless authorized by the property owner.

The bill would still allow local boards of education to designate a teacher or administrator at each school to be armed. The Senate version changes a provision in HB 875 that would no longer make it a crime to carry a gun on a college campus. Instead, the Senate version will allow governing authorities such as the Georgia Board of Regents to decide whether to allow guns on college campuses - currently, the regents and leaders of the University System of Georgia oppose guns on campus.

GAR remains vigilant in watching all versions of the gun bill to ensure that private property rights are not infringed upon. This bill is sure to be one of the hottest issues under the gold dome until the final hours of the legislative session. We will remain engaged in the discussions and update our membership on important changes.


Georgia Legislature Speeds Up After Crossover Day

Monday was Crossover Day in Georgia, where it's basically do or die for bills in the legislature. The House adjourned around 11:15 pm and the Senate around 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014. If a bill didn't crossover from the chamber it was introduced in and transfer to the other chamber for consideration, it's considered dead for the year. Some bills that the REALTORS® were following that did not crossover were; the solar power bill to make solar energy more affordable and a bill Georgia REALTORS® opposed that would allow a debtor to stay in a foreclosed property until deed under power had been recorded. GAR will keep you informed on legislation that will impact the real estate industry and private property rights as we speed through the remainder of the 2014 session.


Georgia REALTORS® Support Comprehensive Revision to Ad Valorem Taxation Bill

Georgia REALTORS® support HB 295, which is intended to streamline the ad valorem tax process, providing additional protections to property owners. This bill crossed over to the Senate on Crossover Day and is awaiting passage there. HB 295 provides many administrative changes to the ad valorem tax system, changing the definition of fair market value, and lowering the threshold for non-homesteaded properties owners to appeal to an outside appraiser to determine value. “It really gives clarity to the process from the beginning of the appraisal and to the assessor’s office all the way through any appeal process it might have,” State Representative Paul Battles (R-Cartersville) said.

To read this bill in full, please click here. Georgia REALTORS® will continue to support and monitor the passage of this bill to increase protections for private property owners.


GAR Supports HB 128, Georgia Renaissance Act

The Georgia Renaissance Act, HB 128, would offer up to $5 million annually, subject to the Appropriations Committee's approval, in a revolving loan fund that will be administered by the Department of Community Affairs. Providing low interest loans for developers and property owners to invest, construct, and renovate downtowns will help shape the future of downtowns across Georgia. This bill was changed in the House Ways and Means Committee from a tax credit for development in our downtown areas across Georgia to a revolving loan fund that will be administered by the Department of Community Affairs.

This bill has passed the Georgia House of Represenatives and moves on to the Senate. HB 128 is supported by GAR, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Municipal Association, and many more organizations and companies in Georgia.


Georgia House Passes HB 985 to Crack Down on False Liens on Houses

Georgia House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 985 ,which would protect Georgia homeowners from squatters who file false liens to claim foreclosed/vacant homes. HB 985 will protect Georgia homeowners by prohibiting a person from knowingly filing, entering or recording a lien or any other instrument relating to a security interest in or title to real or personal property that is false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement. Violation of this law shall constitute a felony and shall be punishable by imprisonment of no less than one year.

This bill still has to pass through Georgia's Senate before it can become law. GAR will continue to support this bill to protect the interest of homeowners across Georgia and keep you informed on it's progress.


REALTORS® Applaud Federal House Passage of "The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

On Wednesday, March 4, 2014, H.R. 3370, "The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act" passed the National House of Representatives overwhelmingly. NAR President, Steve Brown, released the following statement,

“The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, H.R. 3370, passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House today, is a responsible and balanced solution to the dramatic flood insurance rate increases unintentionally triggered by the Biggert-Waters reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program."

“As the leading advocate for homeownership and housing issues, NAR applauds this bill, which protects homeowners from the drastic premium increases that went into effect on October 1, 2013, and holds the Federal Emergency Management Agency accountable for any flood insurance policy changes."

“NAR urges the Senate to act swiftly to pass this urgent legislation and send it to the President for enactment.”

Georgia REALTORS® will continue to keep you updated on this issue. GAR would like to thank all members that have responded to Calls for Action on this issue or reached out to your legislators, your voices were heard! To continue reading click here.


The Georgia Real Estate Commission Proposes CE Hours Increase and Requests Feedback

The Georgia Real Estate Commission is proposing changes to the "Maintaining a License" Rule which contains the continuing education requirements for holding a real estate license. Currently, the GREC requires licensees to obtain 24 hours of CE credit per four year period for license renewal. The proposed rule change would increase the number of CE hours required for renewal by 12 hours per 4 year period for a total of 36 hours required per four year renewal period and would also require a minimum of 3 hours of CE on the subject of real estate license law. Please note this is not a legislative proposal. Here are the proposed changes to the rule as posted on GREC's website:

"In order to renew an active license, a licensee shall furnish to the Commission evidence of satisfactorily completing thirty-six (36) instructional hours of continuing education courses during the renewal period. The effective date of this requirement shall be July 1, 2015. Any licensee who renews an active license on or after this date must have completed thirty-six (36) hours of continuing education courses in order to renew.

A licensee shall satisfactorily complete at least three (3) hours of continuing education on the topic of license law during each license renewal period. The effective date of this requirement shall be July 1, 2016. Any licensee who renews an active license on or after this date must have completed at least three (3) hours of continuing education on the topic of license law in order to renew.

Any party wishing to express opinions or views on the proposed Rule listed above may do so by contacting or writing Commissioner William Rogers or Deputy Commissioner Craig Coffee at the Georgia Real Estate Commission, Suite 1000- International Tower, 229 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1605, no later than March 21, 2014."

Click here to view the proposed rule amendment

 

Georgia REALTORS® Work to Protect Real Estate Business Practices

Georgia REALTORS® engaged this week on a bill that, if passed in its original form, could have required Georgia REALTORS® to obtain an Auctioneers license in addition to their real estate license in order to sell property via competitive, sealed, or silent bids in Georgia. HB 1042 was introduced on behalf of the Georgia Auctioneers Association and seeks to write into law the definition of an auction and who is required to obtain an Auctioneers License. GAR engaged immediately to inform the author of the bill, Representative Katie Dempsey of Rome, whose family operates Dempsey Auction Company, about our concerns regarding the broad nature of the definition of auction and the unintended consequences in the bill. The bill defined an auction as "a method of selling property or goods by competitive bid using any method, format, or venue including, but not limited to, competitive bidding by a sealed bid or silent bid that occurs in person or through the Internet."

HB 1042 was introduced late last week, and subsequently scheduled for committee the following Monday. This left GAR very little time to receive feedback from our State and Local Governmental Affairs Committee and seek guidance from our legal counsel. GAR spoke to our concerns in the House Regulated Industries Committee hearing, and after an attempt to amend the bill in committee stalled, Chairman Howard Maxwell asked to hold the bill until the next day in order for GAR to work with the author on language to protect Georgia REALTORS®. To address our concerns, GAR worked with the author and Chairman Maxwell to amend the bill by adding the following language, "Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to alter the scope of practice of any person licensed under Chapter 40 (Real Estate License Law) of this title." This language was included in the committee substitute thanks to the insistence of Chairman Maxwell. The quick movement of this bill is a great example of why Georgia REALTORS® have representation at the Capitol to protect the real estate business. We will continue to keep you informed of any other bills that may impact your real estate business throughout the remainder of the session!

 

National Flood Insurance Legislation Update

The House of Representatives is poised to address the continuing issues stemming from the 2012 Biggert-Waters bill. NAR is hearing that the House could vote on H.R. 3370, as AMENDED, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act next week. NAR President Steve Brown sent a letter of support for the legislation that was delivered by NAR Lobbyists to all House members. The letter outlined why this legislation is of vital importance to REALTORS®. Additional information about the provisions contained in the House of Representatives version of the NFIP Legislation as well as a comparison to the Senate NFIP Legislation (that was approved last month) and the Biggert-Waters law is available.

Both the Georgia House and Georgia Senate created Resolutions to urge Congress to the repeal the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. The Georgia House passed HR 1055 by a vote of 167-0. The Senate Insurance Committee Favorably Reported SR 747 and it's expected to pass the Georgia Senate next week. GAR will continue to keep you informed on any flood insurance updates next week.

 

REALTORS® Oppose Federal Tax Plan to Limit Mortgage Interest Deduction, Real Estate Provisions

On Wednesday, February 26, Congressman Dave Camp (MI04), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released his discussion draft plan for comprehensive tax reform. NAR staff is carefully reviewing all contents of the draft to determine the impact on residential and commercial real estate. It is important to remember that this is just a draft, and the potential for a tax reform bill to become law in 2014 is highly unlikely.

NAR President Steve Brown released a statement with the reminder that REALTORS® strongly oppose altering the rules that govern ownership and investment in real estate. Further, REALTORS® are disappointed with several provisions, namely those that propose limits to the mortgage interest deduction. To read President Brown’s statement in its entirety, please visit REALTOR.org: http://bit.ly/1o9gkb3

To see a copy of a letter NAR delivered to all House Members in anticipation of the release, have a look at REALTOR.org: http://www.ksefocus.com/billdatabase/clientfiles/172/2/1952.pdf

 

Georgia House and Senate Take Action to Urge Congress to Amend or Repeal Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Bill

Both the Georgia House and Georgia Senate created Resolutions to urge Congress to the repeal the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. These resolutions seek to make flood insurance more affordable, eliminating the negative economic impact Biggert Waters has created on the state. The resolutions state that FEMA's poor implementation of this act has led to unreasonable increases in flood insurance premiums nationwide and has devalued property investments. If left unmodified, local and state economies will be damaged. The House passed HR 1055 this week by a vote of 167-0. The Senate Insurance Committee Favorably Reported SR 747. Senate Resolution 747 is now available to be selected by the Senate Rules Committee for consideration by the entire Senate. GAR would like to thank Rep. Alex Atwood (Brunswick) and Senator William Ligon (St. Simons) for their efforts to communicate the importance of this issue to our Congressmen and US Senators. GAR will continue to keep you up to date on this issue.


Update on HB 874 Solar Panel Legislation

HB 874 was introduced to make Georgia a more friendly solar-state and allow for solar-financing to come to Georgia. The original version of the bill stated that any solar technology used for private consumption may be installed on property owned or occupied by an electric customer. The language undermined private property rights by allowing "occupants" to install solar panels, regardless of ownership rights. The bill also undermined the rights of Condo and Homeowner Associations to restrict the use of solar panels in their communities, allowing the state to override private contracts. GAR worked with the sponsor of HB 874 to amend language in the Solar Panel Bill that intentionally undermined private property owner's rights.

The bill's sponsor indicated it was not his intent to undermine private property rights and he worked with Georgia REALTORS® to address the REALTOR® concerns. We were able to remove the language we were concerned about and negotiate new language that has been included in the bill to specifically ensure that this bill will not impose on existing private property rights. This legislation was included in Georgia REALTOR® Talking Points for Legislative Day at the Capitol. This is a great example of the impact we have when REALTORS® attend Legislative Day and build relationships with our legislators. In working with the Representative who introduced the bill, we were able to clear up any unintended consequences to private property rights.


GAR Works to Protect Private Property Rights in Gun Bill

HB 875 expands and defines carry rights in Georgia and passed the Georgia State House of Representatives this week. Georgia REALTORS® monitored HB 875 to ensure that private property owners maintained the right to control whether weapons can be carried on their property. This bill was met with opposition over the provisions that permitted the carrying of weapons by licensed permit holders in bars and churches, however, under this bill the property owner maintains the ability to exclude or eject any persons in possession of weapons from their property. This bill now moves to the Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee for consideration. We will continue to keep you informed as this bill moves through the legislature.



The REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo Registration Opens February 19th


The REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo, formerly the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo will be held May 12-17 in Washington, D.C. The branding change is a reflection of the advocacy nature of this event; the term “REALTOR® Party” signifies the non-partisan movement to protect and promote the dream of homeownership and property investment.

Each year, hundreds of Georgia REALTORS® attend the May event to participate in important policy discussions, get updates on NAR’s top advocacy issues and engage in face-to-face sessions with Members of Congress or their staff on Capitol Hill. This year Georgia REALTORS® will attend Capitol Hill meetings on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, and will be invited to attend a luncheon with other Georgia REALTORS®. While the House of Representatives is scheduled to be out of session during this year’s event, your attendance is as important as ever! Members will be meeting with lawmakers’ staff on issues critical to real estate, including ensuring the availability of safe and affordable mortgage credit to home buyers.

Registration for the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo will open Feb. 19 at 12 noon Central Time. To register, have your NRDS member ID handy, and visit the website at www.REALTOR.org/RPCTE on Feb. 19.

Click here to learn more about this exciting change or visit the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo website today for travel information and the event schedule to help plan your visit to Washington, DC.

We look forward to seeing you at the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo in May!


2014 Legislative Session at the Halfway Point

The legislature returns to Atlanta on Monday for Legislative Day 22 of 40. Since 2014 is an election year, there has been a concerted effort to make this a quick session, particularly because of the new primary election date of May 20. With this in mind, the leadership of the House and Senate are focused on passing a balanced budget and are not anticipating the passage of a large number of bills this legislative session. When we return on Monday, the pace will be frantic as we push towards "Crossover Day" on Day 30. This is the last day a bill must pass its chamber of origin and "Crossover" to the other chamber for final passage on or before Day 40.

All things considered, this put Georgia REALTORS® in a very strong position to protect private property rights, free enterprise, and the real estate industry in 2014. Understanding, that this is not the best session to push for new laws, GAR is focused on ensuring that the interests of Georgia REALTORS® and property owners are not infringed upon in any of the legislation that will pass this year. Over the next 5 weeks, the GAR Governmental Affairs Team and the State and Local Governmental Affairs Committee will be actively engaged at the Capitol on your behalf. We will continue to keep you informed throughout the remainder of session of issues that may arise and could impact the real estate industry or homeownership!


Governor Deal's Budget Proposal

Governor Nathan Deal delivered his State of the State Address, where he discussed his legislative goals for the 2014 session, on Wednesday morning. Deal outlined his plans for the annual state budget for fiscal year 2015, which begins July 1st. With an expected increase in state revenue, the Governor and General Assembly are able to discuss restoring prior funding cuts.

Some highlights from the Governor's Budget include:
• $35 million in bond funds for Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (completing Georgia’s portion of the total funding for the SHEP project).
• $97 million for growth in Medicaid and PeachCare and $101 million for increased expenses resulting from the Affordable Care Act.
• $6.5 million in additional HOPE Grant funding for the Technical College System of Georgia to pay 90% tuition under the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant.
• $4.5 million increase for the Technical College System.
• $23 million increase for University System.
• $315 million increase for local school systems.
• $175 million in bond funds for higher education construction and maintenance.
• $39 million provided for performance raises for state agency employees.


Deal Signs Legislation Moving State Primary Elections to May 20th

Governor Deal signed legislation Tuesday that will move Georgia's primary elections for state and local offices from July to May 20, 2014. A federal judge last year ordered the state to move its federal primary elections to May 20th to allow for military and overseas ballots to come in. Lawmakers felt it was a top priority to sync state and county offices with the federal contests to save the state money. House Bill 310 was a top priority this year and was the first piece of legislation Governor Deal signed this session. The legislation sets the primary runoff for July 22 and the general election runoff for Dec. 2, four weeks after the Nov. 4 general election date. A runoff in a federal race would be held Jan. 6, nine weeks after the general election.


2014 Georgia General Assembly Session Convened Monday, January 13, 2014

The legislative session began on Monday, and legislators have a busy year with a short list of priorities. One of the items on the agenda this year is to move the state primary elections date to May 20 to align with the new federal primary which was moved up to give overseas and military ballots more time to come in. The 90 day session will move rather quickly to allow lawmakers to wrap up and begin campaigning for this major election year. Lawmakers will have a big focus on balancing the budget.


2014 Legislative Preview for Georgia REALTORS®

Looking ahead to 2014, the Georgia REALTORS® will be paying close attention to discussions around comprehensive tax reform. As legislators study shifting the tax burden from an income tax to a tax on services, Georgia REALTORS® will be heavily engaged in educating our policy makers on how these changes could impact housing. Additionally, we will be working with the Governor's Office and Appropriations committees to fund a statewide metal theft database, which will complete our tough new metal theft laws that are protecting property owners across Georgia. As always, our Governmental Affairs team will work passionately for the protection of private property rights and free enterprise, and we anticipate another successful year for Georgia REALTORS® under the Gold Dome. The Georgia REALTORS'® State and Local Committee meets every Monday morning during session starting at 10 am. These meetings are open to all REALTORS®. You may attend in person or via video conferencing. Click here for a list of video conferencing sites offered throughout the state.

 

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