Last week the Georgia General Assembly met for legislative days 36-38 out of 40. On Tuesday, March 23, the Senate unanimously passed House Bill 81, the budget for Fiscal Year 2022 and on Wednesday, March 24 House Bill 81 was referred to a conference committee where the differences between the House and Senate versions of HB 81 can be reconciled.
On Thursday, March 25, the Senate approved Speaker Ralston’s House Resolution 119, it directs the Georgia Department of Transportation to rename the bridge on State Route 307 that crosses the Georgia Ports Authority mega rail site in Garden City after retired U.S. Johnny Isakson. HR 119 previously passed the house in February.
House Bill 317, which seeks to redefine the definition of an innkeeper to include lodging facilitators such as VRBO and Airbnb which would then be required to collect and remit the hotel/motel taxes on the short-term on the properties, passed out of the Senate Finance Committee.
On Tuesday, March 22 Governor Brian Kemp today signed a state income tax cut into law. House Bill 593 would take effect on January 1st. This tax cut will increase the standard deduction from $4,600 to $5,400 for individuals, and from $6,000 to $7,100 for married couples.
The Georgia General Assembly will reconvene for the last two legislative days of 2021 on Monday March 29.