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Under the Gold Dome: Day 38

Full coverage of the 2011 legislative session

POSTED: April 11, 2011 11:46 p.m.

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A tax overhaul that would reduce personal income taxes in Georgia died Monday for the current legislative session.

House Speaker David Ralston stopped the bill, which would have reduced the income tax rate from 6 percent to 4.6 percent in 2012, after losing confidence in economic data provided by Georgia State University.

Ralston said the work on tax reform will continue and state lawmakers may address the issue during a special session this summer for redistricting.

Monday was the last day for the House to vote on the bill for it to reach a Senate floor vote by the end of the session.

Senate

Senate Bill 278: Require notification of alternative transactions available to an owner of an individual life policy.

House

House Bill 633: Create a statewide reporting system for child abuse.
HB 634: Change the provisions relating to population brackets and the census regarding interest on unpaid ad valorem taxes in counties with a population over 800,000.
HB 635: Change the retirement age and disability for the Macon Water Commissioners Pension Plan.
HB 636: Provide a charter for the city of Brookhaven.
HB 637: Change provisions for hearing loss and hearing level frequencies for workers' compensation.
HB 638: Create a board of elections and registration for Randolph County.
House Resolution 760: Allow Jackson County to convey a section of state-owned property to Nicholson.
HR 761: Allow an education sales and use tax without participation from all independent schools in the area.
HR 792: Create a House Study Committee on the National Popular Vote Initiative, which would guarantee the presidency to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states.
HR 808: Create the Gambling Addiction Trust Fund for the prevention and treatment of alcohol abuse. Operated by the Department of Revenue, the fund will contain proceeds from excise taxes on pari-mutuel betting and gaming activities.
HR 809: Create the Alcohol Abuse Trust Fund for the prevention and treatment of alcohol abuse. Operated by the Department of Revenue, the fund will contain proceeds from excise taxes on the sale of alcohol.

Both chambers also passed various resolutions to recognize special days and people.



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