With the session adjourning last week, your Atlanta firm wanted to share a quick update on where some of the major issues for the year finished. As always, if we can provide further information, just contact us.
Creating a new planning and funding structure for transit service in metro Atlanta was one of the top priority issues for the Georgia House. Chairmen Kevin Tanner and Brandon Beach did a remarkable job of finding consensus and enacted legislation that will create a regional planning structure and a path for major suburban counties to fund and provide transit services. Many expected this effort to fail, and the win was positive news for transit advocates and the business community. Additionally, Gov. Deal provided a large amount of bond funding to jumpstart the effort in the budget.
This was one of the big-ticket items the legislature attempted to address. A hotly fought bill over stopping local governments from blocking small cell infrastructure failed when it missed a final procedural vote in the House. A top Senate priority on rural broadband did pass