Gov. Kemp Signs Legislation to Strengthen Georgia’s Forestry Industry, Promote Conservation, and Protect Georgia’s Natural Resources

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp has signed six pieces of legislation to strengthen Georgia's number one forestry industry, promote conservation efforts, and protect the state's natural resources. The legislation includes HB 997, which exempts forestry equipment from statewide ad valorem taxes, pending a statewide referendum question (agricultural equipment is already exempt); HB 1349, which updates Georgia’s No Net Loss requirement to encompass over 200,000 acres of hunting and fishing land added since 2005; HB 343, which imposes stronger penalties on poaching; HB 586, which extends the sunset on the Conservation Use Value Assessment (CUVA); HB 1147, which provides for year-round hunting season on racoons and opossums on non-public land; and HB 1148, which implements stronger requirements for deer brought into Georgia from states with confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

April Net Tax Revenues Up 78.9 percent

Atlanta, GA – The State of Georgia’s net tax collections for April totaled $5.01 billion, for an increase of $2.21 billion, or 78.9 percent, compared to April 2021, when net tax collections totaled $2.80 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled almost $27.54 billion, for an increase of nearly $5.80 billion, or 26.7 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year when net tax revenues totaled $21.74 billion as of the end of April 2021.

ICYMI: Governor Kemp Signs Legislation to Build a Safer, Stronger, and Healthier Georgia

Atlanta, GA – In case you missed it, Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp have traveled across the state fulfilling legislative promises made to hardworking Georgians. Over the past month, Governor Kemp has signed several bills into law to ensure that Georgia continues to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Gov. Kemp Signs Legislation for a Healthier Georgia

Atlanta, GA – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed seven bills designed to benefit patients in Georgia and strengthen the state's healthcare system. The legislation includes:

Gov. Kemp Signs Legislation to Support Georgia Businesses

Atlanta, GA – During Georgia Small Business Week, Governor Kemp signed SB 331, HB 1058, and HB 1443 into law.

Gov. Kemp: Georgia Lottery Generates $367.2M for HOPE, Pre-K in 3rd Quarter of FY22

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp and the Georgia Lottery Corp. today announced it raised $367,233,000 in profits for the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, bringing the total transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account since inception to more than $24.9 billion.

Gov. Kemp Signs Inform Consumers Act to Combat Organized Retail Crime

Atlanta, GA – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed SB 332, also known as the Inform Consumers Act, which prevents criminals from selling goods stolen from retail stores on any online marketplace platform. The legislation establishes financial and contact information requirements for high-volume sellers to online marketplaces and requires that such platforms establish an option for consumers to report suspicious activity. It also requires sellers to provide their contact information to consumers when their annual revenue on the marketplace exceeds $20,000. Sellers who do not comply will be prohibited from using the online marketplaces further, and the Attorney General is now empowered to enforce compliance with these disclosure requirements.

Gov. Kemp: Georgia-based Nutrition Nonprofit MANA Nutrition Breaks Ground on $36 Million Expansion in Fitzgerald

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that MANA Nutrition, a Georgia-based nonprofit that produces ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to fight global malnutrition, celebrated breaking ground on an expansion of their Ben Hill County facility. With more than $36 million in investment, this is the company’s largest expansion investment to date. MANA will also add 10 new jobs, bringing the company’s employment in the county to 80.

Gov. Kemp Signs Legislation to Uphold Georgia’s Culture of Protecting Life at All Stages

Atlanta, GA – Governor Kemp has signed SB 116, a bill allowing nonprofits to offer free maternity supportive housing residences and resources for pregnant and postpartum women.

Gov. Kemp Signs Legislation to Protect Freedom of Speech on Public Higher Education Campuses

Atlanta, GA – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed HB 1 (the Forming Open and Robust University Minds Act) into law, which secures freedom of speech on Georgia's university and technical college system campuses by preventing the creation or elimination of any existing "Free Speech Zones" and designating all unrestricted outdoor areas of campus as public forums.