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Policy News & Updates

Metro Atlanta Chamber’s (MAC) core mission is to increase economic prosperity and job creation across the 29-county metro Atlanta region. As the #1 advocacy team in Georgia, the MAC Public Policy Team works to ensure Georgia policy makers understand the important issues impacting businesses in and around Atlanta.

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Public Policy

Policy News & Updates

Metro Atlanta Chamber’s (MAC) core mission is to increase economic prosperity and job creation across the 29-county metro Atlanta region. As the #1 advocacy team in Georgia, the MAC Public Policy Team works to ensure Georgia policy makers understand the important issues impacting businesses in and around Atlanta.

Latest Updates

April 1, 2021

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This morning the Supreme Court ruled unanimously for Georgia in the long-running Florida vs. Georgia water apportionment case. Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote the opinion to dismiss the case.... Read More

March 31, 2021

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On Wednesday, March 31, the 2021 session of the Georgia General Assembly ended. MAC’s public policy team worked on many legislative issues this session and achieved a number of successes. ... Read More

March 29, 2021

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Senate Bill 105, sponsored by Chairman Brian Strickland and Representative Tyler Paul Smith has reached final passage and awaits the Governor's signature. This legislation clarifies the 2017 probation reforms and streamlines the various processes for early termination of probation.... Read More

March 23, 2021

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The American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress earlier this month includes additional monies for Georgia with a large portion of funds directed towards education. Here are just a few standout funding line items coming to Georgia... Read More

March 22, 2021

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House Judiciary passed Senate Bill 185, sponsored by Senator Bo Hatchett, which gives Georgia taxpayers a level playing field. ... Read More

March 19, 2021

The following statement from the Metro Atlanta Chamber on elections bills under consideration by the Georgia General Assembly can be attributed to Katie Kirkpatrick, President & CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber.... Read More

March 18, 2021

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The Metro Atlanta Chamber is pleased that the full Senate has passed House Bill 112, which extends the COVID-19 safe harbor liability law for another year, and sent it to Governor Kemp's desk for signature.... Read More

March 18, 2021

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Senate Bill 169, sponsored by Senator Larry Walker (R-Perry), passed the House and heads to the Governor's desk for signature. This legislation allows for the acceptance of electronic signatures and corporate seals for surety bonds.... Read More

March 18, 2021

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Senate Bill 168, sponsored by Senator Larry Walker (R-Perry), has now unanimously passed both the House and Senate and awaits the Governor's signature. This legislation allows Georgia corporations’ to conduct remote shareholder meetings.... Read More

March 11, 2021

On Crossover Day, March 8, the Georgia House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 479, sponsored by Rep. Bert Reeves (R – Marietta). This legislation would repeal Georgia’s antiquated Citizen’s Arrest statute and close dangerous legal loopholes that could be used to justify future acts of vigilantism against Georgians. It would also ensure that private businesses and law enforcement retain the ability to temporarily detain lawbreakers when necessary and appropriate. At the same time, it would not infringe on private citizens’ rights to defend themselves under the state’s existing self-defense and stand your ground statutes.... Read More

March 8, 2021

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Last week, members of MAC’s Economic Development Team, Gregg Simon and Grant Wainscott spoke with members of Metro Atlanta eXchange for Workforce Solutions (MAX) about current trends in economic development. ... Read More

March 8, 2021

On Monday, March 8, the Georgia General Assembly met for the 28th legislative day, also known as “Crossover Day.” This is the final day for bills to pass out of the chamber in which they were introduced. Bills that fail to pass are generally considered dead for the remainder of this session.... Read More

February 16, 2021

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On Tuesday, Governor Brian Kemp announced a legislative proposal to repeal and replace Georgia’s 150-year-old Citizen’s Arrest Statute. House Bill 479 will close dangerous legal loopholes that could be used to justify future acts of vigilantism against Georgians. It will also ensure that private businesses, Georgia citizens, and law enforcement retain the ability to defend themselves when necessary.... Read More

February 3, 2021

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Teacher recruitment, partnership with HBCUs, and supporting vets as teachers are just a few of the ways Georgia Governor Kemp outlined his latest initiative to bolster Georgia’s teaching workforce.... Read More

February 1, 2021

This latest round of grants, totaling $180,000, is furnished through investor donations collected at the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s 2020 Annual Meeting.... Read More

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