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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

June 16, 2021

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Last week, Committee for a Better Atlanta (CBA), a business coalition compromised of over 30 Atlanta businesses and civic organizations, including the Metro Atlanta Chamber, hosted the first candidate forums of the political season. Candidates addressed critical issues in CBA’s policy platform: Public Safety, Economic Development and Recovery, Affordable Housing, Transportation, City Leadership, and Sustainability.... Read More

June 15, 2021

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The MAC Public Policy Team is thrilled to welcome Alexis Boss, our new Government Affairs Coordinator, to the team!... Read More

June 11, 2021

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Yesterday, MAC and Opportunity ATL hosted a webinar on The Power of People with Disabilities as Consumers and Employees, which featured Dahlia Shaewitz from the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) and Monique Bell from the Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI).... Read More

June 10, 2021

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Metro Atlanta Chamber partners with local organizations, economic development on info series...... Read More

May 21, 2021

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On the final day of the 2021 legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly approved Senate Bill 6, an omnibus tax measure that included many pro-business tax provisions – and a few that cause serious concerns. The problems stem from language added late in legislative negotiations, without any opportunity for public input, that amends and eventually repeals the state’s sales tax exemption for high-technology companies (“the high-tech exemption”). If left in place, this change will raise the costs of operating single-user tenant data centers in Georgia and adversely impact many of our telecom companies that utilize this incentive.... Read More

May 17, 2021

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Last week, MAC and Opportunity ATL hosted a webinar featuring David Gaensbauer, Ashley Gravlee, and Jyothi Kadali with Novelis, and Dr. Dwionne Freeman with Atlanta Public Schools regarding Work-Based Learning (WBL). WBL allows students to implement skills they have learned in the classroom into practice in a real work environment. ... Read More

May 7, 2021

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This week, Committee for a Better Atlanta (CBA), a business coalition compromised of over 30 Atlanta businesses and civic organizations, including the Metro Atlanta Chamber, released their 2021 policy platform. The platform serves to inform candidates and voters on the issues important to Atlanta’s business and civic community.... Read More

May 3, 2021

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Last Thursday Senate Bill 185, sponsored by Senator Bo Hatchett, which gives Georgia taxpayers a level playing field was signed into law.... Read More

April 23, 2021

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One year ago, we convened 50 of our top business leaders to explore ways to restore Georgia’s economy as the impacts of COVID-19 were just beginning to devastate businesses and our way of life.... Read More

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 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

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