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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Government Affairs Report: Are you ready for the 2018 legisla�ve session?

The second year of the 2017-2018 legisla�ve biennium is just around the corner at the Georgia state
capitol. We o�en treat each year's legisla�ve session as a stand-alone event, a full legisla�ve biennium
is actually two years, aligned to coincide with state elec�ons.
This two-year structure means that in 2018, all legisla�on introduced in 2017 remains eligible for
considera�on and enactment. Below are just some of the carryover bills of interest of the industry that
may be considered:

*House Bill 642 creates Special Improvement Districts to levy taxes on all
proper�es paying ad valorem tax within the district, including mul�family
proper�es. The Atlanta Beltline has pushed this apartment tax to pay for Beltline
acquisi�on and maintenance, as well as affordable housing.
*House Bill 433 establishes that writs of possession are only effec�ve for 30 days
a�er issuance. The industry con�nues to work with the proponents of the
legisla�on in an effort to make it acceptable.
*House Bill 281 grants special rights to tenants who are vic�ms of sexual or
domes�c violence.
*Senate Bill 286 establishes a $15 Technology Fee in all civil cases filed in Troup
County. Because most dispossessories are filed in magistrate court in Troup
County, the fee would not immediately impact the apartment industry. There is
concern, however, with the establishment of such a significant fee in any court,
as this type of expense o�en works its way into all filings.

For more informa�on or ques�ons on any of these issues, please contact Penny Moceri
at pmoceri@atl-apt.org or Chelsea Juras at cjuras@atl-apt.org

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Habitat - November/December 2017

Chair’s Message
Legal Corner
Maintenance Technicians
Disaster Prep
Government Affairs
Education Connection
Foundation Update
Volunteer’s Corner
AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: Valet Living
New Members
Advertisers’ Index
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Habitat - November/December 2017 - Chair’s Message
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Habitat - November/December 2017 - Legal Corner
Habitat - November/December 2017 - Maintenance Technicians
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Habitat - November/December 2017 - Disaster Prep
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Habitat - November/December 2017 - Education Connection
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Habitat - November/December 2017 - Foundation Update
Habitat - November/December 2017 - Volunteer’s Corner
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Habitat - November/December 2017 - AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: Valet Living
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