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HB 225: Ride share networks; licensing and sales tax exemption; repeal inoperable provisions

Voted on Friday March 3, 2017

John Pezold's thoughts

HB 225 is the legislation that imposes a sales tax on services and goods from online brokerage.

This legislation was highly controversial as it began as a "ride share" taxation mechanism to impose sales tax on services provided by companies like Uber and Lyft, however, by the time the bill made it to the House floor, the only mention of "ride share" was in the title and the substitute content was entirely different. The bill was written so broadly that any service brokered online would be subject to sales tax, including but not limited to Air B&B, iTunes, Pizza Hut and so much more.
The bill failed on the floor and was eventually brought back after our dinner break. More than 20 people flipped their NO votes to YES, many without any understanding of the legislation.

I voted NO because the bill did not do what it was originally crafted to do and because I don't agree with the unintended consequences of the legislation. I voted NO both times.

More information on legis.ga.gov
Nay
John Pezold's Vote

Vote Totals

The table below breaks down the total number of votes, and marks the majority vote.

Voted Total % Majority Vote?
Yea 82 45.6%
Nay 88 48.9%
Did not vote 3 1.7%
Excused 7 3.9%