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HB 354: Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center; reconstitute and authorize Department of Economic Development to contract for certain projects

Voted on Friday March 3, 2017

John Pezold's thoughts

This bill is called the Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority in Chatham County.
The bill first creates the membership, how these persons are appointed and what powers and duties they have.
The bill swaps "local government" out of the language and replaces it with "the authority" which is the authority referenced in the bill title instead of just the City of Savannah and Chatham County. The authority is exempt from all sales and use taxes.

It defines legal terms of the authority and requires any lawsuits to be brought in the Eastern Judicial Circuit in Chatham County.
I voted no for a few reasons, including the extension of this authority having wide powers to enter into governmental contracts with agencies and entities with little oversight while receiving an exemption from sales & use taxes.

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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 157 87.2% Majority Vote
Nay 11 6.1%
Did not vote 8 4.4%
Excused 4 2.2%