Agenda Item # 1

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

November 8, 2016

Agenda Report # 53


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: 2016 Legislative Agenda

INITIATED BY: City Manager’s Office


Recommendation: Approval is requested of twenty (20) resolutions for the 2017 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly, which the Mayor and Council deem appropriate. Background: Each year elected and appointed officials of the Columbus Consolidated Government develop a list of issues important to the citizens of Columbus that requires action by the Local Legislative Delegation. Once approved, a meeting will be held with the Delegation to explain the rationale behind these issues and to solicit their support. The Hometown Connection and Legislative Agenda meeting will be held November 17, 2016. Analysis: Staff, elected and appointed officials were asked to present issues they felt were important to the operation of city government. Research and justification for these issues were presented to the city manager and a list was prepared for presentation to the mayor/council. Financial Considerations: The City is expected to receive additional revenues if many of the issues are passed by the Georgia General Assembly.

Recommendations/Actions: Approve those resolutions, which the mayor and council deem appropriate.

COLUMBUS CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT
2017 PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE AGENDA


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Item # 1 (1)
A RESOLUTION
NO. ________


A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE LOCAL LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION INTRODUCE/SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO AMEND O.C.G.A. 46-5-134 TO INCREASE THE MONTHLY LANDLINE AND WIRELESS ENHANCED 9-1-1 CHARGES UP TO $2.50.

WHEREAS, in accordance with the limits established by O.C.G.A. 46-5-134, this Council has set the existing monthly landline (including VoIP) 9-1-1 charge at $1.50 and the existing wireless enhanced 9-1-1 charge at $1.00 per each connection; and,

WHEREAS, the cost to operate the Emergency System Telephone Fund 9-1-1- Operations exceeds the revenue generated by the current charges; and,

WHEREAS, the Columbus Consolidated Government is subsidizing the operations of the 9-1-1 operations from the General Fund.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the local Legislative Delegation introduce/support legislation to amend O.C.G.A. 46-5-134 to authorize local governments to increase the monthly landline and wireless enhanced 9-1-1charges to a maximum of $2.50 per each connection.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of ___________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (2)
A RESOLUTION
No._____


WHEREAS, in 2013, the General Assembly adopted House Bill No. 556 (Act No. 297) creating a Recorder’s Court Technology Fee, to be set by the Court, not to exceed $15.00 as a surcharge to each fine imposed; and,

WHEREAS, said Act and Technology Fee was automatically repealed on July 1, 2016; and,

WHEREAS, this Council desires that the local legislative delegation introduce local legislation at the 2017 Session of the Georgia General Assembly to permit imposition of court costs of $25.00 to be added as a surcharge to each fine imposed by the Recorder’s Court, effective July 1, 2017, to be used to defray administrative costs of the Recorder’s Court.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby respectfully request that the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly introduce local legislation at the 2017 Session to permit imposition of court costs of $25.00 to be added as a surcharge to each fine imposed by the Recorder’s Court, effective July 1, 2017, to be used to defray administrative costs of the Recorder’s Court. Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the _______ day of ___________ 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (3)
A RESOLUTION

NO. ______


WHEREAS, the Columbus Finance Department and other officials of Columbus, Georgia have requested information concerning sales tax data from the Georgia Department of Revenue on many occasions; and,

WHEREAS, other consolidated governments and cities and counties of similar size have also requested the same information in the past; and,

WHEREAS, O.C.G.A. Section 48-2-15(d) allows cities with populations greater than 350,000 to request any pertinent tax information from state tax returns by resolution to the State Revenue Commissioner; and,

WHEREAS, this Council deems it appropriate to request an amendment to O.C.G.A. Section 48-2-15(d) to allow similar requests by consolidated governments or cities or counties with a population greater than 170,000.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby respectfully request that the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly introduce general legislation at the 2017 Session of the Georgia General Assembly to amend O.C.G.A. Section 48-2-15(d) so as to permit consolidated governments or cities or counties with a population greater than 170,000 to request any pertinent tax information from state tax returns by resolution to the Georgia Commissioner of Revenue. Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of ___________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (4)
A RESOLUTION
No. _____


A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE LOCAL LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION INTRODUCE/SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO REPEAL PARAGRAPH (D) OF O.C.G.A. 3-3-21 TO ALLOW COLUMBUS TO USE STANDARD GUIDELINES FOR MEASURING PROHIBITED DISTANCES UNDER THE ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LAWS.

WHEREAS, on May 12, 2015, this Council adopted Ordinance No. 15-15 which repealed existing distance regulations in Columbus Code Section and substituted the current method of measurement provided by State law for all counties except for those in a specific population category; and,

WHEREAS, numerous alcoholic beverage licenses have been issued pursuant to surveys performed in accordance with the guidelines of Ordinance No. 15-15 which are consistent with the general statewide measurement standards set forth in O.C.G.A.3-3-21(c); and,

WHEREAS, there is legal uncertainly that due to anomalies in the 2010 census figures for Columbus, it did not have a high enough census to fall outside of paragraph (d) of O.C.G.A. 3-3-21.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the local Legislative Delegation introduce/support legislation to repeal paragraph (d) of O.C.G.A. 3-3-21 to allow Columbus to use the method of measuring prohibited distances in accordance with the guidelines generally applicable throughout the State.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of ____________ , 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.


_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor

Item # 1 (5)


A RESOLUTION
No.________

WHEREAS, OCGA Section 16-11-127 permits weapons carry licensees to bring weapons into government buildings where screening is not conducted; and,

WHEREAS, this Council desires that OCGA Section 16-11-127 be amended so as to permit lessees of government buildings to prohibit weapons at events in their discretion.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby respectfully request that the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly introduce statewide general legislation at the 2017 Session to amend OCGA Section 16-11-127 so as to permit lessees of government buildings to prohibit weapons at events in their discretion. Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of ____________ , 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (6)
A RESOLUTION
NO.________

WHEREAS, this Council desires to facilitate the provision of Hope Scholarships to college bound students to insure that a lack of funding does not prevent them from going to college; and,

WHEREAS, additional funding sources are necessary to be able to fully implement the Hope Scholarship program.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

We hereby respectfully request that the local legislative delegation to the Georgia General Assembly introduce or support legislation to authorize a referendum to allow Georgia citizens to vote as to whether casino gaming should be allowed in Georgia for the purpose of Hope Scholarship funding. Let a copy of this Resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the _______ day of ___________ 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (7)
A RESOLUTION
NO.________

WHEREAS, uninsured children under age 18 often go without healthcare due to affordability issues; and,

WHEREAS, access to healthcare through the PeachCare for Kids program need to be more accessible to those children in need through more public information concerning the program and through quicker eligibility determinations.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

We hereby respectfully request that the local legislative delegation to the Georgia General Assembly support or introduce legislation which will ensure that all uninsured children under age 18 who qualify will have timely access to PeachCare for kids as created by Title XXI of the Social Security Act to include preventive vision, dental, specialist, and primary care. Let a copy of this Resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the _______ day of ___________ 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor



Item # 1 (8)
A RESOLUTION

No._____


WHEREAS, events across the country have brought law enforcement encounters with citizens into focus and states and communities are studying such issues as policing, use of force policies, transparency and civic order;

WHEREAS, this Council desires that the Georgia General Assembly consider passage of statewide general legislation or appropriate Resolution to implement the following:


NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby respectfully request that the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly introduce general statewide legislation or any appropriate Resolution at the 2017 Session to implement the above-described recommendations. Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the _______ day of ___________, 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council.

Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (9)

A RESOLUTION
NO.________

WHEREAS, this Council desire to insure that all tax code exemptions and incentives under state law be reviewed in a comprehensive way which assures that their impact on each other and particularly on local governments is considered; and,

WHEREAS, there is pressing need for immediate reform in the motor vehicle Title Ad Valorem Tax Fee (TAVT).

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

We hereby respectfully request that the local legislative delegation to the Georgia General Assembly support efforts of the Georgia Municipal Association to promote tax reform that increases transparency, respects home rule and the needs of municipal governmental officials by supporting a comprehensive review of all existing tax exemptions and incentives. Let a copy of this Resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the _______ day of ___________ 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.





_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor

Item # 1 (10)
A RESOLUTION
NO.________

WHEREAS, senior citizens are Georgia's most vulnerable population with many socio-economic barriers to quality of life issues. With the advent of the "Baby Boomer generation, the 60 and above is the fastest growing age cohort. Funding received from the Older Americans Act along with State funding are not keeping pace with the increasing needs of the senior population; and,

WHEREAS, in the River Valley Region alone, the following Home and Community Based Services have been provided: More than 212,013 meals to clients during FY15; More than 31,362 hours of services provided to clients for Homemaker, Personal Care and Respite Care for FY15; and 5044 hours of services provided to caregivers through the Respite Care Services Voucher Program; and,

WHEREAS, continual funding is also needed for the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, The Elderly Legal Assistance Program, and the many Senior Wellness Programs under The Home and Community Based Services.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

We hereby respectfully request that the local legislative delegation to the Georgia General Assembly continue advocating for and support additional funding in the 2017 Session to be allocated for Home and Community Based Services for Georgia's Senior population. Let a copy of this Resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the _______ day of ___________ 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor

Item # 1 (11)



A RESOLUTION
NO._______

A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE LOCAL LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO AMEND O.C.G.A. 48-8-96(1) (I) SO THAT IT ONLY APPLIES TO LOST REFERENDA HELD AFTER JANUARY 11, 2011, THEREBY LEAVING THE ORIGINAL TWO EXEMPTIONS CONTAINED IN THE 2004 LEGISLATION IN PLACE IN COLUMBUS, GEORGIA.

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council have discussed issues important to the efficient operation of the Columbus Consolidated Government and the quality of life for its citizens; and,

WHEREAS, this issue requires action in the 2017 General Assembly Session.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

We hereby respectfully request that the local Legislative Delegation to the Georgia General Assembly introduce legislation at the 2017 Session to amend O.C.G.A. 48-8-96 (h) (1) so that it only applies to LOST referenda held after January 1, 2011, thereby leaving the original two exemptions contained in the 2004 legislation in place in Columbus, Georgia.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of _______________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _______ members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (12)

A RESOLUTION

NO._____


WHEREAS, the Transportation Act, H.B.170, as amended by Section 3 of H.B. 106, both enacted in the 2015 legislative session, enacted a new code section 48-13-50.3 which imposed a $5.00 per day fee on hotel/motel lodging effective July, 2015 to fund transportation expenditures; and,

WHEREAS, this Council is concerned that this additional fee will adversely impact the residents of Georgia, who make up a significant portion of hotel visitors to most Georgia cities, and who make up 79% of overnight hotel guests in Columbus, as these Georgians are otherwise being taxed to support the development of transportation infrastructure within the State; and,

WHEREAS, this Council finds that local businesses of Columbus are particularly adversely impacted by this destination fee, which when added to existing sales and use taxes already charged on Columbus hotel rooms results in an average tax of 23% on the average daily hotel rate, making it difficult for Columbus hotels to maintain reasonable daily rates, particularly in light of competition from hotels across the border in Alabama which are not subject to the same fee structure.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby request that the local delegation to the General Assembly introduce legislation to repeal or modify O.C.G.A. 48-13-50.3 which imposed a $5.00 per night hotel/motel fee effective July 1, 2015.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of ___________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.


_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor

Item # 1 (13)

A RESOLUTION

NO._____


WHEREAS, O.C.G.A.40-6-365(c)(5) provides that local governments may regulate the use of PTV’s on its streets by requiring registration and proof of insurance once every five years for a fee not to exceed $15.00; and,

WHEREAS, this Council recently passed Ordinance No. 15-8 implementing a PTV plan permitting the use and registration of PTV’s on certain designated streets in the Uptown Columbus area, but based on the requirements of O.C.G.A. 40-6-365(c)(5), registration and insurance verification was limited to once every five years for a fee of $15.00; and,

WHEREAS, this Council finds that in the interest of protecting the safety and welfare of pedestrians and motorists in the areas where PTV are permitted, it would be advantageous to require yearly registration and verification of adequate insurance.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby request that the local delegation to the General Assembly introduce legislation to amend O.C.G.A. 40-6-365(c)(3) to allow for the annual registration and inspection of PTV’s permitted for use on public streets for a fee not to exceed $15.00.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of ___________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor



Item # 1 (14)
A RESOLUTION

NO._____


WHEREAS, there is a pending Senate Bill 347 which would amend Title 8 of the Georgia Code reduce the timeline for local governments to act on building, plumbing and electrical permit requests from thirty days to fifteen days and to permit the use of private inspectors if the fifteen- day timeline is not met; and,

WHEREAS, the Department of Inspections and Codes has advised that such a reduction of the time allowed for processing permit applications would be difficult to comply with and would interfere with the current practice of concurrent plan review.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby request that the local delegation to the General Assembly oppose Senate Bill 437 or any similar proposal, which shortens the time available to local plans examiners to act on permit requests or expands the ability for applicants to seek a private inspection in lieu of one performed by the local government’s plan examiners. Let a copy of this Resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of ___________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (15)

A RESOLUTION

NO._____


WHEREAS, the conflict of interest provision of Redevelopment Powers Law, Title 36, Chapter 44 is broadly and unclearly worded in a way that leaves all CCG officials, even employees whose positions have nothing to do with the creation or administration of a Tax Allocation District, subject to possible disclosure requirements and prohibitions from voluntarily acquiring a direct or indirect interest in property in any TAD created by Council; and,

WHEREAS, this Council desires that the conflict of interest provision applicable to TAD’s be more specific and limited as to the persons covered by its requirements and use definitions consistent with the Ethics in Government Act found in Chapter 5 of Title 21 of the Georgia Code.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby request that the local delegation to the General Assembly introduce/support the attached proposed amendment to O.C.G.A. 36-44-21 or any similar proposal, which clarifies that code section by providing standard definitions and eliminates the prohibition against the acquisition of property in TAD’s by all CCG employees. Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of ___________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor






Item # 1 (16)
A RESOLUTION

NO._____


WHEREAS, this Council desires that the law be clarified to expressly state that constitutional officers who file suit against their local governing authority as a plaintiff are not entitled to payment of their attorneys’ fees out of other governing authority funds that have not been budgeted to them.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby request that the local delegation to the General Assembly introduce/support an amendment to O.C.G.A. 45-9-21 to make it clear that the statute is not applicable to constitutional officers when they file suit against their local governing authority as a plaintiff. Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of ___________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor




Item # 1 (17)
A RESOLUTION

NO._____


WHEREAS, this Council is concerned that insurance companies impose protocols known as Step therapy /Fail First which require that a health care provider prove that a less expensive medicine has failed to work for a particular patient before a more efficacious but more expensive prescription may be prescribed; and,

WHEREAS, this Council desires to protect the health of Georgians and preserve the ability of physicians to prescribe the best treatment without interference from unnecessarily restrictive insurance requirements.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby request that the local delegation to the General Assembly introduce/support the legislation which provides limitations on the use of StepTherapy/ Fail First protocols by insurance companies. Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of ___________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (18)


A RESOLUTION
No._____

WHEREAS, many citizens from Georgia and neighboring states have recently been displaced as a result of mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders issued by federal, state or local officials due to storm, hurricane or other pending or threatened disaster; and,

WHEREAS, this Council desires that OCGA Section 48-13-51(h)(1) be amended so as to expand the hotel tax exemption to provide relief to persons displaced as a result of mandatory or voluntary evacuation order issued by federal, state or local officials due to a storm, hurricane or other disaster.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby respectfully request that the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly introduce statewide general legislation at the 2017 Session to amend OCGA Section 48-13-51(h)(1) so as to expand the hotel tax exemption to cover persons displaced as a result of mandatory or voluntary evacuation order issued by federal, state or local officials due to a storm, hurricane or other disaster. Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ________ day of ___________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor



Item # 1 (19)

A RESOLUTION
No.______


WHEREAS, in recent primary elections, Muscogee County and Georgia voters were forced to choose a particular primary ballot for local races, including constitutional officers, and were not able to vote for other such candidates listed on another primary party ballot; and,

WHEREAS, this Council desires that the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly amend the state law so that voters can choose a non-partisan primary ballot for races of all local elective offices, including constitutional officers.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby respectfully request that the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly introduce statewide general legislation at the 2017 Session to allow voters to choose a non-partisan primary ballot for races of all local elective offices, including constitutional officers. Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the _______ day of ___________, 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor



Item # 1 (20)
A RESOLUTION
No._____


WHEREAS, application of certain State Health Department Rules for swim meets has recently caused delay or cancellation of certain athletic events in Muscogee County; and,

WHEREAS, this Council desires that the local governing authority be empowered to waive certain State Health Department Rules when an exception is appropriate in a facility owned or operated by or on behalf of the county for one-time meets or athletic events.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby respectfully request that the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly introduce statewide general legislation at the 2017 Session to allow a local governing authority to waive certain State Health Department Rules when an exception is appropriate in a facility owned or operated by or on behalf of the county for one-time meets or athletic events. Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the _______ day of ___________, 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council.



Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor