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Jan. 27 - Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces Legislative Priorities for 2014

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Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

Jan. 27, 2014 - The Georgia Chamber released its 2014 Legislative Priorities list, “focused on policy priorities that will increase our state’s economic competitiveness, foster job creation and preserve our quality of life,” according to the Chamber.  They include:

Economic Development

  • Ensure the state’s economic development incentives remain globally competitive
  • Support additional state funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project
  • Provide for a streamlined regulatory process for companies investing in new or
    upgrading existing wireless infrastructure
  • Continue to build an attractive statewide ecosystem for venture and seed capital  through support for Invest Georgia and  other programs

Education

  • Improve college and career-ready standards in K-12 public education to promote a more globally competitive workforce
  • Ensure K-12 education funds are invested more efficiently and effectively to improve student outcomes

Employment

  • Preserve Georgia’s employment-at-will doctrine and strengthen the state’s right-to-work status
  • Continue to make substantive changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system that promote balance for employers and employees
  • Ensure uniformity in unemployment benefits qualifications for employees statewide

Energy & Environment

  • Protect statewide access to sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supplies
  • Support efforts to protect the agricultural economy in the Lower Flint River basin, including preparations for extreme drought conditions and enhanced water management

Health Care

  • Rein in health care costs associated with employer-sponsored health insurance

Legal Reform

  • Improve balance in the state’s civil justice system by: creating a judicial process for handling electronic discovery requests; permitting  introduction of seat belt use evidence for determining proportional liability; and updating rules of civil procedure with respect to pre-dismissal, garnishment and default judgments
  • Codify into statute the well-established, common law duty of care standard that land possessors owe to trespassers 

Transportation

  • Protect the Transportation Investment Act to ensure the benefits of the law as passed are not diluted
  • Pursue state appropriations for the Georgia Department of Transportation to fund quick response transportation projects and the operation of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority Xpress Bus System
  • Secure the investment of all motor fuel tax dollars into Georgia’s transportation system 
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