February 2, 2024 Legislative Update:

One of the purposes and functions of the Cherokee County Republican Coalition (CCRC) is to promote responsible policy and legislation and to educate the voters of Cherokee County on policy and legislative matters. To that end, we are excited to begin our legislative update series to help be your source of what’s happening at the State Capitol. Speaker Jon Burns (R-District 159) gaveled the House of Representatives in on January 8th, for the opening day of the 2024 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly.

A few weeks in, and already lawmakers have brought forth legislation, attended Gov. Brian Kemp’s State of the State Address on January 11th and lawmakers, in support of Israel, passed a bill that would define antisemitism in state law. HB 30, sponsored by Rep. John Carson (R- District 46) was signed by Gov. Kemp on Wednesday, January 31st. The bill aligns the definition of antisemitism with the definition adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Additionally, this past Friday the Senate passed SB 358, sponsored by Sen. Max Burns (R- District 23) a bill to remove the Secretary of State from the State Election Board and give the State Election Board power to investigate the Secretary of State, the bill now heads to the house; and SR 465, sponsored by Sen. Greg Dolezal (R- District 27) establishing a special committee to investigate Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, citing accusations of an improper relationship with a special attorney she hired and misuse of public money.

Key Legislation to Track:



Tax Reform

House Bill 1025

Sponsor: Rep. Jordan Ridley

About: Cherokee County; homestead exemption; provide full value exemption for senior and disabled residents

Status: Introduced; House Second Readers

*Article featured in the Cherokee Tribune and Ledger News, click HERE to read.


House Bill 1021

Sponsor: Rep. Lauren Daniel

About: Income tax; increase amount of dependent exemption

Status: Introduced; House Ways & Means Committee on 2/1/2024


House Bill 1015

Sponsor: Rep. Lauren McDonald

About: Income tax; reduce rate of tax                  

Status: Introduced; House Ways & Means Committee on 2/1/2024


House Bill 1019

Sponsor: Rep. Matt Reeves

About: Revenue and taxation; statewide homestead exemption from certain ad valorem taxes; increase

Status: Introduced; House Ways & Means Committee on 2/1/2024


Election Integrity

Senate Bill 355

Sponsor: Sen. Randy Robertson

About: A bill to prohibit ranked-choice voting

Status: Crossed Over; House Second Readers


House Bill 974

Sponsor: Rep. John LaHood

About: Secretary of State; establish and maintain a state-wide system for the posting of scanned paper ballots; require

Status: Introduced; House Governmental Affairs Committee on 1/31/2024


House Bill 975

Sponsor: Rep. John LaHood

About: Elections; prohibit bar codes, QR codes, and other machine codes on ballots printed by electronic ballot markers

Status: Introduced; House Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Elections 1/30/2024


House Bill 976

Sponsor: Rep. John LaHood

About: Elections; ballots used in optical scan voting systems shall use paper with a visible watermark security feature; provide

Status: In Committee


House Bill 977

Sponsor: Rep. John LaHood

About: Elections; number of contests subject to risk-limiting audits; expand

Status: Introduced; House Governmental Affairs Committee on 1/31/2024



Senate Bill 233

Sponsor: Sen. Greg Dolezal

About: A bill to create a $6,000 school voucher program

Status: Crossed Over in 2023



House Resolution 872

Sponsor: Rep. Charlice Byrd

About: Willis, Fani T.; district attorney for Atlanta Judicial Circuit; impeachment charges; vote

Status: Introduced; House Second Readers


House Bill 971

Sponsor: Rep. Mark Newton

About: Firearm Safe Handling and Secure Storage Tax Credit Act; enact

Status: Introduced; House Second Readers


House Bill 925

Sponsor: Rep. Steven Sainz

About: Protecting Religious Assembly in States of Emergency (PRAISE) Act

Status: Introduced; House Public Safety & Homeland Security on 1/31/2024


Senate Bill 172

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Cowsert

About: State Government; regulation and taxation of sports betting in this state; authorize and provide

Status: Senate Tabled 1/12/2024












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