Legal Tweet Meet: Legislative Update- News Laws that affect YOUR business! (5/3/12)

5/3/12: Georgia Legislative Update: NEW laws that affect YOUR business!

BEGINNING

IT’S TIME FOR…Legal Tweet Meet! Every Thursday from 8-9 pm EST, provided by Kendrick Law Practice (https://www.kendricklaw.net) #legaltweetmeet

 

I am your host for tonight’s show and Founder of KLP, @Dar’shun Kendrick. Thank you for joining us tonight for #legaltweetmeet.

 

Who’s checking in this evening?! If you are, mention us at let us know your location in Georgia for tonight’s #legaltweetmeet show!

 

The Title of Today’s Show is “#Georgia #Legislative Update: NEW laws that affect YOUR #business”. #legaltweetmeet.

 

You will be able to ask questions AT THE END of the presentation so STAY TUNED! #legaltweetmeet

 

DISCLAIMER 1: KLP is only authorized to practice law in Georgia. Therefore, our advice is limited to the State of Georgia. #legaltweetmeet

 

DISCLAIMER 2: We only practice business law so we can’t help you with personal legal matters. Sorry L #legaltweetmeet

 

DISCLAIMER 3: These #legaltweetmeet Questions and Answers DO NOT create an attorney-client relationship.

 

PROCESS: Direct message a question and I will “tweet” the response without mentioning your name #legaltweetmeet

 

PROCESS:  OR Mention @kendricklaw and ask your question and I will RT then immediately answer. #legaltweetmeet

 

The hashtag for our Legal Tweet Meet is #legaltweetmeet.

 

Be sure to join us on other social media for advice to help keep you “IN business and OUT of Court”. #legaltweetmeet

 

You can join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kendricklawpractice. #legaltweetmeet

 

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You can also listen to our monthly online radio show at www.blogtalkradio.com/kendricklawpractice so join us! #legaltweetmeet

 

Are you ready to learn some information to help keep you “IN business and OUT of Court”? Here we go! #legaltweetmeet

 

The Show

As many of you know, I am a Member of the Georgia General Assembly; a State Representative representing 58,000 Georgians. #legaltweetmeet

 

Every January, 180 State Representatives meet downtown at the State Capitol to make laws for the 9.5 Million Georgians. #legaltweetmeet

 

I am a Democrat, I openly disclose that. I also co-chair the Economic Security Committee for the House Democratic Caucus. #legaltweetmeet

 

This #Georgia General Assembly Session ended on March 29, 2012. Today, I will tell you of some of the #laws that passed. #legaltweetmeet

 

You can view a brief synopsis some highlighted bills that passed by viewing my enewsletter at: http://eepurl.com/kIefP.   #legaltweetmeet

 

NOTE: Only some of these bills passed. Some passed one chamber and not the other. View the link for details. #legaltweetmeet

 

You can view detailed reports of these bills as well as the bills themselves at www.legis.ga.gov and putting in the number. #legaltweetmeet

 

Are you ready?! Since KLP is up to date on the laws, let us keep you “IN business and OUT of Court”! Let’s go! #legaltweetmeet

 

HB 100 creates a #Georgia tax court. As #business owner that pays taxes, you can petition this Court for a hearing. #legaltweetmeet

 

HB 386 is the #tax reform package. It requires the collection of state sales taxes from out of state online businesses. #legaltweetmeet

 

HB 872 requires secondary metal recyclers to help prevent metal thieves from profiting. Sellers must apply for a permit. #legaltweetmeet

 

HB 863 REDEFINES small businesses as those with fewer than 500 employees (up previous definition of 100 employees.) #legaltweetmeet

 

HB 347 cut the length of unemployment benefits to repay the $700 M the state borrowed from the federal government. #legaltweetmeet

 

HB 347 did NOT increase the employer contribution amount although we have one of the lowest in the country. #legaltweetmeet

 

HB 469 would have criminalized the 1st amendment right to picket. #legaltweetmeet

 

To view these bills in their entirety, visit www.legis.ga.gov and put in the bill number. Enjoy! #legaltweetmeet

 

The most IMPORTANT bill that benefits small #business owners is related to garnishments. #legaltweetmeet

 

The Supreme Court held last summer that businesses answering garnishments was “practicing law”, illegal for non-lawyers. #legaltweetmeet

 

A bill this session makes it LEGAL for business owners to answer simple garnishments by checking the garnishment form boxes. #legaltweetmeet

 

Where you looking for a bill that created jobs?! Sorry—none this session. We will try again next year. #legaltweetmeet

 

Again, you can view a brief synopsis some highlighted bills that passed by viewing my enewsletter at: http://eepurl.com/kIefP.   #legaltweetmeet

 

You can also view detailed reports of these bills as well as the bills themselves at www.legis.ga.gov and putting in the number. #legaltweetmeet

 

There is federal legislation like the JOBS Act and stopping SOPA that target small business owners are well. #legaltweetmeet

 

The JOBS Act will make it easier starting in 2013 for entrepreneurs to raise start up funds from non-accredited investors. #legaltweetmeet

 

Traditionally, the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) have placed restrictions on who may invest in companies. #legaltweetmeet

 

Before the JOBS Act, investors had to be “accredited”…which pretty much means only super rich individuals could invest. #legaltweetmeet

 

Now individuals can contribute $10,000 or up to 10% of their net worth, whichever is greater, to start up companies. #legaltweetmeet

 

The downside is that this doesn’t go into effect until January of 2013 after the SEC finishes its review of its policies. #legaltweetmeet

 

The Small Business Committee in Congress is looking at initiatives to help small businesses this summer. #legaltweetmeet

 

The committee will look at ways to revise immigration, develop policies aimed at capital and strengthen tax incentives. #legaltweetmeet

 

To view other legislation and business related items, go to www.kendrickforgeorgia.com. #legaltweetmeet

 

You can also register for my FREE #business summit as well at www.kendrickforgeorgia.com. Join me and 300 others. #legaltweetmeet

 

 

PRE-ENDING

DISCUSSION QUESTION: Any comments or follow up questions? If you were a legislator, what bills would you propose? #legaltweetmeet

ALRIGHT! Now it’s time for the 2nd half of #legaltweetmeet that is an OPEN FORUM to ask me any questions. #legaltweetmeet

 

Remember you can mention @kendricklaw or DM us for answers to your questions. #legaltweetmeet

 

Match your question number (Ex. Q5) to my answer number (Ex. A5). #legaltweetmeet

 

READY…SET….GO! How can KLP help you make or save money through competent legal and business advice and counseling? #legaltweetmeet

 

END

 

THANK YOU ALL for attending KLP’s Legal Tweet Meets. Join us next week and BRING A FRIEND for our #legaltweetmeet Thursday from 8-9 pm.

 

NEXT SHOW: May 10th– Biz Legal Contract Term EXPLORED: Arbitration Clauses! Learn the good, bad and ugly of this term. #legaltweetmeet

 

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KLP is here to keep you “IN business and OUT of Court” so visit us at https://www.kendricklaw.net for how! Good Night Everyone! #legaltweetmeet


 

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