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!


IT’S TIME FOR…Legal Tweet Meet! Every Thursday from 8-9 pm EST, provided by Kendrick Law Practice ( #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.


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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:   #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 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 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:   #legaltweetmeet


You can also view detailed reports of these bills as well as the bills themselves at 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 #legaltweetmeet


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




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




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