FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 7, 2023
ATLANTA |Today, Lt. Governor Burt Jones announced a 2024 legislative priority – the “Red Tape Rollback”.
“Georgia has built the nation’s best business environment, and we want to keep it that way,” said Lt. Governor Burt Jones. “A regulatory environment promoting competition, while encouraging the startup and expansion of new businesses, and taking the heavy hand of government out of the equation is a priority. The reforms the Senate will lead on this year will reduce costs and paperwork while minimizing uncertainty for those who want to start or grow a business in Georgia.”
“The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is proud to stand today in support of Lt. Governor Burt Jones’ efforts to ease many of the regulatory burdens facing businesses in our state through the “Red Tape Rollback” initiative,” said Chris Clark, President & CEO Georgia Chamber of Commerce. “As Georgia has just been named the best state in which to do business for the 10th consecutive year, our statewide business community relies on thought leaders like Lt. Governor Jones to ensure we expand Georgia’s global competitiveness to attract new investment and create opportunity.”
The proposed legislation, to be introduced during the 2024 Legislative Session, will focus on the initiatives below:
- Improve the process for obtaining professional and occupational licenses while giving licensing boards more flexibility.
- Strengthen the power of the General Assembly to oversee and review proposed state agency regulations.
- Empower members of the General Assembly to request economic analyses of proposed legislation and agency regulations that would impact small business, similar to the current fiscal note process.
- Amend the Administrative Procedure Act to expand the definition of “small business” from 100 employees to 300 employees.
- Reduce the size and scope of state government by eliminating defunct or duplicative boards and commissions.
Today’s announcement was attended by members of the Senate Majority Caucus and representatives from AFP, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and NFIB.
Please review the full list of representatives below:
Chris Clark, President and CEO Georgia Chamber of Commerce
David Raynor, Chief Public Affairs Officer Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Katie Kirkpatrick, President and CEO Metro Atlanta Chamber
Marshall Guest, Senior VP/Public Policy & Public Affairs Metro Atlanta Chamber
Hunter Loggins, State Director NFIB
Mychal Walker, The Walker Agency/NFIB Leadership Council Chairman
Pat Kaemmerling, Ultimate Security Solutions/NFIB Leadership Council Vice Chairman
Tony West, State Director Americans for Prosperity
Tony Harrison, President, Board of Directors, Food Truck Association of Georgia