Should SB 2 be clarified to apply expressly to alcohol licenses and general business licenses issued by local jurisdictions in Georgia?
by Max Hess
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, along with the Senate Majority Caucus and Economic Development Chairman Senator Mike Dugan (R — Carrollton), announced Senate Bill 2, "The FAST Act — Fairness, Accountability, Simplification, and Transparency — Empowering Our Small Businesses to Succeed." See sb_2.pdf
Let’s take a look at SB 2 as it would affect local jurisdictions – counties and municipalities.
Agencies of counties and municipalities that issue licenses or permits:
The language of SB 2 speaks broadly of:
Could this language cover beverage-alcohol licenses issued by a county or municipality?
Before you say No Way!, consider that some local jurisdictions in Georgia do not have separate alcohol licenses, but rather issue a general business license for alcohol establishments, or certain kinds of alcohol establishments. It wouldn’t make sense to apply the provisions of SB 2 to those jurisdictions with only the general business license category, but not to local jurisdictions that have separate alcohol licenses.
The parts of SB 2 quoted above would amend Title 36, entitled “Local Government.” By contrast, alcohol licenses are generally governed by Title 3, and general business licenses (sometimes called occupation tax certificates) are generally governed by Title 48.
Let’s ask a different question: Should SB 2 be clarified to apply expressly to alcohol licenses and general business licenses issued by local jurisdictions in Georgia?
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