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CBS46: Lawmakers convene for 2020 legislative session, outline priorities

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- Georgia lawmakers returned to the state Capitol Monday morning to convene the 2020 legislative session.


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Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, lead the meeting explaining that Senate lawmakers are trying to build revenue by recovering revenue that has been unpaid to the state for years.


“Another part of being fiscally responsible is collecting what’s due to you,” Dugan said.


The Senate majority believes that Georgia has been missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in state sales taxes from online retailers that have not paid the state’s sales tax rate adequately like brick and mortar businesses have.


“We’ve got a revenue issue, but bigger than that we’ve got a collection issue,” Dugan said. “We need to be collecting the money that’s due Georgia so that those that are paying their fair taxes don’t have to pay more.”


“We’ve got the marketplace facilitator which we made a motion on today that we hope to take care of very quickly in this session. Over 30 states have implemented this,” Sen. Chuck Huffstetler, R-Rome, said that this will be a clean bill. “Air BnB, walmart.com, homedepot.com. Google and Amazon all agreed to be facilitators to help the state bring in this money that is owed, that is not being collected at this time. This is going to be a big revenue source for the state of Georgia,” he added.


He explained that the state is only receiving around $10 million of the more than $80 million that Walmart.com brings in from online sales each year.


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