[gsis_admins] New fee at Hotels that will effect state and local government employees

  • From: Denise Epperson <denise.epperson@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: gsis_admins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:25:31 -0400

http://www.macon.com/2015/06/27/3818643_new-hotel-fee-huge-shock-for-middle.html?rh=1

The bill doesn't state it effects state and local government employees, but
we may want to make GSIS members aware they may be charged this fee.


SECTION 5-15.
614 Said title is further amended by adding a new Code section to read as
follows:
615 "48-13-50.3.
616 (a) As used in this Code section, the term:
617 (1) 'Extended stay' means providing lodging for the public for longer
than 30 consecutive
618 days to the same customer.
619 (2) 'Innkeeper' means any person who is subject to taxation under this
article for the
620 furnishing for value to the public any rooms, lodgings, or
accommodations.
621 (3) 'Transportation purposes' means and includes roads, bridges, public
transit, rails,
622 airports, buses, seaports, including without limitation road, street,
and bridge purposes 15 HB 170/AP H. B. 170 - 19 -
623 pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-8-121,
and all
624 accompanying infrastructure and services necessary to provide access to
these
625 transportation facilities, including general obligation debt and other
multiyear obligations
626 issued to finance such purposes.
627 (b) On or after July 1, 2015, each innkeeper in this state shall charge
a $5.00 per night fee
628 to the customer, unless it is an extended stay rental, for each
calendar day a room, lodging,
629 or accommodation is rented or leased. The innkeeper shall collect the
fee at the time the
630 customer pays for the rental or lease of such room, lodging, or
accommodation. The
631 innkeeper collecting the fee shall remit the fee on a monthly basis to
the department.
632 (c) The commissioner shall promulgate and make available forms for the
use of innkeepers
633 to assist in compliance with this Code section. The commissioner shall
promulgate rules
634 and regulations as necessary to implement the provisions of this Code
section.
635 (d) It is the intention of the General Assembly, subject to
appropriations, that the fees
636 collected pursuant to subsection (b) of this Code section shall be made
available and used
637 exclusively for transportation purposes in this state.
638 (e) If the amount collected under this Code section is ever not
appropriated for a fiscal year
639 as provided by subsection (d) of this Code section, as determined
jointly by the House
640 Budget and Research Office and the Senate Budget and Evaluation Office,
then the amount
641 collected shall be reduced by 50 percent. Upon the conclusion of a
second fiscal year in
642 which an amount is not so appropriated, this Code section shall stand
repealed and
643 reserved, and such fees shall cease to be collected, on the date the
appropriations Act for
644 such fiscal year becomes effective. Such budget offices shall certify
any such lack of
645 appropriation to the Code Revision Commission for purposes of updating
the Code in
646 accordance with this subsection."

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Thank you,

Denise Epperson
Administrative Technology
Griffin-Spalding County Schools
770-229-3710 x 315
770-229-3708

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