Senate Weighing the FAST Act to Streamline Business Creation

Early in this year’s legislative session, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, along with Senator Mike Dugan (R- 30 Carrollton), Chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, announced their sponsorship of Senate Bill 2 – the FAST Act. It’s less brevity-inclined title is “The FAST Act – Fairness, Accountability, Simplification, and Transparency – Empowering Our Small Businesses to Succeed.”

Besides Dugan, the bill has some heavy hitters from the Republican-led Senate. It’s pretty much a who’s who of Senate leadership as the bill is part of the Senate Majority Caucus’ six legislative priorities. President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R- 48 Duluth), Majority Leader Bill Cowsert (R- 46 Athens), Majority Whip Steve Gooch (R- 51 Dahlonega) and Majority Caucus Secretary John Wilkinson (R- 50 Toccoa) are all lead sponsors. Judson Hill, who resigned his state Senate seat when he qualified for the 6th District Congressional race on Monday, had also been a sponsor of the bill. 

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