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Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle Associate Meagan Hanson Adds Experience Representing Georgia House District 80

Date: September 29, 2017 Tags: Author: Admin

Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle associate Meagan Hanson added another dimension to her legal experience in 2017 by shaping and passing laws in her first legislative session as the representative of Georgia House District 80, which includes Brookhaven, Chamblee and Sandy Springs.

In legislation relating to her family law practice, Rep. Hanson sponsored a bill that helped make child support provisions fair, including making the law’s language gender neutral. The bill cleaned up outdated and inconsistent language and corrected errors. Language from House Bill 308 was incorporated into Senate Bill 137, which passed the General Assembly and was signed into law.

The freshman lawmaker gained an influential voice with her appointments to the House Judiciary, Special Rules and Transportation committees. She also was named by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee (MARTOC), where she serves as chair of the subcommittee on public safety.

Rep. Hanson takes a special interest in transportation issues and sees public transit as a key to economic growth. There are four MARTA stations in Hanson’s district, and she wants to encourage people to take advantage of what the system can offer.

“Millennials want to come to a city that’s thriving where they can get around and not depend on their cars,” she said.

Among the legislation she sponsored and succeeding in passing was House Bill 506, which allows MARTA to negotiate contracts with vendors. This gives Atlanta’s public transportation system the freedom to develop deals for more popular concession choices for commuters, making the transit system more appealing to potential new riders.”

Rep. Hanson sees transportation as an economic driver not just for House District 80, but for metro Atlanta and the state as a whole. Her goal is to fund a world-class transit system that can help recruit major corporations to move to Georgia.

Continuing her push for economic development, she also helped lead the successful charge to pass a series of bills to enable potential funding for the Peachtree Creek Greenway. The 12-mile path that eventually will connect Doraville to the Atlanta Beltline is expected to have a huge economic impact for Brookhaven and other municipalities in her district. The legislation gives Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Chamblee the ability to levy an excise tax on lodging; the city councils ultimately will vote on whether to add the tax.

2017 is the first year of a two-year legislative cycle, and business-friendly legislation remains a priority for Rep. Hanson. Among the bills she will sponsor in the next session is legislation known as the “Brunch Bill”, which would allow Georgia municipalities to pass ordinances to allow the sale of alcohol before 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. The effort to move up alcohol sales to 10:30 a.m. has been proposed for the last three years, but she believes the legislation has a good chance of passing in 2018.