Rep. Roger Lane, R-167, who represents Long and McIntosh counties, as well as parts of Glynn and Wayne counties, recently received a 2010 Association County Commissioners of Georgia Legislative Service Award.
He was honored as sponsor of House Bill 1328, which was initiated by the ACCG to increase the civil filing fees charged in various levels of courts and by the sheriffs and clerks of court in order to offset increasing costs to taxpayers. Lane accepted the award from ACCG Executive Director Ross King on Nov. 17 during the ACCG 12th district meeting.
“Rep. Roger Lane, vice chair of the Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Committee, demonstrated the kind of problem solving and consensus building needed to create viable solutions for counties and the state during a difficult budget year,” King said.
House Bill 1328 was rolled into HB 1055, the omnibus fee bill. The fee from the state court filings will be split between the state general fund and the county general fund at a 3-2 ratio.
Lane was credited with ensuring that counties are able to increase court fees to offset the increasing administrative costs for services provided instead of passing costs onto taxpayers.
“ACCG commends Rep. Lane on working to recognize policy which counties have long pushed for,” ACCG Associate Legislative Director Debra Nesbit said. “His efforts on the floor of the Senate went far to craft legislation in the best interest of both counties and the state.”