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GA House Bill cuts food truck regulations and fees

Georgia House Bill 1443 passed unanimously, allowing food truck owners to operate with a single license in multiple counties across the state.

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State Rep. Houston Gaines (R-Athens) announced that the Georgia House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1443 on Tuesday, March 15. Sponsored by Rep. Gaines, HB 1443 would allow food truck owners to operate in multiple counties across the state under one single license. Currently, food truck operators must be licensed in each county in which they operate.

“Georgia continues to make great strides in supporting these small business owners, and this legislation will save these hardworking people thousands of dollars in redundant permit fees and countless hours spent with the government,” said the representing Gaines. “Food trucks are a great way for chefs and entrepreneurs to launch their business. Unfortunately, these business owners are unable to expand to other areas of the state without significant cost and regulation. HB 1443 gets rid of this bureaucracy and allows these sellers to spend time perfecting their craft instead of navigating government red tape.

House Bill 1443 would authorize a mobile food establishment, such as a food truck, that is licensed in one county to operate in all other counties in the state. To do so, the establishment will need to present a copy of a permit from the county of origin to the outside county of operation. Then, the outer county board of health will verify that the permit is in good standing with the Georgia Department of Public Health. A mobile catering establishment would still be required to renew its license annually in the county of origin. The Georgian Ministry of Public Health would be authorized to establish rules and regulations regarding mobile catering establishments, including an expedited licensing process. Counties would retain the ability to perform inspections for these operations and the ability to revoke a license in poor condition.

This bill has been sent to the Senate for consideration.

For more information on House Bill 1443, please click here.

Rep. Houston Gaines represents the citizens of District 117, which includes parts of Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, and Oconee counties. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2018 and currently serves as chair of the Legislative and Congressional Redistribution Committee, vice chair of the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and secretary of the Health and Human Services Committee. He also serves on the Select Committee on Access to the Civil Justice System, the Select Committee on Election Integrity, and the Code Review, Insurance, Juvenile Justice, and Ways and Means Committees.