State Board Report
The Georgia Board of Accountancy’s quest for semi-independent status is continuing with the help of Representative David Knight, CPA, who introduced House Bill 291, the Public Accountancy Act of 2013 in February. Georgia has 19,178 certified public accountants, 1,580 registered firms, and only one full-time staff person who is shared with other agencies. Included in the bill are provisions for the Board to hire an executive director and supporting staff. The Georgia Society of CPAs has voiced their support for strengthening the Board.
Representative Knight explained: “We have a vital interest in the strength of the Georgia State Board of Accountancy. I am deeply concerned that the authority, lack of necessary resources, and current reporting relationship to the state legislature and Governor are inappropriate and lead to an ineffective board. This legislation would provide the financial and operational independence needed for the Board to properly enforce and regulate the accounting profession, which is critical to protecting Georgia’s citizens.”
Speaking to the legislators, Past Board Chair J. Sam Johnson said: “It is my opinion that a more autonomous board having a high level of input in its budgetary and financial matters would more effectively and efficiently meet its stated purpose to protect the public welfare and license qualified individuals.”
NASBA President and CEO Ken Bishop provided testimony before the Georgia Legislature on February 18, 2013 in support of House Bill 291. President Bishop noted that Georgia was one of the first states to enact mobility legislation and that it is important for the Board to have sufficient resources to hire the appropriate staff to fulfill its public protection responsibilties.
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