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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – 2018

Day Forty, March 29, 2018

 

Well, the 2018 Legislative Session is over.  The session ended very late into the evening on March 29th.  Bills were dropped, heard, amended, voted on, heard again, voted on again, and either made it all the way through the process, or ended on the chamber floor. We have tried our best to keep track of all of the education related bills and their various versions.

 

We now change our efforts to finding out what bills actually passed in the last minutes of the 2018 session and if those bills have morphed into some other creature.  At the end of this document you will find the GSSA preliminary report of the 2018 Legislative session.  Please remember that this is a preliminary report and that bills may be added or deleted as we continue our review of the bills.  You can also find the PASSED bills listed at the GSSA website or the GSSA APP.  We will update those sites as changes occur.

 

The spotlight will also turn to the Governor’s actions.  The Governor has forty business days to sign or veto bills.  If a bill is not signed or vetoed on day forty, the bill will become law.  So far, the Governor has signed five bills that we have been following.  You can follow the Governor’s actions on bills at his press release website.  Bills only become law upon the Governor’s signature or if they are allowed to sit on his desk with no action for the required forty days.

 

Please take a few minutes to contact your legislative delegation to thank them for all of their work during this legislative session.  Remember that these relationships are very important in transforming the future of education in Georgia.

 

Be on the lookout for John Zauner’s weekly reports as well as his Twitter feeds.

 

We will have a presentation covering the legislative session at the GSSA Bootstrap Conference later this month.

 

Thanks to each of you for all of your hard work in making the education of students our most important purpose.

 

Your efforts really do make a difference.

 

If I can be of assistance to you with any of the activities of the 2018 Legislative Session, please contact me.

Michael Surma

Legislative Liaison

Georgia School Superintendents Association

mmsurma@comcast.net

404-909-1639

 

 

Georgia School Superintendents Preliminary Report of Bills Passed – April 2, 2018

Subject to Change

 

Bill# Title Sponsor Status Date Status

Description

Short Note
HB 0061 Sales and use tax; certain retailers to either collect and remit or notify purchaser and state; require Jay Powell 3/29/2018 House – House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub PASSED HB 405 Attached to the bill on House Floor
HB 0085 Ad valorem tax; methodology used to establish forest land fair market value; revise Jay Powell 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub PASSED HR 51 Constitutional Amendments
HB 0159 Domestic relations; adoption; substantially revise general provisions Albert Reeves 3/3/2018 Act 285 PASSED
HB 0217 Income tax credit; certain scholarship organizations; increase amount of the aggregate cap on contributions John Carson 3/29/2018 House – House Conference Committee Report Adopted PASSED
HB 0329 TAVT Bill conference compromise Jay Powell 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Conference Committee Report Adopted PASSED
HB 0432 Tuition grants; certain institutions that lack accreditation be approved for tuition equalization purposes; provide Matt Dubnik 3/9/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED
HB 0489 Local government; use Georgia Procurement Registry in addition to official legal organ to advertise certain bid opportunities; provide Tom McCall 3/29/2018 House – House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub PASSED SHALL post on Ga Procurement Registry.
HB 0494 Early care and learning; safety of children in early care and education programs; revise certain provisions Katie Dempsey 3/29/2018 House – House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub PASSED
HB 0538 Fulton County; Board of Education; pension and retirement pay to teachers and employees; create system Wendell Willard 3/27/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED
HB 0673 Motor vehicles; prohibit actions which distract a driver while operating a motor vehicle; provisions John Carson 3/29/2018 House – House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub PASSED Allows CD Radios, CD Hybrids, 2 way communication, and emergencies
HB 0683 Supplemental appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 David Ralston 3/9/2018 Act 286 PASSED
HB 0684 General appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 David Ralston 3/29/2018 House – House Conference Committee Report Adopted PASSED Austerity Funding Restored
HB 0700 Georgia Student Finance Authority; service cancelable educational loans; include graduate degree programs Dave Belton 3/21/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED
HB 0701 State employment; drug testing; allow testing for all forms of opioids Kevin Tanner 3/21/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED
HB 0713 Postsecondary education; HOPE and Zell Miller eligibility requirements relative to students who graduated from an ineligible high school; provide Joyce Chandler 3/29/2018 House – House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub As Amended PASSED SB 5 Attached on Senate Floor
HB 0718 Education; certain absences of students with parents in service of the armed forces of the United States; excuse Sandra Scott 3/21/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED
HB 0739 Tracy Rainey Act; enact Al Williams 3/21/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED – Provide Expedited Certification to Spouses of Military
HB 0740 Education; local school system to conduct certain screenings, assessments, and reviews prior to expelling a student; require Randy Nix 3/29/2018 House – House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub PASSED
HB 0762 Quality Basic Education Act; sexual abuse and assault awareness education in kindergarten through grade 9; provide Wesley Cantrell 2/15/2018 House – House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute PASSED amended to SB 401. SB 401 passed.
HB 0763 Education; student attendance protocol committees to school climate; expand Randy Nix 3/29/2018 House – House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub PASSED School Safety Plans and Grants included
HB 0771 Heard County; Board of Education; provide new method of compensating members Randy Nix 2/12/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED
HB 0787 Education; certain provisions relative to charter schools; revise Scott Hilton 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub PASSED Version like House Version. Senate Version stripped
HB 0792 Waste management; sunset date for certain solid waste surcharges and hazardous waste fees; extend Terry Rogers 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub PASSED adds coal ash and modified fee structures
HB 0822 School District of Social Circle; create Hugh Williamson 3/23/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED
HB 0829 Quitman County; Board of Education; change compensation of chairperson and members Gerald Greene 2/14/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED Local legislation for Quitman County
HB 0836 Dougherty County School System; change compensation of members of the board of education Winfred Dukes 2/14/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED Will only affect Dougherty County
HB 0843 Revenue and taxation; tax credits; include any census tract in a county that contains a federal military installation and industrial park James Shaw 3/21/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED Very Specific as Defined in Bill – Large Military Base
HB 0844 Georgia Commission on Hearing Impaired and Deaf Persons; revise provisions Penny Houston 3/15/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED
HB 0852 Quality Basic Education Act; student’s continued enrollment in a public school under certain circumstances; provide Michael Smith 3/19/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED Continued enrollment within local school district
HB 0853 Quality Basic Education Act; children placed in psychiatric residential treatment facilities may not be charged tuition; provide Katie Dempsey 3/29/2018 House – House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub PASSED
HB 0871 Sales and use tax; 50 percent of the sales price of manufactured homes; create exemption Dominic Lariccia 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub PASSED Permanent Location Width 16′ 1″ 650 sq. ft.
HB 0886 Sales and use tax; exemption for agricultural machinery and equipment; provisions Sam Watson 3/21/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED
HB 0899 Contracts; limitation on disqualification of bidders; change Dominic Lariccia 3/23/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED
HB 0918 Revenue and taxation; Internal Revenue Code; provisions Chuck Efstration 3/2/2018 Act 284 PASSED
HB 0946 Houston County; Board of Education; modify compensation of members Heath Clark 3/23/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED Specific Legislation for Houston County Board of Ed
HB 0951 Education; establish Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation; provisions James Shaw 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted As Amended PASSED
HB 0978 Motor vehicles; automated traffic enforcement safety devices in school zones; provisions Chad Nimmer 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute PASSED
HB 0990 Rockdale County; Board of Education; modify compensation of members Pam Dickerson 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED Specific to Rockdale County
HB 0995 Local government; certain disclosures from consultants who enter into contracts to prepare requirements for bids; provide Mark Newton 3/29/2018 House – House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub PASSED
HB 1058 Miller County; Board of Education; revise districts for election of members Winfred Dukes 3/27/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED Specific to Miller County Board of Education
HR 0051 Forest land fair market value; prescribed methodology; remove – CA Jay Powell 3/29/2018 House – House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub PASSED Constitutional Amendment HB 85 Enabling Legislation
HR 0898 Joint Study Committee on the Establishment of a State Accreditation Process; create Brooks Coleman 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED Will look at State Accreditation Process
HR 1016 Diabetes; necessity for education; recognize Karen Bennett 2/26/2018 House – House Passed/Adopted PASSED Encouraging Resolution
HR 1017 State and local educational agencies and schools; dyslexia has a profound educational impact that must be addressed; recognize John Corbett 3/9/2018 House – House Passed/Adopted PASSED Encouraging Resolution
HR 1036 State of Georgia; fund public awareness campaign in support of computer science education; urge Dar’shun Kendrick 3/29/2018 House – House Passed/Adopted PASSED Urging Resolution
HR 1162 House Study Committee on the Establishment of a State Accreditation Process; create Brooks Coleman 3/9/2018 House – House Passed/Adopted PASSED HOUSE HR 898 Is a Joint Study Committee for Accreditation
HR 1309 Barker, Dr. Steve; Georgia’s 2018 School Superintendent of the Year; commend Lynn Smith 2/22/2018 House – House Read and Adopted Congratulations!
HR 1317 House Study Committee on Reforming Real Property Taxation; create Andrew Welch 3/27/2018 House – House Passed/Adopted PASSED Watch this Study Committee – May be the start of Tax Reform
HR 1414 House Study Committee on School Security; create Rick Jasperse 3/19/2018 House – House Passed/Adopted PASSED Speaker of the House will determine which ones are funded
SB 0003 “Creating Opportunities Needed Now to Expand Credentialed Training (CONNECT) Act”; enact Lindsey Tippins 3/14/2018 Senate – Senate Conference Committee Report Adopted PASSED Comprehensive bill including grants for Non Performing High Schools
SB 0005 Lottery for Education; net proceeds transferred to the state treasury for credit to the Lottery for Education Account; establish the percentage Bill Cowsert 3/30/2017 23:05 House Withdrawn, Recommitted PASSED Attached to HB 713 on Senate Floor
SB 0082 HOPE; need based HOPE scholarship and grant; create Lester Jackson 3/15/2018 House – House Passed/Adopted PASSED for Georgia National Guard and Reservist
SB 0118 Autism; age limit for coverage for autism spectrum disorders for an individual covered under a policy or contract; change Renee Unterman 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub PASSED changes age for insurance coverage from 6 to 20
SB 0315 Computer Crimes; create a new crime of unauthorized computer access; penalties; provide Bruce Thompson 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub PASSED
SB 0317 Homestead Exemption; Fulton County school district; ad valorem taxes for educational purposes; provide John Albers 3/7/2018 Senate – Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub PASSED
SB 0328 Income Tax; expiration of certain income tax credits; provide John Albers 3/26/2018 Act 292 PASSED
SB 0330 “Green Agricultural Education Act”; three-component model; provide John Wilkinson 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub PASSED Pilot Sites 2019 – 20 Certificate for K -5 Ag Ed 2019
SB 0338 Administrative Procedure; agency rule making; modify requirements William Ligon 3/29/2018 House – House Receded from Amend or Sub PASSED Would affect rules developed by SBOE
SB 0355 Nuclear Generating Plant; recovery of the costs of financing the construction; provisions; change Chuck Hufstetler 3/21/2018 House – House Passed/Adopted PASSED Amended bill will have little impact on tax rates
SB 0362 Education; establishment of an innovative assessment pilot program; provide Lindsey Tippins 3/29/2018 House – House Passed/Adopted PASSED
SB 0377 State Workforce Development Board; transfer to Technical College System of Georgia; duties and obligations; revise Brian Strickland 3/21/2018 Act 289 PASSED Associated with CTAE changes
SB 0398 Board of Education of Talbot County; compensation of the members; provide Ed Harbison 3/14/2018 House – House Passed/Adopted PASSED Specific to Talbot County School Board
SB 0401 Individual Graduation Plans; guidance in career oriented aptitudes and career interests; provide Lindsey Tippins 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub As Amended PASSED Amended with HB 762
SB 0402 “Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE) Act” Steve Gooch 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Conference Committee Report Adopted PASSED Georgia Wideband Connectivity Bill – Funding is an issue
SB 0458 Ad Valorem Taxation; conditions; family owned farmed entities; discontinue a qualifying use of bona fide conservation use property; provide John Wilkinson 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub PASSED
SB 0485 City of Atlanta; independent school district; homestead exemption; $50,000; applicability; referendum; provide Jennifer Jordan 3/29/2018 Senate – Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub PASSED Specific to the City of Atlanta School District
SR 0935 Senate School Safety Study Committee; create John Albers 3/27/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED
SR 1064 Senate Study Committee on Continual Audit Exceptions on Local School Systems; create Freddie Sims 3/27/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED
SR 1067 Senate Study Committee on the Financial Impact of Atlanta Annexation on Schools; create Emanuel Jones 3/27/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute PASSED Atlanta School District Specific
SR 1068 Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools; create Steve Gooch 3/27/2018 Senate – Senate Passed/Adopted PASSED

 

 

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