GSSA – Day 35 Update

Thursday, March 16, 2017 

Ever since crossover, day 28 of the legislative session, the full House and Senate have had brief meetings with a small number of bills passing. Of the educationally related bills that we have been tracking this session only eight bills have made it to this stage.  If the bill has not been amended the bill would move on to Governor for signature.  If they are amended the bill would return to the other chamber for agreement and vote again.  You can review the bills on the legislative overview page by clicking on the PASSED  button.


The Senate passed an amended version of the only education related bill on their agenda:

HB 268 – Provides a time period for certification of election officials and other chances in the voting laws.

The bill now goes back to the House for consideration


The House passed this education related bill on their agenda:

SR 224 – Create a Joint Study Committee on Storm Water Management.


The full House Education Committee met on Thursday.   Prior to the meeting, two bills were added to the agenda for a vote.  The other two bills on the agenda were for hearing only*:


SR 192 – Authorize the election of local school superintendents; local boards of education by grand juries as alternative to appointment.  DID NOT PASS and a vote for reconsideration was also defeated.


HR 354 – Urges the Georgia Department of Education to develop and provide a list of training materials to increase awareness of mental health issues and disabilities.  PASSED and moves on to the rules committee.



*HR 319 – Would authorize boards of education; impose, levy and collect a one percent sales and use tax for maintenance and operation expenses of local school system.  During the discussion of this resolution Chairman Coleman made comment to the fact that the House Education Committee would hold several hearing sessions across the state.  This resolution would be one of the possible talking points. Please be on the lookout for additional information on regarding these listening sessions.

*HB 500 – Representative Bentley – Local board of education; member holding office in violation of nepotism law; provide for vacancy.

The discussion of this bill included references to several current laws regulating this situation.  A subcommittee was appointed to review current law and how this bill could clarify current law.  Representative Nix will be the chair of the subcommittee. 


The Legislators are out on Friday, March 17, 2017.  Happy St.  Patrick Day!   We now have only five days left in the legislative session.  The action and sense of urgency will definitely increase over the next five legislative days.


Legislative day 36             Monday, March 20, 2017

Legislative Day 37             Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Legislative Day 38             Friday, March 24, 2017

Legislative Day 39             Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Legislative Day 40             Thursday, March 30, 2017


Both chambers will convene for the 36th day of the General Assembly at 10 a.m.


The Full House agenda has one bill we are following.  The House may always have a supplemental calendar, especially during these last days.


SB 206 – ‘Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Act’ – Substitute


The Full Senate agenda has five bills we are following.  The Senate rarely has a supplemental calendar.


HB 139 – Provide provisions for transparency of financial information of local school systems and schools.


HB 148 – Educating Children of military Families Act.


HB 198 – Provide information on influenza vaccine.


HB 437 – To recreate the Agricultural Education Advisory Commission.


HB 243 – To preempt local government from paying employees based on schedule changes.


The Senate Education and Youth Committee  is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 20th at 2 p.m.  There is no agenda posted at this time but we do believe that the amended senate version of HB 338  – The system of supports and assistance for low-performing schools in greatest need will be presented at the meeting.  Some of the changes in the senate version include changes to the qualifications of the Chief Turnaround Officer; the composition of the Education Turnaround Advisory Council, the council would increase; The number of years in the intensive school improvement plan consequences could occur in year three not year two; the turnaround eligible schools would be the lowest five percent of schools in the state in the plan submitted to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.  A new version should be ready for the committee meeting.  The chair has indicated that the bill may receive a vote at that meeting.  The bill would move on to Senate rules then the Senate floor for a vote.  Since the bill has been amended it would need to go back to the House for consideration.


The House Education Committee will meet on Monday, March 20, 2017 after the end of the Senate Education and Youth committee meeting.  No agenda posted.


The following committees that may have bills we are following are meeting:


The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 20th at 2 p.m.  No agenda posted.


The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 20th at 8 a.m. No agenda posted.


The Senate Higher Education Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 20th at 1 p.m.  No agenda posted.


The Senate Insurance and Labor Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 20th at 4 p.m.  No agenda posted.


The Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 20th at 4 p.m.  No agenda posted.


The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 20th at 5 p.m.  No agenda posted.


We hope you have a great week and we will continue to provide you with daily updates of the final days of the legislative session.

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