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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – 2018

Day Thirty-six, March 19, 2018 – ACTIONS

 

Monday proved to be a very active day for both chambers and for committee work.  Several bills that we are tracking passed the legislative process and moved on toward the Governor’s desk.  Other bills passed through the Rules Committees and await their full floor vote.  Some bills passed out of committee and moved on to the Rules Committees.  Tuesday will be a work day for the legislators.  Wednesday, March 21, 2018 will be the thirty-seventh day of the legislative session.

 

Monday, March 19, 2018 was the thirty-sixth day of the legislative session.

 

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m., and the House convened at 11:00 a.m.

 

There were three education related bills that GSSA is tracking on the first House Rules Calendar for Monday.

 

HR 1036        Urge the State of Georgia to fund a public awareness campaign in support of computer science education.

HELD UNTIL THE NEXT DAY

 

SR 1414         House Study Committee on School Security

PASSED

 

SB 355           Nuclear Generating Plant; recovery of the costs of financing the construction.

HELD UNTIL THE NEXT DAY

 

There were two education related bills that GSSA is tracking on the Senate Rules Calendar for Monday.

 

HB 792          Waste management; extend the sunset date for certain solid waste surcharges and hazardous waste fees.

PASSED – extended sunset date until next year.   Increases charge from $1 to $3 dollars per load at landfills.  The funds are to be used to clean up sites in Georgia.

 

HB 852          Provide student’s continued enrollment in a public school under certain circumstances — in district only.

PASSED

 

COMMITTEE MEETING RESULTS – Monday, March 19, 2018

 

House Ways and Means Committee

SB 402           “Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE) Act” with SB 232 amended

DO PASS

 

House Judiciary (non-civil) CANCELLED – RESCHEDULED-TUESDAY AT 10:00 a.m.

 

SB 315           Computer Crimes;  create a new crime of unauthorized computer access and to provide penalties.

SB 335           Human Trafficking

HB 1006 may be attached to SB 335 during the meeting.

HB 1006        Sexual offenses; Provide for provisions for crimes of sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority.

 

Senate Education and Youth Committee

HB 787          Revise certain provisions relative to charter schools.  Charter Schools would receive assistance from RESA’s, receive additional funding from the state based on state average FTE and the local school system base.  (Substitute)

NO VOTE TAKEN ON THIS BILL 

 

HB 853          Provide that children placed in psychiatric residential treatment facilities before a physician’s order may not be charged tuition.

NO VOTE TAKEN EXPECT SUBSTITUTE

 

HB 763          Relating to compulsory attendance for students in elementary and secondary education, so as to expand student attendance protocol committees to include school climate.  (Substitute)

PASSED   Substitute will increase safety requirements for planning and community committee work.

 

HB 759          Relating to qualifications for the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship program, so as to revise the prior school year requirement; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. (Substitute)

PASSED

 

The last meeting of the Senate Education and Youth Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, March, 21, 2018.

 

Senate Finance Committee

HB 327          Alternative ad valorem tax; change manner for determining fair market value of motor vehicles.

PASSED.  The Senate version calculations will have a negative impact on school system collections.  The House version of the bill contains a better formula for the collection and distribution of funds to schools.

 

House Judiciary Committee

HB 791          Provide for the limited waiver of the state’s sovereign immunity for declaratory or injunctive relief under certain circumstances.

                   PASSED

 

Tuesday March 20, 2018 – committee work day scheduled to move bills on to the Rules Committee for consideration.

 

Legislative Calendar for the last five days of the session

 

Tuesday, March 20                                                 committee work day

Wednesday, March 21                                           convene for legislative day 37

Thursday, March 22                                              committee work day

Friday, March 23                                                    convene for legislative day 38

Monday, March 26                                                 Off

Tuesday, March 27                                                 convene for legislative day 39

Wednesday, March 28                                           Off

Thursday, March 29                                              convene for legislative day 40

 

Be on the lookout for John Zauner’s weekly reports and occasional daily reports as well as his Twitter feeds.  We will be posting daily legislative reports during the remainder of the session.

 

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

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