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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – 2018

WEEK FOUR

 

As this week moved through, we concluded the fourteenth day of the legislative session. Committees met and moved bills toward the final goal of passage before the end of the session on March 29, 2018.  With day fifteen of the legislative session scheduled for Monday, February 5th, all of the bills, except the HOT bills, will need to have the appropriate committee hearings and votes to reach their goal.

There are twelve bills that have already crossed over, (passed from one chamber to the other). These bills are listed under the HOT tab.  Below is a chart of those bills.  Senate Bills SB 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, and 317 are Homestead Exemption local bills that will only affect Fulton County.

 

HB 0061   Hot Sales and use tax; certain retailers to either collect and remit or notify purchaser and state; require Jay Powell
  2/1/2018 Senate – Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Ways & Means Finance
 
Finance – Taxation

 

HB 0159   Hot Domestic relations; adoption; substantially revise general provisions Albert Reeves
  2/1/2018 House – House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub As Amended Judiciary Judiciary
 
Miscellaneous Student Matters

 

  Passed House and Senate. Senate Amendment. Needs House action
HB 0217   Hot Income tax credit; certain scholarship organizations; increase amount of the aggregate cap on contributions John Carson
  2/1/2018 House – House Conference Committee Appointed 46th, 171st, 36th Ways & Means Finance
 
Finance – Funding Home, Charter and Choice

 

HB 0432   Hot Tuition grants; certain institutions that lack accreditation be approved for tuition equalization purposes; provide Matt Dubnik
  1/31/2018 Senate – Senate Committee Favorably Reported Higher Education Higher Education
 
Finance – Funding Home, Charter and Choice

 

HR 0930   Hot National Principals Month; month of October; commend James Epps
  1/23/2018 House – House Read and Adopted
 
Personnel

 

SB 0303   Hot Homestead Exemption; City of Alpharetta; ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes; provide John Albers
  1/24/2018 House – House Second Readers Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations
 
Finance – Taxation

 

SB 0304   Hot Homestead Exemption; City of Johns Creek; ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes; provide John Albers
  1/25/2018 House – House Second Readers Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations
 
Finance – Taxation

 

SB 0305   Hot Homestead Exemption; City of Milton; ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes; provide John Albers
  1/24/2018 House – House Second Readers Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations
 
Finance – Taxation

 

SB 0306   Hot Homestead Exemption; City of Mountain Park; ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes; provide John Albers
  1/24/2018 House – House Second Readers Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations
 
Finance – Taxation

 

SB 0307   Hot Homestead Exemption; City of Roswell; ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes; provide John Albers
  1/24/2018 House – House Second Readers Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations
 
Finance – Taxation

 

SB 0317   Hot Homestead Exemption; Fulton County school district; ad valorem taxes for educational purposes; provide John Albers
  1/22/2018 House – House Second Readers Intragovernmental Coordination State and Local Governmental Operations
 
Finance – Taxation

 

  Would affect the Fulton County School Board

 

SR 0631   Hot Adjournment; relative to Bill Cowsert
  1/25/2018 House – House Read and Adopted
 
Miscellaneous

 

 

The second group of bills this week, are listed under the WORK tab.  These are bills that have received a “do pass” from their assigned committee and now move to the Rules Committee of the respective chamber for consideration of a full chamber vote.

 

HB 0493 Work Open and public meetings; agency minutes and online videos; require public commentary be included Valencia Stovall
2/1/2018 House – House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Governmental Affairs
Governance

 

HB 0538 Work Fulton County; Board of Education; pension and retirement pay to teachers and employees; create system Wendell Willard
2/1/2018 House – House Committee Favorably Reported Retirement
Miscellaneous

 

HB 0683 Work Supplemental appropriations; State Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 David Ralston
1/31/2018 House – House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Appropriations
Finance – Funding

 

HB 0692 Work Deferred compensation plans; governing authority of a municipality may pay costs or fees associated with an employee’s participation in a plan; provide Howard Maxwell
2/1/2018 House – House Committee Favorably Reported Retirement
Personnel

 

HB 0700 Work Georgia Student Finance Authority; service cancelable educational loans; include graduate degree programs Dave Belton
2/1/2018 House – House Committee Favorably Reported Higher Education
Student Matters

 

HB 0701 Work State employment; drug testing; allow testing for all forms of opioids Kevin Tanner
1/30/2018 House – House Committee Favorably Reported Health and Human Services
Personnel

 

HB 0728 Work Public Education Innovation Fund Foundation; repeal an uncodified sunset provision Brooks Coleman
2/1/2018 House – House Committee Favorably Reported Ways and Means
Finance – Funding

 

HB 0756 Work Sales and use tax; annual reporting requirements regarding projects using SPLOST funds; revise Scott Hilton
2/1/2018 House – House Committee Favorably Reported Ways and Means
Finance – Funding

 

SB 0031 Work Community Health Dept.; at least two members of board shall also be members of the state health benefit plan; State Health Benefit Plan Customer Advisory Council; create Joshua McKoon
1/31/2018 Senate – Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Health and Human Services
Miscellaneous

 

SB 0118 Work Autism; age limit for coverage for autism spectrum disorders for an individual covered under a policy or contract; change Renee Unterman
2/1/2018 Senate – Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Insurance and Labor
Student Matters

 

SB 0315 Work Computer Crimes; create a new crime of unauthorized computer access; penalties; provide Bruce Thompson
2/1/2018 Senate – Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Public Safety
Personnel Student Matters

 

SB 0338 Work Administrative Procedure; agency rule making; modify requirements William Ligon
2/1/2018 Senate – Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Judiciary
Governance

 

The WATCH group of bills (sixty-six bills) are those bills that are have been assigned to a committee in the chamber of origin but, have not have a hearing and vote in the committee to move the bill forward.

Some of the major bills that we were expecting to see this session are now in the legislative process, as reported by John Zauner in his weekly, Friday News to Superintendents.

HB 778 is the CTAE merger bill that is being sponsored by Rep. Terry England.  I shared this particular bill with GSSA’s Board of Directors, legislative committee, and RESA Directors.  I hope many of you have had the chance to read through it and consider the impact on local decisions.  After hearing from many of you, GSSA will oppose the bill as it is written. Interestingly, the bill has been assigned to the Higher Education Committee not the Education Committee that typically handles K-12 legislation.

 

HB 781 is the ESPLOST bill being sponsored by Rep. Kevin Tanner.   Please take a look at this one. I think GSSA can support this bill in its current form. Although it does not help every school system in our state, it does provide some flexibility that several systems could use in expending ESPLOST dollars.  There is a cap of 50% of the ESPLOST raised to be used for M&O and some other purposes as listed in the bill.  The bill is not perfect, but good enough for GSSA to support.  Of course, we would like to see an option of an extra penny for M&O, as 10 other systems currently have around our state, but I do not think that will go through, this time around.  My appreciation goes to Rep. Tanner for navigating this bill through the process.  He has proven to be one who really listens to input and will make some positive changes when he is able.  I appreciate his leadership.

 

HB 728  is the Public Education Innovation Fund Foundation tax credit bill.  Please keep an eye on this one also. Once this bill is updated to reflect the removal of the 3 year sunset, and the amount collected moved up past 5 million, (hopefully toward 10 million), we should advertise this to our local communities and businesses.  This is good for public education!

 

The Senate Education and Youth Committee is scheduled to meet on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The House Education Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday and Thursday this week.  The House Education Committee had to cancel its Thursday meeting last week, so that the chairman could present his bill, HB 781 to another committee.  Subcommittees of the House Education Committee will meet to hear assigned bills, before the full committee meets.  Public input is allowed during the subcommittee meetings.

 

Remember to follow the proceedings of the legislative session at our GSSA website, the GSSA APP, and John Zauner’s twitter feed.

 

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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