GEORGIA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – 2018
As we approach the half-way point of this legislative session, thirteen House and two Senate bills have crossed over or are in the process of crossing over during the past four legislative days. These bills will continue on their journey to passage by both chambers before moving to the Governor’s desk for consideration. To follow the progress of all of the educational bills that we are tracking this session, go to the GSSA website legislative tab or use the GSSA App.
One interesting report, as mentioned in John Zauner’s Friday News, HB778, (known as the CTAE merger) has been pulled from the legislative process for the 2018 session. It will not move this session.
With the close of the 18th legislative day on Thursday, February 8th, committee work is really taking center stage. Adding to the committee work this week will be the House Appropriation Subcommittee meetings on the proposed FY 19 budget.
The House Appropriations Education Subcommittee meeting will be on Monday, February 12th in room 341 Capitol from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The posted agenda for the meeting includes presentations on the FY 19 proposed budget by the following agencies:
Professional Standards Commission
Office of Student Achievement
Employees’ Retirement System
Department of Early Care & Learning
Department of Education
Public comment will be taken at the meeting. A sign-up sheet will be available.
The Senate Education and Youth Committee is also scheduled to meet on Monday and Wednesday of the upcoming week.
The committee will meet at 3 p.m. The agenda for Monday’s meeting includes three bills:
HB 273 Quality Basic Education Act; daily recess for students in kindergarten and grades one through five
SB 97 Early Care and Learning parents in job training or educational program; expand child care subsidies
SB 235 This bill relates to miscellaneous provisions regarding elementary and secondary education, so as to strongly encourage that youth athletes participating in gridiron football be equipped with and wear a helmet which has at least a four-star rating on the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings scale at the time of its use;
The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting is not available at this time.
The House Education Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursdays. There is no agenda posted for the meeting at this time.
The House Education Committee will also operate subcommittees, which will hear assigned bills before the full committee meets. Public input is allowed during the subcommittee meetings.
The House Education Subcommittee on Academic Achievement will meet on Monday. The current posted agenda includes the following bills:
HB 801 Revise Georgia Individualized Education Account Act. This is a major revision of one of the current voucher bills. Please contact your delegation to discuss this bill with them.
HR 1017 State and local educational agencies and school; dyslexia has a profound educational impact
If I can be of assistance to you with any of the activities of the 2018 legislative session, please contact me.
Georgia School Superintendents Association