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Early this morning the Senate Appropriations Committee revealed their long awaited version of the FY21 budget.  Even though the predictions were dire and it is still financially challenging to districts- some of the key points of concern were addressed.  Here are some highlights of the current Senate version: Deductions from this version: QBE cut by […]

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This second day of this suspended session was much like the first.   Very few advocates present and most legislators keeping their distance. There were no education related bills taken up today.  The Senate made quick work of a couple of bills and then adjourned while the House voted on two bills and adjourned a […]

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As the session reopens for day 30, the halls of the Capitol are eerily quiet. Very light with advocate foot traffic and the requirement of wearing a mask was clearly taken seriously by all at the Gold Dome. The House passed SB 134 coming out of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust from the Department […]

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Wow, what a action packed day and unusual crossover day.  This will be a different Friday News so please bare with my longer than usual report. (Not all legislative happenings) Crossover Day: House Bills Only. Tomorrow I will review the Senate Bills that made it through. The House chamber went to midnight tonight passing some key […]

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The day began with the Senate passing SB 386 Special Needs voucher bill 33-22.  Only two repubs voting against it: Sen Brandon Beach and Sen. Ellis Black.  One Democrat voting for the bill was Sen Donzella James.  The tone of the Senate at the time of the vote was very subdued. (not usually seen unless it […]

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This morning House Appropriations met to discuss the FY21 Budget. (tracking sheet)  The outcome of the discussions for K-12 education were a $1000 certified earned teacher raise, 5% raise for transportation and school nutrition personnel, and 2% increase for school nurses.  Twenty-five million dollars was added to fully fund counselors at a ratio of 1:450.  Remember this […]

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Legislative day 40, was long and cumbersome.  Both chambers seemed to slow the pace down as the night lingered on and the legislative process was became very bumpy.  No more evident than with HB 322 a Georgia procurement registry bill dealing with the bid process that the House and Senate seemed to become very confused […]

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Legislative day 39, a day that lingered into the early evening. SB 68 which is the audit bill had several other bills attached to it. Including the Chief Turnaround Officer HB 32 which places supervision of the CTO under the state school superintendent instead of the state board of education.  There is also a bill attached […]

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Legislative day 38, saw a lot of chatter about the voucher bill and how it would reappear in various scenarios. After running down many of the rumors, they seemed to die on the political vine.  With two days left, i never say never but the voucher bill remains in rules probably not to return this […]

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Legislative day 37, where HB 83 known as the recess bill passed the Senate in its home stretch run to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  This bill is in my opinion an overreach into the scheduling of each elementary school in our state.  Its taken a few years to move through the legislative process but […]

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