This briefing will address days 29 and 30 of the legislative session. Day 29 consisted of gaveling into the day and then proceeding with recognitions of the routine nature and then they gaveled out for the day. Both chambers made quick work of day 29 without bringing up any pieces of legislation.

Day 30 saw the Senate take up zero bills on their floor but the House heard a few bills on the floor but no education bills.

The Senate Education and Youth Committee met on day 30 and quickly moved a handful of bills(all of these bills passed and moved to Senate Rules for their consideration to add to a vote of the entire Senate):

HB 874 – Rep. Hawkins – Establish internal emergency response teams in each school using school personnel and by the 2025-2026 school year execute two drills using AEDs and CPR to address potential emergencies (automated external defibrillator). Editorial comment with sarcasm font: Next we will be adding surgical beds and training teachers to conduct minor surgery. Editorial comment: More for schools to do without the specific financial support for the equipment/materials/training.

HB 1122 –  Rep. Hilton – QBE funding for Charter schools to earn a superintendent, principal, secretary, and accountant.  We are now using the QBE funding for an additional 48 charter schools to receive this QBE funding applied to all educational agencies including charter schools.  The next move was adding language from HB 1186 to this bill to include the single score scale of 0-100 for all schools in Georgia. The GADOE and GOSA are charged with promulgating the design of this critical scale. Editorial comment: This is an example of the legislative games by adding language from another bill to move the agenda/bill along.

HB 1183– Rep. Dempsey –  The GADOE and DPH collaborate on the development of Type I and II Diabetes materials on diagnosis, screening, and symptoms available to parents through each school system and posting this information on their website.

House Education Committee today:

SB 50 Sen Max Burns – Today was a committee day and we saw the House education committee pass a lifeguard bill in which schools are engaged with local support agencies (I.E. Red Cross and other nonprofits) to assist in certifying students as lifeguards and providing aquatic safety. Basically and opt-in piece of legislation.  Passed.

House Subcommittee:

SB 440 – Sen. Brass – Accelerated  Career Diploma Program – This is enhanced by the ACE grants which are available to assist students on this chosen track with the High Demand Career List to be published by TCSG. A potentially beneficial bill to assist and accelerate students on a career path. Passed out of subcommittee.

Tomorrow House Subcommittee on Education meets beginning at 2 pm to consider the following:

SB 395 – Sen.  Dixon – Opioid Antagonist Bill.

SB 169 – Sen. Payne – Addressing tribunal dates for public schools.

SB 351 – Sen. Avanitarte – Protecting Georgia’s Children Social Media Act.

SB 32 – Sen. Avanitarte – Alyssa’s Law – ‘Alyssa’s Alert’ and shall integrate with local public safety answering
point infrastructure to transmit 911 calls and mobile activations.


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