Day 13 was a little bit of a breather compared to the previous day. There was some activity with SB 25 the bus safety bill that clarifies that vehicles should stop when a bus is stopped to load and unload students. A short debate on what defines a median that separates a road but was quickly addressed. The bill was presented and received a do pass from the House Public Safety committee. It should move to House Rules committee where it will be placed on the House calendar for a full House vote. I am confident this will get to the Governor’s desk very soon.
HB 109 the TRS bill was heard Tuesday afternoon in the Retirement committee.The sponsor of the legislation Rep. Tommy Benton provided the details of the bill with the emphasis that this is a move to maintain sustainability of TRS for years to come. Although, there is very little discussion on the actual dollars to be saved through these recommended changes Rep. Benton openly asked for suggestions to improve the bill. GSSA has submitted some recommended changes which I will publish in a later update on the bill. This bill will be discussed in this committee again next Tuesday. Please read through the bill by clicking on the HB 109 link above. This will be a long and winding road as this bill begins the process of hearings and considering some of the changes recommended.
HB 170 This is the public school donation bill which now retired Rep. Brooks Coleman introduced which had a cap of $5 million in its first year of implementation. The Way and Means subcommittee heard a requested increase the cap to $15 million.
HB 182 This bill is a tax bill related to taxing internet sales. It received a do passing the Finance committee so it is moving forward.
SB 48 The Dyslexia bill is scheduled to receive a vote tomorrow in Senate Ed and Youth committee at 2pm. The newest version is an improvement over the original.
Gold Dome watercooler: Expect voucher type legislation soon and in a separate issue a spirited debate on the teacher raises in a House appropriations subcommittee is coming.
I will be attending the National AASA conference beginning Wednesday-Saturday of this week. We will find out if Dr. Curtis Jones,superintendent of Bibb County Schools and a national finalist for SOY is selected as the single winner. We are rooting for Dr. Jones! I will resume coverage of the Legislative session on Monday, February 18, 2109.
Legislative Day 14 will convene tomorrow at 10am.