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 of Community Affairs of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
The House Rules Committee chaired by Rep. Richard Smith promised to begin meeting regularly but did emphasize many bills will not move forward this session. He is the gatekeeper of what bills are placed on the daily House calendar for a full vote.
A similar tone in the Senate Rules Committee was set by Chairman and Senator Jeff Mullis. Their meeting was held in the afternoon and only two bills were chosen for Senate Calendar for tomorrow. No education bills.
The Senate also had a very brief chamber meeting no education bills were taken up by the Senate. The Senate and Youth Education Committee heard a presentation from the GADOE where some statistical information was shared concerning number of meals served and digital learning occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Although not breaking news to many of you, the issue of the lack of connectivity and specific digital resources was discussed by the department. This is a big concern for local districts and these digital gaps will need to be continued to be focused upon even after the 2020, session concludes.
Day 31, is scheduled for tomorrow June 16, 2020. No significant word on when the FY21 budget will be openly debated in either chamber. My thoughts are we should see signs of the FY21 budget later this week.
I will provide a daily report from the Capitol through the end of the session. Thank you for what you do.