Day Thirty, March 5, 2018


The Senate and House convened at 10:00 a.m. on Monday morning.  Today, and for the remainder of this week, committee meetings will take center stage.  The House calendar for Monday did not contain any bills that we have been tracking.  The Senate did pass the Adjusted FY18 Budget.  The budget will now move back to the House for agreement.  Work on the FY19 budget is still in progress.




3:00 p.m.       Senate Education and Youth Committee                     450 CAP



HB 740 (Nix, 69th) LC 33 7280S relating to improved student learning environment and discipline in elementary and secondary education, so as to require local school systems to conduct certain screenings, assessments, and reviews prior to expelling or assigning a student in kindergarten through third grade to out-of-school suspension for five or more consecutive or cumulative days during a school year


HB 743 (Clark, 98th) LC 33 7224S relating to miscellaneous provisions under the “Quality Basic Education Act,” so as to provide for guidelines and other relevant materials to inform students participating in interscholastic athletic activities about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest


HB 763 (Nix, 69th) LC 33 7146 relating to compulsory attendance for students in elementary and secondary education, so as to expand the student attendance protocol committees to school climate; to provide for recommendations


HB 852 (Smith, 41st) LC 33 7341S relating to organization of schools and school systems under the “Quality Basic Education Act,” so as to provide for a student’s continued enrollment in a public school under certain circumstances; to provide for related matters


Day Twenty-nine major actions:

HB 273          The senate passed the Recess bill by substitution.  The bill now goes back to the house for reconsideration.


HB 156          The House and Senate agreed on the Adoption bills, and the House sent it to the Governor’s desk.


HB 918          The Internal Revenue Code, revenue and taxation bill was sent to the Governor, and he has signed it into law.  This will align Georgia with the new federal IRS laws.


Tuesday – March 6, 2018 (workday)


9:00 a.m.     Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee


HB 700          Georgia Student Finance Authority, service cancelable education loans; include graduate degree programs.


10:00 a.m.   House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Reform     133 CAP


SB 378           “Georgia Measuring Success Act


1:00 p.m.     Senate Economic Development and Tourism                    125 CAP


HB 642          Local government; provide definitions


HB 843          Revenue and Taxation; tax credits; include any census tract in a county that contains a federal military installation and industrial park.


HB 951          Education; establish Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation


Wednesday – Legislative Day Thirty-one      March 7, 2018


House and Senate Convene at 10:00 a.m.


The Senate and House do not have any education related bills that we are tracking on their calendar for Wednesday.


1:00 p.m.     House Education Subcommittee on Academic Support     415 CLOB


SB 330           “Green Agricultural Education Act” three component model


SB 401           Individual Graduation Plans; guidance in career oriented aptitudes and career interests


3:00 p.m.     Senate Education and Youth Committee Meeting   450 CAP


4:00 p.m.     Appropriations – Education Subcommittee             431 CAP


Now that crossover day has come and gone, there are eighty-three bills that we are still tracking.  Bills have been assigned to the House Education Committee, the Senate Education and Youth Committee, or across twenty-three various committees.  At the GSSA legislative web site or APP, you can determine the committee to which your favorite bill has been assigned.


We have reset the eighty-three bills that crossed over to one of the following categories on the legislative page of the GSSA website:


Watch             This group of bills did cross over and have not moved since that time.


Work              These bills are waiting for a committee meeting and have been posted to the committee’s agenda.


Hot                 This group of bills are ones that have passed out of committee and are awaiting action by the Rules Committee and a vote by the chamber they are now in.


Passed           This section contains the bills that have passed the Senate and the House and have been sent on to the Governor’s office for his signature or veto.


The legislators will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week for legislative days 30, 31, and 32.  Tuesday and Thursday are listed as work days with committee meetings scheduled for both days.


If I can be of assistance to you with any of the activities of the 2018 legislative session, please contact me.


Michael Surma

Legislative Liaison

Georgia School Superintendents Association


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