Day Thirty-one, March 7, 2018



Tuesday – Legislative Day Thirty – March 6, 2018 (workday) ACTION


Senate Committee – Veterans, Military and Homeland Security


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


House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Reform               133 CAP


SB 378           “Georgia Measuring Success Act  DO PASS


A tax bill shall not be adopted by the House of Representatives or the Senate unless an economic analysis of the bill has been completed in accordance with this Code section.


Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee            125 CAP


HB 642          Local government; provide definitions – NO ACTION TAKEN


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


HB 951          Education; establish Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation      DO PASS


Wednesday – Legislative Day Thirty-one      March 7, 2018


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


The Senate and House did not have any education related bills that we are tracking on their calendar for Wednesday.  However, the House did passed a local legislation bill that was from a previous calendar.


HB 964          Rockdale County Board of Education salary adjustment




House and Senate Committee Meetings


7:30 a.m.     House Appropriation Education Subcommittee                CAP 341


HB 684          FY 19 Education Budget DO PASS With Changes



8:00 a.m.     Senate Finance – Public Policy Subcommittee                  328 CLOB


HB 664          Income Tax; Deduction from income for contributions to savings trust accounts; revise DO PASS


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


SB 330           “Green Agricultural Education Act” three component model DO PASS


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


2:00 p.m.     House Education Subcommittee on Academic Innovation 415 CLOB


SB 30             Sustainable Community School Operational Grants – Hearing Only


SB 362           Education; providing for the establishment of an assessment pilot



2:00 p.m.     House Retirement Committee                                         515 CLOB


SB 293           Relating to retirement allowances, disability benefits, and spouses’ benefits so as to repeal existing provisions related to the employment of beneficiaries of the Teacher Retirement System of Georgia; to require certain public employers to make employer and employee contributions to such retirement system on behalf of certain employed beneficiaries. NO VOTE


2:30 p.m.     Full House Appropriations Committee Meeting      341 CAP


HB 684          FY 19 Budget  DO PASS with changes


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


HR 898          Create a Joint Study Committee on the Establishment of a State Accreditation Process. DO PASS


HB 655          Quality Education Act.  Require every public school to post sign containing telephone number to receive reports of child abuse.

NO VOTE Amended with HB 762


HB 494          Early Care and Learning.  Revise certain provisions for safety of children in early care and education program. NO VOTE


HB 853          Quality Basic Education Act; provide that children placed in psychiatric residential treatment facilities may not be charged tuition.




3:00 p.m.     House Setzler Subcommittee of Judiciary (non – civil)      606 CLOB


SB 315           Computer Crimes; create a new crime of unauthorized computer access; penalties  NO REPORT


3:00 p.m.     House Higher Education Committee                                403 CAP


SB 82             HOPE; need-based HOPE scholarship and grant; create DO PASS


3:00 p.m.     Senate Finance Committee


HB 664          Income Tax; Deduction from income for contributions to savings trust accounts; revise DO PASS  Will change 529 contributions to $4,000 single – $8,000 married.


Friday, March 9, 2018  will be Legislative Day thirty-two.


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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