Day Thirty-two, March 9, 2018


After a busy week of committee meetings, legislators will focus on the actions of the Rules Committees of both chambers to see which bills will move to the chamber floor for debate and a vote.  The Senate Rules Committee traditionally meets upon adjournment of the Senate to set the calendar for the following day.  The House Rules Committee meets at 9:00 a.m. to set the calendar for the day.  It is the tradition of the House Rules Committee to have supplemental rules meetings as the need arises.  You can watch these committee meetings on air, by linking through the legislation page on the GSSA website.


Thursday, March 8, 2018 was listed as work day.  A number of education related bills that we are tracking were heard in committee meetings that day.  Below are the results of those meetings.


House Elections Subcommittee of Governmental Affairs


SB 309          Elections; time for opening and closing of the polls; provide DO PASS


SB 363          Elections and Primaries; time for opening and closing of the polls; provide DID NOT PASS OUT OF COMMITTEE


House Judiciary Non-Civil


HB 1006       Sexual offenses; crime of sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority


The committee is considering adding HB 1006 to SB 335.

The committee may meet on Monday to continue the discussion and possibly take a vote on the combined bill.  The bill is very complex and has produced a number of questions to be answered.


House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications


SB 355          Nuclear Generating Plant; recovery of the costs of financing the construction; provisions NO VOTE


SB 426          Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development (BILD) NO VOTE



2:00 p.m.     House Education Committee                                 606 CLOB


At the end of this meeting, it was announced that the committee will only meet one more time and that meeting will address House Resolutions and possible summer hearings.


SB 362          Education; establishment of an innovative assessment pilot program



SB 401          Provide for individual graduation plans; guidance in career oriented aptitudes and career interests  DO PASS


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


SB 139          Provide a focused program of study; pathway in leadership

HB 963         Industry Credentials AMENDED TO SB 139 during the committee meeting. DO PASS





The governor signed the amended FY18 budget on Friday.   To see the governor’s press release on the amended FY18 budget follow this link.


Below is a listing of the bills that were voted on by the Senate or House on Friday, March 9, 2018.


Senate Calendar


HB 432         PASSED moves to the Governor’s desk for consideration

Provide that certain private colleges and universities that lack accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools shall be deemed to be an approved school for tuition equalization purposes.


House Calendar


HB 684         PASSED

The House version of the FY19 budget passed the entire House and will now move over to the Senate for consideration.  After the Senate committee work on their version of the budget and pass it.  A conference committee will be appointed and work on final details before the House and Senate agree on the final version to be sent to the Governor.  The final vote must be completed before the end of the fortieth day of the legislative session.


HR 1017       PASSED

State and local education agencies and schools; recognize that dyslexia has a profound educational impact that must be addressed.


HR 1162       PASSED

House Study Committee on the establishment of a State Accreditation Process.


Day Thirty-three of the legislative session will be on Monday, March 12, 2018.  The calendar for the remainder of the legislative session is below:


Monday, March 12                                             convene for legislative day 33

Tuesday, March 13                                            committee work day

Wednesday, March 14                                       convene for legislative day 34

Thursday, March 15                                          convene for legislative day 35

Friday, March 16                                               Off

Monday, March 19                                             convene for legislative day 36

Tuesday, March 20                                            committee work day

Wednesday, March 21                                       convene for legislative day 37

Thursday, March 22                                          committee work day

Friday, March 23                                               convene for legislative day 38

Monday, March 26                                             Off

Tuesday, March 27                                            convene for legislative day 39

Wednesday, March 28                                       Off

Thursday, March 29                                          convene for legislative day 40


Be on the lookout for John Zauner’s weekly reports and occasional daily reports as well as his Twitter feeds.  We will be posting daily legislative reports during the remainder of the session.


Please take time to reach out to your legislative delegation and thank them for all their efforts during this session.  It really is a trying time for them.  A kind word might really brighten up their day.


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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