GEORGIA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – 2018
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
FRIDAY MARCH 9, 2018
LEGISLATIVE DAY Thirty-two
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.
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.
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.
Georgia School Superintendents Association