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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – 2018

Day Thirty-three, March 12, 2018

 

Monday, March 12, 2018 was the thirty-third day of the legislative session.

 

The SENATE and HOUSE convened at 10:00 a.m.

 

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

 

There were no education related bills that GSSA is tracking on the Senate Rules Calendar for Monday.

 

Dr. Steve Baker of Coweta County was honored as the School Superintendent of the Year.

 

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

 

There were no education related bills that GSSA is tracking on the House Rules Calendar for Monday.

 

 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

 

House Insurance Committee

 

SB 118          Autism; age limit for coverage for autism disorders for an individual covered under a policy.  Age moved to twelve year olds from six year olds.

DO PASS

 

Senate Public Safety Committee

 

HB 978         Motor Vehicles; automated traffic enforcement safety devices in school zones.  HEARING ONLY Similar to SB 435 last year.  The bill is optional for counties to use these systems.  Money to go to law enforcement only.

 

Senate Finance – Ad Valorem Subcommittee

 

HB 871         Sales and use tax; would create an exemption of fifty percent of the sales price of manufactured homes.

NO VOTE

 


 

House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee

 

SB 355         Would provide changes for taxation of nuclear generating to recover the cost of financing construction.  Would only affect school districts that pay charges now — primarily Georgia Power and a few electrical cooperatives.

DO PASS

 

Senate Education and Youth Committee

 

THIS COMMITTEE MAY MEET ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH, MONDAY, MARCH 19th AND WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018.

 

HB 494         Early Care and Learning.  Revise certain provisions for safety of children in early care and education program.  (Substitute)

                    DO PASS as amended

 

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

Amended with HB 762 (Substitute)

                    HB 762 Quality Basic Education Act; sexual abuse and assault awareness education in kindergarten through grade nine.

DO PASS as amended

 

HB 740         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.  (Substitute)

DO PASS as amended

 

HB 743         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.

DO PASS

 

HB 852         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 in same district under certain circumstances.

DO PASS

 


 

HEARING ONLY

 

HB 759         Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program; revise prior school year requirement

NO VOTE may be back in committee.  The bill is being held for study.

 

HB 787         Education; Revise certain provisions relative to charter schools

NO VOTE may be back in committee next week.

 

Senate Judiciary Committee

 

HB 791         State government; limited waiver of the state’s sovereign immunity for declaratory or injunctive relief.

NO VOTE

 

 

Tuesday, March 13th will be a committee workday.

 

8:00 a.m.      Senate Finance Subcommittee                                      CAP 450

 

HB 327           Alternative ad valorem tax; motor vehicles; change manner for determining fair market value.

 

9:00 a.m.      House Special Rules Committee                                 506 CLOB

 

HR 1414       Establish a House Study Committee on School Safety

 

10:30 a.m.    House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Public Finance and Policy

133 CAP

 

HB 402         Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE)

 

1:00 p.m.     Senate Health and Human Services                        450 CAP

 

HB 701         State employment; Drug testing; allow testing for all forms of opioids

 

 

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

 

HB 489         Local Government; use of Georgia Procurement Registry in addition to official legal organ to advertise

 

HB 642         Local government; provide definitions.  Would allow for taxation districts to be formed that could levy up to a 3 mill tax for trail development and other community improvements.

 

HB 899         Contracts; change the limitation on disqualification of bidders

 

HB 995         Local Government; certain disclosures from consultants who enter into contracts to prepare requirements for bids.

 

SR 953          Create a Joint Study Committee to Evaluate the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools.

 

2:00 p.m.     Senate Natural Resources and Environment                             310 CLOB

 

HB 792         Waste Management; extend the sunset date for certain solid waste surcharges and hazardous waste fees.

 

3:00 p.m.     Senate Higher Education                                                      307 CLOB

 

HB 392         Move on When Ready Act; students taking dual credit courses at certain eligible postsecondary institutions.

 

HB 713         Postsecondary education; HOPE and Zell Miller eligibility requirements relative to students who graduate.

 

Wednesday, March 14th will be legislative day thirty-four.

 

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

 

There are no education related bills that GSSA is tracking on the first House Rules Calendar for Wednesday.

 

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

 

There are no education related bills that GSSA is tracking on the Senate Rules Calendar for Wednesday.

 

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

mmsurma@comcast.net

404-909-1639

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