Day Thirty-five, March 15, 2018



Thursday, March 15, 2018 was the thirty-fifth day of the legislative session.

At the Gold Dome on Thursday, it was a day of “hurry up and try to move bills along” as well as, “hurry up and let’s go home for a long weekend”.  Both the Senate and the House passed resolutions and bills.  The resolutions and bills that we are tracking are listed below.  With the return of the legislators to the Gold Dome on Monday, the push to get bills through the process will greatly accelerate.  It will be fast and interesting during the last five days of the legislative session.




There were three education related bills that GSSA is tracking on the House Rules Calendar for Thursday.


SB 82             Create a needs based HOPE scholarship and grant

PASSED by Substitute

SB 330           “Green Agriculture Education Act” Provide a three-component model, pilots to be selected, grades K-5

PASSED by Substitute

SB 118           Change the age of Autism insurance from 6 to 12 years of age.

PASSED by Substitute




There was one education related bill that GSSA is tracking on the Senate Rules Calendar for Thursday.


HB 844          Georgia Commission on Hearing Impaired and Deaf Persons; revise provisions



COMMITTEE MEETINGS — Thursday, March 15, 2018


House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Finance and Policy


 SB 402          “Achieving connectivity Everywhere (ACE) Act”

                   PASSED by Substitute


House Judiciary Committee (Civil)


SB 338           Modify requirements for agency rule making

                   PASSED by Substitute



Monday, March 17, 2018 will be legislative day thirty-six.


The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m., and the House will convene at 11:00 a.m.


The biggest issue that the House and Senate must address during the last five days of the legislative session is to agree to and pass the FY 19 budget.  There will be a number of budget meetings over the remaining days of the session.  Final agreement of the bill is scheduled to occur on March 29, 2018, which is before the final day of the 2018 legislative session.


As of this report, we are tracking a total of ninety-seven bills.  Fourteen of the bills have passed, with most still needing to go to conference committees to agree to substitute language.  Forty-six are waiting to move through the appropriate rules committee.  Nineteen still need committee action. Eighteen have not seen action since crossover day.  We will be providing a special report on the bills we are tracking early next week.


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.


In these last days of the 2018 Legislative Session, do reach out to your local delegation and encourage them to make wise decisions during the long days ahead.


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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