GEORGIA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – 2018
Day Thirty-six, March 19, 2018 – ACTIONS
Monday proved to be a very active day for both chambers and for committee work. Several bills that we are tracking passed the legislative process and moved on toward the Governor’s desk. Other bills passed through the Rules Committees and await their full floor vote. Some bills passed out of committee and moved on to the Rules Committees. Tuesday will be a work day for the legislators. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 will be the thirty-seventh day of the legislative session.
Monday, March 19, 2018 was the thirty-sixth day of the legislative session.
The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m., and the House convened at 11:00 a.m.
There were three education related bills that GSSA is tracking on the first House Rules Calendar for Monday.
HR 1036 Urge the State of Georgia to fund a public awareness campaign in support of computer science education.
HELD UNTIL THE NEXT DAY
SR 1414 House Study Committee on School Security
SB 355 Nuclear Generating Plant; recovery of the costs of financing the construction.
HELD UNTIL THE NEXT DAY
There were two education related bills that GSSA is tracking on the Senate Rules Calendar for Monday.
HB 792 Waste management; extend the sunset date for certain solid waste surcharges and hazardous waste fees.
PASSED – extended sunset date until next year. Increases charge from $1 to $3 dollars per load at landfills. The funds are to be used to clean up sites in Georgia.
HB 852 Provide student’s continued enrollment in a public school under certain circumstances — in district only.
COMMITTEE MEETING RESULTS – Monday, March 19, 2018
House Ways and Means Committee
SB 402 “Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE) Act” with SB 232 amended
House Judiciary (non-civil) CANCELLED – RESCHEDULED-TUESDAY AT 10:00 a.m.
SB 315 Computer Crimes; create a new crime of unauthorized computer access and to provide penalties.
SB 335 Human Trafficking
HB 1006 may be attached to SB 335 during the meeting.
HB 1006 Sexual offenses; Provide for provisions for crimes of sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority.
Senate Education and Youth Committee
HB 787 Revise certain provisions relative to charter schools. Charter Schools would receive assistance from RESA’s, receive additional funding from the state based on state average FTE and the local school system base. (Substitute)
NO VOTE TAKEN ON THIS BILL
HB 853 Provide that children placed in psychiatric residential treatment facilities before a physician’s order may not be charged tuition.
NO VOTE TAKEN EXPECT SUBSTITUTE
HB 763 Relating to compulsory attendance for students in elementary and secondary education, so as to expand student attendance protocol committees to include school climate. (Substitute)
PASSED Substitute will increase safety requirements for planning and community committee work.
HB 759 Relating to qualifications for the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship program, so as to revise the prior school year requirement; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. (Substitute)
The last meeting of the Senate Education and Youth Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, March, 21, 2018.
Senate Finance Committee
HB 327 Alternative ad valorem tax; change manner for determining fair market value of motor vehicles.
PASSED. The Senate version calculations will have a negative impact on school system collections. The House version of the bill contains a better formula for the collection and distribution of funds to schools.
House Judiciary Committee
HB 791 Provide for the limited waiver of the state’s sovereign immunity for declaratory or injunctive relief under certain circumstances.
Tuesday March 20, 2018 – committee work day scheduled to move bills on to the Rules Committee for consideration.
Legislative Calendar for the last five days of the session
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.
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