GEORGIA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – 2018
Day Thirty-seven, March 21, 2018
The first action of the day was for the Senate Appropriations Committee to give a “DO PASS” to the Senate version of the FY19 Budget. To see the entire Senate version of the FY19 Budget, use this link to the Senate version of the budget. The budget will then be sent to the full Senate for a floor vote. The floor vote is scheduled for this Friday. Since the Senate version of the budget is different from the House version, a conference committee will be selected and will meet to agree on the budget. The agreed upon budget will be voted on by both the Senate and the House before the budget goes to the Governor for final approval or line item veto.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 was the thirty-seventh day of the legislative session.
The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m., and the House convened at 10:00 a.m.
There were three education related bills that GSSA is tracking on the first House Rules Calendar for Wednesday.
HR 1036 Urge the State of Georgia to fund a public awareness campaign in support of computer science education.
SB139 Focused Programs of Study; pathway in leadership; provide
HB 963 was amended to this bill in House committee.
HB 963 Provide for the annual development of promoted list of industry credentials that meet certain high-demand criteria.
SB 355 Nuclear Generating Plant; recovery of the costs of financing the construction.
Eight education related bills that GSSA is tracking PASSED the Senate on Wednesday.
HB 494 Early care and learning; provisions for the safety of children in early care and education programs.
HB 700 Georgia Student Finance Authority; service cancelable loan; include graduate degree program.
HB 701 State employment; allow testing for all forms of opioids.
HB 718 Education; excuse certain absences of students with parents in service of the armed forces of the United States. Family meetings for wounded warriors.
HB 739 Tracey Raney Act” Professional certificate for military spouses.
HB 740 Education; require the local system to conduct certain screenings, assessments, and reviews prior to expelling an elementary student.
HB 843 Revenue and Taxation; provide tax credits to any census tract in a county that contains a large federal military installation and a government owned industrial park. Very limited by wording of the bill.
HB 886 Cooperation of the Department of Revenue and the Department of Agriculture in the administration and enforcement of the state sales and use tax exemptions for agricultural machinery and equipment; to provide for a change to the qualifying amounts for the agricultural exemptions.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS – Thursday, March 22, 2018
10:00 a.m. House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee 406 CLOB
SB 315 Computer Crimes; create a new crime of unauthorized computer access and to provide penalties
2:00 p.m. House Education Committee 606 CLOB
Study committee discussion
2:00 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee 307 CLOB
HB 1006 may be attached to a SB 156
Friday, March 23, 2018 will be the thirty-eighth day of the legislative session.
The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m., and the House will convene at 10:00 a.m.
HB 684 FY19 Budget
HB 85 Ad valorem tax; methodology used to establish forest land fair market value; revise (Substitute by Senate Rules Committee)
HR 51 Forest land fair market value; prescribed methodology; remove – CA (Substitute by Senate Rules Committee)
Both Rules Calendars include additional bills that we are tracking. We will provide a preview Friday morning.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS – Friday, March 23, 2018
8:00 a.m. Senate Education and Youth Committee 450 CAP
Agenda to be Determined
Legislative Calendar for the last three days of the session
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.
Be sure to check out the GSSA website or APP for the listing of all the bills we are following and how they are moving through the remainder of this session.
PASSED Bills that have passed the House or Senate. Legislation does not become a law until signed by the Governor.
HOT Bills that have passed the other chamber’s committee after crossing over. These bills move on to the Rules Committees.
WORK Bills that are on the agenda for a hearing in a committee for passage
WATCH Bills that are waiting for a committee meeting. Time is really running out on this group of bills.
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