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.

                   HOUSE POSTPONED

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.


Senate Rules Calendar for Friday:


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)


House Rules Calendar for Friday


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.


Michael Surma

Legislative Liaison

Georgia School Superintendents Association



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