March 23, 2018 – Legislative Day Thirty-eight.


Friday, March 23, 2018 was the thirty-eighth day of the legislative session.


The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m., and the House convened at 10:00 a.m.


Senate Rules Calendar for Friday:


HB 684         Senate version of the FY19 Budget.

PASSED – Conference Committee chosen and met on Friday


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)



HB 899         Contracts; the bill will change the limitations on disqualification of bidders.



HB 489         Local government use of Georgia Procurement Registry to advertise certain bid opportunities.


HB 763         Education; Expand student attendance protocol committees to school climate and safety. (Substitute)



House Rules Calendar for Friday


SB 402          “Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE) Act”.  Rural Georgia broad band connectivity.




COMMITTEE MEETINGS – Friday, March 23, 2018


Senate Education and Youth Committee


HB 787         Revise certain provisions relative to charter schools.  Charter Schools would receive assistance from RESA’s and receive additional funding from the state based on state average FTE and the local school system base.  (Substitute)


HB 853         Provide that children placed in psychiatric residential treatment facilities before a physician’s order may not be charged tuition.


                    DO PASS


Senate Judiciary Committee

HB 791         Provide for a limited waiver of the state’s sovereign immunity for declaratory or injunctive relief under certain circumstances.


                    DO PASS


Legislative Calendar for the last two legislative days of the session


Monday, March 26                                             Senate Rules Committee 10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 27                                            Convene for legislative day 39 10 a.m.

House Rules Committee 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 28                                       Off

Thursday, March 29                                          convene for legislative day 40


The last days of the legislative session are usually an exciting time to watch the activities of the Rules Committees and the rushed activities of the Senate and House chambers as bills are brought up, amended, voted on, and for the most part passed.  Some of those bills will not be sent on to the Governor because the two chambers could not agree to the substitute bill passed.


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 last days of the 2018 legislative 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 progressing through the remainder of this session.


PASSED      Bills that have passed the House or Senate.  Remember legislation does not become a law until signed by the Governor.  At the Bootstrap Conference, we will provide you with reports of those bills that made it to Governor’s desk.


As of the end of Friday, forty-two bills, that GSSA has been tracking, have passed both legislative chambers.   Only four have been signed into law by the Governor.


HOT             Bills that have moved on to the Rules Committees and await approval to receive a floor vote.


As of the end of Friday, thirty-seven bills, that GSSA has been tracking, still await Rules Committee approval to move on to the Senate or House floor for a vote.

Twenty-one bills are on the Senate Rules Committee list.

Sixteen bills are on the House Rules Committee list.


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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