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Voices’ Legislative Update – 3/27/17

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Come-One-Come-All to the last week of the 2017 Legislative Session!  Our main attraction this week is entitled  “The Road to Sine Die” (also known by some as “Sign or Die” – Don’t read too much into that one!). Under the gold Big Top, you will be thrilled to witness an array of fine, and often simultaneous, performances, slights-of-hand, and death-defying acts.  Your head will spin at the skill of legislative trapeze artists, committee weight-lifters, and, of course, those of us balancing on the “ropes.”  Heads will enter lions’ mouths, fire will be swallowed, and of course, the occasional clown will make you laugh…and cry – All in the name of policymaking.  Yessirree, it is quite a show, folks, and not to be missed simply because you need to wash your hair, have a knee replaced, or, heaven forbid, feed your family.

All that to say, we will be crazy busy these last two legislative days (Tuesday and Thursday) simply trying to keep up as the General Assembly works to get as many bills passed (and sometimes amended) and onto the Governor’s desk as possible.

Fortunately, the one bill that must be passed in order for us all to go home, has already been passed and agreed to by both chambers – namely the state budget for Fiscal Year 2018.  Each year our truly hard-working elected officials have to figure our how to make the budget balance and take care of us at the same time.  This year, they had to reckon with about 25 billion clams-worth of appropriations.  Because I love you (and because I have no life), I have gone through the budget this glorious weekend, hunting for items affecting children and summarizing some of the journeys those items made to passage.  Please check them out below.  Believe it or not, some are kind of interesting, actually.

Also because I love you, and because I love my excel program, I have updated a number of bill summaries, telling you where things are in the legislative process, and also, as best I could, which ones were significantly altered or gutted.

And again to show my love for you, and so that you can show your love for children around these parts, I have devised four splendid and meaningful chores for you to do in the form of Advocacy Asks at the bottom.  They are easy, only take a minute, and help our elected leaders know what is important, so please act on them.  And keep your eyeballs on your emails this week (not literally – because that would be gross!), because I may have more advocating requests of you since we are now in the home stretch and things could be moving fast.


FY 2018 Budget

G = Governor, H = House, S = Senate, and CC = Conference Committee.

Child Welfare

  • $20.2 Million Added from the G’s request for an increased number of children in out-of-home care (foster care) (G requested $30.9 Million. The H reduced that amount by $10.7 Million) – Note that there has been a 62% growth in out of home placements since 2013!
  • $25.9 Million Added to increase salaries for child welfare services workers by 19%
  • $10.7 Million Added for an increase in foster parent per diem rates. (G requested $3.9 Million, and the H increased that total to $10.7 Million)
  • $14.9 Million Added for the first installment of a two-year plan to increase relative foster care provider per diem rates by $10.
  • $5.3 Million Added for the first installment of a two-year plan to increase Child Placing Agencies’ (CPA) foster parent per diem rates by $10.
  • $2.5 Million Added for 27 additional employees to fully implement the supervisor-mentor program for DFCS Caseworkers (DFCS)
  • $2.9 Million Added for 80 additional employees for foster care support services (DFCS)
  • $2 Million Added for the Families First COACHES program. (S added $3.1 Million; CC reduced by $1.1 Million)
  • $500,000 Added to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to enhance statewide capacity.
  • $238,500 Added to increase each county’s Family Connection allocation from $47,000 to $50,000.
  • $662,000 Added to increase the pay for Special Assistant Attorneys General (SAAGs) in the Division of Child Support Services and DFCS to $57.50/hour. (S suggested a $1/hour raise, but CC leveled the amounts to $57.50.)
  • $856,000 Added for personnel, supplies and overtime for 8 scientist and 4 technician positions to address the backlog rape kits analyzed by the GBI. (H requested $600,000 for 4 scientist and 2 technician positions, then the S doubled the number of positions, bringing the total to $1.52 Million; then CC staggered the hiring, lowering the total for FY 18 to $856,000)
  • $288,000 Added to support the 46 state-certified domestic violence shelters.

Juvenile Justice

  • $783,000 Added for 10 additional juvenile public defenders
  • $308,000 Added to annualize 15 juvenile public defenders.
  • $79,200  Added for one director and two coordinator positions for theJuvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI). (G Requested $281,000.  The H reduced the amount by $122,600, and the CC reduced yet further to $79,200. – FYI, this obviously not enough to cover the three stated positions).
  • $0 Added for assistant district attorneys to support juvenile courts (G requested $1.5 Million and the H eliminated all the funds, the S Added back $800,000, and the CC zeroed that out.)
  • $1.9 Million Added for the new Wilkes RYDC to reflect a November opening date
  • $55.4 Million Added for a 20 % pay Increase for state law enforcement (Various agencies including DJJ, GDC, GBI, etc.)
  • $64,700 Added for the Accountability Courts Grants Program to expand and create juvenile accountability courts
  • $796,000 Added to the Grants to Counties for Juvenile Court Judges salary increase. (G requested $3.5 Million. The H cut that by $2.7 Million, leaving the total increase at $796,000)
  • $300,000 Eliminated from one-time funds for instrument development for DBHDD associated with juvenile code rewrite.
  • Budget Note: Pursuant to SB 367 (2016 Session) the G’s Office of Transition, Support, and Reentry (GOTSR) shall no longer be attached to the Department of Community Supervision for administrative purposes

Child Health

  • $38.4 Million Added for increase in Medicaid enrollment
  • $20.8 Million Added to cover Medicaid (for Low Income) behavioral health services for children under 21 with autism (Total Funds: $65,613,245)
  • $2.5 Million Added for Medicaid (for Low Income) behavioral health services to children ages 0-5. (Total Funds: $8,004,449)
  • $1.1 Million Added in the State Health Benefits Plan to reflect enrollment growth to match Medicaid age requirements for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) effective January 1, 2018.
  • $325,000 Added to establish an Adolescent to Adult Transition model to improve outcomes for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. (DPH)
  • $360,000 Added for Memorial University Medical Center to partner with Gateway Behavioral Health to start a psychiatry residency program.  (G had no request in his budget, then the H added $360,000 and the S cut that by half, and the CC restored the H amount.)
  • $716,000 Eliminated from one-time funds for the Highland Rivers Health CSB Home Again pilot program. (DBHDD)
  • $2.2 Million Added for telehealth infrastructure in public health centers across the state (DPH)
  • $38.4 Million Added to increase reimbursements rates for select primary care and OB/GYN codes to 100% of 2014 Medicare levels (across Medicaid divisions).
  • $306,660 Added for slots in OB/GYN residency programs, with 4 slots each at Emory, Medical College of Georgia, Memorial University Medical Center, Morehouse, and Navicent Health Care Macon. (G had no request; H added money for 10 slots and the S doubled that)
  • $596,000 Added by the S and kept by the CC for a $500 add-on payment for newborn delivery in rural counties (population less than 35,000).
  • $100,000 Added to evaluate and recommend a program to reduce maternal mortality using outcomes-based research due December 1st, 2017. (Georgia currently ranks fiftieth in maternal deaths in the United States.)
  • $1 Million Added for 4 Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) community start-up grants in Cook County, Lincoln County, Seminole County and Lowndes County.  (H added two FQHCs in Cook County and Lincoln County at $500,000. Then the S removed Lincoln County but added Seminole and Lowndes counties for a total of $750,000, and then the CC added back Lincoln County)
  • $614,452 (Medicaid-Aged Blind Disabled) plus $4,755,834 (Medicaid-Low Income) Used in existing state funds to match with federal funds for a 10% reimbursement rate increase for select dental codes. Also, a 10% Reimbursement rate increase approved for select dental codes in Peachcare for Kids. (Note the H had both increases at 5%, but the S doubled them to 10% and the CC agreed)
  • $1.5 Million Added for a 5% increase for recruitment and retention of environmental health personnel (They inspect things like swimming pools and restaurants (DPH). Plus $799,000 Added for environmental health specialist positions. (The H added 15 positions at $1 Million; S cut that by a third, leaving 10 positions; CC split the difference with 12 positions)
  • $150,000 Added and $1.2 Million Redirected to create 97 new residency slots in primary care medicine. (G requested 126 slots and $726,000 state dollars for the extra slots, but the H reduced the number of slots and left the redirected amount the same).
  • $155,000 Added for school nurses (DOE) (G requested $178,000; H reduced it to $155,000)
  • Added: Various increases in state and federal funds for a new period of attestation for increased reimbursement rates for select primary care codes, with rates effective on July 1, 2017. It is a long story, but this budget language will allow various primary care physicians, including those in certain pediatric fields, to receive increased reimbursement rates for serving children in Medicaid and Peachcare.
  • Budget Note: Evaluate options to ensure mental health coverage parity for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (Peachcare for Kids) beneficiaries with that of the commercial market.
  • Budget Note: Use savings from student enrollment decline in GA Network for Educational and Therapeutic Supports (GNETS) for staff training to improve instructional practices and for behavioral and therapeutic services contracts
  • Budget Note: DBHDD shall develop and report to the Georgia General Assembly on a multi-year plan to reduce and eliminate the waiting list for NOW and COMP waivers with yearly outcome measures by December 31, 2017.

Child Health re DJJ and GDCRemember, there are kids in adult jails as well!

  • $1.9 Million Added for 18 contracted mental health positions in GDC for a 66% increase in staffing (S version reduced the amount to $1.3 Million, but the CC restored it)
  • $382,000 Added for contracted dental health positions in GDC (G requested $765,000 for 8 positions, S reduced the amount)

Early Care and Learning

  • $358,000 Added for the DECAL foundation (HB 463 which has passed both chambers and already been signed by the G)
  • $7 Million Added (GA Lottery dollars) for Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Program, bringing the program total to about $365 Million.
  • $5.5 Million Added for the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program for tiered reimbursement (childcare subsidies) for Quality Rated childcare providers
  • $2.7 Million Added for the Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College and State University (USG)
  • Budget Note: Utilize existing funds for an early language and literacy pilot program – 50 Classrooms (GOSA and DECAL)
  • Budget Note: CC said no to the funds for transfer of 135 Childcare and Parent Services positions from the Child Care Services, Child Welfare Services, Departmental Administration, and Federal Eligibility Benefit Services programs in the Department of Human Services and utilize existing federal funds to provide eligibility services.

Education

  • $161 Million Added for 2% pay raise for teachers, school bus drivers, school nurses, and RESAs effective September 1, 2017
  • $19.3 Million Added for the State Commission Charter School supplement and charter system grants
  • $85.8 Million Added for Equalization Grants
  • $158 Million Added for enrollment growth and training and experience
  • $1 Million Added for implementation of HB338 to hire the Chief Turnaround Officer and to assist underperforming schools.
  • $241 million in Bonds for capital outlay construction
  • $7.5 million in Bonds for school buses
  • $138,000 Subtracted for reduced attendance at Residential Treatment Facilities (G subtracted $561,000; H reduced the cut to $138,000)
  • $276,000 Added for enrollment growth and training and experience at the Georgia Military College Preparatory School
  • $29,557,564 Expected in the State Health Benefits Plan from an increase in employer contribution rates to the Non-Certificated School Service Personnel Plan from $846.20 to $945 per member per month, effective January 1, 2018 – bringing employer contributions to parity with the Teacher Plan.
  • $0 Added for the Special Needs Scholarship. (G requested an addition of $4.4 Million, but the H eliminated the amount)
  • $4.1 Million Added for school counselors plus $445,000 Added for school counselors in districts that have a large concentration of military students.
  • $21 Million Added for Move on When Ready dual enrollment to meet the projected need (G requested $29.4 Million; CC reduced by $8.4 Million)
  • $500,000 Subtracted for transportation grants for children participating in Move On When Ready.
  • $150,000 Added for the Young Farmer programs in Newton and Fannin counties. (DOE)
  • $25,000 Added for local Communities in Schools affiliates.
  • $25,000 Added for the American Association of Adapted Sports Program (AAASP) to provide services for physically disabled youth in public schools.
  • $500,000 Requested in bonds for CONNECT grants (SB 3)
  • $0 Added for Audio-Video Technology and Film Grants (G requested an addition of $2.5 Million; H zeroed that out and then the S further reduced the amount by $2.25 Million.  CC restored the S reduction.)
  • $125,000 Transferred from DOE Central Office to the Non-Quality Basic Education Formula Grants program for one program manager position to provide state-level support for the education component of Residential Treatment Facilities.
  • $1.3 Million Added for Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) specialists to convert part-time staff to full-time staff (under Regional Educational Service Agencies) (G made no request, then the H added $1.3 million and the S removed $300,000, CC restored the H amount). In addition to this, there was $300,000 Added for statewide PBIS trainers (Under DOE Central Office).
  • $459,000 Added for State Charter Schools Administration to reflect projected expenditures
  • $750,000 Subtracted to reflect a reduction in the number of state mandated tests due to SB 364 (2016 Session) (H subtracted $1.5 Million, S added back a little over $1 Million and then the CC finalized at a total cut of $750,000)
  • $1.47 Million Transferred from the DOE testing program to the GOSA program (G had no recommendation; H sought the transfer; S disagreed with H; CC restored the transfer)
  • $250,000 Added for testing models (SB 211). (S requested $425,000; CC reduced the request to $250,000)
  • $0 Subtracted in Innovation Grants to recognize future increase in funds for low-performing schools through (HB 237) (S subtracted $300,000, but CC restored the amount)
  • $500,000 Added for Innovation Grants, including STAR Academy for drop-out prevention and innovative reading and math programs.  Note – it appears that the S additions of $15,000  for Dougherty County to plan and develop a project with AmeriCorps that supports elementary level reading and math programs and $50,000 for Sustainable Community Grants (SB 30) are included in this line item, per the CC.
  • $175,000 Transferred in operating funds for the Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) initiative from Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (at DBHDD) to Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (at DHS) and utilize ($325,000) of existing funds to maintain the council’s active participation in the IPSE partnership. (DBHDD) and recognize Memorandum of Understanding with GCDD to maintain council’s active participation in the IPSE partnership.
  • $0 Subtracted from GA Student Finance Commission for the HERO Scholarship (S subtracted $200,000; CC disagreed)
  • Budget Note: Use $1.25 Million in existing innovation grant funds for a competitive grant program that would provide certified school counselor-graduation specialists for the lowest-performing high schools in the state, giving a priority to those schools on the chronically failing schools list.  (H Budget note directed use of $1.5 Million, but the S cut the amount by $300,000. CC added back $50,000)
  • Budget Note: Continue to provide $600,000 in grants to local school systems to increase participation and achievement in AP STEM courses.
  • Budget Note: CC said no to requiring DOE to provide an audit on the financial and operational status of all Residential Treatment Facilities to the G and Georgia General Assembly by July 1, 2017

Education re DJJ and GDCRemember, there are kids in adult jails as well!

  • $1.4 Million Added to convert 30 part-time teaching positions to full-time positions for academic programs in state prisons
  • $1.1 Million Added and $813,000 Redirected to expand vocational/technical programs at six transition centers and ten state prisons
  • $568,000 Added for literacy and math instructional software at all GDC facilities statewide.
  • $352,000 Added to expand the GED fast track program at GDC detention centers

Higher Education

  • $49.8 Million Added in lottery funds to provide a 3% increase in the award amount for the HOPE (public and private schools) scholarships and grants

vulnerable youth

HB 159 (Reeves-34th) Substantially revises general provisions applicable to adoptions, including provisions regarding the following: allowing a nonresident to allow an adoption of his or her child, adoption of foreign-born children, waiver to revoke a surrender of parental rights, the age for individuals to access the Adoption Reunion Registry, and the annulment of an adoption under certain circumstances. The Senate Judiciary Committee amended the bill to include language allowing adoption placement agencies to refuse DFCS referrals based on the agency’s mission as evidenced by its written policy, statement, or other document. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill was in Senate Rules Committee but was recommitted to Senate Judiciary, where no action was taken.

HB 266 (Kelley-16th) Increases the threshold value from $15,000 to $25,000 that a natural guardian may oversee for a minor without having to become a legally qualified conservator of the minor. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 279 (Ballinger-23rd) Allows a petitioner who alleges to be a victim of family violence, to petition the court to file his or her petition to change his or her name or to change the name of his or her child under seal. If the court determines that the petitioner is a victim of family violence, the court may waive the requirements of publication, and when such petition is to change a child’s name, the court may waive the requirements of parental consent.   STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 293 (Silcox-57th) Establishes an effective date for any motion made, hearing or trial relating to the testimony of a child’s description of sexual contact or physical abuse. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 305 (Beskin-54th) Adds stepparent and former stepparents to the list of third parties who may be awarded custody of a child. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE.  Senate Health and Human Services Committee where it was heard but no action was taken.

HB 308 (Beskin-54th) Enacts provisions recommended by the Georgia Child Support Commission relating to child support and the enforcement of child support orders. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 331 (Abrams-89th) Creates a mechanism for a kinship caregiver to give legal consent in the form of an affidavit for a child residing with him/her to receive educational services and medical services directly related to academic enrollment and to participate in curricular or extracurricular activities for which parental consent is usually required. This language was amended to SB 186. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE.  Assigned to Senate Health and Human Services Committee, which took no action on the bill.

HB 341 (Reeves-34th) Among other things, the bill adds patronizing and soliciting to the list of crimes which qualify as human trafficking offenses, revises provisions regarding the model notice for the human trafficking hotline, and clarifies provisions relating to the probation portion of a split sentence imposed for certain sexual offenses.  STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE and awaits an Agree from the House.

HB 344 (Dempsey-13th) Allows certain parties in a case concerning a child support order to request a genetic paternity test from the Department of Human Services. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 605 (Spencer-180th) Changes provisions relating to the revival of certain claims involving childhood sexual abuse and provides for civil actions by the Attorney General under certain circumstances related to such. STATUS: House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.

HB 623 (Welch-110th) Allows the Georgia Crime Information Center to retain fingerprints of certain individuals under certain circumstances and submit such fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation relating to beverages, banking and finance, civil practice, commerce and trade, criminal procedure, domestic relations, education, fire protection and safety, guardian and ward, health, insurance, law enforcement officers and agencies, mental health, military, emergency management, and veterans affairs, motor vehicles and traffic, penal institutions, professions and businesses, and social services. STATUS: House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.

SB 4 (Unterman-45th) Establishes the Georgia Mental Health Treatment Task Force to study the effectiveness of the services and health care programs currently available to individuals with, or at risk for, serious mental illness; and to understand the feasibility of using a Medicaid waiver to improve treatment for those with serious mental illness and, if appropriate, enable the General Assembly to make an informed decision as to whether the state should seek a Section 1115 waiver from the Department of Health and Human Services or apply for Medicaid block grant funding for mental health treatment and services. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. Awaits an Agree from the Senate.

SB 104 (James-35th) Adds government buildings to the list of locations required to post the human trafficking hotline notice and requires government entities to have a hyperlink to the human trafficking hotline model notice on their websites.  The bill also deletes the sunset provision for posting of the notice in all of the designated locations. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SB 130 (Tillery-19th) Clarifies provisions relating to the waiver of the right to counsel for a party to a dependency proceeding who is not a child. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by House Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SB 132 (Tillery-19th) Removes the statutory civil case filing and disposition forms and allows the Judicial Council of Georgia to promulgate such forms.  The bill also revises provisions for transmittal of the forms. The bill also cleans up language regarding civil practice, courts, and general provisions for child custody proceedings so that it is aligned with the changes the bill makes. STATUS: PASSED SENATE.  Recommended Do Pass by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SB 168 (Miller-49th) Allows access to child abuse records in the Central Child Abuse Registry by the department or a county or other state or local agency investigating allegations of child abuse and to certain child-placing entities conducting foster and adoptive parent background checks. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. Awaits an Agree from the Senate.

SB 170 (Hill-6th) Directs the Division of Family and Children Services in consultation with its residential child care licensing unit and with child placing agencies, to establish a uniform system for the approval of volunteers to provide appropriate services, including babysitting and mentoring of youth, to children in foster care who are in the custody of the department and the foster parents. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by the House Juvenile Justice Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SB 250 (Mullis-53rd) Requires registration on the State Sexual Offender Registry when an individual is convicted in another country. The bill also states that the sentencing superior court judge will make the risk assessment classification as part of sentencing for sexual offenders convicted in Georgia, and sets up an appeal process for a sexual offender who is classified by the sentencing superior court judge as a Level II risk assessment classification or as a sexually dangerous predator. STATUS: PASSED SENATE.  Recommended Do Pass by the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SR 504 (Williams-27th) Creates the Senate Study Committee on Parents Who Misuse the Judicial System in Child Custody Proceedings. STATUS: Senate Rules Committee.

SR 352 (Unterman-45th) Creates the Senate Study Committee on Homelessness. STATUS: Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

SR 307 (Unterman-45th) Creates the Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking Joint Task Force. STATUS: PASSED SENATE.  Assigned to House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.

juvenile justice

HB 5 (Caldwell-20th) Change provisions relating to state compensation of juvenile court judges, including the amounts paid to counties by the state for such. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 67 (Boddie-62nd) Creates the offense of hijacking a motor vehicle in the second degree when such person obtains a motor vehicle from an individual without his or her consent or from the presence of another individual without his or her consent or attempts or conspires to do so. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Was on the floor of the Senate for a vote this past Friday, but was postponed.

HB 116 (Reeves-34th) Gives superior court exclusive jurisdiction for cases involving children 13-17 years old charged with aggravated assault involving the use of a firearm against peace officers or correctional officers and aggravated battery against peace officers or correctional officers. The bill gives discretion to the superior court to transfer such cases back to juvenile court. Language has been added to this bill to align with SB 160. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 261 (Werkheiser-157th) Allows certain individuals sentenced to a term of incarceration between March 18, 1968, and October 31, 1982, to petition the superior court in the county in which he or she was convicted for exoneration of guilt and discharge. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE.

HB 497 (Efstration-104th) Automatically extends the period for filing a petition for delinquency when informal adjustment or other non-adjudicatory procedures are being used, until such informal adjustment or procedures have failed. The bill also provides for joint child custody arrangements between a parent and a de facto custodian of a child. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. The bill rests in Senate Judiciary Committee, which has ceased to meet for the year.

SB 149 (Jones-10th) Recommends that School Resource Officers (SROs) complete 40 hours of training approved by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. Subjects include the role of a peace officer assigned to an elementary or secondary school, search and seizure in elementary and secondary schools, criminal offenses, gang awareness, drug awareness, interviews and interrogations, emergency preparedness, and interpersonal interactions with adolescents, including the encountering of mental health issues. The bill was amended to include provisions addressing contraband in GDC, and provisions addressing the power of arrest as a municipal probation officer. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. Awaits an Agree from the Senate.

SB 152 (Jones-10th) States that the state prefers that students not be suspended or expelled without assignment to an alternative education program and that that students who are subject to compulsory attendance not be assigned to an alternative education program for more than 2 semesters except for those who have committed certain serious offenses such as physical assault or battery of school personnel or other students, bullying, and unlawful use or possession of illegal drugs or alcohol. The state prefers that those who are assigned to alternative education programs for longer than 2 semesters be able to request a hearing to return to a regular classroom after 2 semesters have passed. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by the House Education Committee.

SB 154 (Kirk-13th) While the bill originally increased penalties for the offenses of aggravated assault and aggravated battery on a public safety officer engaged in his or her official duties, it was gutted and replaced with language which states that it is considered sexual assault when a school employee has sexual contact with a student. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SB 160 (Harper-7th) Grants the superior court exclusive original jurisdiction over the trial of any child aged 13-17 who is accused of aggravated assault or aggravated battery with a firearm on a peace officer engaged in his or her official duties. Language has been Added to HB 116 to align with this bill. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. Awaits an Agree from the Senate.

SB 174 (Kennedy-18th) Enacts reforms recommended by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform.  Highlights are as follows: Adds Division of Family and Children Services employee to the list of participants who are required in a planning group for family treatment court; clarifies and improves protocols involving family treatment courts; revises provisions concerning non-violent felonies, probation and validation of the Department of Corrections’ Risk Needs Assessment. The bill emphasizes the use of evidence-based programs and permits the Board of the Department of Community Supervision (DCS), either acting alone or in cooperation with the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia or other educational organizations and agencies, to provide educational programs for probationers to encourage gainful employment and discourage return to criminal activity. The board may also enter into agreements to attain program certification for its vocational and technical education programs. The DCS board will develop a Program and Treatment Completion Certificate that may be issued to probationers to symbolize a probationer’s achievements toward successful reentry into society. The bill clarifies and revises provisions regarding probation, parole, conditional release, and fees.  Provisions involving supervision are revised taking into account consideration of behavior of an offender while under supervision. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. Awaits an Agree from the Senate.

SB 175 (Kennedy-18th) In any proceeding involving a child in need of services or a delinquent child or a child involved in a risk reduction program, a juvenile court may issue an order restraining or otherwise controlling the conduct of a child’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian in order to promote treatment, rehabilitation, and welfare of the child.  In doing so, the court must consider the best interests of the child, the risk to public safety the delinquent child poses, evidence of a repeated pattern of behavior by the child, and the extent to which enhanced involvement and supervision of the child may ameliorate public safety concerns. If a child is detained in a secure residential facility or non-secure residential facility and the court determines that such child is incompetent to proceed, within five days of such determination the court shall issue an order to release the child to a parent or guardian, or detain the child in the least restrictive setting, if the child is alleged to have committed a delinquent act and the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the child’s detention or care is required in order to reduce the likelihood that he or she may inflict serious bodily harm to others, or because he or she has a demonstrated a pattern of theft or destruction of property, or that detention is required to protect the property of others, or that detention is necessary to secure his or her presence in court to protect the jurisdiction and processes of the court.  If a child is unrestorably incompetent to proceed, he or she shall not be detained in a secure residential facility or non-secure residential facility after a comprehensive services plan has been adopted.  A child found incompetent but remediable cannot be detained longer than the disposition for the alleged delinquent or designated felony offense. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE.

HR 689 (Jackson-128th) Creates the House Study Committee on the Transfer of Probation Supervision in Misdemeanor Probation Cases. STATUS: House Hopper.

HR 630 (Fleming-121st) Creates the House Study Committee on Sentencing Alternatives for Misdemeanors. STATUS: House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.

HB 154 (Cooper-43rd) and SB 12 (Unterman-45th) Allows licensed dental hygienists in certain school settings to apply topical fluoride and perform the application of sealants and oral prophylaxis under general supervision, with written permission of the student’s parent or guardian. They may also, without prior written permission of the student’s parent or guardian, provide oral hygiene instruction and counseling. School settings shall include only schools that are Title I schools under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, schools in which at least 65 % of the student population is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch under federal guidelines, Head Start programs, and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. Licensed dental hygienists may also perform in other specified safety net setting such as nursing homes and hospitals. (FYI, ‘General supervision’ means that a licensed dentist has authorized appropriate duties of a licensed dental hygienist but does not require that a licensed dentist be present when such duties are performed.)  A licensed dentist may only authorize up to four licensed dental hygienists to provide dental hygiene services in such settings. A hygienist cannot perform any dental hygiene services on a patient that has dental pain or clearly visible evidence of widespread dental disease. In such cases, the hygienist must immediately refer the patient to the authorizing licensed dentist for clinical examination and treatment. The licensed dental hygienist shall notate such patient’s file and the patient shall not be eligible to receive dental hygiene services until a licensed dentist provides written authorization for such.  STATUS: HB 154 – PASSED HOUSE. Was on the floor of the Senate for a vote this past Friday, but was postponed. STATUS: SB 12 – PASSED SENATE.  Assigned to House Health and Human Services Committee.

HB 198 (Dempsey-13th) Requires local school systems to provide information to parents and guardians of students in grades 6-12 on influenza and its vaccine whenever other health information is provided. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by Senate Education and Youth Committee.

HB 241 (Hawkins-27th) Adds Krabbe disease to the list of metabolic and genetic conditions for which a newborn may be screened at the request of the parents.  Parents would pay for the screening. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE.

HB 246 (Cantrell-22nd) Eliminates the sunset provision for Georgia SHAPE (which is an annual fitness assessment program administered by public schools). STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by Senate Education and Youth Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 273 (Douglas-78th) Requires each local board of education to schedule a daily, 30-minute recess for students in kindergarten and grades one through five. The recess must include supervised, unstructured activity time, preferably outdoors. Local boards of education must establish policies to ensure that recess is a safe experience and that recess is scheduled so that it provides a break during academic learning. The bill also stipulates that the withholding of recess is not to be used as a punishment. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by Senate Education and Youth Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

SB 16 (Watson-1st) Also adds Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, Epidermolysis bullosa, Alzheimer’s disease, Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and Peripheral neuropathy to the list of conditions which may be treated with low-THC oil. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SB 40 (Unterman-45th) Allows Emergency medical services personnel, such as emergency medical technicians, cardiac technicians, paramedics, or first responders, to  transport any person within the county directly to an emergency receiving facility if they have responded to an emergency and believe that it is in the best interest of the person and the public to do such. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by House Health and Human Services Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SB 88 (Mullis-53rd) Licenses and regulates narcotic treatment centers.  It would create 49 regions across the state and applies to any system of treatment provided for chronic heroin or opiate-like drug-dependent individuals thatadministers narcotic drugs under physicians’ orders either for detoxification purposes or for maintenance treatment in a rehabilitative context. The Department of Community Health (DCH) is directed to create all rules and regulations necessary for narcotic treatment programs. There will be an open enrollment period for potential applicants. The DCH shall issue up to four licenses per region to a governing body for any narcotic treatment program which meets all the rules and regulations; however, the department shall establish a review process to determine if a waiver should be granted to allow any additional licensed narcotic treatment programs in a region. Narcotic treatment programs shall not provide a bounty, free services, free medication, or other rewards for patient referral to such program. To prevent simultaneous enrollment of a patient in more than one program, all programs shall comply with the policies and participate in the central registry operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Was on the floor of the House for a vote this past Friday, but was postponed.

SB 121 (Miller-49th) The state health officer may issue a standing order permitting certain persons and entities, to obtain opioid antagonists under such conditions as the state health officer may impose. Such an order shall have statewide effect. Every pharmacy must keep a record of every opioid antagonist dispensed as a result of the standing order and maintain the record for two years, but pharmacists are not required to submit this information to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.  STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. Awaits an Agree from the Senate.

SB 125 (Jeffares-17th) Authorizes a physician to delegate to a physician assistant or nurse practitioner the authority to prescribe limited quantities of hydrocodone compound products. STATUS: PASSED SENATE.  Recommended Do Pass by the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SB 141 (Thompson-14th) Requires the owner of a carnival ride to submit an engineering evaluation with a carnival ride permit application the first time the owner applies. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Was on the floor of the House for a vote this past Friday, but was postponed.

SB 193 (Unterman-45th) Alters and clarifies provisions regarding the Positive Alternatives for Pregnancy and Parenting Grant Program, removing references to indigent women and stating that an agency using the grant shall not refer, encourage, or affirmatively counsel a person to have an abortion unless the person’s attending physician diagnoses a condition which makes such abortion necessary to prevent a woman’s death. The bill also states that the language of the article does not prohibit any direct client service provider from promoting or expanding non-grant funds for a political or religious purpose. The bill was amended to include language from HB 360, which allows prescribing or dispensing antibiotic drugs to the sexual partner or partners of a patient clinically diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea without physical examination of the partner or partners. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by House Health and Human Services Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SB 201 (Miller-49th) “Family Care Act”- Requires an employer of 25 or more individuals that provides sick leave to allow an employee to use such sick leave for the care of an immediate family member. An employer is not required to allow such leave for an immediate family member for more than five days of earned sick leave. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. Awaits an Agree from the Senate.

SB 206 (Martin-9th) “Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Act.”-Requires private health insurance plans to cover the costs for hearing aids for children under 19 years old. The cost cannot exceed $3,000.00 per hearing aid. The plans must also cover replacement hearing aids every 48 months or sooner if the aid fails to work for certain reasons. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. Awaits an Agree from the Senate.

HR 354 (Kendrick-93rd) Urges the Georgia Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and mental health experts, to develop and provide to local school systems a list of training materials that would serve to increase awareness of mental health issues and behavioral and learning disabilities. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the House Education Committee.

HR 627 (Rakestraw-19th) Creates the House Study Committee on Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Funding Mechanisms. STATUS: House Health and Human Services Committee.

HR 57 (Carter-175th) Creates the Joint Elementary and Secondary School Nutrition Programs Study Committee. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the House Special Judiciary Committee.

HR 282 (Carson-46th) Creates the House Study Committee on Distracted Driving. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the House Special Judiciary Committee.

HR 240 (Cooper-43rd) Creates the Joint Study Committee on Reforming HIV-Related Criminal Laws. STATUS: House Special Rules Committee.

HR 431 (Turner-21st) Creates the House Study Committee on the Ramifications of Changes in Federal Health Care Policy. STATUS: House Hopper.

HR 446 (Boddie-62nd) Creates the Johnny Tolbert III House Study Committee on Heatstroke. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the House Health and Human Services Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

HR 464 (Price-48th) Creates the House Study Committee on Infectious Disease Preparedness. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the House Health and Human Services Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SR 506 (Dugan-30th) Creates the Senate Study Committee on the Excessive and Duplicative Regulatory Oversight of Community Based Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Services. STATUS: Senate Rules Committee.

SR 489 (Ligon-3rd) Creates the Senate Study Committee on Prescribing Patterns for Antidepressants and Other Psychotropic Medications. STATUS: Senate Rules Committee.

HB 250 (Ballinger-23rd) Allows an employee of an early care and education program who has received a satisfactory fingerprint records check determination within the previous 12 months to be exempt from submitting applications for an additional background check for purposes of providing care to children placed in a foster home. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Special Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 391 (Clark-98th) Expands the locations where a newborn child can be left to include fire stations and police stations. The bill also allows the mother to decline to provide her name and address when a child is left in the physical custody of a medical facility, fire station, or police station. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE.

HB 463 (Dempsey-13th) Authorizes the Department of Early Care and Learning to establish a nonprofit corporation to qualify as a public foundation. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

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HB 37 (Ehrhart-36th) Prohibits private postsecondary institution in Georgia from enacting, adopting, implementing, or enforcing any sanctuary policy. Failure to obey results in the withholding of state funding or state-administered federal funding (other than funds to provide services specified in subsection (d) of Code Section 50-36-1). This includes funds provided to the private postsecondary institution directly as well as funding for scholarships, loans, and grants for students. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by Senate Higher Education Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 51 (Ehrhart-36th) Requires employees of post-secondary institutions to report felony crimes committed on campus by or to students to law enforcement or the local district attorney. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. The bill rests in Senate Judiciary Committee, which has ceased to meet for the year.

HB 114 (Dickey-140th) Prohibits local school systems from excluding eligible “Move On When Ready” high school students taking one or more dual credit  (post-secondary) courses from being eligible for valedictorian and salutatorian of their class. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by Senate Education and Youth Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 139 (Belton-112th) Requires local boards of education and state charter schools to make readily accessible to the public a great deal of school site budget and expenditure information for each school unless specifically made confidential by law, including data on the types of students served. Local school districts are directed to provide financial info to state Department of Education which will disseminate the information. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by Senate Education and Youth Committee.

HB 148 (Glanton-75th) Provides for unique identifiers for students who are children of military personnel. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by Senate Education and Youth Committee.

HB 217 (Carson-46th) Increases the amount of the aggregate cap on contributions to school scholarship organizations in order to receive income tax credits from $58 million to $65 Million. The administrative withholding fee for the student scholarship organizations was reduced from 10% to 3%. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Finance Committee.

HB 222 (Blackmon-146th) Allows members of the Georgia National Guard or the armed forces of the United States located in Georgia to be classified as legal residents of Georgia for the purposes of eligibility for the HOPE scholarship or grant. The bill was amended by the Senate to include language from SB 5 as it passed the Senate.  This language requires the Georgia Lottery Corporation to increase the delegated amount for education (HOPE and Pre-K) by one percent each year for three years starting at 26.5 percent in Fiscal Year 2018. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE and awaits an Agree from the House.

HB 224 (Belton-112th) Allows the parent of a military student to enroll the child in a public school located where the student resides in military base or off-base military housing. The parent is responsible for and cost of transportation of the student to and from the school. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE.

HB 237 (Coleman-97th) Allows authorize the Public Education Innovation Fund Foundation to receive private donations (tax deductible) to be used for grants to public schools. Individuals and corporations would receive a dollar for dollar tax credit. The bill caps the aggregate amount of tax credits allowed at $5 million per tax year and sunsets after 3 years. FYI this bill was created to provide a funding mechanism for HB 338. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Finance Committee.

HB 280 (Ballinger-23rd) Authorizes the carrying and possession of handguns by weapons carry license holders on property owned by or leased to any public technical school, vocational school, college, or university, or other public institution of postsecondary education.  Handguns may not be carried in certain locations on these properties, including buildings or property used for athletic sporting events or student housing, and preschool space. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 338 (Tanner-9th) Education bill to address struggling schools.  Measures include the selection of a Chief Turnaround Officer (CTO), turnaround coaches to assist schools identified as in the greatest need of help with ongoing assistance and input. For an excellent summary (written by the Georgia School Board Association) of the bill as passed by House, click here.  There were some changes as it was passed by the Senate.  That summary will be forthcoming. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE and awaits an Agree from the House.

HB 425 (Chandler-105th) Encourages local school systems to allow the administration of standardized assessments in a paper-and-pencil format for any student whose parent or guardian requests it and to any student 18 years of age or older who requests it.  The bill also discourages punitive actions for students refusing to participate in federal, state, or locally mandated standardized assessments and requires the State School Superintendent to develop guidelines for supervision of students who do not take the tests. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE.

HB 430 (Brockway-102nd) Implements recommendations from the Governor’s Education Reform Commission with respect to charter schools, including language around the funding disbursement from the district to the charter schools was to clearly state that it is as earned.The definition of unused facilities was also changed to be a facility which has not been used to house students for two years and is not included in the five-year facilities plan. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by Senate Education and Youth Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 437 (Dickey-140th) Recreates the former Agricultural Education Advisory Commission, which had been abolished by law on December 31, 2016. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE.

HB 448 (Williams-119th) Gives the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) the authority it needs to require information on a periodic basis to confirm that an exempt institution is maintaining the qualifications for an exemption. The bill also proposes to reduce NPEC’s board from 15 members to 11 members by removing the congressional district qualification. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by Senate Higher Education Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

HB 625 (Hatchett-150th) Requires local boards of education to have a public comment period at every meeting. STATUS: House Hopper.

SB 3 (Tippins-37th) Enacts the “Creating Opportunities Needed Now to Expand Credentialed Training (CONNECT) Act” which would provide for industry credentialing for students grades 6 through 12 who complete certain focused programs of study in work-based learning programs such as internships, apprenticeships, cooperative education, service learning, or employability skill development.  The Georgia Department of Education would work with the Technical College System of Georgia and industry to develop such credentialing.  STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Was on the floor of the House for a vote this past Friday, but was postponed.

SB 5 (Cowsert-46th) Starting July 1, 2018, and for every fiscal year thereafter, if the Georgia Lottery net annual sales revenue exceeds the net sales revenue for the immediately preceding fiscal year by 5% or more, then the net proceeds the for the Lottery for Education Account will increase by 0.5%. STATUS: PASSED SENATE.  Recommended Do Pass by the House Appropriations Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SB 30 (Fort-39th) Creates a pilot program for the “Unlocking the Promise Community Schools Act.” If appropriations are available, the Department of Education shall make grants available to plan, implement, and improve sustainable community schools. Monies would be available for schools which struggle with such factors as poverty or low graduation rates.  STATUS: PASSED SENATE.  Recommended Do Pass by House Education Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SB 186 (Tippins-37th) Clarifies language relating to the effect of dual credit courses on HOPE scholarship stating that students who earned a high school diploma through certain dual credit coursework are eligible for a HOPE grant toward an associate degree. The bill was amended by the House to include language from HB 331, which creates a mechanism for a kinship caregiver to give legal consent in the form of an affidavit for a child residing with him/her to receive educational services and medical services directly related to academic enrollment and to participate in curricular or extracurricular activities for which parental consent is usually required. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. Awaits an Agree from the Senate.

SB 211 (Tippins-37th) Addresses assessments at various levels of K-12.  It requires consideration of local reading programs when establishing a research-based formative assessment with a summative component for grades one and two; a review and recommended solution for ongoing assessments in kindergarten through grade five in reading and mathematics and for the assessments in grades three through eight, and a comparability study to determine and establish the concordance of nationally recognized academic assessments with content standards and assessments in grades nine through 12. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Was on the floor of the House for a vote this past Friday, but was postponed.

SB 287 (Hill-4th) Adds The Georgia Military College to the list of post-secondary institutions eligible to participate in certain grant and scholarship programs. STATUS: Senate Higher Education Committee.

HR 702 (Smith-41st) Creates the House Study Committee on the Criteria Used to Assess Schools and School Systems. STATUS: House Hopper.

HR 686 (Tanner-9th) Creates the House Study Committee on Equitable Local Education Funding. STATUS: House Education Committee.

HR 319 (Epps-144th) A constitutional amendment authorizing local boards of education to impose, levy, and collect a 1% sales and use tax for maintenance and operation expenses of the local school system. STATUS: House Education Committee.

HR 561 (Ealum-153rd Recommends that the higher learning institutions of Georgia adopt the American Council on Education criteria to allow separating service members to count applicable military training and experience for academic credit toward degree requirements. STATUS: House Defense and military Affairs Committee. The bill will be heard in committee this Monday.

HR 634 (Coomer-14th) Creates the House Study Committee on Civics Education in Georgia. STATUS: House Hopper.

HR 608 (Stephens-164th) Creates the Joint Study Committee on the Georgia Public Schools Calendar. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the House Special Rules Committee.

SR 192 (Wilkinson-50th) A constitutional amendment authorizing the election of local school superintendents by voters and election of members of local boards of education by grand juries (as an alternative to appointment of local school superintendents by local boards of education and election of local school board members by voters). STATUS: PASSED SENATE.  Failed in House Education Committee.

SR 95 (Black-8th) Constitutional Amendment to allow an agreement between a county school system and one or more independent school systems within the county to decide how net proceeds of the sales tax for educational purposes can be distributed. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by House Ways & Means Committee. The bill, however, has been recommitted to committee.

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HB 9 (Blackmon-146th) and SB 45 (Walker-20th) Prohibits any individual to, knowingly and without the consent of the person (16 years or older) observed, use or install a device for the purpose of videotaping, filming, photographing, or video recording under or through such person’s clothing, for the purpose of viewing the body of or the undergarments worn by such person, under circumstances in which such person has a reasonable expectation of privacy. Dissemination of such material is also unlawful.  STATUS: HB 9 – PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee. STATUS:  SB 45 – PASSED SENATE.  House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.

HB 329 (Powell-171st) Replaces Georgia’s graduated structure with a flat tax rate of 5.65%; Creates a nonrefundable Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) set at a 10% match of the federal credit, and fixes a tax break that allows some taxpayers to deduct the value of their state income taxes twice. The bill was amended to include language requiring online retail sales to be taxed. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Finance Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.

SB 290 (McKoon-29th) Repeals a Resolution Act from 1956 which declared certain United States Supreme Court decisions of 1954 and 1955 in school segregation cases and similar decisions by the Supreme Court to be null, void, and of no effect in this State. STATUS: Senate Rules Committee.

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