Home » legislative updates » Voices’ Legislative Update – 4/2/18

Voices’ Legislative Update – 4/2/18

Know where you want to go? Click below to skip ahead.

 

You know that part of the third Toy Story where the kid is all grown up and gives Woody and Buzz to a younger kid?  That was what the last week of session felt like to a number of us.

We said a final farewell to Governor Zell Miller, the man who gave HOPE to Georgia in more ways than one. We witnessed the last addresses our current governor, Nathan Deal, would ever deliver to the Georgia House and Senate; and we got misty-eyed at goodbye speeches from a number of champions for kids, such as Brooks Coleman (House Education Chair), Wendell Willard (House Judiciary Chair), Casey Cagle (Lt. Governor), Rich Golick (House Judiciary Non-Civil Chair), and Chad Nimmer (Appropriations Subcommittee Chair), to name but a few.

And as if all that wasn’t sad enough, I finally had to bid adieu to my favorite wallet of all time – a nifty little number that looked like a parking violation ticket.  The rip down the side means that no longer will I be able to cart $3.27 and 14 wrinkled Quiktrip receipts in something that can double as a municipal parking decoy.

Alas, I guess I’ll just have to cheer myself up with the FY19 budget!  $26 Billion of well-allocated moolah. (BTW, that amount of money would never fit in the parking violation wallet.) It is a budget like this that shows that our lawmakers have a heart for kids and are willing to put their money where their mouth is. (mouths are? – whatever.) So scan the bullets below and then give leadership a call (or anyone in the general assembly for that matter) and let them know you appreciate their thoughtful appropriating.

In other news, lots of bills got amended (and I do mean LOTS), and either passed enough to go to the Governor’s desk or got left behind. It was, as the last week always is, full of stressful moments relieved only by a win, a clever witticism, or perhaps most of all, a cookie.  Oh – And often made slightly better by a second pair of shoes. The biggest relief usually comes at or near the stroke of midnight when everyone throws papers in the air at the declaration of Sine Die. Please read below to see what happened to the bills we were following.  If you happen to catch an error in my reporting, please just blame it on the chaos and the cookies. (And shoot me an email to let me know.  Pmckinney@georgiavoices.org ).

Thanks once again for all your fine advocacy. See you next year!

Polly

 


“Get your acronym on” with this handy key!

DBHDD = Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

DCS = Department of Community Supervision

DECAL = Department of Early Care and Learning

GDEcD = Department of Economic Development

DHS = Department of Human Services (which houses DFCS = Department of Family and Children Services, as well as DCSS = Division of Child Support Services )

DJJ = Department of Juvenile Justice

DOE = Department of Education

DOL = Department of Labor

DOR = Department of Revenue

DPH = Department of Public Health

GBI = Georgia Bureau of Investigation

CJCC = Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (attached to GBI)

CJCJ = Council of Juvenile Court Judges (attached to Juvenile Courts)

GDC = Georgia Department of Corrections

GOSA = Governor’s Office of Student Achievement

GSFC = Georgia Student Finance Commission

GPDC = Georgia Public Defenders Council

PAC = Prosecuting Attorneys Council

TCSG = Technical College System of Georgia

USG = University System of Georgia

 

 


 

Final FY 2019 Budget Tracking Sheet

($26.2 Billion)

Child Health

Regarding children (0-21 years old) with Autism:

  • $5.9 Million Added for Crisis Services (DBHDD)
  • $948,000 Added to develop capacity for behavioral health services (DPH and DCH)
  • $367,500 in existing funds for telehealth services (DBHDD) and three positions for behavioral health services (DBHDD) plus one program coordinator (DCH) and one program support coordinator position to provide behavioral health services (DPH)
  • $2.2 Million allocated within the State Health Benefits Plan to reflect enrollment growth to match Medicaid age requirements for the treatment of autism
  • $681,500 Added to increase the reimbursement rate for the Marcus Autism Center to cover the costs of treating children with autism with the most significant needs (DCH) (G requested $0; H added $568,000; S added $113,400)
  • $250,000 Added for the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism.  (G requested $0; H added 125,000; S added $75,000; CC added $50,000)
  • $399,000 Transferred from the Office of Children and Families program for the Emory autism contract. (DPH)

Regarding recommendations from the Commission on Children’s Mental Health:

  • $79,000 Added to prevent opioid abuse by children and youth (DBHDD)
  • $84,000 Added for one-time funds for crisis respite services (DBHDD)
  • $10.32 Million Added for crisis services for children and youth (DBHDD)
  • $4.29 Million Added for the Georgia Apex Program (GAP) for an additional 13 grants (DBHDD)
  • $382,500 Added for telemedicine service (DBHDD)
  • $1.1 Million Added for child/youth suicide prevention (DBHDD)
  • $611,000 Added for high fidelity wraparound services training (DBHDD)
  • $1.53 Million for supported employment and education assistance for an additional 500 young adults at the rate of $6,120 per year (DBHDD). (G requested $3.06 Million, H reduced by $1.53 Million)
  • $2.26 Million Added for care coordinator positions to improve mental health outcomes for children in foster care (DHS)
  • $1.4 Million Added from the total for the development and statewide availability of a mental health crisis services and suicide prevention mobile application in coordination with the Georgia Crisis and Access hotline. (G requested $0; H added $1.4 Million; S subtracted $586,000; CC added $586,000 back in)
  • $1.6 Million Added for student mental health awareness training. (DOE)
  • Budget Note: Promote student awareness of the crisis access line mobile application, funded in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, through the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program and mental health awareness training. (DOE)

Regarding Early Health:

  • $1.1 Million Added to increase the occupational and physical therapy rates in the Babies Can’t Wait program. (G requested $0; H added $552,000; S added $552,000)(DPH)
  • $2 Million Added to address maternal mortality in Georgia. (DPH)
  • $215,700 Added to improve perinatal hepatitis C surveillance, linkage to care, and testing to address the statewide increase of the hepatitis C virus due to the opioid epidemic. (DPH)
  • $250,000 Added to establish and launch a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Peer Recovery Coaching Program (DBHDD) (G and H requested $0; S added $500,000; CC cut that amount in half)
  • $335,200 Added for a $250 add-on payment for newborn delivery in rural counties (population less than 35,000)
  • $500,000 Added to establish criteria and implement reimbursement for Centering Pregnancy programs.
  • $306,600 Added for twenty slots in OB/GYN residency programs, with four slots each at Emory University School of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Memorial University Medical Center, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Navicent Health Care Macon. (DCH)
  • Budget Note: The Department of Community Health, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 49-4-142.1, is hereby authorized to submit a request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver pursuant to Section 1115 of the federal Social Security Act for the purpose of continuation of the existing Planning for Healthy Babies Waiver.

  • $1.73 Million for 99 new residency slots in primary care medicine. (DCH)  (G requested $1.92 Million; H reduced by $183,000)
  • $51,200 Added for school nurses (DOE) (G requested a cut of $581,000, H restored the cut and added an additional $51,200)
  • $1 Million subtracted for one-time start-up funds for Federally Qualified Health Centers (DCH)
  • $750,000 Added for Federally Qualified Health Center start-up grants for a primary care center in Bryan County and a behavioral health services in Early and Emanuel Counties (DCH) (G requested $0; H added $500,000; CC increased to $750,000 and added Early Co.)
  • $85,000 Added to hire a full-time position to coordinate donated dental services (DCH)
  • $75,000 Annualized to oversee the competitive bid process for the Rural Health Systems Innovation Center (DCH)
  •  $300,000 Added for the start-up of the Rural Health Systems Innovation Center (G requested $0; H added $250,000; S added $50,000)(DCH)
  • $120,000 Added for Gateway Behavioral Health for the second year of start-up for the new psychiatry residency program (DCH)
  • $180,000 Transferred from the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce: Physicians for Rural Areas program for the Memorial Accelerated Track Program (DCH)
  • $40,000 Added for a statewide residency recruitment fair as recommended by the House Rural Development Council (DCH)
  • $130,000 Added for insurance premium assistance for physicians with a practice in underserved counties that currently have one or less physicians (DCH)
  • $150,000 Added for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia for sickle cell outreach offices to improve access to care and reduce unnecessary emergency room costs. (DPH)
  • $220,000 Added for the Albany Advocacy Resource Center. (DBHDD)
  • $250,000 Added for the analysis of the Medicaid delivery system for the purposes of identifying efficiencies and service delivery improvement opportunities.
  • $1.5 Million Added for the start-up of the Health Coordination and Innovation Council.
  • $600,000 Added to provide grants to rural hospitals for Electronic Intensive Care Units (EICU) to improve patient outcomes and reduce the need for long distance travel away from local communities to obtain this level of care.
  • $100,000 Added to the Georgia Council on Lupus Education and Awareness (GCLEA) for lupus research and other lupus related projects.
  • $150,000 Subtracted in the Patient Centered Medical Home grant program. (DCH)
  • $501,800 Added for a one percent increase in reimbursement rates for select Medicaid dental codes. (DCH)
  • $1 Million Added for the Georgia Pediatric Program to increase reimbursement rates for Licensed Practical Nurses to $37.25 per hour, and to $42.50 for Registered Nurses. (DCH)
  • $188,500 Added for thirteen existing slots in Psychiatry residency programs, including three slots at Emory University School of Medicine, three slots at Medical College of Georgia, five slots at Morehouse School of Medicine, and two slots at Navicent Health Care Macon. (DCH)
  • $64,300 Added to increase capitation rates to $14,500 for ten existing Community and Preventive Medicine residency positions at Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine. (DCH)
  • $150,000 Subtracted from support for a community-centered collaborative for healthcare training and care in Columbus. (DCH)  Conference committee noted to use up to $300,000 in existing funds for the same purpose instead.
  • Budget Note REMOVED BY CONFERENCE COMMITTEE: The Department of Community Health, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 49-4-142.1 et seq. and within the parameters of O.C.G.A. 49-4-142.2, is hereby authorized to submit a request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver pursuant to Section 1115 of the federal Social Security Act
  • Budget Note: The Department of Community Health shall include language in all managed care contracts and State Health Benefit Plan contracts requiring the plan sponsor to annually report the following to the department: all pharmacy claims; the amount paid to the pharmacy provider per claim, including but not limited to the cost of drug reimbursement; dispensing fees; copayments; and the amount charged to the plan sponsor for each claim by its pharmacy benefit manager. If there is a difference between these amounts, the plan sponsor shall report an itemization of all administrative fees, rebates, or processing charges associated with the claim. The department shall provide a report using aggregated data to the chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Appropriations Committees on the implementation of this initiative and its impact on program expenditures by December 31 of each year. Nothing in the report shall contain confidential proprietary information.

Child Welfare

  • $15.1 Million Added for growth in Out-of-Home Care for children in foster care (DHS)
  • $14.92 Million Added to the Governor’s request for a per day increase for relative foster care rates. (DHS) (G requested a per day rate of $2.50; H increased that to $3.75; S raised the rate to $3.85; CC raised the rate to $10 “by fully funding Phase II to meet the southeastern average cost for raising a child.”
  • $5.35 Million Added to the Governor’s request for an increase for child placement agency (CPA) foster parent per diem rates. (DHS) (G requested a per day rate of $2.50; H increased to $3.75; S raised the rate to $3.85;CC raised the rate to $10 “by fully funding Phase II to meet the southeastern average cost for raising a child.”)
  • $2 Million Subtracted for the Families First COACHES program. (DHS)
  • $238,500 Added to Family Connection to increase each county’s allocation to $50,000. (DHS)
  • $50,000 Added to support Georgia Family Connection Partnership technical assistance to the counties.
  • $2.43 Million Added to increase child caring institution (CCI) per diem rates by 2.5% (DHS) (G & H added to increase by 2.5%; S increased to 2.6%; CC returned to 2.5%)
  • $1.17 Million Added to increase child placement agency (CPA) administrative costs by 2.6% (DHS) (G & H added to increase by 2.5%; S increased to 2.6%; CC returned to 2.5%)
  • $980,000 Added for child advocacy centers to provide an increase in equipment and therapeutic, medical, and outreach services. (DHS) (G requested $0; H added $490,000; S added $490,000)
  • $165,000 Added for grants to 22 Sexual Assault Centers (GBI/CJCC) (G and H requested $0; S added $110,000; CC increased to $165,000)
  • The following additions are for accountability courts in the state (GBI/CJCC).  I include this information because accountability courts can make families stronger since, by design, they approach justice by attempting to address the root behavioral cause of an offense.  Georgia has increased the number and type of accountability courts drastically under the Deal administration. This year is no exception:
    • $2.12 Million Added to expand 53 existing courts and to create three new adult felony drug courts
    • $1.06 Million Added to expand 28 existing courts and to create three new mental health courts
    • $741,000 Added to expand 18 existing courts and to create three new family dependency treatment courts
    • $514,000 Added to expand 15 existing courts and to create two new veterans’ courts
  • $475,000 Added to expand 21 existing courts and to create two new DUI accountability courts

Juvenile Justice

  • $ 1.48 Million Added to provide for youth who pose a public safety risk during determination of competency as provided in SB 175 (2017 Session). (G requested $1.87 Million, H subtracted $385,000; S added $92,000, CC reduced to a total of $1.48 Million). (DJJ)
  • $523,000 Added to increase the per diem rates for child caring institutions. (G & H requested 2.5% increase; S requested 2.6% increase; CC returned to 2.5%)(DJJ)
  • $87,700 Added to expand 14 existing juvenile accountability courts (CJCC)
  • $122,600 Subtracted from the Governor’s request for one Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) statewide coordinator position (CJCJ) (Leaving the total at $0)
  • $111,700 Added for a Children in Need of Services (CHINS) statewide coordinator position (CJCJ)
  • $899,000 for 9 additional assistant district attorney positions to support juvenile courts. (PAC) (G requested $2.4 Million; H reduced by $1.5 Million)
  •  $701,000 Added for 9 additional juvenile public defenders. (GPDC)

Early Learning

  • $736,000 Added for enrollment growth and training and experience in preschool disability services. (DOE)(G requested $1 Million; H cut by $270,000)
  • Budget Note: Utilize increased grant funds available in the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement for birth-to-five literacy/numeracy in rural Georgia (DECAL)

Education

  • $166,769,846 Added to FULLY FUND QBE formula!
  • $112.32 Million for a 0.38% enrollment growth in public schools. (DOE)(G requested $119.53 Million; H reduced that by $7.21 Million
  • $4.76 Added for the State Commission Charter School supplement. (DOE) (G requested of $9.85 Million; H reduced that by $5.1 Million)
  • $30.75 Million Added for Equalization grants (DOE) (G & H requested $30.06 Million; S subtracted $1.23 Million, CC increased to $30.75 Million)

Regarding the Chief Turnaround Officer:

  • $1 Million Transferred for the chief turnaround officer from the Central Office program to the Chief Turnaround Officer program (DOE)
  • $227,570 Added for the Turnaround Schools Rural Character Education Grant for soft skills training and character education development for the lowest performing schools in rural Georgia (DOE) (G requested $0; H added $227,600; S subtracted $164,000; CC fulfilled the H request)
  • $266,400 Added for personnel and operations for two transformation specialists (to work with the Chief Turnaround Officer) (DOE)
  • $700,000 Transferred from the School Improvement program for five district effectiveness specialists (to work with the Chief Turnaround Officer) (DOE)

Regarding Student Transportation:

  • $132,000 Transferred for pupil transportation from the Quality Basic Education program to the recreated Pupil Transportation program. (DOE)
  • $903,400 Added in the pupil transportation formula to reflect a per student increase for new FTE enrollment. (DOE) (G requested $0; H added $230,250; CC increased to $903,400)
  • $500,000 Eliminated in elimination of the GSFA transportation grant. These funds are reflected in the Department of Education Pupil Transportation program for school bus replacement.
  • $0 allocated for annual school bus replacement. (DOE) CC preferred to provide $15,000,000 in bond funds instead. (G requested $0; H added $10 Million; S subtracted $5 Million, CC reduced to $0)
  • Budget Note: Utilize bond funds to encourage the use of alternative fuel buses where practical. (DOE)

  • $4.19 Million Subtracted from the Georgia Network of Educational Therapeutic Supports (GNETS) for declining enrollment. (DOE) (G requested a cut of $4 Million; H cut $201,000 more)
  • $7,800 Subtracted for Residential Treatment Facilities based on attendance. This brings the total subtraction (G plus H) to $272,000(DOE)
  • $143,000 Added for Residential Treatment Facilities to recognize 20 additional students. (DOE)
  • $1.25 Million Subtracted for differentiated pay for newly certified math and science teachers (DOE)
  • $1.56 Million Added to establish a statewide leadership academy for principals per HB 338 (2017 Session) (GOSA)
  • $1.84 Million Added for REACH GA Scholarships for 226 additional scholarships statewide and expand into 44 new school systems (GSFC)
  • $361.7 Million Added for the Teachers’ Retirement system
  • $225,000 Added for the Young Farmer programs in Polk County and Pataula Charter Academy (DOE) (G requested $0; H added $150,000; S added $75,000.)
  • $14,000 Added for an agricultural careers summer camp for youth with disabilities (DBHDD)
  • $324,000 Added for six educator positions to support Agricultural and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, and the Family and Consumer Sciences educational program. (USG)
  • $125,000 Added for Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers. (USG)
  • $0 for one-time funding for an outdoor learning lab in Walker County and an agricultural education center in Catoosa County. (DOE) (G and H requested $0; S added $175,000; CC reduced to $0)
  • $100,000 Added for a Young Farmer Executive Director position (DOE) (G requested $0; H added $50,000; CC increased to $100,000)
  • $481,800 Added for a proven AmeriCorps program to be established at the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy in conjunction with Dougherty County Schools and Albany State University to serve Dougherty County Schools to provide direct math assistance to 4th – 8th grade students at low performing schools identified by Georgia’s Chief Turnaround Officer. (GOSA)
  • $436,000 Added to purchase and staff a mobile audiology clinic to provide audiological care to children in rural Georgia. (DOE) (G requested $0; H added $642,500; S subtracted $300,000, CC raised to $436,000)
  • $750,000 Added for one non-STEM AP exam fee for low-income students. (GOSA)
  • $538,306 Added for public libraries’ New Directions formula to provide for a $0.30 per capita funding for materials grants.
  • $175,000 Added for the implementation of the Innovative Assessment Pilot Program described in SB362 (2018 Session).
  • $65,000 Added for one-time funding for a counselor study conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute per SB401 (2018 Session). (DOE)
  • $16 million in bonds for school facility safety grants
  • Budget Note: Direct the Department of Education to provide a report on the number of counselors and nurses per school and school system to the General Assembly by September 1, 2018.

Regarding Dual Enrollment:

  • $26.69 Million Added for Dual Enrollment (once called “Move on When Ready”) to meet the projected need. (GSFC) (G requested $34.38 Million, H reduced to 26.72 Million; CC reduced to $26.69 Million)
  • Budget Note: Implement a 15-credit hour per student per semester cap; require ongoing professional development for adjunct faculty teaching dual enrollment courses to the same degree that is required for full-time faculty; and implement admission standards for dual enrollment students at private postsecondary institutions to be in parity with that of the University System of Georgia for degree-level transferable courses and with the Technical College System of Georgia for courses leading to a diploma or certificate effective July 1, 2018.
  • Budget Note:  Direct the Georgia Student Finance Commission to develop a list of approved dual enrollment courses that prioritizes courses leading to a degree or in-demand certificate or diploma and report findings to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees by December 1, 2018 to be implemented in FY 2020.

Higher Education

  • The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development is being transferred from the GDEcD to the Technical College System of Georgia to leverage workforce development initiatives and educational resources to meet industry workforce training demands. Funds for the customized recruitment initiative are being transferred as well.  These dollars are all federal, and are expected to total $82.39 Million. (DOL/TCSG)
  • $1.22 Million in existing funds allocated to increase the HOPE Grant award amount by 3% (GSFC)
  • $92,500 Added to meet the projected need for Zell Miller Scholarship students attending private postsecondary institutions (GSFC)
  • $29.66 Million Added to meet the projected need for Zell Miller Scholarship students attending public postsecondary institutions (GSFC)
  • $1 Million Added for marketing to promote the educational opportunities available at the state’s technical colleges and develop a skilled workforce (TCSG)
  • $500,000 Transferred from the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency: Vocational Rehabilitation Program to the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities to provide ongoing support and scholarships for the Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) program. (DBHDD/GCDD) (fulfills promise of a budget note in the House version)
  • $125,000 Added for the personal services and operations related to the transition of Cedartown Career Center to an adult education and workforce development facility. (TCSG)
  • Budget Note: Encourage the collaboration with other state agencies, including public libraries and technical schools, to maintain a physical presence where career centers have closed and to continue the expansion of online services. (DOL)
  • Budget Note: Utilize existing system funds for the University of Georgia to provide new experiential learning opportunities through the School of Public and International Affairs that promote careers in public service and provide an annual report on outcomes to the university’s president. (USG)

Miscellaneous

  • $150,000 Subtracted for payments to the Georgia Technology Authority for the Broadband Achieving Connectivity Everywhere Act (SB402, 2018 Session) The Conference Committee said to use $1,105,704 in existing funds instead.

 

 


 

juvenile justice

 

HB 53 (Oliver-82nd) Raises the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from children under 17 years of age to children under 18 years of age. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 258 (Powell-32nd) Requires persons not present in the United States under a lawful status to obtain a Georgia driving privilege card (as opposed to a GA Drivers License) before operating a motor vehicle in this state. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE.  Recommended Do Pass by Senate Public Safety Committee, but failed to be chosen by the Senate Rules Committee for a vote on the Senate floor and therefore FAILED.

HB 259 (Powell-32nd) Gives superior court exclusive jurisdiction for cases involving children 13-17 years old charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery. The bill gives discretion to the superior court to transfer such cases back to juvenile court. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 657 (Petrea-166th) Creates a felony charge and mandatory minimum of 1-5 years for anyone who knowingly and intentionally provides a firearm to someone who is on probation as a felony first offender or to any person who has been convicted of a felony in any state. A second offense is punishable by 5-10 years imprisonment. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 660 (Hanson-80th) Creates added categories and penalties for the commission of hate crimes. These crimes target a victim or his or her property because of the defendant’s belief regarding the victim’s race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, mental disability, or physical disability. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 663 (Bennett- 94th) Creates added categories and penalties for the commission of hate crimes. These crimes target a victim or his or her property because of the defendant’s belief regarding the victim’s race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, mental disability, or physical disability. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 670 (Powell-32nd) Adds one legislative representative to the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision and clarifies that the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate each makes one such appointment. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s Desk.

HB 740 (Nix-69th) Requires local school systems to conduct a multi-tiered system of supports, such as response to intervention, (unless the student possessed a weapon, drugs, or other dangerous instrument or his/her behavior endangers the physical safety of students or school personnel) for a student in pre-school through third grade prior to expelling or suspending for five or more consecutive or cumulative days. If the student has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, then the school or program shall also convene an IEP or Section 504 meeting to review appropriate supports being provided as part of those plans. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 763 (Nix-69th) Expands the student attendance protocol committees to assess school climate as well.  Also requires local boards of education to report aggregated student discipline data (in addition to student attendance rates) to the committee and the State Board of Education at the end of each school year. Language from SB 457 was amended to the bill which requires every public school and private school to conduct drills on the execution of school safety plans based upon guidance from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 765 (Thomas-56th) “C.J.’s Law”- Makes a felony of hit and run accidents that result in serious injury (the crime of serious injury by vehicle), punishable by imprisonment from one to ten years. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE in a different version, but FAILED to get agreement from the House, so the bill therefore FAILED.

HB 802 (Willard-51st) Prevents the court from imposing a sentence of death or life without parole in any case in which the death penalty is sought, if the defendant was under 18 years of age when the crime was committed. The bill also provide for retroactive parole consideration of inmates serving prison sentences for a crime committed when the inmate was less than 18 years of age. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 842 (Mathiak-73rd) Allows merchants to offer persons suspected of theft an opportunity to complete a theft education program in lieu of prosecution. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 857 (Dreyer-59th) Grants incarcerated females access to feminine hygiene products and medical information concerning menopause and any other health issue related to being a female. The bill also states that a pregnant inmate shall not be required to squat or cough during a strip search and except certain circumstances, male custodians shall not be in viewing proximity where female inmates bathe, shower, or are in a state of partial or full undress. In addition, only female custodians shall conduct pat-down searches of female inmates and that custodians undergo gender sensitivity and trauma training. The location of an inmate’s spouse, child, stepchild, parent, and stepparent shall be considered when determining the location of the facility in which to place her. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 865 (Paris-142nd) Makes it a misdemeanor to possess two ounces or less of marijuana (current law is one ounce). Also changes the fine for one-half ounce or less to $300. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 890 (Fleming-121st) Makes it a misdemeanor to use an emergency exit after having shoplifted. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 910 (Rakestraw-19th) Increases penalties for causing an individual to engage in sexually explicit conduct or distribute any image, photograph, or video that depicts nudity, intimate parts, or sexually explicit conduct by transmitting a communication by any means. Exceptions are made for a variety of purposes. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 966 (Oliver-82nd) Prohibits the use of restraints on a child in a courtroom unless the judge believes they are necessary for various reasons. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 968 (Jackson-128th) Requires the transfer of probation supervision to the judicial circuit of the county in which the defendant resides in the case of misdemeanor offenses. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 981 (Willard-51st) Limits public access to records regarding certain convictions.
STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 145 (James-35th) Among other things, the bill revises the offense of rape for applicability to victims across genders, gender identities, and sexual orientations.   STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 217 (Stone-23rd) Any person employed or appointed as a municipal probation officer on or after July 1, 2017, shall not be authorized to exercise the power of arrest as a municipal probation officer unless that person is certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards Training Council. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 315 (Thompson-14th) Defines the crime of unauthorized computer access, placing it alongside the crime of computer password disclosure. Denotes the penalty for these crimes as a misdemeanor of high and aggravated nature. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 316 (Jackson-2nd) Creates added categories and penalties for the commission of hate crimes. These crimes target a victim or his or her property because of the defendant’s belief regarding the victim’s race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, mental disability, or physical disability. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 326 (James-35th) Provides that prior to posting bail for a juvenile or receiving a child from the custody of DJJ, a person, adult blood relative, or stepparent shall file a sworn and notarized affidavit with the court stating that he or she has legal custody of the alleged delinquent child or that he or she is an adult blood relative or stepparent. The bill also requires a criminal history records check of those arrested to determine if the person is classified as a wanted or missing person or is reasonably believed to be subjected to labor or sexual servitude.  The bill also requires personnel rendering patient care in a hospital or related institution to receive written material on industry best practices in recognizing signs typically displayed by persons who have been or are being subjected to labor or sexual servitude, and requires the GBI to collect information which would assist in the identification of any person believed to be subjected to labor or sexual servitude. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 347 (Kirk-13th) Makes it an offense of Criminal Trespass when someone intentionally defaces, mutilates, or defiles any grave marker, monument, or memorial recognizing one or more deceased persons. The bill also makes criminal trespass upon certain military graves, punishable as a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 348 (Harper-7th) Allows campus policemen and other security personnel who are regular employees of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council to have the power to make arrests for offenses committed upon any property under the jurisdiction of the TCSG and for offenses committed upon any public or private property within 1500 feet of TCSG property. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to achieve a vote on the House floor and therefore FAILED. Similar content can be found in SB 407, which did pass.

SB 368 (Kirk-13th) Allows the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to provide technical support and grant-writing assistance to any local law enforcement agency when the council finds that the local law enforcement agency would otherwise lack access to adequate technical support and assistance. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE in a different version, but failed to get agreement from the Senate and therefore FAILED.

SB 407 (Strickland-17th) This year’s bill resulting from the Criminal Justice Reform Council – Among other things, the bill addresses provisions involving bail reform, data collection and sharing, and citations for misdemeanors. It also clarifies matters relating to sentencing, first offender treatment, pay-only probation, and the use of community service. It addresses inmate access to Medicaid and increases certain penalties relating to the theft of, the use of an altered identification mark on, or the transfer of a firearm to certain individuals. The bill establishes the Criminal Case Data Exchange Board under the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The bill also encompasses language similar to SB 348 which allows campus policemen and other security personnel who are regular employees of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council to have the power to make arrests for offenses committed upon any property under the jurisdiction of the TCSG and for offenses committed upon any public or private property within 500 feet of TCSG property. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

SB 408 (Jackson-2nd) Requires a mental or behavioral health professional to be present at any law enforcement officer’s interview of an individual with autism or an autism spectrum disorder upon request of that individual or his/her parent or legal guardian. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 449 (James-35th) Raises the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from children under 17 years of age to children under 18 years of age. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HR 1260 (Ballinger-23rd) Creates the House Study Committee on Juvenile Court Judges. STATUS: Adopted.

SR 902 (James-35th) Creates the Joint Study Committee on Revising the Applicability and Nomenclature of the Offense of Rape. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee but did not get a vote on the Senate Floor and therefore FAILED.

 

 

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, revocation of a surrender of parental rights, the age for individuals to access the Adoption Reunion Registry, living expenses paid to a birth mother, and the annulment of an adoption under certain circumstances. The bill now includes power of attorney provisions with some safeguards to help ensure the child safety. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

HB 242 (Prince-127th) Requires the Department of Family and Children Services to notify the Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program in the event of a report of child abuse by a military parent or guardian. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee but did not get a vote on the Senate Floor and therefore FAILED.

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. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

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. Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill was heard in committee but no action was taken, so the bill therefore FAILED.

HB 654 (Beskin-54th) Adjusts provisions involving calculations of child support payments, so that in certain circumstances the court may allow for the use of separate worksheets to show the final child support amount to be paid for all such children and the adjusted amount of support to be paid as each child becomes ineligible to receive support. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE.  Recommended Do Pass by Senate Judiciary Committee, but failed to be chosen by the Senate Rules Committee for a vote on the Senate floor and therefore FAILED, but the content of this bill was amended to SB 427, which did pass.

HB 655 (Williams-145th) Requires every public school to post a sign containing the toll-free telephone number operated by the Division of Family and Children Services of the Department of Human Services to receive reports of child abuse or neglect. The bill was amended to include language from HB 762 which requires annual age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in kindergarten through grade 9 and that professional learning and in-service training may include programs on sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Education and Youth Committee but was not chosen by the Senate Rules Committee for a vote on the Senate floor, so the bill therefore FAILED.  Provisions from HB 762 (sexual assault awareness and training) were, however amended to SB 401, which passed. The phone number provisions from HB 655 were amended to SB 354, which failed.

HB 668 (Price-48th) Allows a petition for guardianship to be filed for a proposed ward who is 17 years old if the petitioner has a good faith reason to believe that the child will still need a guardian upon turning 18 years old. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Tabled by the Senate and not taken back off the table, so the bill therefore FAILED.

HB 732 (Silcox-52nd) Expands the offense of trafficking an individual for sexual servitude to include individuals who pay for such servitude and solicit and pay for it from people 16 years old or older. Essentially the same as SB 335, which is currently in House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 745 (Holcomb-81st) Allows a tenant to terminate his/her rental or lease agreement effective 30 days after providing the landlord with a written notice of termination when a civil family violence order or criminal family violence order has been issued. The notice must be accompanied by a copy of the applicable civil or criminal family violence order. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED, but the content of the bill was used for HB 834 which did pass.

HB 746 (Holcomb-81st) Requires each law enforcement agency to designate at least one law enforcement officer who is trained in trauma and victim response to receive all inquiries concerning sexual assault evidence kits and to serve as a liaison between the agency and victims of sexual assault. The bill also requires the Attorney General to develop, maintain, and publicly post a document concerning the rights of victims of sexual assault, which are listed in this legislation. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 762 (Cantrell-22nd) Requires annual age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in kindergarten through grade 9 and that professional learning and in-service training may include programs on sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the House Education Committee. The bill did not cross over, but the language was amended to HB 655 and then to SB 401, which ultimately passed.

HB 834 (Ballinger-23rd) Allows a tenant to terminate his/her rental or lease agreement effective 30 days after providing the landlord with a written notice of termination when a civil family violence order or criminal family violence order has been issued. The notice must be accompanied by a copy of the applicable civil or criminal family violence order. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 837 (Oliver-82nd) Requires each law enforcement agency to designate at least one law enforcement officer who is trained in trauma and victim response to receive all inquiries concerning sexual assault evidence kits and to serve as a liaison between the agency and victims of sexual assault. The bill also requires the Attorney General to develop, maintain, and publicly post a document concerning the rights of victims of sexual assault, which are listed in this legislation. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 883 (Hanson-80th) If a court issues an ex parte to protect the petitioner or a minor of the household from violence, then the order shall remain in effect until the court issues an order dismissing such order or a hearing occurs in 45 days to determine the validity of the allegations. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 891 (Gilliard-167th) Prevents discrimination against blind persons by the courts, Department of Human Services, or a child-placing agency in matters relating to child custody, guardianship, visitation, placement, or adoption. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 897 (Efstration-104th) Revises the “Uniform Power of Attorney Act.” Provisions relevant to children currently state that when power of attorney is granted, that the person granted the power of attorney must perform the acts necessary to maintain the customary standard of living of the principal, the principal’s spouse, the principal’s minor children, the principal’s adult children who are pursuing a postsecondary school education and are under 25 years of age. This bill provides that, if there has been an established pattern of payments or an indicated a clear intent to make payments for the children or the adult descendants who are under 25 years of age, or not the principal’s children, and pursuing a postsecondary school education, those payments must be fulfilled and maintained appropriately. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 906 (Dempsey-13th) Excludes public disclosure of personal information of Division of Family and Children Services foster parents or former foster parents that reveal his or her home address, home telephone number, day and month of birth, social security number, insurance or medical information, mother’s birth name, credit card information, debit card information, bank account information, account number, utility account number, password used to access his or her account, financial data or information other than compensation by a government agency, or unlisted telephone number if so designated in a public record or that reveal the identity of his or her immediate family members or dependents. The bill also contained language from the most recent version of HB 972, which allows the Division of Family and Children Services to offer extended care youth services to youths between 18 and 21 years of age, provided that extended care youth services are in the best interests of such child, adopting a transition plan for such child, ensuring the provision of developmentally appropriate services and supports consistent with such plans, and determining whether reasonable efforts are being made to transition such child to living independently.  A child may terminate a voluntary placement agreement and stop receiving extended care youth services at any time. The bill also requires DFCS, upon placement of a child, to provide the caregiver, foster parent, pre-adoptive parent, or relative providing care for such child with the following information in writing: A copy of or recommendations from the child’s most recent physical and dental examinations and any available information on the child’s known medical conditions and current medications; the child’s most recent developmental assessment, trauma assessment, and psychological evaluation; any court scheduling order or the dates and times for any scheduled hearings relating to the child; and health insurance information for the child, including the child’s Medicaid number. In addition, DFCS must provide the caregiver with an explanation of the process for enrolling the child in school and any information necessary to complete the process; a description of any financial assistance for which the caregiver may be eligible, including any financial assistance available for child care; a description of the reasonable and prudent parenting standard defined in Code; and contact information for a county or district DFCS office. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 920 (Dempsey-13th) Allows the Department of Human Services (particularly Division of Family and Children Services) to access information concerning an adopted child, the child’s biological parents, and the child’s adoptive parents may when, after the adoption, such child dies, suffers a near fatality, or is an alleged victim of child abuse or neglect. The department may also provide such information to the Office of the Child Advocate for the Protection of Children.  STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 927 (Nimmer-178th) The original content of this bill was amended to HB 972 and replaced with content from SB 351, which expands from 4 to 8 the number of nurses that can a physician can delegate the authority to perform certain medical acts through a Nurse Protocol Agreement.  The bill also eliminates the criteria of “life threatening situations” as a determining factor as to whether a so delegated nurse can order radiographic imaging tests. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s Desk.

HB 958 (Belton-112th) Department of Community Health shall develop a sign to be posted at any medical facility stating that the facility is an authorized location to leave a newborn child. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED but similar content can be found in HB 513 which did pass.

HB 972 (Willard-51st) Allows the Division of Family and Children Services to offer extended care youth services to youths between 18 and 21 years of age, provided that extended care youth services are in the best interests of such child, adopting a transition plan for such child, ensuring the provision of developmentally appropriate services and supports consistent with such plans, and determining whether reasonable efforts are being made to transition such child to living independently.  A child may terminate a voluntary placement agreement and stop receiving extended care youth services at any time. The bill was amended to also include the contents of HB 927 which requires DFCS, upon placement of a child, to provide the caregiver, foster parent, pre-adoptive parent, or relative providing care for such child with the following information in writing: A copy of or recommendations from the child’s most recent physical and dental examinations and any available information on the child’s known medical conditions and current medications; the child’s most recent developmental assessment, trauma assessment, and psychological evaluation; any court scheduling order or the dates and times for any scheduled hearings relating to the child; and health insurance information for the child, including the child’s Medicaid number. In addition, DFCS must provide the caregiver with an explanation of the process for enrolling the child in school and any information necessary to complete the process; a description of any financial assistance for which the caregiver may be eligible, including any financial assistance available for child care; a description of the reasonable and prudent parenting standard defined in Code; and contact information for a county or district DFCS office. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE in a different version, but was rendered moot because the language was amended to HB 906, which did pass.

HB 982 (Nimmer-178th) States that if the court finds, within six months of the date of such child’s removal from his or her home, that the diligent search efforts by DFCS have not resulted in identification of any relatives or fictive kin who are willing to provide a permanent home for such child, and that removal of the child from the foster parent would be detrimental to such child’s emotional well-being, the court may excuse DFCS from the continuing duty to search for relatives or fictive kin. The bill also states that DFCS can file a petition to terminate parental rights if the child has been in foster care under the responsibility of DFCS for a cumulative period of 12 months or longer and the parent substantially neglected or willfully refused to remedy the circumstances that caused the child to be in foster care. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE in a different version, and then was amended again in the House, but the Senate did not take it up for agreement before the end of the session, so the bill therefore FAILED.

HB 983 (Price-48th) Requires DFCS protocol to include a requirement that on a third or subsequent allegation of child abuse, a pediatric physician or other appropriate medical personnel shall provide a medical review of the case and a medical evaluation of the child, if deemed necessary by the physician or medical personnel.  STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 39 (Unterman-45th) Increases the penalty provisions relating to pimping and pandering. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to make it out of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, and therefore FAILED.

SB 127 and SR 146 (Kennedy-18th) Constitutional Amendment and the enabling legislation which confirms that when a victim in a case has made a written request to the prosecuting attorney to be notified of all proceedings and has provided contact information to the prosecuting attorney, and such victim asserts that he or she was not provided notification of a proceeding, he or she may file a motion requesting to be heard on such matter.  STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 131 (Tillery-19th) Requires adoption proceedings be stayed while an appeal of an order to terminate parental rights (TPR) is pending until such order becomes final by the conclusion of appellate proceedings or the time limit for seeking such a review expires. The bill was amended to add the following considerations for determining TPR: whether it is in the child’s best interest to delay integration into a stable and permanent home environment; the effect of a lack of a stable and permanent home environment on the child’s safety, well-being, or physical, mental, or emotional health; and if the child’s future physical, mental, moral, or emotional well-being would be harmed. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

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 from HB 1006 which states that it is considered sexual assault when a school employee has sexual contact with a student. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE in a different version, but failed to get agreement from the Senate and therefore FAILED.

SB 236 (James-35th) Allows the prosecuting attorney to provide a copy of the traffic citation and all pertinent documents to the county department of family and children services when certain offenders are convicted for endangering a child by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in order to aid in an investigation of possible child abuse. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to make it out of the House Juvenile Justice Committee, and therefore FAILED.

SB 335 (Unterman-45th) Expands the offense of trafficking an individual for sexual servitude to include individuals who pay for such servitude and solicit and pay for it from people 16 years old or older. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to achieve a vote on the House floor and therefore FAILED. The content of this bill was already passed by both chambers in the body of HB 732, which did pass.

SB 336 (Unterman-45th) Provides that when a subpoena is issued for production of electronic communication service records for computer or electronic devices that are used for certain offenses against minors, the provider of the service shall not provide notice of such subpoena to the subscriber or customer of such service. The bill was amended to add some language from HB 623 which authorizes, but does not mandate, DECAL, DCH, DHS and DBHDD to use the rap back service (the retention of fingerprints ina  secure database) for real-time updates on the criminal activity of those they employ, contract or license.   STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 337 (Unterman-45th) Expands acceptable testimony of a child’s description of sexual contact or physical abuse to include any motion made or hearing or trial in the past. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Assigned to House Judiciary Committee.

SB 375 (Ligon-3rd) “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act.”-Allows a child-placing agency to decline to accept a referral from the Department of Human Services (Division of Family and Children Services) and to decline to perform services under a contract with the department based on the child-placing agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs. The bill also prevents department from discriminating against or causing any adverse action against a child-placing agency based on those religious beliefs. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to make it out of the House Judiciary Committee, and therefore FAILED.

SB 427 (Kennedy-18th) Requires s court’s final determination of child support to take into account the obligor’s earnings, income, and other evidence of the obligor’s ability to pay (including whether or not the obligor is incarcerated). The court shall also consider the basic subsistence needs of the parents and the child for whom support is to be provided. The bill also contains language from HB 657, which adjusts provisions involving calculations of child support payments, so that in certain circumstances the court may allow for the use of separate worksheets to show the final child support amount to be paid for all such children and the adjusted amount of support to be paid as each child becomes ineligible to receive support. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 429 (Brass-28th) Allows the Department of Family and Children Services to streamline the purchase of or purchase services for children or families to whom it is providing child welfare services by contracting with providers without competitive bidding. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SR 774 (Stone-23rd) Creates the Joint Study Committee on Adoption Expenses. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee but did not get a vote on the House Floor and therefore FAILED.

 

 

HB 65 (Peake-141st) Creates The Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access and adds post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain to the conditions authorized for the use of low THC oil. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 161 (Price-48th) Provides that employees and agents of harm reduction organizations (an organization which provides direct assistance and services, such as syringe exchanges, drug treatment, and screening, to at-risk individuals to slow the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases among intravenous drug users) are not subject to certain offenses relating to hypodermic needles. Language from SB 352 was amended to this bill which prohibits patient brokering and creates a director of Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Related Disorders (to be appointed by the governor), and establishes the Commission on Substance Abuse and Recovery.  The bill also provides for a fraudulent insurance act for the excessive, high-tech, or fraudulent drug testing in the treatment of the elderly, the disabled, or any individual affected by pain, substance abuse, addiction, or any related disorder. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE in a different version, but FAILED to get agreement from the House, so the bill therefore FAILED.

HB 273 (Douglas-78th) Requires each local board of education to schedule a 30 minute daily recess for students elementary school. 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. There are exceptions listed in which case a school can forego recess, and the bill contains language creating an out for many systems by stating, “This Code section shall not be construed to be a statute relating to the protection of the physical health and safety of school students, employees, and visitors.” STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE in a different version, then was amended again by the House. This latest version of the bill, however did not achieve agreement from the Senate, so the bill therefore FAILED.

HB 301 (Powell-171st) Create a new income tax credit for taxpayers who are licensed physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, or physician assistants who provide uncompensated preceptorship training to medical students, advanced practice registered nurse students, or physician assistant students for certain periods of time. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE in a different version, but FAILED to get agreement from the House, so the bill therefore FAILED.

HB 653 (Spencer-180th) Provides that certain professional licensing boards are authorized but not required to suspend the license of a person upon notice of nonpayment or default on a federal educational loan or service conditional scholarship. This pertains particularly to those licenses issued by the authority of Georgia Composite Medical Board. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 669 (Trammel-132nd) Authorizes the state to allocate appropriations to expand Medicaid and get federal funds for payments to medical providers on behalf of Medicaid recipients. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 673 (Carson-46th) Prohibits driving while: conducting wireless communication without using a hands-free accessory, reaching for a wireless telecommunications device in such a manner that requires the driver to maneuver in such a way that he or she is no longer in a seated driving position properly restrained by a safety belt, watching motion upon the screen of a wireless telecommunications device other than those related to the functioning or navigation of the vehicle. Violation will be considered a misdemeanor and shall be punishable with one point against the driving record and a fine of up to $50. Upon a second offense the driver shall receive 2 points and a fine up to $100. Upon the third offense, 3 points and a fine up to $150.   STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 678 (Smith-134th) Requires healthcare providers to tell patients which health insurance plans they accept before non-emergency treatment.  If they do not have an agreement with a patient’s health insurance provider, they must disclose the estimated amount the health care provider, group practice, diagnostic and treatment center, or health center will bill the patient or prospective patient for health care services when the patient asks. Information about who ancillary providers will be in the process of treatment must also be provided when asked.  Likewise, insurance providers must make accessible information which could help clients assess out-of-network costs. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. The bill failed to make it out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and therefore FAILED.

HB 697 (Taylor-173rd) Extends an exemption from state sales and use tax for one additional years (up to June 30, 2019) regarding the sale or use of tangible personal property to certain nonprofit health centers, including some volunteer centers which serve indigent patients. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 733 (Alexander-66th) Expands the service cancelable loan program for psychiatrists serving in underserved rural areas. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 743 (Clark-98th) “Jeremy Nelson and Nick Blakely Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act”-Requires the GA DOE to develop and post on its publicly accessible website guidelines and relevant materials to inform and educate student, parents, guardians and coaches participating in or desiring to participate in an interscholastic athletic activity about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest. Public and private schools must also hold informational meetings in the subject and parents/guardians must sign a form acknowledging that they have reviewed the information.  Protocols are also established for removing students who faint, pass out or exhibit any other symptoms possibly related to cardiac issues from participation. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Tabled by the Senate and not taken back off the table, so the bill therefore FAILED.

HB 747 (Cooper-43rd) Provides that Medicaid recipients receive unrestricted access to medications prescribed for the treatment of hemophilia. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 755 (Cannon-58th) Requires DPH to establish a three-year pilot program to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis drug assistance or services to persons at risk of being infected with HIV. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 764 (Clark-98th) Adds post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain to the conditions authorized for the use of low THC oil. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. The bill failed to make it out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and therefore FAILED, but the content was amended to HB 65, which did pass.

HB 769 (Jasperse-11th) Creates the Rural Center for Health Care Innovation and Sustainability within the Department of Community Health’s (DCH) State Office of Rural Health, to be housed at a postsecondary institution within the state. It will serve as a central health data repository for collection and dissemination of health data from state health agencies, including but not limited to DCH, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, to conduct health data analytics to determine rural health care needs for planning purposes, including determining current and future health care work force needs. The bill allows and defines micro-hospitals and also includes a grant program for rural physicians practicing in rural Georgia. The bill was also amended with language from SB 31, addressing in-hospital pharmacists and language from the original HB 827 which increases the value of the rural hospital organization tax credit to 100%. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 827 (Kelley-16th) Originally the bill increased the value of the rural hospital organization tax credit to 100 percent, but the bill was completely gutted by the Senate Finance Committee and replaced with language creating an exemption from sales and use tax for charges for admission or membership to a shooting range. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Tabled by the Senate and not taken back off the table, so the bill therefore FAILED, but the language was amended to HB 769 which did pass.

HB 835 (Lott-122nd) Allows the issuance of special event tobacco permits to licensed dealers authorizing off-premise sales of certain tobacco products (cigars, cigarettes, or loose or smokeless tobacco) at special events or temporary locations. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. The bill failed to make it out of the Senate Finance Committee, and therefore FAILED, although parts of this bill can be found in HB 217, which did pass.

HB 844 (Houston-170th) Expands the membership of the Georgia Commission on Hearing Impaired and Deaf Persons from 7 to 10 members. It also creates a multiagency task force to establish a system of collaborative governance responsible for making recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor regarding improvements to the statewide system of developmental and educational services that support age-appropriate language and literacy proficiency for children who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth to third grade. The bill also provides for a state-wide coordinated longitudinal data management system for all children who are deaf or hard of hearing and requires integrated and seamless services from birth through literacy. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s Desk.

HB 847 (Chandler-105th) Allows Georgia to enter into an interstate compact known as the “Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact”, which is intended to regulate the day to day practice of telepsychology across state boundaries and to the temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology by psychologists across state boundaries for 30 days within a calendar year. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. The bill failed to make it out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and therefore FAILED.

HB 868 (Schofield-60th) Adds Systemic lupus erythematosus or discoid cutaneous lupus when such disease is diagnosed as severe or end stage to the list of conditions which may be treated by low THC oil. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 877 (Nimmer-178th) Reduces taxes on modified risk tobacco products (MRTP is a legal designation in the United States for a tobacco product that poses lower health risks to individual users and the population as a whole when compared to existing products on the market such as cigarettes). STATUS: FAILED HOUSE VOTE.

HB 882 (Cantrell-22nd) Prevents an abortion provider or facility from obtaining a contractual waiver from the mother concerning her or the unborn child’s private right of action.  STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 895 (Cooper-43rd) Prohibits the sale to and by minors of drug products containing dextromethorphan STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 909 (Silcox-52nd) Allows the Department of Public Health to establish separate criteria for perinatal facilities (meaning a hospital, clinic, or birthing center that provides maternal or neonatal health care services) levels of maternal care and neonatal care. Such criteria may include, without limitation, data collection and reporting, arrangements for patient transportation, and protocols for coordination with and referral of patients to and from other health care facilities. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 914 (Parsons-44th) Distinguishes between violations of prohibition on overtaking a school bus as criminal and civil and provides for notice of such violations when evidenced through a video recording device or witnessed by a public safety officer. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 941 (Bazemore-63rd) Requires instruction on the best practices for, and risks associated with, the use of tampons in the course of study in sex education in the state core curriculum. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 943 (Mathiak-73rd) Requires health plans to provide coverage for less addictive opioids, opioid addiction treatments, and opioid alternative treatments. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 978 (Nimmer-178th) Provides for automated traffic enforcement devices in school safety zones. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s Desk.

HB 1020 (Trammel-132nd) Allows the authorization of three licensed resort facilities in counties, municipalities, and consolidated governments that have approved the facilities by public referendum; to funds Georgia Medicaid Expansion and REACH Georgia Scholarship Trust Fund, the Georgia Problem Gaming Assistance Fund, and the Georgia Licensed Resort Facility Host Community Fund. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 1051 (Teasley-37th) Exempts direct primary care agreements between physicians and patients from regulation as insurance. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 1074 (Stephens-164th) Increases excise tax on cigars and smokeless tobacco by 42% and on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack.  STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 74 (McKoon-29th) Raises the standard of proof needed for and unemancipated minor seeking a waiver of the parental notification requirement for an abortion. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to make it out of the House Juvenile Justice Committee, and therefore FAILED.

SB 118 (Unterman-45th) Changes the age limit for coverage for autism spectrum disorders for an individual covered under a policy or contract from six years old or under to 21 years old or under. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 235 (James-35th) Encourages local boards of education, nonpublic elementary and secondary schools, governing bodies of charter schools, and public recreation facilities to provide youth athletes participating in gridiron football with a helmet which has at least a four-star rating on the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings scale at the time of its use. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 318 (Rhett-33rd) Requires the Department of Community Health to create a one-year pilot program to examine the execution of a physician’s certificate for emergency examination of a person for involuntary evaluation and treatment for mental illness or alcohol or drug abuse based on consultation with an emergency medical technician or paramedic who has personally observed the person. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to make it out of the House Health and Human Services Committee, and therefore FAILED.

SB 325 (Kirkpatrick-32nd) The bill was gutted and language replaced with provisions relating to bariatric surgery and step therapy protocols. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE in a different version, but failed to get agreement from the Senate and therefore FAILED.

SB 327 (Albers-56th) Eliminates the circumstance of death when unattended by a physician from the list of deaths that a coroner or county medical examiner can order a medical examiner’s inquiry of that death. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 346 (Thompson-5th) Allows in-state cultivation of marijuana.  STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 351 (Unterman-45th) Expands from 4 to 8 the number of nurses that can a physician can delegate the authority to perform certain medical acts through a Nurse Protocol Agreement.  The bill also eliminates the criteria of “life threatening situations” as a determining factor as to whether a so delegated nurse can order radiographic imaging tests.  The content of this bill has replaced the original content of HB 927. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to make it out of the House Health and Human Services Committee, and therefore FAILED.

SB 352 (Unterman-45th) Prohibits patient brokering and creates a director of Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Related Disorders (to be appointed by the governor), and establishes the Commission on Substance Abuse and Recovery.  The bill also provides for a fraudulent insurance act for the excessive, high-tech, or fraudulent drug testing in the treatment of the elderly, the disabled, or any individual affected by pain, substance abuse, addiction, or any related disorder. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to make it out of the House Health and Human Services Committee, and therefore FAILED.  The language from this bill was amended to HB 161, but that did failed as well.

SB 357 (Burke-11th) Establishes the Health Coordination and Innovation Council of the State of Georgia (to be assigned to the Office of Planning and Budget for administrative purposes), with a director of health care policy and strategic planning who reports directly to the Governor. The bill also requires a number of health-related boards, councils and the like to report on certain health related data. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 359 (Hufstetler-52nd) Establishes standards for carriers and health care providers with regard to payment under a managed care plan in the provision of emergency medical care, and lays out provisions for increased transparency regarding providers. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to make it out of the House Insurance Committee, and therefore FAILED.

SB 364 (Hufstetler-52nd) Authorizes a higher supervisory ratio for physician assistants who have completed a board approved anesthesiologist assistant program. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 399 (Williams-27th) Expands the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses so they can serve as a primary or acute care provider of record for family and individual’s life spans, adult gerontology, neonatal care, pediatrics, and women’s health. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 424 (Lucas-26th) Establishes the Center for Rural Health Innovation and Sustainability. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 437 (Payne-54th) Provides that when a minor child is a candidate for non-resuscitation, an order not to resuscitate may be issued with the oral or written consent of the minor’s parent.  STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to achieve a vote on the House floor and therefore FAILED.

SB 457 (Tate-38th) Requires every public school and private school to conduct drills on the execution of school safety plans based upon guidance from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to make it out of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, and therefore FAILED, but language from this bill was amended to HB 763, which did pass.

HR 1417 (Powell-32nd) Creates the Joint Study Committee on Cultivation, Manufacture, and Dispensing of Medical Cannabis Low THC Oil. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee but did not get a vote on the House Floor and therefore FAILED.

HR 1160 (Hill-3rd) Creates the House Study Committee on Risks Associated with Kratom. STATUS: Adopted.

HR 388 (Kirby-114th) Creates the House Study Committee on Meeting the Demand for Nursing Care in Georgia. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by House Special Rules Committee but did not get a vote on the House Floor and therefore FAILED.

HR 1363 (Cooper-43rd) Urges the United States Congress to amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 so as to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug so that its medical benefits and effects may be researched or, if Congress is unwilling to reclassify marijuana, to enact the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act (MEDS Act). STATUS: Adopted.

HR 1582 (Cooper-43rd) Recognizes March, 2018, as Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Awareness Month at the state capitol. STATUS: Adopted.

HR 1321 (Cox-108th) Creates the House Study Committee on High Risk Exposure to HIV and Hepatitis B and C STATUS: The bill did not pass out of its committee and therefore FAILED.

HR 1375 (Dempsey-13th) Encourages the State of Georgia to advise all public and private schools to educate students and parents about the dangers of meningococcal disease. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee but did not get a vote on the House Floor and therefore FAILED.

SR 935 (Albers-56th) Creates the Senate School Safety Study Committee. STATUS: Adopted.

SR 983 (Brass-28th) Creates the Joint Study Committee on Cultivation, Manufacture, and Dispensing of Medical Cannabis Low THC Oil. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee but did not get a vote on the Senate Floor and therefore FAILED.

 

 

HB 166 (Price-48th) Allows an operator of a licensed family child care learning home, who executes an affidavit stating that he/she is the operator of a family child care learning home, to be excused or deferred from jury duty. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 184 (Cannon-58th) “Georgia Pregnant Workers Fairness Act”- Requires employers to provide for reasonable accommodations to job applicants and employees for circumstances related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions. The bill also requires the Department of Labor to develop courses and educate the public on such accommodations. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 494 (Dempsey-13th) Authorizes the use of hearsay in preliminary hearings regarding emergency closure of an early care and learning program or the emergency placement of a monitor or monitors and adds certain misdemeanors to the definition of “crime” for purposes of background checks. The bill also provides that background checks are not valid if an individual has been separated from employment from an early care and education program for more than 180 consecutive days. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 513 (Dickerson-113th) Requires the Department of Human Services to develop a sign to be posted at any medical facility stating that such facility is an authorized location to leave a newborn child. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The House agreed to the Senate Substitute. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 97 (Parent-42nd) Changes the Georgia child care plan for child care subsidies so that a parent who is attending a job training or educational program may receive child care assistance for up to 24 consecutive months. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 483 (Jordan-6th) Provides for a private lactation room open to the public in either the Capitol Building or the Paul D. Coverdell Legislative Office Building. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HR 1102 (Park-101st) Creates the House Study Committee on Increasing Access to Pre-K and After-School Programs. STATUS: The bill did not pass out of its committee and therefore FAILED.

 

education

HB 32 (Chandler-105th) Prohibits sexual contact between school employees or agents and students enrolled at the school employing the adult.  STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

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 $100 Million for 10 years and then reverts to $58 Million. The administrative withholding fee for the student scholarship organizations was reduced from 10% to 3%. The bill also extended the sunset provision on the tax credits for donations to the Public Education Innovation Fund by three more years. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 329 (Powell-171st) Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) statute. It makes multiple technical amendments to the taxation of kit cars, classic cars, title transfer through divorce, title transfers, and requires any trade in to register a name and VIN number. The legislation also addresses both the distribution between the state and local governments, and the split between the cities/counties/schools at the local level. The legislation creates a 65% local and 35% state share of the overall TAVT revenues. Of the local share, it is split based on where the vehicles are titled. If the vehicle is titled in the unincorporated area, 51% goes to the county and 49% goes to the schools. If the vehicle is titled in the incorporated area, 49% of the TAVT goes to the school, 28% to the county, and 23% to the municipality. The split mimics the ad valorem breakdown of the “birthday tax” system. (Thanks to the GA Municipal Association for this summary!) STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 392 (Fleming-121st) Allows funding for students taking dual credit courses (Move on When Ready) at eligible postsecondary institutions which use nonstandard term systems to be eligible for payment for up to five nonstandard terms per academic year. This language was amended to SB 401, but was removed from that bill on the last day of the legislative session. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE.  Recommended Do Pass by Senate Higher Education Committee, but failed to be chosen by the Senate Rules Committee for a vote on the Senate floor and therefore FAILED.

HB 432 (Dubnik-29th) Allows an institution that lacks accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to be approved for tuition equalization purposes, if previously deemed an approved school. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 448 (Williams-119th) Exempts nonpublic law schools, accredited by the Bar Association and primarily located in Georgia, and proprietary institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges from regulation by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. The bill also changes the composition of that commission. Allows exempt nonpublic law schools’ students to receive federal financial aid. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 482 (Cantrell-22nd) Georgia Educational Scholarship Act’- Allows state funds to deposited on behalf of a participating student and which may be used for qualified education expenses including tuition for private school up to age 22. STATUS: FAILED HOUSE VOTE.

HB 524 (Teasley-37th) Creates a digital learning tax credit available for donations to eligible nonprofit organizations to be used to provide improved technology to county, municipal, and independent school districts, facilitating Internet access for student learning initiatives. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 667 (Bentley-139th) Prevents local boards of education from participating in an athletic association which does not provide for instant replays to review rulings on the field for high school football playoff and championship games. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 672 (Thomas-39th) Allows the use of speed detection devices by school security personnel, defined as a certified law enforcement officer employed by a local board of education, a county or a municipal law enforcement agency for patrol of a school. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 700 (Belton-112th) Authorizes types of service cancelable educational loans financed by state funds and issued by the Georgia Student Finance Authority in exchange for two years of service in the Georgia National Guard. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 702 (Clark-147th) Creates a service cancelable postsecondary education loan program for students in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who work in federal civil service positions at defense installations in this state. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 713 (Chandler-105th) The bill lowers eligibility requirements for homeschooled children for the HOPE scholarship from scoring within the 93rd percentile on the ACT or SAT to having scored within the 92nd percentile. The Senate amended the underlying bill to include language from SB 405 which would change the eligibility standards for homeschool students applying for HOPE scholarships and would create grants, up to $1,500 per semester, for non-HOPE, University System of Georgia students that have family income below $48,000, have received a Pell Scholarship, have achieved certain academic criteria, and are employed at least 15 hours per week.  STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE in a different version, then was amended again by the House. This latest version of the bill, however did not achieve agreement from the Senate, so the bill therefore FAILED.

HB 718 (Scott-76th) Excuses a maximum of five school day absences per school year, for no more than two school years, of students with parents in service of the armed forces of the United States, the Reserves, or the National Guard or veterans to attend therapy sessions as recommended by a licensed physician or psychologist. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 722 (Casas-107th) Adds any nonprofit, baccalaureate degree granting postsecondary institution which has been in existence ten or more years with a physical location in this state and which holds institutional accreditation by a national or regional accrediting agency that is recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education to the list of eligible institutions for “Move on When Ready”. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 728 (Coleman-97th) Repeals the sunset provision on the Public Education Innovation Fund Foundation (which passed last year and is designed to receive private donations to be used for grants to public schools and provide for a related income tax credit for qualified education donations).  The tax credits became available January 1st this year but are scheduled to sunset December 31, 2020.  STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. The bill failed to make it out of the Senate Finance Committee, and therefore FAILED, although parts of this bill can be found in HB 217, which did pass.

HB 739 (Williams-168th) Names the act requiring the Professional Standards Commission to adopt and implement a process for military spouses to qualify for temporary certificates or expedited certificates upon moving to the state  as the “Tracy Rainey Act”. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 744 (Shannon-84th) Exempts full-time students enrolled in postsecondary education, including those taking classes online, from jury duty. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 759 (Turner-21st) Revises eligibility for the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program to state that the student is not eligible if the student previously qualified for the scholarship. The Senate amended the bill to enable a student eligible for the voucher to exit the public school system only one additional time (within 18 months) after any initial exit. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Education and Youth Committee but was not chosen by the Senate Rules Committee for a vote on the Senate floor, so the bill therefore FAILED. The special needs scholarship provisions were amended to SB 139, which also failed.

HB 778 (England-116th) Transfers the career, technical, and agricultural education program from the State Board of Education to the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 781 (Tanner-9th) Allows school districts to use up to 35% of SPLOST funds for maintenance and operations.  It also creates a process to amend existing SPLOST to include these costs. HR 992 is the companion constitutional amendment. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 787 (Hilton-95th) Allows state charter schools to receive services from Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs), and puts the state charter supplement at the statewide average of local funding OR the average of the local funding for schools in the state charter’s attendance zone, whichever is less. The capital outlay portion of the calculation would give brick-and-mortar state charters the statewide average total capital revenue, excluding revenue bonds, per FTE or the capital revenue per FTE for the local district in which the state’s school is located, whichever is greater. In addition, state charter virtual schools would get 20% of the statewide average total capital revenue per FTE if they provide computer hardware, software, associated technical equipment, and ongoing maintenance required and necessary for its students to participate in virtual instruction. The bill also authorizes the State Board to create a grant program for replicating high-performing charters. The bill also requires the Department of Audits to do an annual report on the virtual state charters. (Thanks to Angela Palm of GSBA for this amazing summary!), and commands the Georgia Student Finance Commission to establish a needs-based financial aid program for full-time students in the university system, subject to future appropriations. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 788 (Stovall-74th) Allows a parent or guardian to enroll a student in a school using the address of an individual residing in the school’s attendance zone who has authorized such use. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 801 (Hilton-95th) Revise the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program, changing the name to the Individualized Education Account Act. The bill also adds students who have been adopted from foster care to the list of eligible recipients and expands the scope of use for the program dollars. It establishes a program review committee to determine whether certain expenses meet the requirements to be considered an authorized expense. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED, but it looks like there will be a House study committee on this subject.

HB 852 (Smith-41st) Allows a student who has attended a public school for more than half of the school year and who moves during the school year to another attendance zone within the local school system to continue to attend the initial public school through the completion of the school year; provided that the student has not had chronic disciplinary problems. The parent is responsible for transportation of the student to and from the school. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s Desk.

HB 853 (Dempsey-13th) Provides that children placed in psychiatric residential treatment facilities as a result of a physician’s order may not be charged tuition. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s Desk.

HB 874 (Teasley-37th) Requires charter schools to provide parents with fair and timely notice when any process is initiated which could lead to the closure or restructuring of a charter school. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED, but it looks like there will be a House study committee on this subject.

HB 894 (Jones-25th) Permits state charter schools to receive services from regional educational service agencies and revises various funding parameters for state chartered special schools and state charter schools. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED, but it seems some of these provisions are contained in HB 787, which did pass.

HB 905 (Clark-98th) Authorizes home study students to participate in extracurricular and interscholastic activities in the student’s resident public school system. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 908 (Dickey-140th) Allows students who are 20 years old or older and who have not attained a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) diploma to be eligible for enrollment in an approved state charter school until a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) diploma  is attained or until the student or no longer resides in this state. The bill also provides for the GA Department of Education to determine rules and regulations for funding. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 922 (Carpenter-4th) Provides for freedom of religious speech for students and faculty members in public schools; for student protections in student expression, class assignments, organization of religious groups and activities, and limited public forums; for model policies by each local school system on student expression; for freedom of religious expression by faculty and employees of public schools while fulfilling the duties of their jobs. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 926 (Beskin-54th) Requires each local school system to provide the Department of Education, information including statistics and data, relating to student health and physical education. By December 31, 2019, the State Board of Education must report on this information, and include a great deal to detail on physical education programs, their outcomes and functionality. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 928 (Williams-145th) Extends HOPE eligibility from 7 to 15 years from the end of high school for qualified active military personnel. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 932 (Benton-31st) Raises the age of mandatory education from 16 to 17. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 936 (Stephens-164th) Prohibits a school year from beginning prior to the third week in August, with the exception of year-round schools. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 955 (Frye-118th) Requires HOPE grants to cover the full cost of tuition. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 963 (Brockway-102nd) State Workforce Development Board, in consultation with the Department of Education and the Technical College System of Georgia, shall annually develop a promoted list of industry credentials and state licenses that are linked to an occupation that is in high demand or leads to an occupation with wages of at least 70 percent of the average annual wage. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED. The language was amended to SB 139, but that bill also failed.

HB 971 (Chandler-105th) Allows home study and private school students to take the PSAT/NMSQT and advanced placement exams through a local school system. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 1006 (Setzler-35th) Revises the crime of sexual assault by delineating degrees of the crime and revising punishments for persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority and adds non-supervisory personnel to the list of individuals subject to the provisions of the law. This language was (ultimately) amended to SB 154. STATUS: House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. The bill did not cross over, the language was amended to SB 154, but that failed as well.

HB 1007 and HR 1341 (Cox-108th) Constitutional Amendment and Enabling legislation creating the Student and School Safety Fund and related commission to impose, collect, and dispose of additional fees for violation of certain criminal and traffic laws. Collected funds will be used to implement and enhance student and school safety measures. STATUS: The bills did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 1018 (Mitchell-88th) Requires driver education courses to educate young drivers on the proper actions to be taken by drivers during traffic stops and proper interaction with law enforcement officers. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

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: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 82 (Jackson-2nd) Clarifies that being a member of the Georgia National Guard or a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States located in Georgia is classified as a legal resident of Georgia for the purposes of eligibility for HOPE scholarships and grants. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 139 (Hill-6th) Authorizes local school districts, charter schools, and college and career academies to develop and submit additional career pathways, including recommended content standards, for consideration by the State Board of Education. The bill was amended by the House to include a provision allowing a student to qualify for the GA Special Needs Scholarship Program if the student previously qualified for such a scholarship. This bill would also require the State Workforce Development Board, with input from the Department of Education and the Technical College System of Georgia, to develop and promote an annual list of industry credentials and state licenses, such as welding or computer certifications, that students can earn in middle or high school.  STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE in a different version, but failed to get agreement from the Senate and therefore FAILED.

SB 215 (Williams-27th) Freezes college tuition for students at the amount established for freshman year. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 320 (Henson-41st) Requires public elementary and secondary schools to allow parents and guardians to register to vote when enrolling their children for school. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 330 (Wilkinson-50th) Based the agricultural education program provided in this state on the nationally recognized three-component model of school based agricultural education: daily instruction in an organized classroom and lab environment; hands-on, real-world learning opportunities through the supervised agriculture experience (SAE) program; and leadership and learning opportunities through participation in the Future Farmers of America. The bill also requires the GA Department of Education to conduct a pilot program, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, for agricultural education in six elementary schools in this state with the goal of determining whether and how to implement an elementary agricultural education program state wide. The bill also requires the Professional Standards Commission to extend in-field certification for agricultural education to include kindergarten through grade five by July 1, 2018. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 339 (Ligon-3rd) Requires the establishment of free speech policies for institutions of the Georgia university system. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE.The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 354 (Jackson-2nd) Require that the Technical College System of Georgia classify certain active duty service members as in-state for tuition purposes.  The bill was amended to include language from the original version of HB 655 which requires every public school to post a sign containing the toll-free telephone number operated by the Division of Family and Children Services of the Department of Human Services to receive reports of child abuse or neglect. It was also amended to include some language from HB 713, which lowers eligibility requirements for homeschooled children for the HOPE scholarship from scoring within the 93rd percentile on the ACT or SAT to having scored within the 92nd percentile. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to achieve a vote on the House floor and therefore FAILED.

SB 361 (Williams-27th) Provides for freedom of religious speech for students and faculty members in public schools; for student protections in student expression, class assignments, organization of religious groups and activities, and limited public forums; for model policies by each local school system on student expression; for freedom of religious expression by faculty and employees of public schools while fulfilling the duties of their jobs. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 362 (Tippins-37th) Establishes an innovative assessment pilot program, including exemptions from certain state-wide assessment requirements, yet aligned with state academic content standards. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 377 (Strickland-17th) Transfers the State Workforce Development Board from the Department of Economic Development to the Technical College System of Georgia. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 384 (Williams-27th) Authorizes home study students to participate in extracurricular and interscholastic activities in the student’s resident public school system. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 401 (Tippins-37th) Provides for guidance in career oriented aptitudes and career interests in developing an individual graduation plan. The bill also includes language from HB 762 which requires annual age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in kindergarten through grade 9 and that professional learning and in-service training may include programs on sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 405 (Millar-40th) Creates grants up to $1500 per semester for non-HOPE students whose family income does not exceed $48,000.00, is enrolled in an institution of the University System of Georgia, has received a Pell scholarship, achieved certain academic criteria, and is employed at least 15 hours per week during the semester.  STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to make it out of the House Higher Education Committee, and therefore FAILED, but there is a needs-based provision in HB 787, which did pass.

SB 439 (Sims-12th) Adds penalties for budget deficits or irregular audit findings in local schools or school systems for three consecutive years. Penalties include withholding state funds and removal of school board members from office. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 442 (Williams-27th) Creates a tax credit for certain school related expenses by an educator who is a kindergarten through grade 12 teacher, instructor, or aide in a qualified school for at least 810 hours during a taxable year. Qualified schools include public schools, private schools, home schools, preschools, and early care and education programs. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 456 (Mullis-53rd) Prohibits public high schools from participating in a high school athletic association that does not have separate regions and playoffs for public and private schools with an enrollment of 640 students or less. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HR 1036 (Kendrick-93rd) Urges the State of Georgia to fund a public awareness campaign in support of computer science education. STATUS: Adopted.

HR 1414 (Jasperse-11th) Creates the House Study Committee on School Security. STATUS: Adopted.

HR 1467 (Stover-71st) Constitutional Amendment authorizing the use of educational special purpose local option sales and use taxes for school security purposes, namely school security capital outlay projects and improvements and armed security personnel and the necessary equipment for the armed security personnel. STATUS: The bill did not pass out of its committee and therefore FAILED.

HR 1472 (Gurtler-8th) Urges all local boards of education to implement the provisions of Georgia law regarding the arming of school personnel. STATUS: The bill did not pass out of its committee and therefore FAILED.

HR 1591 (Dukes-154th) Creates the House Study Committee on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. STATUS: The bill did not pass out of its committee and therefore FAILED.

HR 1162 (Coleman-97th) Creates the House Study Committee on the Establishment of a State Accreditation Process for public schools and school systems. STATUS: Adopted.

HR 898 (Coleman-97th) Creates the Joint Study Committee on the Establishment of a State Accreditation Process for public schools and school systems. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill needs no further action.

HR 1039 (Belton-112th) Creates the House Study Committee on Ennobling the Teaching Profession. STATUS: The bill did not pass out of its committee and therefore FAILED.

HR 1017 (Corbett-174th) Encourages all schools, local educational agencies, and the state educational agency to recognize that dyslexia has a profound educational impact that must be addressed. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE.

HR 1320 (Stephens-164th) Creates the House Study Committee on the Georgia Public Schools Calendar. STATUS: The bill did not pass out of its committee and therefore FAILED.

HR 1343 (Ehrhart-36th) Creates the Joint Study Committee on State Tuition Assistance for Independent College Students. STATUS: The bill did not pass out of its committee and therefore FAILED.

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 but did not get a vote on the House Floor and therefore FAILED.

HR 992 (Tanner-9th) Constitutional Amendment to allow the current local sales tax for educational purposes to be used for construction, building maintenance, and instructional enhancements of a school system so long as the amount does not exceed 35% of the maximum amount of net proceeds to be raised by the tax. HB 781 is the enabling legislation. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the House Education Committee but did not get a vote on the House Floor and therefore FAILED.

SR 1064 (Sims-12th) Creates the Senate Study Committee on Continual Audit Exceptions on Local School Systems. STATUS: Adopted.

SR 1067 (Jones-10th) Creates the Senate Study Committee on the Financial Impact of Atlanta Annexation on Schools. STATUS: Adopted.

SR 1068 (Gooch-51st) Creates the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools. STATUS: Adopted.

SR 953 (Gooch-51st) Creates the Joint Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee but did not get a vote on the Senate Floor and therefore FAILED.

SR 972 (Miller-49th) Encourages local educational agencies to support Georgia’s talented and gifted students by complying with all State Board of Education and Georgia Professional Standards Commission guidelines for gifted education. STATUS: The bill did not pass out of its committee and therefore FAILED.

SR 977 (Williams-39th) Creates the Senate Study Committee on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. STATUS: Adopted.

SR 761 (Millar-40th) Creates the Senate Study Committee on Dyslexia. STATUS: Adopted.

SR 255 (Williams-27th) A constitutional amendment authorizing the General Assembly to regulate the amount of tuition and fees for institutions of the University System of Georgia. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

 

misc

HB 121 (Efstration-104th) Changes provisions relating to minor or unborn beneficiaries of trusts, among other things. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 473 (Kirby-114th) Expands the category of persons who can use service dogs. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 605 (Spencer-180th) Expands existing law to allow a survivor of childhood sexual abuse to bring a civil action for recovery of damages. In addition, the bill allows a survivor between the age of 23 and 30 to bring a civil action for damages suffered as a result of childhood sexual abuse committed on or after July 1, 2018. The bill also allows plaintiffs of any age who were prevented (as a result of the passage of time) from filing a civil action for recovery of damages resulting from childhood sexual abuse to bring an action against an entity which had responsibility for the plaintiff, knew or should have known of the alleged conduct, and intentionally concealed evidence of such conduct. The plaintiff must show by clear and convincing evidence that the entity intentionally or with conscious indifference concealed evidence of the abusive conduct within the last 12 years from the filing date. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE in a different version, but ultimately FAILED to get agreement from the House, so the bill therefore FAILED.

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 social services. This bill was tightened up to include only DCH, DECAL, DBHDD and DHS and then amended to SB 336. STATUS: FAILED HOUSE VOTE. The bill language was amended to SB 336, which PASSED.

HB 703 (Hitchens-161st) Creates the Office of Public Safety Officer Support within the Department of Public Safety. This office would provide counseling services or any other critical incident support services to all requesting public entities that employ public safety officers for incidents, including situations involving death or other tragedies. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 716 (Rakestraw-19th) “Georgia Pre-Arrest Diversion for Drug and Mental Health Treatment Act”- Persons desiring treatment for drug or alcohol abuse or dependence or mental health issues may contact a law enforcement agency for information and about and referral to treatment programs for abusers of drugs or alcohol or persons with mental health issues.  Any person who in good faith contacts a law enforcement agency for information as to available treatment programs, assisted delivery to a program, or a referral shall not be arrested, charged, or prosecuted for a drug violation resulting solely from the seeking of such information or assisted delivery. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 721 (Powell-32nd) Revises the criteria by which the Department of Driver Services authorizes licensed driver training schools to administer the on-the-road driving skills testing. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE in a different version, then was amended again by the House. This latest version of the bill, however did not achieve agreement from the Senate, so the bill therefore FAILED.

HB 786 (Frye-118th) Expands prohibitions on discrimination by insurers against victims of family violence to include victims of sexual assault (which is defined as rape, sodomy, aggravated sodomy, sexual battery, and aggravated sexual battery). STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 831 (Rogers-10th) Creates the Employment First Georgia Council, to be administratively attached to the Department of Human Services. The Council would develop an employment first training plan for providers of services to individuals with disabilities, coordinate and conduct educational activities to increase awareness of the employment first policy, evaluate the funding mechanism for daytime services in the state for individuals with disabilities and for students attending inclusive postsecondary institutions.  STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s Desk.

HB 860 (Dunahoo-30th) Establishes a social host’s criminal responsibility when people under 21 receive or consume alcoholic beverages at the host’s function.   STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 913 (Lott-122nd) Creates the Governor’s Office of Public Safety Support (assigned to the Department of Public Safety for administrative purposes ). This office would provide counseling services or any other critical incident support services to all requesting public entities that employ public safety officers for incidents, including situations involving death or other tragedies. Counseling services would be for public safety officers or their immediate families. The Governor appoints the director. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED, but similar language can be found in HB 703, which did pass.

HB 951 (Shaw-176th) Creates the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation (to be physically located within a college or institution of the University System of Georgia which awards Bachelor of Science degrees in rural community development) to study the conditions, needs, issues, and problems affecting rural economic development and shall examine related policy areas as it may deem necessary and appropriate, including, but not limited to, population studies, access to health care, infrastructure, education, unemployment, and economic growth incentives. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

HB 954 (Hilton-95th) Protects tenants who complain of unhealthy and unsafe housing conditions from being evicted, having their rent increased or their utilities cut off, and provides remedies for the violation. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 959 (Ridley-6th) Forbids any agency from entering into any agreement, contract, or understanding with any private entity which would allow such private entity to exclusively hold public records which are subject to disclosure, regardless of the limitations imposed.  STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 970 (Dreyer-59th) Clarifies that the offense of carrying a weapon or long gun in an unauthorized location includes carrying a long gun while knowingly participating in the assembly of two or more persons upon any public way or public property. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HB 996 (Dempsey-13th) Requires the Georgia Technology Authority to establish an operational Strategic Integrated Data System (SIDS) capable of securely receiving, maintaining, and transmitting data. The SIDS Project shall seek to receive, maintain, and transmit de-identified data wherever possible and shall only receive, maintain, and transmit individually identifiable information if permitted by this code section. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. The bill failed to make it out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and therefore FAILED.

HB 999 (Coomer-14th) Removes a requirement that the Georgia Crime Information Center purge a person’s involuntary hospitalization record after five years that would otherwise allow an individual to obtain a firearm.  STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Tabled by the Senate and not taken back off the table, so the bill therefore FAILED.

HB 1013 (Wallace-119th) Authorizes persons who are at least 16 years of age to register to vote. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 343 (Harbison-15th) Prohibits the issuance and renewal of drug recognition expert certifications by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 344 (Thompson-5th) “Georgia Retail Marijuana Code”- allows the regulation of the retail sale of marijuana. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 402 (Gooch-51st) Provides for broadband services planning, deployment, and incentives, and authorization for the Department of Transportation to take certain actions to enable the rights of way of interstate highways to be used for the deployment of broadband and other communications technologies. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. The bill awaits transmission to the Governor’s desk.

SB 426 (Gooch-51st) “Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development (BILD) Act”-Streamlines the deployment of wireless broadband in the public rights of way and limits the ability of local governing authorities to prohibit, regulate, or charge for use of public rights of way under certain circumstances. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE in a different version, but failed to get agreement from the Senate and therefore FAILED.

SB 435 (Beach-21st) Amends the procedures and penalties for passing a school bus. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SB 452 (Stone-23rd) Requires local police to notify prosecutors when they learn suspects are in the country illegally. The legislation — titled the END Act, or Ensuring Necessary Deportations — would also require courts sentencing these suspects to determine whether they are here without permission and to report that information to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Further, local jails would be required to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement before unauthorized immigrants are released from custody. IN addition, the bill prohibits local jurisdictions from being able to decide whether financial conditions are necessary to ensure a court appearance by prohibiting the release of people on their own recognizance (including for local ordinance violations) until after he or she has seen a judge. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill failed to achieve a vote on the House floor and therefore FAILED.

SB 472 (Jordan-6th) Prohibits persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of family violence and persons subject to family violence protective orders from receiving, possessing, or transporting a firearm. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

HR 1431 (Cooper-43rd) Creates the House Study Committee on Healthy Housing. STATUS: The bill did not pass out of its committee and therefore FAILED.

HR 1416 (Carter-92nd) Creates the House Study Committee on Bail Reform. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee but did not get a vote on the House Floor and therefore FAILED.

HR 1224 (Gonzalez-117th) Creates the House Study Committee on the Establishment of a Living Wage. STATUS: The bill did not pass out of its committee and therefore FAILED.

HR 913 (Rakestraw-19th) Creates the House Study Committee on Incorporating Law Enforcement in the Pathway to Treatment and Social Services for Persons Having Challenges with Drug Use and Mental Health. STATUS: Adopted.

SR 681 (Harbin-16th) A resolution urging the United States Congress to propose the Parental Rights Amendment to the states for ratification. The resolution lays out the following rights: The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children; that the parental right to direct education includes the right to choose public, private, religious, or home schools, and the right to make reasonable choices within public schools for one’s child; that neither the United States nor any State shall infringe these rights without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served; that parental rights guaranteed by this article shall not be denied or abridged on account of disability; this resolution shall not be construed to apply to a parental action or decision that would end life. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by the House Juvenile Justice Committee but did not get a vote on the House Floor and therefore FAILED.

SR 587 (McKoon-29th) Constitutional Amendment making English the official language of the State of Georgia, and requires official state actions be in English, prohibits any requirement that any language other than English be used in any documents, regulations, orders, transactions, proceedings, meetings, programs, or publications, prohibits discrimination, penalties, or other limits on participation against persons who speak only English. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SR 613 (Shafer-48th) Constitutional Amendment making English the official language of the State of Georgia, and requires official state actions be in English, drivers license exams to be in English, and prohibits discrimination, penalties, or other limits on participation against persons who speak only English. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

SR 614 (Thompson-5th) Constitutional Amendment legalizing marijuana for those 21 years of age or older. STATUS: The bill did not cross over and therefore FAILED.

 

 

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This