Voices’ Legislative Update – 3/26/18

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As we approach the end of the state’s annual high school musical, namely, the legislative session, lots of us are wondering what sort of plot twists we are about to encounter. Will the guy get the bill? Will the girl land a budget item? Does a steady diet of popcorn, Diet Coke and red wine really help a person lose weight? Which House or Senate bills will duck behind the papier mache’ statue of what’s-his-face Oglethorpe and emerge as something completely different? And most of all, will my children, pets, and mailman recognize me once I find my way home and pry myself out of blue seersucker, fancy shoes and three months worth of lipstick?
All I know for sure is that the last dance number usually involves lots of skipping/running/stumbling from one chamber to another, a few legislative acrobatics, and the celebratory sound of gavels landing on their blocks as the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate declare the session Sine Die. Those of us in the supporting cast usually applaud for three seconds and then slog our way to the Pete Hackney parking deck with something less than elegance.
With that said, read below to see how the drama is starting to affect bills we are tracking and to see what the Senate changed in the FY 2019 budget (FYI, the budget is now officially in conference committee so that the House and Senate can resolve their differences). Remember, this little production has a limited run (ending Thursday night), and so all the thespians are performing with speed, agility and cunning to reach the final act. Also, keep your eyes on your emails for action alerts as we may need help from the audience to keep Tinker Bell alive and to get the story to unfold in the best way possible for kids.
Theatrically yours,
Polly 


We at Voices for Georgia’s Children want to take a moment to honor Governor Zell Miller (1932-2018) for his relentless commitment to children and to their potential.  Many of the improvements we have seen in child policy over the last few decades were made possible in whole or in part by his vision for what the state could and should become. Thank you Governor Miller for your work to secure Georgia Pre-K and the HOPE scholarships and grants. 
May you rest in peace, knowing how many millions of lives you have changed with those policies (and others).


 

“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

 


 

FY 2019 Budget 

(Changes made to the House version by the Senate)

 

Child Health

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

  • $113,400 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, which brings the total state dollar addition to $681,500. With the federal match the total state plus federal comes to $2.12 Million)
  • $75,000 Added for the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism.  (G requested $0; H added 125,000; S added $75,000 bringing the total addition to $200,000)

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

  • $586,000 Subtracted 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 added $586,000 bringing total to $831,000)

 

  • $50,000 Added for the start-up of the Rural Health Systems Innovation Center (G requested $0; H added $250,000; S added $50,000 for a total addition of $300,000)(DCH)
  • $220,000 Added for the Albany Advocacy Resource Center. (DBHDD)
  • Budget Note: Utilize existing funds for the analysis of the Medicaid delivery system for the purposes of identifying efficiencies and service delivery improvement opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Budget Note: 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
  • $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. (With federal match, the total state and federal comes to $3.1 Million) (DCH)
  • $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)
  • $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 Added to support a community-centered collaborative for healthcare training and care in Columbus. (DCH)

Child Welfare

  • $3.73 Million Added to the Governor’s request for a per day increase for relative foster care rates. (G requested a per day rate of $2.50; H increased that to $3.75; S raised the rate to $3.85, bringing the total addition to $11.5 Million) (DHS)
  • $1.34 Million Added to the Governor’s request for an increase for child placement agency (CPA) foster parent per diem rates. G requested a per day rate of $2.50; H increased to $3.75; S raised the rate to $3.85, bringing the total addition to $4.12 Million)(DHS)
  • $50,000 Added to support Georgia Family Connection Partnership technical assistance to the counties.
  • $97,000 Added to increase child caring institution (CCI) per diem rates by 2.6% (DHS) (G & H added to increase by 2.5%; S increased to 2.6%, bringing the total state addition to $2.52 Million)
  • $47,000 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%, bringing the total state addition to $1.22 Million)
  • $490,000 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 bringing the total addition to $980,000)
  • $110,000 Added for grants to 22 Sexual Assault Centers (GBI/CJCC)

Juvenile Justice

  • $ 92,000 Added to Houses requested amount 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, bringing the total addition to $1.57 Million). (DJJ)
  • $21,300 Added to amount requested by the Governor to increase the per diem rates for child caring institutions. (G & H requested 2.5% increase; S requested 2.6% increase, bringing total dollars added to $553,000)(DJJ)

 

Early Care and Learning

  • $552,000 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 bringing the total to $1.1 Million)(DPH)
  • $500,000 Added to establish and launch a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Peer Recovery Coaching Program (DBHDD)
  • $335,200 Added for a $250 add-on payment for newborn delivery in rural counties (population less than 35,000) (with federal match, the total state and federal is $1.04 Million)
  • $500,000 Added to establish criteria and implement reimbursement for Centering Pregnancy programs. (with federal match, the total state and federal is $1.55 Million)

 

Education

  • $1.23 Million Subtracted from Equalization grants (DOE) (G & H requested $30.06 Million; S subtracted $1.23 Million, making the total addition $28.84 Million)
  • $75,000 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 to bring the total addition to $225,000.)
  • $175,000 Added for one-time funding for an outdoor learning lab in Walker County and an agricultural education center in Catoosa County. (DOE)
  • $164,000 Subtracted from the amount 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 to leave a total of $63,600)
  • $266,400 Added for personnel and operations for two transformation specialists (to work with the Chief Turnaround Officer) (DOE)
  • $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) (With federal funds, the total state and federal addition is $797,000)
  • $5 Million Subtracted from the total annual allotment for school bus replacement. (DOE) (G requested $0; H added $10 Million; S subtracted $5 Million, leaving a total of $5 Million)
  • $300,000 Subtracted from the total 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, leving the total at $342,500)
  • $65,000 Added for one-time funding for a counselor study conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute per SB401 (DOE)(2018 Session).
  • $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).

 

Higher Education

  • $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)

 

Miscellaneous

  • $150,000 Added for payments to the Georgia Technology Authority for the Broadband Achieving Connectivity Everywhere Act (SB402, 2018 Session).

 


juvenile justice

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. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Must return to the House for agreement.
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. Must return to the House for agreement.
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), piunishable by imprisonment from one to ten years. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. Must return to the House for agreement.
HB 890 (Fleming-121st) Makes it a misdemeanor to use an emergency exit after having shoplifted. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Assigned to House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. The bill will be heard in committee this MONDAY.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
SB 368 (Kirk-13th) Allows the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to provide technical support and assistancegrant-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. Recommended Do Pass by the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
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 includes an array of other amendments and is likely to continue to evolve slightly as it progresses. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.

vulnerable youth

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. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Must return to the House for agreement.
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.
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 the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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 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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee and was scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor this past Friday but was not taken up.
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. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The House disagreed with the Senate Substitute. The bill awaits the Senate response to the disagreement.
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. Must return to the House for agreement.
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. Must return to the House for agreement.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Education and Youth Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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: House Juvenile Justice Committee. The bill did not cross over, but it did have a hearing in committee this past week, but no action was taken..
SB 39 (Unterman-45th) Increases the penalty provisions relating to pimping and pandering. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. The bill will be on the house floor for a vote this TUESDAY.
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. Must return to the Senate for agreement.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
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. Assigned to House Juvenile Justice Committee. The bill was in committee this past week but no ction was taken.
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. NOTE:  Since the content of this bill was already passed by both chambers in the body of HB 732, this bill (SB 335) could get amended to include language from HB 1006 which expands existing law to allow a survivor of childhood sexual abuse to bring a civil action for recovery of damages within 4 years from the date the plaintiff knew or had reason to know of the abuse and any injury. In addition, the bill allows a survivor between the age of 23 and 38 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, and the action must be initiated within 1 year from the date the plaintiff discovered such evidence.  STATUS: PASSED SENATE.  The bill will be on the house floor for a vote this TUESDAY, where it may be amended with language from HB 1006.
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. Must return to the Senate for agreement.
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. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill will be on the house floor for a vote this TUESDAY.

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. Recommended Do Pass by Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
HB 273 (Douglas-78th) Requires each local board of education to schedule a daily recess for students in kindergarten and grades one through five. The recess must include supervised, unstructured activity time, preferably outdoors. Local boards of education must establish policies to ensure that recess is a safe experience and that recess is scheduled so that it provides a break during academic learning. The bill also stipulates that the withholding of recess is not to be used as a punishment. There are exceptions listed in which case a school can forego recess. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. Must return to the House for agreement.
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: House Appropriations Committee. The bill did not cross over, but did have a hearing this past week.  No ction was taken.
HB 673 (Carson-46th) Prohibits driving while: conducting wireless communication without using a hands-free accessory, using more than a single touch or swipe of a finger on a wireless device to initiate or terminate communication; 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 at least $75. Upon a second offense the driver shall receive 2 points and a $150 fine. Upon the third offense, 3 points and a $300 fine.  Be required to complete a defensive driving course. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Finance Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Education and Youth Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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 was also amended with language from SB 31, addressing in-hospital pharmacists. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. The House agreed to the Senate Substitute. 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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Finance Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Assigned to Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
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 978 (Nimmer-178th) Provides for automated traffic enforcement devices in school safety zones. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Public Safety Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
HB 1074 (Stephens-164th) Increases excise tax on cigars and smokeless tobacco by 42% and on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack.  STATUS: Houe Ways & Means Committee.
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. Must return to the Senate for agreement.
SB 325 (Kirkpatrick-32nd) The bill was gutted and language replaced with provisions relating to bariatric surgery and step therapy protocols. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The substitute was recommended Do Pass by the House Health and Human Services Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
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. Must return to the Senate for agreement.
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. The language from this bill was amended to HB 161. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Assigned to House Health and Human Services Committee.
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. Must return to the Senate for agreement.
SB 364 (Hufstetler-52nd) Authorizes a higher supervisory ratio for physician assistants who have completed a board approved anesthesiologist assistant program. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by the House Health and Human Services Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the House Juvenile Justice Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
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. Language from this bill was amended to HB 963. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Assigned to House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.
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. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
HR 1160 (Hill-3rd) Creates the House Study Committee on Risks Associated with Kratom. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by House Special Rules Committee. The bill will be on the house floor for a vote this TUESDAY.
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. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.



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. Must return to the House for agreement.
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.

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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. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by Senate Higher Education Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Allows exempt nonpublic law schools’ students to receive federal financial aid. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE. Must return to the House for agreement.
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 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 home school 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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Higher Education Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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 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 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. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
HB 787 (Hilton-95th) Allows state charter schools to receive services from Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs), and among other policy changes, adjusts the state charter supplement. The bill was amended regarding the funding for state charter schools. Instead of increasing the state charter supplement to the statewide average of local funding, it would be increased if the charter scored at or above the statewide average CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index).  The increase would be the statewide average of local funding or the average for the local school systems in the attendance zone of the state charter. If projected growth is over 15%, the charter can get advance funding. The funding will be corrected if the October count does not reflect the projected number.  (A big huge thank you to Angela Palm of GSBA for this beautifully concise summary!) STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Education and Youth Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Education and Youth Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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.
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.  STATUS: PASSED SENATE. PASSED HOUSE. Must return to the Senate for agreement.
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. Must return to the Senate for agreement.
SB 339 (Ligon-3rd) Requires the establishment of free speech policies for institutions of the Georgia university system. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. The bill will be on the house floor for a vote this TUESDAY.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the House Higher Education Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the House Education Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
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. SENT TO GOVERNOR .
SB 401 (Tippins-37th) Provides for guidance in career oriented aptitudes and career interests in developing an individual graduation plan. STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Recommended Do Pass by the House Education Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
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. HB 715 amended to  STATUS: PASSED SENATE. Assigned to House Higher Education Committee. The bill was heard in committee this past week but no action was taken.
HR 1036 (Kendrick-93rd) Urges the State of Georgia to fund a public awareness campaign in support of computer science education. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the House Education Committee. The bill was supposed to be on the House floor for a vote this past Monday but was postponed.
SR 1064 (Sims-12th) Creates the Senate Study Committee on Continual Audit Exceptions on Local School Systems. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Rules Committee.
SR 1067 (Jones-10th) Creates the Senate Study Committee on the Financial Impact of Atlanta Annexation on Schools. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Rules Committee.
SR 1068 (Gooch-51st) Creates the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools. STATUS: Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Rules Committee.

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HB 121 (Efstration-104th) Changes provisions relating to minor or unborn beneficiaries of trusts, among other things. STATUS: PASSED HOUSE. PASSED SENATE.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Public Safety Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Must return to the House for agreement.
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 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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill now rests in Senate Rules Committee.
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. House and Senate disagreed so a conference committee has been appointed to try to resolve differences to the satisfaction of both chambers.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
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. Recommended Do Pass by the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.
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. The bill now rests in House Rules Committee.