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Day 36: Fast Tracking the Budget

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As the day began the General Assembly was down to its last five legislative days to get their work for this session done.  Each chamber is keeping an eye on the other to see what’s moving forward, what’s not, and what might be used for leverage.  Each chamber had bills we have followed up for a vote today.

Senate passed the FY ’20 budget 55-0 and by the end of the day, all the disagreeing and insisting had been taken care of to put the budget into a conference committee to work out the differences.  At this point, we have the Governor’s recommendations, the House’s, and the Senate’s.  passed HB 130, allowing the Georgia Foundation for Public Education to create a 501(c)(3).  That one can go on to the Governor.  HB 311, changing some provisions for sovereign immunity for the state, passed 49-0 and goes back to the House for agreement with Senate changes.

House passed SB 48, the dyslexia bill, and SB 60, the Sudden cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, both of which have to go back to the Senate for agreement to House changes. passed HR 52, urging the state and local school districts to recognize the impact of dyslexia  postponed SB 161, weighting of grades, until tomorrow

Senate Education & Youth This Committee held its final meeting of the session this afternoon. SR 195, urging school districts to have an emergency medical technician at all full-contact sporting events, was on the agenda but Chairman P. K. Martin said the sponsor said they didn’t need to take it up this year, so they would skip that one.  SR 64, urging GHSA to add the 4×800 meter relay to state track meets, received a “Do Pass” and provided another opportunity for some to complain about “non-responsiveness” from the organization.  HB 12, requiring the posting of the child abuse hot line phone number in schools, also received a “Do Pass.”  Both those bills go on to Rules.

Computer Science Bill SB 108, requiring courses related to computer science in middle and high schools, was heard in the Academic Achievement Subcommittee of House Education.  The implementation date was moved forward another year in the substitute bill.  Several people spoke for the bill.  House Education Chair Rick Jasperse told two of them, representatives from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, that he looks forward to seeing what they do to support the bill as volunteers are needed to help with this effort.  The bill received a “Do Pass” and goes to the full Committee.

School Safety Bill SB 15, the school safety bill that passed the Senate about a month ago, was scheduled for a hearing in the Academic Support Subcommittee of House Education this afternoon but the meeting was canceled when the Chamber session went into the late afternoon. 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE Tuesday, March 26th The General Assembly will convene at 10 AM8:30 AM FY ’20 Conference Committee will meet in 403 CAP 1 PM Academic Innovation Subcommittee of House Education will meet in 415 CLOB for a hearing only on SB 163, the Tim Tebow bill