Georgia PTA Legislative Update - 2/11/2014
by Tyler Barr on 2/12/2014

The General Assembly began the legislative week on Monday, February 10 and concluded today with no session scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week due to severe weather conditions. The General Assembly will convene Monday, February 17. Our legislators have now been in session for 21 legislative days, they are half way there! 

This week the FY 2015 budget was passed by the House Appropriations Education Subcommittee. Also, the Senate passed as introduced 55-0 SB 329, the Work-Based Learning Act, this bill provides for work based learning programs to assist in providing highly trained, technologically sophisticated, and career oriented students. 

On Day 21, the Senate passed 39-13 SB 301, disallow prohibitions on wood construction in public schools if in compliance with state minimum standard codes.  On Senate Local Consent Calendar, the Senate passed 49-0 HB 862, Act to amend an Act providing in Fulton County a system for pension and retirement pay to teachers and employees of the Board of Education of Fulton County.



Proposed Senate First Readers

SB 372, require local school systems to calculate and provide a grade point average for freshman, sophomore, and junior students for purposes of determining HOPE eligibility. The bill was not read.

House First Readers/General Calendar

HB 964, provide for petitions for charter-schools-in-the workplace and charter-schools-in-a-municipality; enroll children of employees who are business partners or children who reside within the municipality. This bill was introduced on 2/10/14. 

HR 486, establish individually or collectively by local law an independent school system. House Committee Favorably Reported by Substitute.

HR 689, urging local boards of education and schools in Georgia to implement renewable energy systems. House Committee Favorably Reported. 



House Education Sub-Committee on Academic Innovations

The House Education Sub-committee met on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.  
The agenda included the following discussion: 

HB 811 - Representative Joyce Chandler - authorizes local boards of education to place advertisements on buses. This bill is being held.  
HB 832 - Representative Mike Glanton - provide additional compensation for teachers with special education certification under certain conditions. This bill was not ready to be heard.


The House Education Sub-Committee on Academic Support

The House Education Sub-Committee on Academic Support met on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  
The agenda included the following discussion:
HB 897 - Representative Mike Dudgeon - The substitute bill will update and clarify provisions of section Title 20. Rep. Dudgeon proposed a strike through of section 45 regarding charter funding. It was given a "Do Pass" with amendments and will be on the House education Committee Meeting agenda. 


Welch Subcommittee of Juvenile Justice

The Welch Subcommittee of Juvenile Justice met on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

The agenda included the following discussion:
HB 826 - Representative Ed Setzler - This bill change provisions to carry weapons within certain school safety zones and at school functions. This bill will be heard in the next Juvenile Justice Committee meeting.
The House and Senate adopted HR 1333. The meeting dates and dates of adjournment of the 2014 regular session of the General Assembly for the period February 11, 2014 through March 20, 2014, Sine Die!  Crossover Day is Monday, March 3, 2014.