Legislative Daily Reports

03/23 - Contact Your House Member NOW Please

Contact Your House Member NOW Please
by Angela Palm on 3/23/2023


Supporters of SB 233, the voucher bill, are working hard to get it to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible which could be this afternoon.  Call/text/email your House member as soon as possible to ask them to vote NO on SB 233.  The Georgia Student Finance Commission would be administering the program not the Department of Education, so it is apparently considered to be a finance bill not an education one. You have heard the reasons to oppose the bill before. Here are a few passages from the bill you and the House members need to be aware of:

  • Lines 182-184: "The commission shall not require a participating school or service provider to alter such school's or provider's creed, practices, admissions policies, employemnt policies, or curricula in order to receive funds under the program."  They get taxpayer dollars but no quality control is allowed?
  • Lines 262-267: "The commission shall develop and utilize a compliance form for completion by participating schools and service providers....Participating schools and service providers shall be required to complete such forms and certify their accuracy." Compare that to all the forms and information you have to provide and post to be accountable and transparent with your use of taxpayer dollars.
  • Line 271: "The commission shall have the authority to conduct or contract for the auditing of accounts and shall, at a minimum, conduct random audits on an annual basis." Should there not at some point be a required audit of an account that is receiving $6500 every year?  Yes, the amount has been increased from $6000 per student to $6500.  Just imagine if you got $6500 from the state for each of your students! 

31% of households in Georgia have children according to the U.S. Census.  We all have a financial and community stake in the future of the children in our state. The bill does not create any system that would help parents compare schools and pick the best one for their children. The taxpayers and children deserve better than this. 

Thank you for your advocacy efforts! 

03/22 - Committee Workday 2

Committee Workday 2
by Justin Pauly on 3/22/2023


Committee Workday 

Bills on the Floor Tomorrow 


Tomorrow the House has the following education-related bills on the floor calendar: 

  • SB 45 by Sen. Jason Anavitarte requires schools to have advanced care action plans for students with epilepsy or seizure orders. 

  • SB 86 by Sen. Matt Brass allows eligible students participating in dual enrollment to access HOPE career grant funds for certain CTAE courses even if they have met the cap for dual enrollment courses. 

  • SB 204 by Sen. Greg Dolezal recognizes and provides certain criteria for accrediting agencies like Cognia that evaluate public schools in the state. 

  • SB 129 by Sen. Rick Williams provides two hours of time off for employees to advance vote. 

  • SB 1, which prohibits the state, local governments, and schools from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination, by Sen. Greg Dolezal could be added as well as it was postponed yesterday. 


Tomorrow the Senate has the following education-related bills on the floor: 

  • HB 19, the FY24 budget, by Speaker Jon Burns 

  • HB 87, “Nontraditional Special Schools Act,” by Rep. Chris Erwin creates special completion schools and attendance zones for schools like Mountain Education, Foothills, and Coastal Plains Charter Schools. 

Senate Public Safety Committee 

The committee held its last meeting of the session and heard two amended bills. Only the chair and five members were present for the brief meeting. 

HB 348 by Rep. J. Collins, which provides standards for signs warning of use of automated traffic enforcement safety devices. This bill also provides for the use of speed detection devices in school zones. 

  • Defines a school zone  

  • Proper signage to warn motorists of speed detection devices cameras 

  • No other devices will be employed for speeding 

  • School cameras would operate one hour before school starts and thirty minutes after school starts and then 30 minutes before school ends and one hour after school ends 

  • Only the county is allowed to maintain the devices 

  • Assigned a hearing date within 60 days after issue of the ordinance 

  • Sign with flashing lights 500 feet before a school zone begins (confirm) 

  • Civil penalties will not be taxed 

  • No more than a $5 late fee 

  • Funds gained from the school zone cameras are remitted to police officers annuity benefit and any additional will be used for safety initiatives for local law enforcement 

  • Also includes Department of Revenue clean up language 

The chair said much of HB 301 by Rep. Jason Ridley was inserted into HB 348. HB 301 was stripped to be the “Protecting Victims and Dismantling Georgia Street Gangs Act.” 

House Education Policy Subcommittee 

The subcommittee had a hearing only for HB 238 by Rep. Roger Bruce. Through this legislation, the State Board of Education would establish a five-year pilot program to incentivize school districts to use school bus monitors. Rep. Bruce explained that students in his community brought the idea for this bill to him. Four students testified about why bus monitors are needed on school buses. A student said bus drivers are often distracted by students moving around, sitting on each other’s laps, and blocking the aisle. Having a bus monitor would allow the bus driver to focus on the road rather than student behavior. According to the students, a bus monitor could assist if a safety issue like a fight or a medical issue like a seizure arose. Representatives Mesha Mainor and Scott Hilton recommended that the students speak to their local school board. Michelle Simmons, a Douglas County School Board Member, spoke to the bill and said she would be interested in participating in the pilot program if her board agreed. 

Because this was a hearing only, the subcommittee did not take any action on the bill. 

House Education Curriculum Subcommittee 

The subcommittee held hearings only for SB 4 and HB 174. 

Sen. Gail Davenport presented SB 4, “Blind Persons' Braille Literacy Rights and Education Act.” A representative from Georgia Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled and former educators and members of the blind and visually impaired spoke about the need for books, educational resources, and devices that use Braille. Rep. Mainor encouraged a vote on the bill and referenced a recent Supreme Court decision involving a student with hearing impairment. Other members were surprised to learn that Braille is not regularly taught in Georgia schools. 

Through HB 174 by Rep. Patty Bentley, the GaDOE would provide printed and digital information regarding human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations to parents and guardians of students entering sixth grade. Rep. Bentley clarified that this bill is not a vaccine mandate. The sponsor played a video of supporters from Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative (SRBWI) and Human Rights Watch who spoke about the prevalence of HPV and cervical cancer for black women. According to one speaker, the CDC recommends adolescents receive the HPV vaccine beginning at age 11. However, speakers said community researchers found that many women, especially in rural communities, are not aware of the HPV vaccine. The sponsor and supporters believe this bill will help more black women, especially in rural communities, learn about and receive the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. 

Because these were only hearings, the subcommittee did not act on either bill. 

Senate Finance Committee  

The committee did not hear or vote on HB 101 by Rep. Clint Crowe increases the cap for student scholarship organizations (SSOs) from $120 million to $130 million. 


Thursday March 23rd – Legislative Day 38 

House convenes 10 AM 

Senate convenes 1 PM 

03/21 - Day 37 - Vouchers Pass Full House Ed Committee & FY24 Budget Highlights

Day 37 - Vouchers Pass Full House Ed Committee & FY24 Budget Highlights
by Justin Pauly on 3/21/2023

GSBA-CWO HeaderDay 37

House Education Committee Meetings 

The committee met this morning to hear SB 233, the Georgia Promise Scholarship Act,” by Sen. Greg Dolezal. As a reminder, this is the dreaded voucher bill that allows public funds to be used for private schools, virtual schools, and homeschooling. Sen. Dolezal, Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, and Rep. Todd Jones presented a substitute to the bill and then amended it based on feedback. The committee recessed the meeting after an hour for Chairman Chris Erwin and a committee member to present bills in the Senate Education & Youth Committee. The House Education Committee reconvened this afternoon to finish amending and voting on SB 233 and to consider one resolution. Rep. Doreen Carter objected to discussion not being allowed on the amendments this afternoon. Rep. Carter also asked for a vote by hand, but the chair ruled the motion out of order. The committee voted by voice only on the amendments and the substitute to the bill as amended. The bill passed as amended by voice vote and will now go to House Rules.  

Below are the new additions in the substitute to SB 233 and the three amendments added before the bill was passed. 

SB 233 Substitute: 

  • Lines 3 & 188 – The amount per student per year was changed from $6,000 to $6,500. 

  • Lines 32-36 added a definition of educationally disadvantaged student. 

  • Lines 49-52 clarified dual enrollment and added that the funds can only be used for core courses. 

  • Lines 73-76 requires that the parent must reside in the state of Georgia for one year with an exception for active military. 

  • Lines 77-78 - The student must participate in two consecutive enrollment counts. 

  • Lines 83-87 - If a student accepts this voucher, the student may not participate in the special needs scholarship program. 

  • Lines 91-96 allows home school students to enroll part time in college and career academies. 

  • Lines 99–103 – A parent with a student receiving the voucher may donate to a tuition grant scholarship, but the student may not receive that tuition grant. 

  • Lines 144-160 requires reporting of aggregate data, student-level data, the amount of money a parent has drawn down from the voucher account, and graduation rate. 

  • Line 165 clarifies that a participating school must be located in Georgia. 

  • Lines 184-185 - Participating schools are not deemed to be agents of the state or federal government. 

  • Lines 233-234 created terms of service for the parent review committee and that the terms are staggered, and the review committee also includes the President or the President’s designee of the Georgia Student Finance Commission. 

  • Line 287 - Participating students are annually administered a statewide assessment, which shall be made available by the resident local school system. 

  • Lines 334-336 clarifies that the list of schools in the bottom 25th percentile does not include alternative schools. 

SB 233 Amendments to the Substitute: 

Amendment 1 - The administration year for the bill would be July 1, 2023, and the effective date would move to July 1, 2024. The amendment passed. 

Amendment 2 – This struck Lines 99-103 and added new language that the student is not a beneficiary of a scholarship, tuition grant, or other benefit from a student scholarship organization, nor should a student or parent seek to receive any scholarship, tuition grant, or other benefit in which the student is participating. It also added in Lines 95-102 that parents agree to provide an education in reading, grammar, math, social studies, and science and that students cannot enroll in any type of public school but can enroll part time in a college and career academy. The amendment passed. 

Amendment 3 - Lines 77-78 clarified that the student must be currently and continuously enrolled in a public school for at least two enrollment counts. The second part of the amendment changes Lines 286-287 to require an annual statewide assessment be administered in the grades in which the test is given by the resident school system. The amendment passed. 

After the vote on SB 233, the committee briefly discussed SR 175, which creates a Joint Study Committee on Dual Enrollment for Highly Talented Students at Younger Ages, by Sen. Matt Brass. Rep. Rick Townsend presented the resolution on behalf of the sponsor. He said it’s a complement to SB 86. There was a substitute that added language from SR 216 to the resolution. The resolution passed via substitute. It will now go to House Rules. 

Senate Education & Youth Committee Meetings 

The committee met this morning and passed seven bills. They were supposed to meet again this afternoon but decided to move quickly through the bills on both agendas this morning. The chair said he would only hear public comments in opposition. Some members were absent or only briefly present. 

HB 51 by Rep. Clay Pirkle allows school boards to approve vehicles other than school buses to transport students. This is already allowed for homeless students and students with special needs. The sponsor said he heard this would be helpful for smaller school clubs and teams. The drivers and vehicles would still have to meet the required minimum standards. There was a substitute with a new section from Sen. Randy Robertson that says if the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) participates in athletics or academics, then the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) must also be allowed to participate. The bill passed with one dissenting vote. It will now go to Senate Rules.

HB 81 by Rep. John Corbett allows low-wealth schools to be able to access certain capital outlay grants to build school facilities if they meet certain criteria. A school can only qualify once every ten years. Approximately 45 schools currently qualify for this type of grant according to the sponsor. The bill passed unanimously and will now go to Senate Rules.  

HB 306 by Rep. Tim Fleming revises the definition of “energy cost saving measures” to include “generate revenue” as part of energy performance contracts. According to the sponsor, this is a budget neutral approach. Rep. Fleming said this is a funding solution for governments and school systems to make energy-efficient upgrades to facilities. The bill passed with two dissenting votes. It will now go to Senate Rules. 

HB 87, the “Nontraditional Special Schools Act,” by Rep. Chris Erwin had a substitute with a couple changes to define the eligible students for completion special schools and their attendance zones. For more information on the bill, see Day 13 and Day 33. The bill passed unanimously via substitute and will now go to Senate Rules. 

HB 338, the Student Technology Protection Act,” by Rep. Chris Erwin requires filtering on school networks and devices. Rep. Erwin said the goal is to protect students from exposure to pornography and other inappropriate material. During public comments, one person spoke in favor, and one spoke in opposition regarding data privacy concerns. The bill passed unanimously and will now go to Senate Rules. 

HB 538, the “Georgia Early Literacy Act,” by Rep. Bethany Ballard is meant to get students on reading level by third grade, supply teachers with tools and supports to teach the science of reading, and provide an implementation timeline. The bill was presented quickly with little discussion. There is no state funding for the curriculum, screeners, or other items in the bill. The bill passed unanimously and will now go to Senate Rules.  

HB 318 by Rep. Scott Hilton re-establishes the Office of Charter School Compliance but under the State Charter Schools Commission rather than GaDOE with the staff of the Office of Charter School Compliance reporting to the State Board of Education. Time was running short, and the sponsor’s bill description was brief. For more information on the bill, see Day 21. The committee did not ask questions, discuss the bill, or hear public comment. The bill passed unanimously and will now go to Senate Rules. 

House Retirement Committee  

SB 240 by Sen. Larry Walker concerns the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS). School bus drivers, custodians, nutrition workers, and other non-certified school employees fall under PSERS. A study committee on this issue met during the interim last year, and committee members heard from school employees who said they were not receiving Social Security. The sponsor said he heard many school districts are offering a qualified retirement plan in lieu of Social Security, but some districts are not providing a qualified retirement plan or Social Security. The state funds PSERS, but local districts do not contribute to this system. This bill requires a survey of school districts to see what kind of retirement plan schools are offering non-certified school employees with the goal of getting school districts to offer a qualified retirement plan or Social Security to these employees. The chair brought a substitute presented by Jeremy Berry who said it was an IRS correction to the Teachers Retirement System (TRS). The bill passed unanimously via substitute and will now go to House Rules. 

House & Senate Chambers  

Despite long floor sessions in both chambers, neither the House nor the Senate voted on any education-related bills today. The House was set to take up SB 1 that repeals the sunset date to prohibit the state, local governments, and schools from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination by Sen. Greg Dolezal, but the bill was not debated on the floor today. 

Senate Appropriations Committee  

The committee discussed the highlights of HB 19, the FY24 budget. Chairman Blake Tillery summarized that the Senate is fully funding QBE, increasing the salary for teachers by $2,000, funding dyslexia screening for all K-3 students, and providing over $1 million for the Georgia Council on Literacy in SB 211. We will provide more details and link to the Senate budget tracking sheet when they are available. The budget passed out of committee, and the chair said it should be on the Senate floor on Thursday. 

New Bills 

HR 564 by Rep. Matt Dubnik creates a constitutional amendment that changes the state superintendent from an elected position to an appointment by the Governor. Additionally, State Board of Education members would be elected by the House of Representatives and Senate. It would require a two-thirds majority, and if it passed, it would then be placed on the ballot as a statewide referendum. 

SB 318 by Sen. Ed Setzler provides that the salary for special education teachers who meet certain criteria shall be 110 percent of the minimum salary. 


March 22nd – Committee Workday 

Senate Public Safety Committee 9 AM 450 CAP 

House Education Policy Subcommittee 1 PM 406 CLOB 

House Education Curriculum Subcommittee 2 PM 406 CLOB 

Senate Finance Committee 4 PM Senate Mezz 


March 23rd – Legislative Day 38 

House convenes 10 AM 

Senate convenes 1 PM 

03/20 - Day 36- Voucher Bill Passes Subcommittee

Day 36- Voucher Bill Passes Subcommittee
by Justin Pauly on 3/20/2023


Day 36 

We started the day in the House Education Policy Subcommittee with SB 233, the voucher bill. The House and Senate did not discuss any education-related bills on the floor, but important voucher discussions were had in committees today. We expect SB 233 to be heard in the full House Education Committee tomorrow morning. If it passes out of committee, it could quickly move through House Rules for a floor vote as early as Thursday.  

House Education Policy Subcommittee

SB 233 by Sen. Greg Dolezal creates the “Georgia Promise Scholarship Act,” which is a voucher program that provides public funds for students in private schools, virtual schools, and homeschooling. It would provide $6,000 per participating student per year. Only students in the attendance zone of schools in the lowest quartile would be eligible for this voucher, but it’s unclear which agency would compile the eligibility list and what data will be used to determine the list. Subcommittee discussion centered on private schools being able to deny admission to certain students and how the bill would increase disparity.  

GSBA spoke in opposition to the bill as the association has long held a position opposing vouchers, tuition tax credits, and education savings accounts. Students were allowed to provide testimony first. Recurrent themes in testimony were the ability of private schools to discriminate with their admission policies and the lack of transparency and accountability from private schools who could participate in this program.  

The subcommittee did not entertain amendments to the bill, but Chairman Scott Hilton indicated the full committee could. Ex-officio members, including Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, Majority Leader Chuck Efstration, and Bethany Ballard attended and voted on passage of the bill. Because ex-officio members voted in support, the bill passed out of subcommittee with a 7-5 vote. It will now go to the full House Education Committee. 

Senate Finance Committee  

HB 101 by Rep. Clint Crowe was an omnibus tax credit bill that was stripped right before Crossover Day. GSBA was opposed only to the section that would increase the cap for student scholarship organizations (SSOs) from $120 million to $130 million. During the committee meeting, there was a substitute to HB 101 that removed the rural hospital tax credit and the $5 million increase to the public education foundation tax credit and moved both to HB 504. HB 101 now only includes the cap increase for SSOs but adds a sunset provision. There were five amendments offered to the bill which would have provided increased transparency and limited the cap on broker fees. Ultimately, HB 101 was tabled, which meant the committee did not vote on the amendments. 

However, the committee passed HB 504 unanimously as amended. HB 504 will now go to Senate Rules.

HB 170 by Rep. Kasey Carpenter would allow certain digital downloads, including books, albums, artwork, magazines, and newspapers, to be taxed. Rep. Carpenter presented a substitute based on feedback from Chairman Chuck Hufstetler regarding the revenue impact. This does not include streaming services or business-to-business products. The sponsor sees this not as a tax increase but as a way to bring parity between the sale of digital goods and goods sold at mom-and-pop stores 

The second part of the substitute updated the current code concerning home delivery of alcohol to extend it to a 25-mile radius, which concerned a couple senators. After committee discussion and public testimony, HB 170 passed as amended. It will now go to Senate Rules.

No new education bills were introduced.  


Tuesday, March 21st 

House & Senate convene 10 AM 

House Education Committee 8 AM 406 CLOB 

Senate Education & Youth Committee 8 AM 450 CAP 

Senate Education & Youth Committee 2 PM 307 CLOB 


Wednesday, March 22nd 

Committee Workday 


Thursday, March 23rd 

House convenes 

03/16 - Deadline for spending security grants

Deadline for spending security grants
by Justin Pauly on 3/16/2023

I sent the question that came up about the deadline for spending the security grant funds to DOE.  Rusk Roam, the Chief Financial Officer, said they do not have to be spent by June 30th. The intent is to spend them by June 30, 2024.

Hope that helps


03/16 - Day 35 - Voucher Bill Will Be Heard on Monday

Day 35 - Voucher Bill Will Be Heard on Monday
by Justin Pauly on 3/16/2023

GSBA-CWO Header Day 35 

Today was eerily quiet for public education under the Gold Dome. There were no public education bills on the floor of the House or Senate. There were also no K-12 education committee meetings the calm before the storm. Next week is the last full week before Day 40/Sine Die so legislators will be working quickly to get their bills out of committee and onto the floor for a vote. 

Please take a moment to contact House Education Committee members and your own representative about voting “no” on SB 233, which is the Georgia Promise Scholarship voucher bill. It sends public money to private schools and service providers with little accountability. SB 233 is set to be heard in the House Education Policy Subcommittee on Monday at 8 AM. Stay tuned as we will send more detailed information very soon. 

House Higher Education Committee 

The committee moved quickly and passed one bill GSBA is tracking this morning.  

SB 86 by Sen. Matt Brass allows dual enrollment students who are eligible for the HOPE grant to access HOPE grants funds for eligible CTAE courses whether or not they have reached the maximum cap for dual enrollment courses. Chairman Chuck Martin said there was a substitute clarifying general eligibility for the HOPE grant so as not to expand it and removing some of Senator Parent’s language from SB 52 that dealt with data on underrepresented groups and dual enrollment reporting by the GaDOE. The bill passed out of the committee via substitute and will now go to House Rules. 

Senate Higher Education Committee 

The committee met this afternoon and was set to hear two bills we’re following. The committee did not hear HB 392, which creates the Georgia Endowment for Teaching Professionals. The committee heard HB 607 and then HB 228 with language added from SB 123. 

HB 607 by Rep. Clay Pirkle revises the definition of Zell Miller Scholarship Scholar by changing the ACT score requirement for certain students. Rep. Pirkle said currently Zell Miller Scholarship Scholars must have a 3.7 GPA and score either 1200 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT. The sponsor said the College Board has changed the SAT so that the SAT and ACT scores no longer align the same way they previously did. Those who score 26 on the ACT are in the eighty-second percentile of students whereas those who score 1200 on the SAT are in the seventy-fifth percentile. Therefore, this bill would allow the Georgia Student Finance Commission to appropriately adjust the required score on the ACT for Zell Miller Scholarship Scholars. The bill passed unanimously and will now go to Senate Rules. 

HB 228 by Rep. Katie Dempsey is not a bill we’ve been following. However, Rep. Dempsey brought a substitute with a few new additions from other bills, including language from SB 123 to allow 11th grade, 12th grade, and Department of Juvenile Justice (DOJJ) students who want to take the ACT, SAT, or ASFAB at high schools during school hours to do so if the state appropriates funding. The committee had concerns about two sections, including the section adding SB 123. They were particularly concerned about the potential cost to the state if the legislature appropriated funding for the testing. As a result, the bill was tabled and then later amended and passed. While we did not see a copy of the substitute, our understanding is that the committee removed the language from SB 123 before passing the bill out of the committee. 

No new education bills were introduced.  


Monday, March 20th  

House & Senate convene 10 AM 

House Education Policy Subcommittee 8 AM 506 CLOB – SB 233 (voucher bill) 


Tuesday, March 21st 

House & Senate convene Time TBD 

Senate Education & Youth Committee 8 AM 450 CAP 

Senate Education & Youth Committee 2:30 PM 


Wednesday, March 22nd 

Committee Workday 


Thursday, March 23rd 

House & Senate convene Time TBD 

03/15 - Day 34 - House Ed Passes 4 Bills & Only 2 Weeks to Go

Day 34 - House Ed Passes 4 Bills & Only 2 Weeks to Go
by Stephanie Tanner on 3/15/2023


Day 34 

It was a quiet day in the House and Senate Chambers. No public education-related bills were heard in either chamber today. The education committees are working diligently to move bills through to get them on the floor for a vote. Stay tuned as we barrel closer and closer to Day 40, which is surprisingly only two weeks from today. 

House Governmental Affairs State & Local Government Subcommittee and Full Committee 

The subcommittee heard SB 26, which permits development authorities and community improvement districts (CIDs) to meet virtually as long as the public can fully participate, by Sen. Greg Dolezal. Local workforce development boards, hospital authorities, and boards of trustees of large retirement systems were added to allow them to meet virtually. The sponsor said the goal is to allow more participation from members and the public. Sen. Bo Hatchett also brought language from the Governor to create the state electric mobility manufacturing commission and program. Public comments in support were heard. The bill passed out of the subcommittee as amended this morning. Then it was passed out of the full committee this afternoon. It will now go to House Rules.  

House Education Committee 

The full committee met to hear and pass four bills this morning.  

SB 204 by Sen. Greg Dolezal provides certain criteria and recognition for school accrediting agencies like Cognia. A new substitute was brought to the full committee today. The substitute returns the language back to Sen. Dolezal’s language with the addition of Rep. Ginny Ehrhart’s language regarding a process that would allow school districts to appeal accrediting reviews. Academic performance would account for at least 65 percent of the accrediting review, and financial efficiency could account for up to 35 percent of the review. The State Board of Education would have some flexibility to slide the percentage scale for academic performance and financial efficiency. The sponsor confirmed that agencies cannot sell improvement products but can work with school districts on areas that need improvement. The bill passed out of the full committee with the new substitute and will now go to House Rules. 

SB 211 by Sen. Billy Hickman creates the Georgia Council on Literacy.” Some changes were made to combine the Governor’s literacy commission with this council based on feedback from the Governor. This council was patterned after Governor Deal’s Criminal Justice Reform Commission. The commission will expire in December 2026. Rep. Dorene Carter highlighted that the success in improving literacy rates in other states was greatly attributed to literacy coaches around the state. This bill does not call for literacy coaches, but it does call for a statewide literacy coach. Click here to see the report from Day 31 to read more about the bill. The bill passed via committee substitute and will now go to House Rules. Rep. Bethany Ballard will carry the bill in the House. 

SB 32, “Alyssa’s Law,” by Sen. Jason Anavitarte