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Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - Legislative Day #2

Quiet 2nd day of legislative session

The second day of the 2023 legislative session saw the adoption of the amended rules for the state Senate and some light housekeeping work by the House.  Legislators were gaveled to order about 11 a.m. and concluded just after noon.

Members will return on Thursday morning for the inauguration of the governor, the lieutenant governor, and other statewide elected officials.  GAE will be there to report on remarks by Gov. Brian Kemp as he is sworn in.  The Atlanta newspaper this afternoon reported on the possibility that Gov. Kemp may propose additional pay raises for some educators.  No further details are available as of this writing but may be expected tomorrow.

The fourth legislative day of the session will be Friday, January 13.
  The General Assembly will not be in session next week.  After the holiday Monday, the Joints Appropriations Committee will hold hearings throughout the week.  Day 5 of the session will convene Monday, January 24, 2023.

Twelve bills have been filed in the House of Representatives, including HB 3, which would require additional funding from the state for school districts with a high number of students living in poverty.  The bill's sponsor, Rep. Sandra Scott, D-Rex, has also pre-filed HB 9, which requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities "establish a school-linked behavioral health grant program to provide early identification of and intervention for students with mental health or substance use disorder needs ..."

In the Senate, SB 1 would make permanent a law that prohibits state agencies (including schools) from requiring proof of COVID vaccinations "as a condition of providing any service or access to any facility, issuing any license, permit, or other type of authorization, or performing any duty of such agency. "

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GAE’s “Legislative Contact Team” Aims to
Amplify Educators’ Voices at the State Capitol

GAE is committed to being the most effective, respected advocacy group in the state.  By amplifying the voices of educators across the state, GAE can influence legislation that helps build the highest quality public education system and ensures the needs of our schools, educators, students, and communities are met.

The GAE Legislative Contact Team (LCT), promotes a coordinated, clear message to represent our legislative agenda, by building and maintaining relationships with legislators in each of the 180 House and 56 Senate districts in our state.

The Legislative Contact Team connects hometown voices with hometown legislators.

Legislative lobbyists at the Capitol can accomplish a lot ... but it’s the viewpoints of educators in legislators’ districts that mean the most.  You are a constituent, voter, and educator whose opinion is important to your representative and critical to the legislative process. Your views can’t be considered by your representative if you don’t step forward and speak up.

The LCT pairs our members with lawmakers to establish relationships and foster ongoing dialogue.  You will be asked to use GAE talking points to convey educators’ view on issues and legislation during the legislative session.  The time commitment is minimal but the return is huge.

We'll arm you with the information you need to cultivate your relationships with your legislator to set you up as the local expert on public education.

Will you join GAE’s Legislative Contact Team?  Just send us your name, personal email, cell number and local association to LCT@gae.org.

We look forward to hearing from you today!

GAE Legislative Contact Team Kick-off Event
Thursday, January 12, 2023, 6:30 p.m.
Register today!

Next Legislative Alert will be Friday, January 13

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