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Monday, February 6, 2023 - Legislative Day #13
Archive of Past Legislative Alerts

This Week at the State Capitol

The General Assembly met today for the 13th day of the 40-day legislative session.


The two subcommittees of the House Education Committee met to consider and pass two bills.

HB 81 makes changes to state law that governs low-wealth capital outlay grants used to assist school systems with relatively low tax bases.  These grants help fund their school construction programs.  These school districts fall in the bottom 25% of districts based on sales and property tax revenue.

The purpose is to assure that lower wealth systems provide "every public school student is housed in a facility that is structurally sound, well maintained, and has adequate space and equipment to meet each student’s instructional needs."  It is specifically targeted at buildings more than 35 years old and is intended to expedite funding for their replacement.  The bill passed and will soon be taken up by the full House Education Committee.

The other bill considered in subcommittee, HB 87, entitled the "Non-Traditional Special Schools Act," makes changes to the charters of Coastal Plains Education Charter High School, Foothills Education Charter High School, and Mountain Education Charter High School.  These schools offer individualized, self-paced, accredited evening high school for students who have otherwise dropped out of school.  In remarks before the subcommittee, representatives of each of these schools expressed support for the legislation, which was passed and which now moves to the full House Education Committee.

Legislators will meet Tuesday through Thursday of this week.


The Senate Education and Youth Committee and the Senate Higher Education Committee will continue their hearings on literacy education on Tuesday, at 2:30 p.m., Room 450 of the state Capitol.  The meeting will live stream at: https://vimeo.com/showcase/9027934?autoplay=1.  Another meeting has also been scheduled for Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.


The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Higher Education will meet Wednesday beginning at 7:30 a.m., Room 307 of the Coverdell Building to go over education funding in the House-passed adjustments to the current year budget.  The meeting may be viewed live at: https://vimeo.com/showcase/9076408?autoplay=1.

The Georgia PTA will be holding their day at the Capitol tomorrow.  More than 100 members are expected.

Legislative Contact Team
Work Session Thursday

Join us Thursday, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., as we discuss the education bills filed so far and our progress on improving retirement benefits for our ESP members in the PSERS.   We’ll be contacting legislators and ramping up for the GAE Day at the Capitol in two weeks.

Register now at: https://www.mobilize.us/gae/event/550124/.


Sen. Rick Williams, R-Milledgeville, chair of the Senate Retirement Committee, has confirmed his attendance.

Three new legislators sworn in today

Winners of three recent special elections, two new House members and one new Senator, were sworn in today.
Rep. Charles "Chas" Cannon
R-172nd District
Rep. Johnny Chastain
R-7th District
Sen. Sam Watson
R-11th District
Two vacancies remain in the House of Representatives.  A runoff will be held on February 28 to determine who will fill the seat in House District 119, in Barrow County and a small corner of Jackson County.

In addition, Rep. Mike Glanton, a long-time member of the House Education Committee, has resigned his seat.  The election for House District 75 in Clayton County will be held on March 21.

Next Legislative Alert will be Tuesday, February 7

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