Gold Dome Report – Legislative Day 19 (2024)

Legislators observed Georgia Day on Monday, acknowledging the first immigrants who landed with James Oglethorpe to create the 13th colony a mere 291 years ago. The House of Representatives honored the day by showing a new video by the Georgia History Festival, and the representatives provided historical highlights of the individuals who first immigrated here. The Senate, on the other hand, spent the day mired in a scrum over modern-day immigration policy. There’s always something to learn under the Gold Dome. 

In addition to Georgia Day, legislators celebrated a number of other "days at the Capitol," including Together Georgia Day, Cancer Prevention Day, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Day. They also did some work. More on that part in this #GoldDomeReport.

In this Report:

Floor Notes

The House took up the following measures on Legislative Day 19:

The Senate took up the following measures on Legislative Day 19:

Committee Reports

House Education - Policy Subcommittee

The Policy Subcommittee of House Education was called to order by Chair Scott Hilton (R-Peachtree Corners) Monday afternoon to discuss the following measures:

Representative Lydia Glaize (D-Fairburn) asked if the changes addressed the needs of early elementary students. No changes were made in this regard.

Buddy Costley of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders appreciated the changes but expressed concern over the measure, specifically with accountability. Stephanie Tanner of the Georgia School Board Association similarly expressed appreciation for the changes in accountability and transparency but also expressed concern for vouchers.

The measure received a DO PASS recommendation.

Representative Lydia Glaize (D-Fairburn) asked about line 22 regarding mental health screenings during physical health screenings. There is already a form to address this. In line 36, Glaize continued to ask about the suicide hotline. Representative Brent Cox (R-Dawsonville) clarified that during a student's physical, this will require an additional form. There is no other form. This would highlight and share the school's statistics with the coaches and staff. Robin Hines from the Georgia High School Athletic Association spoke in favor of the measure.

The measure received a DO PASS recommendation.

House Education - Curriculum Subcommittee

Chair Bethany Ballard (R-Warner Robins) called the Curriculum Subcommittee to order to discuss the following measures:

Representative Segun Adeyina (D-Grayson) clarified line 43 regarding reasonable requests. The author explained some of the federal requirements for interpretation services.

Many advocates came forward to speak in favor of the measure. The measure received a DO PASS recommendation

Senate Finance Committee

Chairman Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome) called to order the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday afternoon for first hearings only on several measures:

New Legislation

The following new legislation of interest has been introduced in the House:

H.B.1219Transportation, Department of; pilot program to determine the efficacy of traffic laws relating to excessive noise levels; provideRep. Deborah "Deb" Silcox (R-053)
H.B.1221State Board of Education; procedures for student transfers between local school systems; provideRep. Tyler Smith (R-018)
H.B.1224Postsecondary education; revise definition of approved school; provisionsRep. Tim Fleming (R-114)
H.B.1226Georgia Released Time Education Act; enactRep. Scott Hilton (R-048)
H.B.1227Georgia Unlawful Squatting Act; enactRep. Mandisha Thomas (D-065)
H.B.1228Local government; procedures for the acquisition of certain professional services; provisionsRep. Tyler Smith (R-018)
H.R.1073Future Business Leaders of America Week in the State of Georgia; February 11-17, 2024; recognizeRep. Will Wade (R-009)
H.R.1083House Study Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Workforce for Georgia's Growing Economy; createRep. Matthew Gambill (R-015)

The following new legislation of interest has been introduced in the Senate:

S.B.480Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce; student loan repayment for mental health and substance use professionals serving in certain capacities; provideSen. Mike Hodges (R-003)
S.B.481Georgia Health Care Professionals Data System; establishment; definitions; collaboration with state licensing boards; provideSen. Mike Hodges (R-003)
S.B.483Minors; enter into the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children; definitions; provisions; provideSen. Bo Hatchett (R-050)
S.B.484State's Employee Benefit Plan Council; establish health savings accounts and continually provide for education or salary reductions for such accounts; requireSen. Jason Esteves (D-006)
S.B.485Trial upon Accusation; certain offenses be charged by accusation of the district attorney; allowSen. Harold Jones (D-022)

What’s Next

The General Assembly will reconvene for Legislative Day 20 on Tuesday, Feb.13, 2024, at 10 a.m.

The House is expected to take up the following measures on Legislative Day 20:

The Senate is expected to take up the following measures on Legislative Day 20:

See our coverage of Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16, Day 17, and Day 18.

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