NOTES FROM THE SENATE
BY SENATOR JACK HILL,
CROSSOVER DAY APPROACHES AND AMENDED BUDGET SIGNED
The Senate will complete work on Senate bills on Monday, March 3rd,
Crossover Day. The remainder of the Session's 10 legislative days will
be spent considering House bills, amendments to Senate bills made by the
House, and considering the FY2015 General Budget.
The House and Senate agreed to a final version of the Amended FY2014 Budget this week, and the Governor signed with no vetoes.
BILLS PASSED SENATE AND NOW IN THE HOUSE
- SB 93- Legalizes
suppressors on hunting firearms and suspends hunting privileges of a
person convicted of violating this law. Passed Senate 43-10.
- SB 167-
Provides an approach for withdrawing from Common Core curriculum and
specifies new protections for student privacy. Passed Senate 34-16.
- SB 255- Authorizes the use of public-private partnerships to develop public infrastructure and facilities. Passed Senate 43-8.
- SB 320- Permits courts to create special veterans court divisions. Passed Senate unanimously.
- SB 324- Revises
the definitions of "peace officer" and "law enforcement officer" to
include juvenile probation officers to post certification. Passed Senate
- SB 343- Creates
the High School Athletics Overview Committee, a joint committee of the
General Assembly. Prohibits high schools from participating in
interscholastic sports events conducted by any high school athletic
association unless the association meets specified requirements. Passed
- SB 352- Creates
the Georgia Council on Lupus Education and Awareness within the
Department of Community Health. Passed Senate unanimously.
- SB 356- Designates
September of each year as "Georgians of Great Character Month" to
recognize the outstanding people in Georgia's history. Passed Senate
- SB 372- Requires
local school systems to calculate and provide freshman, sophomore, and
junior students with an unweighted grade point average. Passed Senate
- SB 397- Requires health insurance coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Passed Senate unanimously.
- SR 70- Urges Congress to amend the Constitution to require a balanced budget. Passed Senate 36-13.
- SR 875- Creates the Joint Study Committee on the Property Tax Digest Impact on Education Funding. Passed Senate unanimously.
BILLS PASSED BOTH CHAMBERS AND ONTO GOVERNOR
you would like additional information regarding a specific piece of
legislation, you may access the Georgia General Assembly website at http://www.legis.ga.gov/.
- HB 1012- Authorizes the City of Metter to increase the excise tax for hotel-motel taxes.
- HB 1022- Provides a new charter for the City of Oak Park.
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