2012 Georgia Legislature Convened Monday, January 9th
The 2012 legislative session convened on Monday, January 9th and there was no time wasted on moving education legislation. On the first day of the session, the Senate passed SB 38 (State Superintendent authority to employ and dismiss employees) and SB 184 (reduction in force criteria).
Thursday, the House Education Committee heard and passed three bills:
- HB 705 amends the direct classroom expenditure definition in the 65% statute, adding media specialists, guidance counselors, and transportation costs to the categories that count towards direct classroom expenditures.
- HB 706 repeals several sections of Title 20.
- HB 713 delays implementation of some career/college readiness initiatives until the 13-14 school year, and expands the Career Pathways statute.
These bills now go to House Rules then to the House floor for a full vote.
Budget Hearings This Week
The House and Senate will hold joint hearings on the 2013 budget this week; Supt. Barge will present the DOE budget on Tuesday. In his state of the state address, Governor Deal highlighted several issues he has included in his budget, such as added funds for training and experience and increased school nurse funding. We will hear more about the Governor’s education initiatives during the hearing on Tuesday.
After the joint hearings, the budgets will move through the committee process, with separate reviews by the House and the Senate. Both the 2013 and amended 2012 budgets have a long way to go before they are adopted by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.
Please contact us if you would like more information on education issues or budget items pending this session. As always, we encourage you to visit the capitol during the session. Let us know if you would like to schedule a visit.
Stay tuned for future updates and alerts.
Lasa & Michelle