Governor Kemp Delivers State of the State Address
Governor Brian P. Kemp on Thursday delivered his second State of the State address to a joint session of the Georgia Legislature. The governor outlined his 2020 legislative agenda focusing on education, medical billing, combating gangs and human trafficking.
Governor Kemp announced that his budget proposal includes a $2,000 pay raise for public school teachers, the second part of a campaign promise for a $5,000 teacher pay raise. Kemp was able to secure a $3,000 raise for educators last year. Kemp stated “this raise will enhance retention rates, boost recruitment numbers, and improve educational outcomes in schools throughout Georgia. By investing in our educators, we can build a strong house, a place where everyone learns and all Georgians have the opportunity to thrive.”
Kemp also announced a plan to triple the adoption tax credit from $2,000 to $6,000, lower the minimum age for a person to adopt a child from 25 to 21 and launch a commission focused on the operation of the state’s foster care system.
Governor’s Budget Recommendations
Governor Brian Kemp released his budget recommendations to the General Assembly for the FY 2020 amended and FY 2021 budget. The proposed budgets prioritizes education, public safety and health care.
The amended FY 2020 budget includes $775,077 in additional lottery funds for growth in HOPE Scholarships, $113.7 million for a midterm adjustment for increase in enrollment in the Quality Basic Education (QBE) program and $200,000 to establish the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission.
Appropriated in the FY 2021 budget is $78.1 million for resident instruction to reflect an increase in credit hour enrollment, graduate medical education and increase in square footage at University System institutions. Also included was $167.4 million in bonds for new capital projects as well as major repairs and renovations at all University System institutions. The GSU Government Affairs team will seek $4.8 million in funds during the budget process for a Dental Hygiene Teaching Lab to be located at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College.
HB 444, sponsored by Rep. Bert Reeves (R-Marietta), renames the “Move on When Ready Act” to the “Dual Enrollment Act.” It will permit an eligible high school student in 11th or 12th grade the ability to take a maximum of 30 hours of core courses as defined by the HOPE criteria, which includes math, english, science, social studies and foreign language.
The bill has exemptions for students currently in the program. If a currently enrolled Dual Enrollment student has 18 or fewer hours, they will be capped at 30 total hours. If a currently enrolled Dual Enrollment student has 19 or more hours, they will be allowed an additional 12 hours. The bill passed the Senate Higher Education Committee and is now eligible for consideration in the Senate Rules Committee.
House Rules Committee
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston has named Rep. Richard Smith (R-Columbus) to succeed the late Jay Powell as chairman of the House Rules Committee.
HB 667, sponsored by Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Milton), would require actuarial investigations for Teacher Retirement System of Georgia at least once in a 3 year period and require that future unfunded actuarial accrued liability shall be paid using 15 year amortization periods. The bill was heard before the House Retirement Committee, but no vote was taken.
HB 736, sponsored by Rep. Dave Belton (R-Buckhead), would establish a loan forgiveness program for teachers who agree to teach in a turnaround school in a high-demand subject area. Assigned to the House Higher Education Committee.
HB 766, sponsored by Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex), would require postsecondary educational institutions to deposit a portion of all revenue (33 percent) derived from its athletic teams involvement with intercollegiate postseason athletic contests into an escrow account to be distributed to eligible student athletes on a pro rata basis upon graduation. Assigned to the House Higher Education Committee.
Calendar Set Thru Day 14
The House and Senate adopted a resolution this week taking them thru Day 14 of the legislative session. The legislature met four days this week and set a calendar to meet January 27-31, February 3-6 and February 10.
December Revenues Increase
Revenue collections for the month of December totaled $2.23 billion, for a increase of $65.8 million, or 3 percent compared to the revenue collected in December 2018. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $11.85 billion for an increase of $32.3 million, or 0.3 percent compared to the same point last year.
Board of Regents Appointments
Governor Brian P. Kemp recently named five appointments to the University System of Georgia’s (https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsable.madmimi.com%2Fc%2F226400%3Fid%3D492125.6434.1.4471d7827b412ee219755af3bb76d332&data=02%7C01%7Ckylie.harrod%40georgia.gov%7Cd75254919a7542fc6df208d790864900%7C512da10d071b4b948abc9ec4044d1516%7C0%7C1%7C637136778737533793&sdata=Zi%2BoOkOPlB0U2%2Faqr7u9sQyXFZABtFXDlvz4nq8JfYo%3D&reserved=0) Board of Regents (https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsable.madmimi.com%2Fc%2F226400%3Fid%3D492125.6435.1.d6fe72a7bafef86caf882e2cf9bc5b0b&data=02%7C01%7Ckylie.harrod%40georgia.gov%7Cd75254919a7542fc6df208d790864900%7C512da10d071b4b948abc9ec4044d1516%7C0%7C1%7C637136778737533793&sdata=sRPvqrKizj4GJsGO1cdBy0JJ%2B3U24IhB9mrJQSaIioc%3D&reserved=0)
Cade Joiner and Georgia State University alumnus T. Dallas Smith (B.B.A. – Management), will serve as at-large members with Harold Reynolds representing the 10th
Congressional District, Everett Kennedy representing the 12th Congressional District, and Lowery May representing the 14th Congressional District.
GSU Welcomes 2020 GLIP Interns
Georgia State is pleased to welcome for the 2020 session, 11 students serving as interns for the Georgia General Assembly as part of the Georgia Legislative Internship Program (GLIP) and for individual representatives.
Assigned to various House and Senate committees, interns are given the opportunity to learn the legislative and policy process firsthand from inside the Gold Dome. In addition to gaining an inside view of the legislative process and how constituents are served, interns acquire marketable skills and professional work experience prior to graduation. After successful completion of the program, students receive 9 hours of course credit.
Dr. Amy Steigerwalt, Professor of Political Science, at Georgia State University is the Director of GLIP. The 2020 Georgia State University legislative interns are Macon Chiles, Celina Cotton, Brandon Eads, Kelsey Hernandez, Aliana Page, Ronald Conde, Samaria Henry, Shaista Niazi, Mahak Singh, Lateria Willis, and Christopher Ridgeway. Each intern will be highlighted in this newsletter during the legislative session.
Information on legislative activities including bills and resolutions as well as a webcast of daily sessions in both Chambers and committee meetings are available via the General Assembly website at ** www.legis.ga.gov (http://www.legis.ga.gov)
USG Budget Presentation: January 22, 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Day 5: The House and Senate will convene at 10:00 am on Monday, January 27.
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