Parents Bill of Rights
This week, Governor Brian Kemp’s floor leaders, Sen. Clint Dixon (R-Buford) and Rep. Josh Bonner
(R-Fayetteville), introduced legislation to establish a Parents’ Bill of Rights. The proposed legislation would give parents access to the instructional material being used to teach their children in Georgia’s public schools. Principals or superintendents who receive a request for information from a parent would have three working days to provide it. If the principal or superintendent is unable to share the information within that timeframe, they must provide the parent a written description of the material and a timeline for its delivery, not to exceed 30 days. SB 449 has been assigned to the Senate Education and Youth Committee and HB 1178 has been assigned to the House Education Committee.
Critical Race Theory
SB 375, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Mullis
(R-Chickamauga), centers around “divisive concepts,” surrounding race and sex taught in public school curricula. Divisive concepts can include implications of superiority based on race or sex, inherent discrimination from demographics, and more. Any divisive concepts shall be removed from curricula and training programs in school systems. Assigned to the Education and Youth Committee.
Teachers Retirement System of GA
HB 385, sponsored by Rep. Shaw Blackmon
(R-Bonaire), will allow teachers who have retired after 30 years of credible service to return to teaching in a full-time capacity, pre-k through grade 12, in an “area of highest need” following a one-year waiting period. The school system must pay the employer and employee contribution rate, and the member cannot accrue additional creditable service. The bill passed the House by a vote of 169-0 and has been assigned to the Senate Retirement Committee.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
HB 430, sponsored by Rep. Alan Powell
(R-Hartwell), which would create a separate category of license for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Currently, APRNs practice under the same type of license as registered nurses but with a separate authorization for advanced practice. It would also, authorize the Board of Nursing to collect workforce data during licensure issuances and renewals. The bill passed the House Regulated Industries Committee and is now eligible for consideration in the House Rules Committee.
Film Tax Credit
HB 1053, sponsored by Rep. Ron Stephens
(R-Savannah), extends the sunset on the tax credit for the ‘Georgia Entertainment Industry Postproduction Investment Act’ by four years from January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2027. The bill passed the House Creative Art and Entertainment Committee and is now eligible for consideration in the House Ways and Means Committee.
HB 863, sponsored by Rep. Sandra Scott
(D-Rex), would require the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia to make menstrual hygiene products available at no cost to students in certain facilities or portions of facilities of institutions. Assigned to the House Higher Education Committee.
SB 319, sponsored by Sen. Jason Anavitarte (R-Dallas), would end the state requirement for gun carry licenses in Georgia. The legislation does not change where guns are prohibited such as government buildings or airports where security checkpoints are performed. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now eligible for consideration in the Senate Rules Committee.
Military and Veterans Affairs
HB 970, sponsored by Rep. Sandra Scott
(D-Rex), would provide for in-state tuition rates for minor children and spouses of veterans enrolled in the university system of higher learning and public postsecondary education programs. This legislation would provide for a fee waiver of online postsecondary course work and course credit based on military experience, education, and training. Also, calls for the development and implementation of certain nursing degree programs for veterans. Assigned to the House Higher Education Committee.
HB 885, sponsored by Rep. Dave Belton,
(R-Buckhead), provides that a military student may attend any public school in the local school system in which they reside beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. The military student may continue to be enrolled in and attend a public school through the completion of the current school year regardless of changes to their parent or guardian’s address. The bill passed the House Education Committee and is now eligible for consideration in the House Rules Committee.
SB 358, sponsored by Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick
(R-Marietta), would provide tuition reimbursement for former military personnel who enroll in law enforcement classes. The bill passed the Senate Public Safety Committee and is now eligible for consideration in the Senate Rules Committee.
SB 352, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Thompson (R-White), would provide expedited professional licensure for spouses of firefighters, health care providers, and law enforcement officers who relocate to Georgia. The bill passed the Senate Regulated Industries Committee and is now eligible for consideration in the Senate Rules Committee.
Information on legislative activities including bills and resolutions as well as webcast of daily sessions in both Chambers and committee meeting are available via the General Assembly website at www.legis.ga.gov (http://www.legis.ga.gov)
Day 12: The House and Senate will convene on Monday, February 7, 2022 at 10:00am.
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