We’ve reached the point in the legislative session when sessions run late, passions flare, and smart advocates remain on the look-out for amendments to bills.

Friday is “crossover day,” the 30th day of the session.  In order to remain viable for the session, bills must pass their chamber of origin by the end of the evening on Friday or they will be dead. 

 SB 375, the corrections bill which is needed to bring Georgia into compliance with some of the provisions of the Fostering Connections Law and preserve our state funding, passed today.

The budget is exempt from the crossover deadline, and Voices continues to be concerned about the effect of proposed budget cuts.  We are also continuing to work to secure additional lottery funds so that we can fund both the pre-k resource coordinator program and additional pre-K slots  and to secure state matching funds for the implementation of the Planning for Healthy Babies Medicaid waiver.

We’ll try to update the blog throughout the day on Friday to give you a taste of  crossover activities under the Gold Dome.

Mindy Binderman, Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy