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HB 185: Service providers sheltering with runaway youth to report contact with children within 72 Hours.  Status:  Recommended Do Pass by the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.

HB 200:  Seeks to to discourage trafficking of persons for labor or sexual servitude and provide greater protections to persons subject to such crime.  Status:  Passed the House (overwhelmingly) and now rests in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

HB 265:  Creates two special bodies (the 2011 Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgians and the Special Joint Committee on Georgia Criminal Justice Reform) to study and reform Georgia’s criminal justice system.  Status:  Passed the House on Crossover Day and has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

HB 373:  A child adjudicated as a designated felon can not be discharged from DJJ or released from restrictive custody prior to the time provided in the court’s order.  Also provides that only the child or the child’s attorney can file a motion for early release or modification of a court order.  Status:  Passed House.  Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee.

HB 471:  Changes to provisions related to the secure detention of children prior to a ruling in their case.  Status:  Remains in the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.

SB 31:  Allowing Parents of Minors Accused of Crimes to be Clients of Attorney Representing the Minor.  Status:  Passed the Senate.  Assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

SB 105:  Children who commit designated felony acts to be granted parole.  Status:  Rests in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

SB 127:  Significantly revised and updates Georgia’s 40 year old Juvenle Code.   Status:  Currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

HB 162:  Registered sexual offenders prohibited from photographing minor without parent’s consent.  Status:  Passed House.  Currently in senate Judiciary Committee.

SB 112:  Amending provisions related to rights of military parents during deployment.  Status:  Passed Senate on Monday (3/14).  Assigned to House Judiciary Committee.

SB 172:  Home study recommending adoption to be completed before child adopted by third party.  Status:  Passed the Senate on Crossover Day.  Has yet to be assigned to a House committee.

SB 247:  Amends the laws on who can petition to adopt a child in Georgia by providing that a court should determine if the person petitioning for adoption is living with another adult  when deciding on the petition for adoption. This bill would require that the court may consider whether the person living with the petitioner would be a consistent presence in the child’s life, the nature of the relationship, and whether the presence of the other adult or relationship will be harmful or beneficial to the child as a factor in considering an application for adoption. Status:  Rests in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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HB 47: Allowing out-of-state insurance policies to be sold in Georgia.  Status:  Passed the House.  Currently in the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee.

HB 132:  Insurers to provide coverage for physician prescribed medical foods. Status:  Remains in the House Insurance Committee.

HB 65: Allowing siblings or children of adopted people to access adoption files for medical treatment.  Status:  Remains in House Judiciary Committee.

HB 187:  Department of Community Health to select single administrator for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids dental.  Status:  Remains in the House Health and Human Services Committee.

HB 229:  Provides that in certain matters related to administrative hearings and appeals under Medicaid, the decision of the administrative law judge shall be the final administrative decision of the commissioner.   Status:  Given a Do Pass recommendation by the House Judiciary Committee, but has not made it to the House Debate Calendar.

HB 214:  Creates a Department of Public Health.  Status: Passed the House.  Currently in Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

SB 88:  Increasing age requirement from six to eight for use of car child restraint systems.  Status:  SB 88 has passed the Senate and now rests in the House Motor Vehicles Committee.

HB 345:  Children and pregnant women who are legal aliens to be eligible for Medicaid and PeachCare programs.  Status: Currently rests in the House Judiciary Committee.

HB 432:  Employers to allow employees to use sick leave to care for immediate family members.  Status:  Rests in House Industrial Relations.

HB 461:  Creating multi-state health care compact to move authority to regulate health care to the States.  Status:  Passed the House.  Currently in the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee.

HB 476:  Creating exchanges to facilitate sale of health plans for individuals and small group employers.  Status:  This bill was actually on the House Debate Calendar on Crossover Day, but was pulled off the calendar at the last minute by the House leadership and at the request of the Governor’s office, who would like to further review the legislation and possibly wait for the outcome of the federal lawsuits opposing the Affordable Healthcare Act.

SB 17:  Establishing the Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits.  Status:  Passed the Senate.  Currently rests in the House Insurance Committee.

SB 185:  Child care programs to be closed by Order after death of child in program.  Status:  Passed the Senate (unanimously) on Crossover Day.  Currently awaits assignment ot a House Committee.

SR 55:  Amending Constitution to ensure that people are not forced to join a health care system.  Status:  Failed.  Has not been reconsidered.

SB 63:  Calls for the use of a “smart card” to verify identification of Medicaid recipients and provides that the department may also use biometric technology to verify the identity of Medicaid enrollees.  Status:  Passed the Senate on Crossover Day after much debate on the floor.  Has been assigned to the House Health and Human Services Committee.

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Note:  Wednesday was the 30th legislative day, also known as “Crossover Day,” which is generally the last day on which a bill can pass from one chamber to another during this session.  Language from one bill can, however, be amended to others in hopes of passing legislation which did not pass by the end of crossover.  This practice is increasingly common as the session nears an end.  In honor of Crossover Day, and because there are now only ten legislative days left this session, this Update will give a quick status report on a number of child-affecting bills that Voices has been watching or working in the last few weeks.

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SB 152:  Daycare centers run by church ministries, non-profit religious schools or religious charities to be exempt from licensing.  Status:  In Senate Education and Youth Committee. Bill held at the request of Committee Chairman for further refinement before the 2012 Session.

HB 81:  Fiscal notes required for bills with significant impact on school system revenues.  Status:  Given a Do Pass recommendation by the House Education Committee.  Currently in on the House General Calendar.

HB 181:  State board of education to waive prior year in Georgia school as requirement for special needs scholarship.  Status: Passed the House on Monday (3/14).  Currently in the Senate Education and Youth Committee.

HR 495:  Creating the Joint Higher Education Finance Study Committee to Evaluate Higher Education Funding Formula.  Status:  Given a Do Pass recommendation by the House Education Committee.  Currently in on the House General Calendar.

SB 68:  Permitting parents to petition to turn around low-achieving schools.  Status:  Currently in the Senate Education and Youth Committee.

SB 87:  Students from military families and foster care to be eligible for Special Needs Scholarships (Vouchers).  Status:  tabled in the Senate on Wednesday (3/16).

HB 326: Lays out parameters for post-secondary education funding from Georgia Lottery revenues and state sponsored loans.  There is no GA Pre-K language in that bill.  Status:  Signed into law by Governor Deal on Tuesday (3/15).

SB 185: Requires that after the death of any child at any early care program, the commissioner issue an immediate order closing the program for a period of not more than 30 days from the date of the order and also that the commissioner close an early care program when a child’s safety or welfare is in imminent danger. Status:  Passed the Senate (with a unanimous vote) Wednesday (3/16).

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