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.

Use our Legislation Tracker to read bills in their entirety. For briefs, see below:

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).

To read these bills in full, search our Legislation Tracker online.

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