Week 6 Legislative Update: Dignity, Doughnuts, & Crossover
March 3, 2017
We are over halfway through the 2017 Legislative Session and Georgia lawmakers are working diligently to pass legislation out of their respective chambers before Crossover Day.
We enjoyed an excellent community coffee this past Saturday at the YMCA. Thanks to everyone who joined us. It is always so valuable to hear diverse perspectives from across our community and share updates from the Legislative Session – I always enjoy hearing from you!
Restoring Dignity – HB343
It was an honor last week to pass my first bill through the House – HB 343. The legislation replaces the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disabilities” in the Georgia criminal code. The bill does not change case law or policy but simply replaces an outdated and derogatory word. So grateful to my House colleagues for demonstrating that Georgia is a welcoming state for individuals of all abilities!
Peachtree Corners Public Facilities Authority – HB 369
Last week we passed a local legislation bill HB369 to create a Public Facilities Authority for the City of Peachtree Corners. The bill was requested by the Mayor and City Council of Peachtree Corners by unanimous resolution (click here for resolution). For any questions on the legislation or intended use of the Authority – I would encourage you to connect with you local City Council member or City Manager, Brian Johnson, who is a fantastic resource:
Brian L. Johnson, ICMA-CM
Other Notable Legislation From The House
H.B. 250 will allow for more flexibility for those who are taking steps to care for foster children by allowing background checks performed by other state agencies. Currently those wanting to care for foster children can only obtain an acceptable background check through DFCS.
H.B. 159 is important legislation that will modernize and reform Georgia’s outdated adoption laws. H.B. 159 will safely and responsibly streamline the process for adoptions. This legislation ill simplify the adoption process and more quickly and efficiently unite children with their forever families.
H.B. 224 would give military students the ability to attend a public school of their choice in their school system beginning next school year. This legislation is intended to demonstrate that Georgia is a state that supports our service men and women and their families.
H.B. 222 would allow a member of the Georgia National Guard or a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States located in our state to be classified as a legal Georgia resident under eligibility requirements for HOPE Scholarships and grants.
H.B. 237 would provide a way for individuals, corporations and communities to financially assist Georgia’s low-performing schools by establishing the Public Education Innovation Fund Foundation under the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. Under HB 237, the foundation could receive private donations from taxpayers in order to award grants to public schools to fund academic and organizational innovations to improve student achievement, with priority given to low-performing schools.
H.B. 205 sets rules and establishes procedures for hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in Georgia while protecting the state’s natural resources.
H.B. 37 would prohibit any private post-secondary school that receives state equalization grants from adopting a sanctuary policy for illegal immigrants.
Tenant Protection – HB433
This week, I filed House Bill 433, which provides expiration dates for writs of dispossesory. The bill is designed to protect tenants from landlords who egregiously hold writs for months after issuance without execution. The bill helps adopt a best practice employed by our Magistrate Judges and provides much needed clarity for our local Sheriffs. If passed, a writ of possession would be valid for 30 days after it is issued by the court or otherwise extended. Click HERE to learn more.
Sen. David Perdue at the Capitol
House Pages from Wesleyan School
So much fun serving alongside a great group of 6th Graders from Wesleyan School this week. These gentlemen did an oustanding job and learned a lot about their State Capitol. We even got to meet the Governor and First Lady!
You are always welcome to call or email me at 404.951.8902 (cell) or Scott.Hilton@house.ga.gov. It is truly an honor to serve you –
Rep. Scott Hilton