Legislative Update – 2-09-18


Week Five in the Georgia General Assembly is over and I am proud of what we accomplished.  The most notable piece of legislation passed was HB683, which is the Amended Budget for FY2018.  The Amended Budget includes additional funding for education, healthcare, and infrastructure.


Amended FY2018 Budget Breakdown: 

  • $118 million for school enrollment and charter school grants.
  • $12 million for technical colleges.
  • $25 million to extend runways at airports outside of Atlanta.
  • $10 million for beach re-nourishment to deal with damage done by recent hurricanes
  • $15.5 million for new school buses.
  • $15 million for children in the state’s foster care system because of the opioid crisis.


Adoption Reform Passes the Senate

Over a year ago, Rep. Bert Reeves introduced a bill that was intended to re-write our antiquated adoption laws.  Rep. Reeves’ tireless efforts finally came to fruition this week as the Senate passed compromise legislation that makes it easier for children to find a safe and loving home.  This was long over due and a proud moment for the Georgia General Assembly.






Firefighter Recognition Day 

This week, lawmakers paused to honor our fire service professionals during the 46th Annual Firefighter Recognition Day at the Capitol.  These brave men and women sacrifice their lives for our safety on a daily basis.  We are incredibly grateful for their service.





House Page Program

Applications for the House Pages are still being accepted.  If you have a student (age 12-18) who is interested in government, this is an engaging, hands on experience.

Apply at the  House Page Program website.  I look forward to seeing some of our students this year at the capitol!






As always, please feel free to call (404-656-0254) or email (joyce.chandler@house.ga.gove) with any questions or concerns you may have.


Rep. Joyce Chandler

District 105

Georgia General Assembly


Legislative update 2-04-18


Week 4 (Legislative Days 8-11) was incredibly productive as state lawmakers met with constituents, vetted legislation in committee, and voted on bills to ensure a bright and promising future for Georgia children.


Legislation Filed                                                                                             

Last week, I introduced House Bill 713, which sets eligibility requirements so children from all educational backgrounds have access to the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships.

To keep our students safe during interscholastic athletics, it is important for players, coaches, and parents to understand the signs, symptoms, and treatment for sudden cardiac arrest.  House Bill 743 works to educate and raise awareness.  I am proud to serve as co-sponsor.

Last week, state lawmakers honored the Gwinnett Medical Center Concussion Institute by passing House Resolution 918.  I am proud of the work they do help educate our student athletes and keep them safe.

Finally, I introduced HR 912, which congratulates Hebron Christian Academy boys’ cross country team for their victory at the 2017 State Cross Country Championship.


Updating Georgia’s Adoption Laws   

On Thursday, the Georgia General Assembly unanimously passed legislation to update Georgia’s incredibly antiquated adoption code.  Thanks to the leadership of my colleague, REp. Bert Reeves, we will have a streamlined adoption process that puts more children in the homes of loving families.



House Page Program   

The Georgia General Assembly invites students between the ages of 12 and 18 to experience the legislative process under the Gold Dome.  Selected students will have the opportunity to work with lawmakers in the House chamber during a live legislative work day.  To apply, follow the link to the  House Page Program website.