Legislative Update 3-30-18

 

Friends,

On Thursday at Midnight, the 2018 Legislative Session adjourned Sine Die.  I am proud of what we accomplished and appreciate the opportunity to serve you- and your families – under the Gold Dome.  While my service in the legislature will come to an end soon, my commitment to our community remains stronger than ever.

Funding Education

Thanks to federal tax reform and strong economic growth, the FY2019 budget fully funds the state’s financing of our local schools.  This year, the total funding for K-12 education is $9.9 billion representing 38% of our budget.

I am proud to report that my bill, HB713, passed and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.  This bill defines eligibility requirements for the HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships for students.  These definitions will ensure that students from home and charter schools have an opportunity to access these educational opportunities.

 

 

Strengthening Rural Georgia

Last year, the House Rural Development Council was formed to identify pressing issues in rural communities and craft legislative solutions.

During the 2018, Legislative Session, we considered several of the committee’s recommendations and passed HB 769, which establishes the Rural Center for Health Care Innovation and Sustainability, clears the way for micro-hospitals, and incentivizes medical providers to practice in underserved, rural communities.

 

 

 

Enhancing Public Safety

The legislature passed SB336, which prohibits electronic communications providers from notifying subscribers who are under investigation for the exploitation of children.  This is a bill that will help law enforcement stop and prosecute child predators.

HR1414 creates a House Study Committee to enhance school security.  In addition, the FY2019 budget includes $8millino in grants to fund school security initiatives around the state.

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

Sincerely,

Rep. Joyce Chandler

District 105

Georgia General Assembly

Legislative Update 3-11-18

Friends,

There was a marked increase in committee activity during Week Nine (Days 30-32) as state lawmakers work to advance legislation before the gavel raps on March 29.

Lawmakers took a short break on Monday to celebrate the passage and signing of Georgia’s adoption reform bill.  I am pleased to see that two years of hard work have resulted in a set of laws that will place more children in permanent, loving families.

Adoption Reform

Crafted and carried by Rep. Bert Reeves (R-9), HB 159 updates and Georgia’s adoption laws for the first time in almost three decades.

By reducing inefficiencies in the adoption process and increasing jurisdictions for state adoptions boards, HB 159 is a landmark piece of legislation that I am proud to support.

 

Qualifying Week

It was qualifying week at the State Capitol.  As you know, I am not seeking re-election this year.  I want to enjoy traveling with my husband and seeing my grandchildren much more than I do.  It has truly been an honor and a privilege for me to serve the fine residents of District 105.

 

 

 

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

Sincerely,

Rep. Joyce Chandler

District 105

Georgia General Assembly

Legislative Update 2-18-2018

Friends,

Thanks to Governor Nathan Deal and conservative leadership under the Gold Dome, our state is experiencing undeniable growth and prosperity.  In fact, Georgia was recently named the #1 state of business – 5 years in a row.

Unfortunately, not all parts of our state are celebrating.  That’s why Speaker Ralston created the House Rural Development Council last year.  Tasked with identifying the most pressing issues in our rural communities, the Council also recommended a series of legislative remedies to move rural Georgia forward.

 

Strengthening Rural Georgia

During Week Six (Legislative Days 19-22), the House passed several of the Council’s recommended proposals.

HB 769 establishes the Rural Center for Health Care Innovation and Sustainability, clears the way for micro-hospitals, and incentivizes physicians practicing in medically underserved rural areas of the state.

Through HB 769, we can ensure that all Georgians – regardless of zip code – have access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Given that 25% of rural Georgia residents lack access to High Speed Internet, the House passed HB 887 – the Georgia Communications Services Act.  This legislation establishes a “broadband ready community” program, allows local governments and EMCs to offer service, creates a grant program to incentivize the private sector, and reforms the tax code to ensure parity.

 

Stop The Bleed

Wednesday was Georgia Trauma Awareness Day at the State Capitol and medical professionals gathered under the Gold Dome to educate lawmakers about treating traumatic life threatening injuries.  Thanks to the “Stop The Bleed” campaign, we are better prepared to respond when disaster strikes.

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol

It was a pleasure to visit with farmers and representatives from the Georgia Farm Bureau to discuss how we can keep the Peach State growing!

 

 

 

House Page Program

Applications for 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.gov) with any questions or concerns you may have.

Sincerely,

Rep. Joyce Chandler

District 105

Georgia General Assembly

Legislative update 2-04-18

Friends,

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.