Gold Dome Tea Newsletter #9

Your weekly source of fresh tea poured out of the Gold Dome! 

March 23, 2019

Welcome back Tea Sippers! 

This is our ninth edition of the 2019 Gold Dome Tea newsletter. We brought the tea so we hope you brought your cups, as we will be giving you the inside scoop of all the most juicy things that happened in this week under the Gold Dome! 👀
In this week’s issue of Gold Dome Tea we will tackle:
🔹Piping Hot Issues – Quick rundown of the piping hot issues that will surely stir the pot.    
🔹Call to Action –Call your legislators and let them know it’s urgent and important to pass this bill!
🔹Next Event – Do or Die: Young People’s Last 2019 Lobby Day: Come lobby with us the last day of this session! 

Piping Hot Issues

The week after Crossover Day is always a little slower pace than the rest. However, that did not stop this week from having its share of action under the Gold Dome. To keep you up to date, we have provided below a quick recap of the status of the bills making the most buzz 🐝:

  • SB 92 (End to revoking professional licenses for loan defaults) was referred to the House Appropriations Committee. Currently in it’s Second Reading. This bill prevents the state from suspending your state-issued professional licenses if you default on government-backed student loans.
  • SB 15 (Policing Public School Students) was referred to the House Education Committee. Currently in it’s Second Reading. This bill aims to increase student safety in schools by establishing new positions called “school safety coaches,” volunteers who are defined in the bill as “former members of the armed forces, a law-enforcement agency or a fire department.” The bill takes into account all security measures for the building, but does nothing to actually help students.
  • SB 161 (Change to how HOPE GPAs are calculated)passed unanimously on Wednesday out of the House Higher Ed Committee. Please refer to our infographic on it below for more information! 
  • SB 222 (Creates Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform) was referred to the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. Currently in it’s Second Reading. This bill creates the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform, a committee to track and analyze data on those in custody from the Dept. of Juvenile Justice and to track the implementation of criminal and juvenile justice reforms and propose reforms around reducing recidivism, lowering expenses, and promoting public safety.
  • HB 218 (Extend eligibility for HOPE) was referred to the Senate Higher Ed Committee. It was heard on this past Thursday and will be voted on next Wednesday. This bill extends the eligibility of students receiving HOPE from 7 to 10 years after graduating from high school.
Do or Die: Young People’s Last 2019 Lobby Day 🗣
Join us on Tuesday, April 2nd as we host the Inaugural Do or Die: Young People’s Last Day to Lobby! 
We will host you all day, or in four hour blocks, with food, tshirts, trainings, help you talk to elected officials, and much more! You MUST RSVP though at the following link: http://bit.ly/LastDayLobby
Once you RSVP we will send you parking details and confirm your spot. We look forward to seeing you there! 
#YPLastDay

✅ RSVP and get more information on the event here:  http://bit.ly/LastDayLobby
Call to Action 📣
You can never predict what bill could be attached to another bill at the last minute as an amendment, so hold on for the ride because the end of this session (Sine Die) will be here in less than two weeks!

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