by REPRESENTATIVE BUTCH PARRISH, STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 158
On Monday, March 22, 2021, we kicked off the 11th and last full week of the 2021 legislative session. With only a few days remaining before we reach Legislative Day 40, or “Sine Die,” my colleagues and I spent many hours in the House Chamber last week voting on House and Senate legislation, including several measures that support educational opportunities, human trafficking victims, and economic growth.
The House unanimously passed legislation to ensure that Georgia students with disabilities do not miss out on HOPE Scholarship opportunities and funding. Senate Bill 187 would allow the Georgia Student Finance Commission to waive certain eligibility requirements for the HOPE Scholarship for students with disabilities.
We passed another legislative measure to study new educational opportunities for Georgians through alternative charter schools. Senate Bill 153 would direct the Georgia General Assembly to study alternative education models and funding that are focused on dropout prevention, high school credit recovery, and other education services of adult and incarcerated students for the next two years.
Senate Bill 6, or the “Tax Credit Return on Investment Act of 2021,” also received passage in the House this week to examine our state’s tax revenue structure, ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and efficiently, as well as expand tax incentives to restore our economy.
SB 6 will:
The House also gave unanimous passage to Senate Bill 33 to allow victims of human trafficking to seek justice from those who have exploited them.
SB 33 would:
SB 202 will:
When we return, we will complete our final two legislative days before we adjourn “Sine Die,” which will mark the end of the 2021 legislative session. These two days will most certainly be some of our longest days on the House floor as we work to pass meaningful legislation before the clock runs out. Your thoughts and questions regarding legislation remain a top priority to me even though this session is coming to an end very soon.
I remain dedicated to serving your interests as your state representative, and I hope that you will contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the legislative session or with any proposals or recommendations for future legislation.
You can also stay in touch by visiting our website at www.house.ga.gov to watch a live stream of the House in action, as well as archived committee meetings, and review legislation that we are considering. Follow me on Facebook for updates throughout the year.
Thank you for allowing me to be your representative.
Representative Butch Parrish