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A busy week for Senate
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Bills passed last week

SB 8: Requires a third party audit of state agencies and allows for contracted collection for overpayments.

SB 36: Establishes an electronic database of written and filled prescriptions of controlled substances in Georgia to help doctors and pharmacists identify prescription drug abusers.

SR 20: Constitutional amendment that would limit state spending based on previous years, adjusted for inflation and population growth.

FY2011 Amended Budget: The Senate passed its version of HB 77 on Thursday, and will begin the process of conferring with the House.

Bills introduced

SB 111: Establishes rules governing electronic systems for ordering prescription drugs.

SB 116: Requires banks serving as depositories for the state to offer legal tender U.S. gold and silver minted coins along with accounts based on these currencies. Also allows gold and silver to be used in transactions as long as both parties agree.

SB 123: Revises laws governing foreclosures and establishes the crime of residential foreclosure fraud.

SB 133: Allows legal permanent residents to become certified peace officers.

SB 146: Increases the weight variance allowed for agricultural or farm product transports from 5 percent to 10 percent of gross weight.

SB 147: Prevents public officials from waiving testing or education requirements for licenses issued to themselves or their businesses.

Passed House – Now in Senate

HB 99: Requires fingerprinting of nursing license applicants to be used in  conducting a criminal background check

HB 101: Revises provisions governing use of bicycle lanes, including right of way. Also forbids vehicles from obstructing or blocking bicycle lanes.

HB 172: Extends the date by which school systems must notify the Department of Education of their intention to request flexibility or remain status quo in regard to class size and expenditures.

HB 192: Establishes the State Education Finance Study Commission to evaluate the Quality Basic Education Formula and education funding for public schools.

Highlights of governor’s proposed lottery changes-HB 326

90 percent of tuition coverage based on continuing 3.0 average
Fees and books no longer paid for
Top students with 3.7 GPA and 1,200 SAT score get 100 percent tuition.
Private College grant will be 90 percent of current $4,000, or $3,600
Remedial classes will no longer be paid by HOPE
Adds a 3.0 GPA requirement for technical school HOPE Grant
Reduces HOPE Grant to 90 percent

Reduces class time to 4 hours per day
Adds 5,000 slots and increases transportation funds
Lottery Corp.
Reduces retailers’ commissions and limits officials’ salary bonuses

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