Sheila Jones - 2016 SESSION BILLS
Georgia State Representative - Democrat  -  State Representative District 53
2016 Bills Passed under the Gold Dome

HB 614  Landon Dunson Act
House Bill 614 would allow video monitoring camera equipment to be installed in self-contained, special education classrooms. Participation from local schools would be voluntary; and access to the footage would be strictly limited to school administration, parents who request permission, law enforcement, and court officers via subpoena.  The cameras will be used for educational and safety monitoring purposes.

HB 54  Tuition grants; children of officers killed in line of dutywho attend University System institutions and meet certain requirements.  House Bill 54 would allow an additional funding source to provide free college tuition to children of fallen public safety officials. This funding source would help supplement a grant that is already administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission and would be obtained by adding a voluntary donation option to the Georgia Income Tax forms, as well as Georgia Motor Vehicle Driver's License forms.

HB 514  South Fulton, City of; Fulton County; incorporateHouse Bill 514 would allow for a referendum to create the City of South Fulton.
HB 804 Superior courts; fifth judge of the Clayton Judicial Circuit; provide
House Bill 804 would provide for a fifth judge of the superior courts of the Clayton Judicial Circuit.
HB 821 Military Spouses and Veterans Licensure Act"
House Bill 821 would require that all state licensure boards adopt and implement a process by which military spouses and transitioning service members may qualify for temporary licenses, licenses by endorsement, or expedited licenses to facilitate their entry into Georgia's workforce.
HB 831 "Protecting Guardmen's Employment Act"
House Bill 831 would provide employment protections to Georgia workers called into service by the national guard of a neighboring state.  The bill ensures that men and women called into service by a state National Guard or reserves are entitled to reemployment upon completion of their duty.

HB 895 Elementary and secondary education; finance directors of charter schools participate in initial and annual training; require:

House Bill 895 would require governing boards of approved charter schools to participate in two or three hours of training regarding sound fiscal management. The State Board of Education shall establish a charter school financial management certification program for charter school leaders. The bill further provides that a leader, principal, or equivalent shall not serve simultaneously as the chief financial officer.

HB 910 Health records;
House Bill 910 would expand the Code section relating to copying and mailing health records and patient's rights as to records, by adding the psychiatric, psychological, and other mental health records of a patient.

HB 941 Review of incidents involving a peace officer's use of deadly force that results in death or serious bodily injury;
provide for procedure
House Bill 941 would bar police officers accused of the use of improper force from attending the entirety of grand jury proceedings and states that if the officer should testify, prosecutors may cross-examine him or her.

HB 792   Firearms; carrying, possession, and use of electroshock weapons by persons who are students or who are employed at a public institution; authorize
House Bill 792 would allow anyone over the age of 18 or enrolled in classes to carry a Taser or stun 

HB 962 Human Services, Department of; creation, appointment, removal, and duties of a kinship care enforcement administrator
The final version of HB 962 would enact the following: (1) a kinship care enforcement administrator position within the Department of Human Services (DHS) to ensure continual compliance with all existing and future state Kinship Care regulations and policies, including timely processing of paperwork; (2) creation of a separate, easier to use COMPASS (Common Point of Access to Social Services) website specifically for grandparents and other relatives to apply for benefits for the children in their care; and (3) authorization of the use of a military service member's state of legal residence for maintaining Medicaid eligibility for military family members with special needs to ensure no lapse in coverage.

HB 1036 Eminent domain; construction of petroleum pipelines and the environmental permitting requirements; change certain provisions
House Bill 1036 would place a temporary moratorium on the exercise of power of eminent domain for construction of petroleum pipelines and the environmental permitting requirements for petroleum pipelines.

HR 1253 Local boards of education; instruction on dugout safety to youth athletes participating in baseball; encourage
House Resolution 1253 encourages public schools and recreation facilities to teach dugout safety to youth athletes when playing baseball and to construct protective dugout coverings.

HR 1093 Joint Study Committee on Mental Illness Initiative, Reform, Public Health, and Safety; create House Resolution 10983 creates the House Study Committee on Mental Illness Initiative, Reform, Public Health, and Safety. The committee shall be composed of five members of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Speaker shall designate one of the members as a chairperson of the committee.
SB 270 Firearms; Authorize qualified retired law enforcement officers to carry handgun anywhere within this state

Senate Bill 270 would authorize certain retired law enforcement officers to carry a handgun anywhere within this state. It also provides for new Georgia residents who have a carry license issued by a state which recognizes Georgia licenses to have 90 days in order to get their Georgia license. The bill states that persons who have a valid hunting or fishing license are not required to have on their person a carry license when they are engaged in legal hunting, fishing, or sport shooting on recreational or wildlife management areas owned by the state.
This legislation allows a person who leaves a place of worship upon notification that firearms are prohibited to avoid being cited as violating the Code. The bill also allows probate judges receiving applications for permits, to issue printed information on firearms safety courses. The bill also goes on to require the Department of Natural Resources to provide on their principal website, information on hunter education and classes and courses in this state that render gun safety instruction. Another provision of the bill adds to the exemption for retired law enforcement carry privileges to include officers who are citizens of this state and have an aggregate of ten years in law enforcement with arrest powers, separated from service in good standing, and have an identification card for retired law enforcement.
House Democrats filed a Minority Report against this bill.

HB 808  Courts; Judicial Qualifications Commission;
House Bill 808, with a related constitutional amendment, would overhaul the seven-member Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) by stripping the State Bar of its three appointments on the JQC and giving that authority to the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor. The public will now be denied access to a judge's disciplinary hearing before the JQC for the first time.

HR 1254 Medicaid care management organizations; cover certain attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medications; encourage
House Resolution 1254 encourages Medicaid care management organizations operating in Georgia to cover certain attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication.

HR 1342  Education; school children; request more recess time

House Resolution 1342 encourages and requests more recess time for school children.

HR 1577  House Study Committee on Georgia Minority Participation in the Film and Television Production Industry; create House Resolution 1577 creates the House Study Committee on Georgia Minority Participation in the Film and Television Production Industry. The committee shall be composed of seven members to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

HR 1113 Judicial Qualifications Commission; create
House Resolution 1113 amends, subject to approval by voters of this state, Paragraph VI Section VII of Article VI of the Georgia Constitution by abolishing the existing Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) as of December 31, 2016, in order for the General Assembly to create and provide by general law for the composition, manner of appointment, and governance of a new Judicial Qualifications Commission. The new commission would still have the power to discipline, remove, and cause involuntary retirement of judges.

SB 304 Criminal Records; allow for the preservation of a person's involuntary hospitalization information received by Georgia Crime Information
Senate Bill 304 was revised to become HB 827, sponsored by Rep. Scott Holcomb.  The Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act would require law enforcement to inventory all sexual assault kits and send them to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's forensic labs for processing. A framework for processing the kits on a rolling basis would also be established.
SB 364 "Quality Basic Education Act"; annual teacher, principal, and assistant principal evaluations;
revise provisions
Senate Bill 364 would reduce evaluations with student growth accounting for 30 percent of the evaluation. A professional growth component will account for 20 percent. SB 364 also lowers the test component for administrator evaluations from 70 percent to 40 percent. The number of in-class observations are reduced for teachers with at least three years of teaching experience who have earned 'Proficient' or 'Exemplary' on the previous evaluation. SB 364 also raises the attendance threshold that a student must meet to be counted toward a teacher's evaluation from 65 percent to 90 percent attendance.

SB 369 Fireworks; revise the standard of compliance from explosion to ignition;

Senate Bill 369 would allow for a ballot initiative in the city of Atlanta that, if approved, would raise the sales tax by a half penny to fund MARTA expansion projects.

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