The Georgia General Assembly completed legislative days 17 through 23 last week and is now halfway through the 40-day legislative session. They convened on Monday, February 13, and worked through Thursday, February 16. The General Assembly returns to session on Tuesday, February 21, for legislative day 21 and will work through Thursday, February 23, for legislative day 20.
Senate Bill 112 and House Bill 313 would establish a pilot program for individuals who have previously dropped out of school resources needed to further their education. These bills create a pathway for non-traditional students to gain the skills and training necessary to enter the workforce in hopes of helping to address our statewide labor challenges. The program is for individuals at least 21 years of age who would become eligible to receive a Georgia high school diploma upon completion. Additionally, this program would alleviate traditional burdens for adult learners, such as childcare, transportation, and financial challenges. On Thursday, February 16, SB 112 passed the full Senate with a 48-4 vote and is now in the House for consideration. HB 313 has been referred to the House Higher Education Committee, awaiting further legislative action.