State Leaders Preview Their Legislative Priorities
Early this morning, Gov. Brian Kemp previewed his proposed Fiscal Year 2022 budget at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's annual Eggs and Issues breakfast which serves as its legislative kick-off. Kemp highlighted the need for increased funding for high-speed internet infrastructure, a priority included in PAGE's 2021 Legislative Priorities. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan described his plan to continue expanding Georgia's status as a technology sector leader and referenced the state’s strong Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education (CTAE) program. House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) focused on mental health supports with the goal of expanding care and treatment options across the state. He also expressed the need to expand rural broadband access.
Bill to Raise Compulsory Attendance Age Introduced in the Senate
Sen. Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) introduced SB 3 to raise the compulsory attendance age for students from 16 to 17. Similar legislation was introduced in previous legislative sessions but failed to move forward. PAGE will provide more information on SB 3 as it progresses through the legislative process.
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