News From Under The Gold Dome
Hello!

On Tuesday, February 21, the House reconvened for another lively week under the Gold Dome.

With Crossover Day coming, my colleagues and I worked longer hours last week to thoroughly review key pieces of legislation and passed several bills on the House floor.

On Friday, March 3, we are scheduled to complete legislative day 28, otherwise known as "Crossover Day." Crossover Day is the deadline for legislation to be passed out of its chamber of origin to remain eligible for consideration for the session.

I will be having a Town Hall meeting at Nancy Guinn Library, 864 Green Street in Conyers on March 4, at 10:15am.  I hope you will join me. Please share with your friends and neighbors!   
 
In our local community news-
 
The Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce has a busy calendar this month with many interesting events. I hope you will visit HERE and get involved!

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce has many ways to get involved. Visit HERE to see!

I would also encourage you to check out the Community Job Board for opportunities in our community.

Visit Georgia Resists to find ways to get involved in state issues as well. EDUCATE. ADVOCATE. AGITATE! 

I am honored to serve on the following committees: Education, Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications, Judiciary Non-Civil, Juvenile Justice, Appropriations Sub-Committee on Transportation, and Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment.

I want you to know you are always welcome to visit me at my capitol office, call or  email me.
 
I hope you will take the opportunity to review my updates to stay informed on legislative matters that affect our district and state. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.

For updates throughout the year, please be sure visit my Facebook  page.    
 
Sincerely,
Representative Pam Dickerson 


Week In Review  

Improving Education

House Bill 237 would provide a way for individuals, corporations and communities to financially assist Georgia's low-performing schools by establishing the Public Education Innovation Fund Foundation under the Governor's Office of Student Achievement. Under HB 237, the foundation could receive private donations from taxpayers in order to award grants to public schools to fund academic and organizational innovations to improve student achievement, with priority given to low-performing schools.

Honored to welcome Dr. Williams who was honored for his work with
Community Health Centers


Commitment to Georgia's Children

House Bill 250, which passed unanimously, would allow foster parent applicants and caregivers who are early care and education program employees who have received satisfactory background and fingerprint records checks within the previous 24 months to submit evidence from their employee background and finger print check to the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to satisfy the department's records check requirement. Hopefully, this bill will allow greater flexibility for those who are taking the steps to care for and improve the lives of children in our state's foster system.

Another measure that unanimously passed the House chamber was House Bill 159, legislation that would modernize and reform Georgia's adoption laws based on best practices and the best interests of the child, birth parents and adoptive parents.

Commitment to Our Military

House Bill 224 would give military students the ability to attend any school within their school system beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. School aged children of a military service member living in military housing, on or off-base, would have the flexibility to attend the public school of their choice within their local school system if space is available at that school.

HB 222 would allow a member of the Georgia National Guard or a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States located in our state to be classified as a legal Georgia resident under eligibility requirements for HOPE Scholarships and grants.

Advancing our Film Industry

House Bill 199 amends the 'Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act' by reducing the annual total aggregate payroll for employees working within Georgia for a qualified interactive entertainment production company to qualify for tax credits. The bill also adds pre-released interactive games to the list of projects considered to be qualified production activities.

Section Two of the bill creates the 'Georgia Entertainment Industry Postproduction Investment Act' which allows for a 20 percent tax credit for post-production companies, and increase the tax credit for companies who locate in rural Georgia up to 40 percent.

We will reconvene on Monday, February 27 for day 25.

Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots Wide Receiver known for his athletics as well as his academics through his "Foundation Read with Malcolm", which promotes education and literacy. He was honored by the Georgia House of Representatives

                                        
Stay Connected
Our House website, www.house.ga.gov , has a number of tools to help you stay up-to-date on what's going on at the Capitol: you can watch a live stream of the House proceedings, view live and archived committee meetings, and review legislation we are considering.

If you know a student 12 and over who would like to learn more about the House Page Program you can do so HERE. 

Contact Representative Dickerson

Capitol Address

611-E Coverdell Legislative Office Building

Atlanta, GA 30334

404.656.0314 - Office

 

District Address

PO Box 1016

Conyers, GA 30013


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