June 24, 2020

Legislative Session
Day 38
Report Snapshot

Testing Reduction Bill Passes the House

Senate Passes Breast Cancer Screening Bill for SHBP Participants

Upcoming Schedule

Thursday, June 25 – Legislative Day 39

Friday, June 26 – Legislative Day 40 (Sine Die )
Testing Reduction Bill Passes the House
 
Highlights:

  • House approves SB 367, a testing reduction bill which rolls back the number of state standardized tests.

  • New version strongly encourages local implementation of K-5 reading and math programs and requires GaDOE to publish annual report comparing Georgia students' performance on norm-referenced test questions to other states. 

SB 367 , a PAGE-supported testing reduction bill backed by Gov. Brian Kemp, unanimously passed the House Wednesday afternoon.
 
The bill, which is sponsored by Senate Education and Youth Committee Chair P.K. Martin (R-Lawrenceville), retained most of the key provisions approved by the Senate, though some language was softened. Read PAGE’s analysis of an earlier version of the legislation HERE . Notably, the new version of SB 367 strongly encourages local school districts to implement reading and math programs in grades K-5 and requires GaDOE to publish an annual report of aggregated norm-referenced question data, allowing for comparison of students within Georgia and in other states.   
 
Thank you to all educators who reached out to legislators in support of SB 367. Since the House made changes to the bill, it now moves back to the Senate for an agree or disagree vote. If the Senate agrees, the bill will be sent to Gov. Kemp to be signed into law.

-Josh Stephens
Senate Passes Breast Cancer Screening Bill for SHBP Participants

Highlights:

  • Senate passes bill to provide State Health Benefit Plan coverage of breast cancer screenings for high-risk individuals beginning at age 30.

The Senate approved HB 1125 by Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown), which would provide coverage of breast cancer screening for high-risk individuals participating in the State Health Benefit Plan, beginning at age 30. These screenings include an annual mammogram or digital breast tomosynthesis as well as an annual MRI scan or breast ultrasound.
-Josh Stephens
Claire Suggs
Senior Education Policy Analyst
csuggs@pageinc.org
Josh Stephens
Legislative Affairs Specialist
jstephens@pageinc.org
Margaret Ciccarelli
Director of Legislative Services
mciccarelli@pageinc.org