As the clock struck midnight on Monday, March 8, another long and arduous crossover day in the Georgia General Assembly came to a close.
Crossover Day is the deadline for a bill to pass from its origin chamber (the house or the senate) in order to be considered by (and “crossed over” to) the other chamber for that year’s legislative session. Essentially, if a bill doesn’t pass during crossover day, it doesn’t have the chance to become a law that year.
Though crossover day is filled with numerous proposed bills, here are the ones that made it (and some that didn’t) that may be of particular interest.
Bills That Passed
Bills that Didn't Pass
The journey for the bills that passed isn’t over yet, given that they now need to pass through the other chamber before they can be signed into law by the governor. Through the dedication and work of advocacy organizations, lawmakers, and other stakeholders, we hope to see by March 31, a future that includes these bills and the opportunities that will come with their provisions being passed.
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Some of our colleagues at DFCS held a Cake in the Face challenge, where whoever raised the most money had to take a cake in the face. The UGA Kappa Alpha Thetas challenged friends and family to give, raising over $7800. Cecil Cooke's Risk Management and Insurance class at UGA raised funds from friends, family, and community events - raising over $3500.
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Alec MacGillis, writer for ProPublica, discusses how the move to virtual learning has impacted many disadvantaged families as they struggle to stay connected. Amidst the pandemic many schools have come to virtual learning as a way to continue education for the current school year, most commonly through Zoom but some others such as Google Classroom, Hangouts, and more have been used at substitutes. However, this move to online learning has put families that struggle with things like limited cellphones/laptops, no data, and unstable Wifi in an uphill battle to remain on top of school work and assignments. Due to these many challenges students in lower income families are experiencing a gap this school year that has never been experienced before and must find ways to be left behind.
Are you seeing this play out in your community? What are some solutions or steps that we could take to ensure that all children are able to access a proper education in the midst of the pandemic?
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