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NOTES FROM THE SENATE, APRIL 15, 2019
MENTAL HEALTH AND DISABILITY A FOCUS OF THE SESSION AND BUDGET

From Governor Kemp's first address, to legislators at the Biennial in December, to his other major addresses, one theme was consistent: "Mental Health issues will be front and center in this administration." From the marquee piece of reform legislation to a state budget replete with many additions to funding for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, this intense interest was apparent. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, APRIL 5, 2019
LEGISLATURE ENDS ON A "HIGH"
Maybe it's a sign of the times, but it seemed that an inordinate amount of time was spent on Sine Die day discussing medical marijuana, TCH, cannabis oil, hemp and how the products will be grown and sold. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, MARCH 29, 2019
FY 2020 BUDGET FEATURES TEACHER PAY RAISE
Both the House and the Senate agreed on a conference committee report of the FY 2020 General Budget for the State to begin July 1, 2019.

The final agreement featured a $3000 pay raise for Georgia's teachers and other certified school personnel including counselors and librarians. This raise will begin July 1, 2019 and will become part of the teacher pay scale. (More)

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