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Update Posted May 15, 2013

Status of 2013 Legislation of Interest to System

The legislature adjourned Sine Die on March 28, 2013. Several bills of interest to the University System were signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal or remain in committee for consideration in 2014 since this was the first year of a two-year term.

Status of legislation of interest:

Campus-carry legislation (did not pass). SB 101 was assigned to a conference committee and a final report was placed on the desks of the members on the last night of the session. The conference committee report is eligible for consideration at the start of the 2014 legislative session. In addition, HB 512 is still alive for action and rests within the body of the Senate Judiciary – Non-Civil committee. Another possibility is that a member could decide to introduce a completely new bill, which encompasses both HB 512 and SB 101.

The conference committee report on SB 101 created an entirely new permit for those between the ages of 21 to 25 who wish to carry their weapon through a concealed carry permit at public colleges, universities or technical colleges. In order to obtain the “campus carry certificate,” one would have to complete an eight-hour gun safety course approved by the Georgia Department of Public Safety. The bill also prohibits the collection of data pertaining to those issued a campus carry certificate and the verification of a license would be placed upon the probate court pursuant to a subpoena or court order only for the purposes of public safety. The language still prohibited concealed carry in dorms and at athletic events.

ORP rate setting retirement bill (HB 232) was signed into law. The Board of Regents will now set the employee and employer rates for the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). Previously, the Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) was responsible for setting the rates.

ORP transfer to TRS (HB 516) is in committee. The House Retirement Committee met and assigned the legislation to an actuarial study. The results will be released later this year prior to the 2014 session. The bill will allow those that elected the ORP to switch their participation to the TRS.

Archives transfer bill (HB 287) was signed into law. The functions of the state archives will be transferred to the University System and administered by the University of Georgia effective July 1, 2013.

Carry Forward Legislation (HB 45) was signed into law. The bill will allow the University System to carry forward into the next fiscal year revenue collected by institutions from tuition, sales/services, fees or indirect costs recovery. The amount of tuition allowed to carry forward cannot exceed three percent of collected tuition.

Other Legislation Signed into Law

HOUSE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE BILLS
• ***HB 131 – HOPE; dual credit courses; same s advanced placement for eligibility; provide
• HB 324 - Ga. Student Finance Commission; verify lawful presence; provide exemptions
• *SB 82 – Education; change designation; University of North Georgia
• * ***SB 155- Georgia Higher Education Assistance Corporation; change membership to accommodate Fourteenth Congressional District

SENATE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE
• SB 82 – Education; change designation; University of North Georgia
• SB 155 - Georgia Higher Education Assistance Corporation; change membership
• **HB 324 - Ga. Student Finance Commission; verify lawful presence; provide exemptions (Senate Judiciary)
• ** ***HB 372- HOPE; grant at technical college or university institutions; revise eligibility

*Senate Bill that crossed over to the House
**House Bill that crossed over to the Senate
***Passed with an amendment or substitution

Posted by Sonja Roberts
Published in: Senate Bill, House Bill, Legislation

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