SR 21 - Jt. Study Comm. on School Choice Vouchers - create

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A resolution creating the Joint Study Committee on School Choice Vouchers.

Marable, Richard O (52nd) Dean, Nathan (31st) Madden, Eddie M (47th)
Status Summary HC: SC: Rules LA: 01/12/98 S - Read 3rd Time (Am)
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1/14/97 Read 1st time
2/21/97 Favorably Reported
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2/24/97 Read 2nd Time
1/12/98 Committed
1/12/98 Read 3rd Time

SR 21  97                                          LC 19 3224 
      By:  Senators Marable of the 52nd, Dean of the 31st 
           and Madden of the 47th 
                             A RESOLUTION 
  1- 1  Creating the Joint Study Committee on School Choice 
  1- 2  Vouchers; and for other purposes. 
  1- 3  WHEREAS, a quality education is critical to the development 
  1- 4  of every child and to the efficient maintenance of societal 
  1- 5  institutions; and 
  1- 6  WHEREAS, it is recognized that a marginal education cannot 
  1- 7  appropriately prepare a student for workplace demands on a 
  1- 8  local, state, national, or international level; and 
  1- 9  WHEREAS, student performance in Georgia consistently lags 
  1-10  behind the national average despite increased financing of 
  1-11  educational services; and 
  1-12  WHEREAS, a system of providing educational services without 
  1-13  parental choice has been met with growing criticism and 
  1-14  opposition; and 
  1-15  WHEREAS, the General Assembly enacted Article 14 of Chapter 
  1-16  2 of Title 20 of the O.C.G.A. for the purpose and intent of 
  1-17  encouraging and aiding the education of all children of this 
  1-18  state by providing for payment of education grants from 
  1-19  public funds; and 
  1-20  WHEREAS, the law as enacted requires the state to grant 
  1-21  tuition scholarships to parents with children who attend 
  1-22  nonsectarian private schools of their choice. 
  1-24  there is created the Joint Study Committee on School Choice 
  1-25  Vouchers to be composed of five members of the Senate to be 
  1-26  appointed by the President of the Senate and five members of 
  1-27  the House of Representatives to be appointed by the Speaker 
  1-28  of the House of Representatives. The President of the Senate 
  1-29  and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall each 
  1-30  appoint a cochairperson.  A cochairperson shall call all 
  1-31  meetings of the committee. 
  1-32  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall undertake a 
  1-33  study of the conditions, needs, issues, and problems related 
  1-34  to school choice and educational grants and recommend any 
  1-35  actions or legislation which the committee deems necessary 
  2- 1  or appropriate.  The committee may conduct such meetings at 
  2- 2  such places and at such times as it may deem necessary or 
  2- 3  convenient to enable it to exercise fully and effectively 
  2- 4  its powers, perform its duties, and accomplish the 
  2- 5  objectives and purposes of this resolution.  All members of 
  2- 6  the committee shall receive the allowances authorized for 
  2- 7  legislative members of interim legislative committees but 
  2- 8  shall receive the same for not more than ten days unless 
  2- 9  additional days are authorized.  The executive branch 
  2-10  members shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary 
  2-11  expenses incurred by them in carrying out their duties from 
  2-12  the funds of their respective departments or agencies. 
  2-13  Except as otherwise provided in this resolution, the funds 
  2-14  necessary to carry out the provisions of this resolution 
  2-15  shall come from the funds of the legislative branch of 
  2-16  government. In the event the committee makes a report of its 
  2-17  findings and recommendations, with suggestions for proposed 
  2-18  legislation and funding, if any, such report shall be made 
  2-19  on or before December 1, 1997.  The committee shall stand 
  2-20  abolished on December 31, 1997. 

Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98