2015 Scorecard Tracker

SB 2: Career Education Dual Enrollment
Sponsor: Lindsey Tippins
Status: February 3, 2015-Senate Passed/Adopted; March 3, 2015-House Education Committee Favorably Reported 
Chamber Position: Support; Scorecard

SB 2 would allow a high school student who has completed ninth and tenth grade requirements for coursework and assessments to enroll in a post-secondary institution (USG or TCSG) and work towards an associate degree, while counting that coursework towards high school graduation requirements. SB 2 will create a new tool to address many workforce needs of Georgia businesses.  By further aligning our K-12 education system with our university and technical college systems and allowing students to simultaneously access both, Georgia will be in a better position to remain economically competitive.

SB 132: “Quality Basic Education Act”
Sponsor: Mike Dugan
Status: March 3, 2015-Senate Education and Youth Committee Favorably Reported
Chamber Position: Support; Scorecard

SB 132 revises and updates regulations regarding dual enrollment options, giving students new opportunities to receive associate and technical degrees and certifications in high demand industries. It creates a revised funding system, subject to general appropriations, that finances student tuition and related costs for attending colleges through the program. It also authorizes the Department of Education to decide which courses offered by colleges are eligible for high school credit.

HB 412: Workers' compensation
Sponsor: Mark Hamilton
Status: February 26, 2015-House Industry & Labor Committee Favorably Reported; March 4, 2015-House passed
Chamber Position: Support; Scorecard

HB 412 is a worker’s compensation bill that includes several important provisions developed and agreed upon by the State Board’s legislative advisory council.  The most critical provision provides protection of the exclusive remedy for workers’ comp and strengthens Georgia’s workers’ comp system for employers and employees alike. Additionally, the bill extends the Subsequent Injury Trust Fund sunset which will maintain important stability and help to facilitate the settling of cases. The Georgia Chamber remains committed to improving upon the state’s workers’ compensation system in order to most effectively treat injured workers and reduce the burden on employers.

HB 303: Uninsured motorist coverage; recovery when an insurer refuses to pay for a loss within 60 days after a demand has been made by the insured and a finding has been made that such refusal was made in bad faith; change provisions
Sponsor: Dustin Hightower
Status: March 3, 2015-House Judiciary Committee Favorably Reported
Chamber Position: Oppose; Scorecard

Currently, an insurer has 60 to process and fulfill a policyholders claim on uninsured motorist coverage.  After 60 days, the policyholder can file a lawsuit claiming the insurer is acting in “bad faith” on their claim.  If the court finds that the insurer did act in “bad faith”, the court can award a penalty up to 25% of the policyholders uninsured motorist coverage limit.  HB 303 is increasing this penalty on the insurer to 100% and allowing the court to award attorneys fees and litigation expenses.  If HB 303 were to become law, insurance companies would process all claims without a thorough review to avoid the possibility of the court finding them in bad faith.

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