Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed four bills aimed at strengthening and improving Georgia’s strong workforce.
The legislation includes HB 1435, which provides need-based financial assistance to eligible higher education students who experience a “gap” in their tuition funding; SB 397, which recognizes all other state-approved high school equivalency programs in Georgia and extends a voucher to cover all associated testing costs; HB 1331, which streamlines employment services funded by Title III of the federal Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act to eliminate duplication and better help unemployed Georgians find a job job or start a new career; and SB 379, which allows the Technical College System of Georgia to create and expand an apprenticeship program for registered employees.
“As Georgia continues to lead the Great Recovery, we must not rest on our laurels,” Governor Kemp said. “With an eye to the future, I am proud to sign these bills into law so that we can continue to grow and strengthen our already great workforce. Job creators tell us all the time that they come to the Peach State because they know we have the skilled workers who can do the job. These four bills will help us build that reputation even further.
“As I sign off on HB 1435, I especially want to thank Chair Chuck Martin of the Higher Education Committee for all of his hard work, both before and during the legislative session, in bringing this bill to life. He This is the first need-based education grant of its kind in Georgia, and President Martin deserves a lot of credit for making a higher education degree all the more affordable and accessible here in our state. Pro Tem President Jan Jones has also been instrumental in efforts to strengthen our higher education system and a valued partner throughout the legislative session.
“I also want to thank Senators Russ Goodman and Lindsey Tippins, Rep. Steven Meeks, and the many sponsors who worked on SB 397. By implementing this common sense policy, we are further removing barriers to education and better opportunities outside the classroom for hard workers. Georgians.
“Rep. Steven Meeks, Sen. Russ Goodman and the other sponsors of HB 1331 also deserve our gratitude for streamlining state government and helping Georgians looking for jobs by getting over the finish line at HB 1331. I will always be for making government more efficient and making it easier for all Georgians to find opportunities.
“Last, but not least, I want to thank Senator Brian Strickland, his many other SB 379 sponsors in the Senate, and Speaker Chuck Martin for their efforts. We learn best by doing, and for many professions, the The best classroom is the workplace By creating learning opportunities, more Georgians will be able to enter the workforce prepared for success.
Summary of the first HB 1435 reader: A BILL to be entitled An Act to amend OCGA Title 20 Chapter 3, Section 7, Subpart 2A, Subpart 2A, Need-Based Financial Assistance Program, in order to include the eligibility of students with a financial aid deficit; schedule an assessment; provide for related matters; provide for automatic repeal; provide for an effective date; repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Learn more about HB 1435 HERE.
Summary of the first SB 397 reader: A bill entitled An Act to Amend Titles 15, 20, 25, 40, 42, and 43 of the Annotated Georgia Official Code, Courts, Education, Fire and Safety, Motor Vehicles Motor and Traffic, Corrections, and Professions and Businesses, respectively, to update and replace terminology related to General Education Diplomas (GEDs); provide state-approved high school equivalency (HSE) credentials; update the minimum standards and requirements for these degrees to be established by the Georgia Technical College System; provide for related matters; repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Learn more about SB 397 HERE.
Summary of the first HB 1331 reader: A BILL entitled An Act to amend Title 34 of the Annotated Official Georgia Code, Labor and Industrial Relations, so as to amend certain provisions relating to the National Employment Service and the Security Administration Fund ‘job ; provide a definition; provide for related matters; repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Learn more about HB 1331 HERE.
Summary of the first HB 379 drive: A bill entitled An Act to amend OCGA Title 20, Chapter 4, Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, to permit the State Board of the Georgia Technical College System to establish a program to promote the creation and expansion of state-registered apprenticeship programs; authorize the acceptance of grants and other funds; provide definitions; provide rules and regulations; provide for a repeal; provide for related matters; repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Learn more about HB 379 HERE.