It has been another productive and busy week at the Georgia State Capitol. We have completed ten weeks and 35 legislative days, of the 2019 session. This week the Senate passed Senate Bill 17 and Senate Bill 167. I have provided a short description of the bill for you below.
Senate Bill 17
Senate Bill 17 relates to the ‘Rural Telephone Cooperative Act’ and gives cooperative non-profit corporations the ability to furnish, improve, and expand broadband services. These services may be furnished in conjunction or separately from telephone services; however, broadband services are not eligible for fund recovery through the Universal Access Fund.
Senate Bill 167
Senate Bill 167 increases the amount of preference given to foster parents in custody cases. A relative of a child in a foster care home has six months from the date they receive notice of a dependency hearing to demonstrate an interest and willingness to provide a permanent home for the child. The court may excuse DFCS from considering a relative as a placement, and may presume that continuation of the child’s placement with current caregivers is in the best interest of the child if the court finds that the child has been living in a stable home environment for 12 months and that removal of the child would be detrimental to the child’s well-being. The Georgia House Republican Caucus remains committed to providing greater stability in the lives of foster children!
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The end of the 2019 Legislative Session is Tuesday, April 2nd. Our time at the Capitol is quickly coming to a close. If you find yourself in Atlanta during this session, I encourage you to visit me at my Capitol office! Also, please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns regarding any current or upcoming legislation. My Capitol office is located at 401-D Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg, 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA 30334. My office phone number is 404.656.0152. I can also be reached via email at Dale.Washburn@house.ga.gov.
Thank you for allowing me to be your State Representative. I am blessed and honored to have the opportunity. God bless you and your family.