February 20, 2018
Dear GOAL Supporters,
Notable progress has been made this year in the ongoing effort to encourage expansion of Georgia's popular and successful education tax credit program.
During the 2017 session of Georgia's General Assembly, some influential 'non-believers' in our state legislature became supporters, and there were six winning votes which passed HB 217 out of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee, the full Ways & Means Committee, the House Rules Committee, the full House of Representatives, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Rules Committee. On the final day of a hectic legislative session, the Senate failed to support the bill in the final step required for passage. Although HB 217 was tabled at that time, it remains active in the current 2018 session of Georgia’s General Assembly.
Because there was disagreement in 2017 between the House and the Senate related to certain provisions in the law, including the amount of potential increase in the cap, the next step is for House Bill 217 (HB 217) to be debated in a conference committee consisting of three members of the House and three members of the Senate. The following elected officials have been appointed to serve on this conference committee:
Georgia House of Representatives:
- Representative John Carson (R-Marietta)
- Representative Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs)
- Representative Jay Powell (R-Camilla)
- Senator Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta)
- Senator Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome)
- Senator Ben Watson (R-Savannah)
As these individuals prepare to debate the future of HB 217, we encourage you to make your elected officials aware of the good news of this program, your gratitude for its existence, and your desire that they support its expansion. In essence, now is an opportune time to remind them that this program one of the best things they have provided for the citizens of Georgia!
Lisa M. Kelly
Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc.