TAG Capitol Update: January 30, 2015

January 30, 2015

       

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


Gov. Nathan Deal Amended Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

 

Governor Nathan Deal's first priority is to see that every child in Georgia receives a quality K-12 education so that he or she can be prepared for the workforce and future endeavors. Gov. Deals budget includes more than half a billion dollars in new funding for the Department of Education and our local school systems. Deals Amended FY2015 budget includes: 54.1% for Education, 23.1% for a Healthy Georgia, 8.3% for Safe Georgia, 5.1% for Debt Management, 4.1% for Transportation, 3.6% for a Responsible and Efficient Government, and 1.7% for Growing Georgia. 

  

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HR 103: Supporting Georgia Day of Code and Strengthening Computer Programming Education in Georgia

 

TAG & TAG-Ed worked with the Governor and State Legislators who are technology & education driven to declare December 10th as Georgia Day of Code. Georgia Day of Code is during the Computer Science Education Week and in 2014 1.8 million students participated, that's more than 500,000 students than the previous year. This Resolution was sponsored by Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) Chairman of the Science & Technology Committee and Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R-Johns Creek) Vice Chairman of the Education Committee and member of the Science & Technology Committee. Rep. Setzler and Rep. Dudgeon realize the need to strengthen K-12 computer science education in Georgia and spread the awareness of computing careers and opportunities. 

  

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SB 2: Education; Students who Completes Certain Requirements relating to Postsecondary Coursework Awarded A high School Diploma

 

SB 2 is an education bill sponsored by Senator Lindsey Tippins (S-Marietta) relating to the competencies and core curriculum in elementary and secondary education. This bill provides that a student who completes certain requirements relating to postsecondary coursework may be awarded a high school diploma. 

  

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HB 57: Electricity; Financing of Solar Technology by Retail Customers for Generation of Electric Energy

 

HB 57 is an Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R-Johns Creek) that creates financing of solar technology by retail customers for generation of electric energy to be used on and by property owned or occupied by such customers or to be fed back to the electric service provider. 

 

  

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Transportation Bills Introduced by the Georgia House Transportation Committee

 

So far in the 2015 legislative session, the House Transportation Committee introduced six bills. Three bills are related to highways ability of local governments to assist the DOT in the maintenance of vegetation along state highway system; providing authority to the Department of Public Safety to enter into agreements and action regarding weight of vehicles and loads; and revising what constitutes part of the state highway system. The rest of the bills relate to transit authority, revenue and taxation, and motor fuel excise tax

 

  

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TechAmerica and Twenty-two state Technology Councils Join Forces to Advocate for Tech-Friendly Policies

 

On January 27, 2015 TechAmerica announced the formation of twenty-two new strategic partnerships focused on increasing grassroots advocacy for technology firms throughout the United State. All twenty-two technology councils will affiliate with TechAmerica on public policy advocacy and other activities to educate their member companies on national policy issues affecting their IT businesses. 

 

  

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FAA Poised Including Limitations on Hobbyist & Recreational Use of UAS in proposed new UAS Rules

 

The FAA has been reviewed proposed rulemaking on small UAS since October 25, 2014. The final step in the process is having a public notice and commenting. The FAA is proposing to amend its regulations to adopt specific rules for the operation of small UAS's in the National Airspace System. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposed regulations of all UAS including operating standards for model aircraft and low performance operations, to increase safety. 

 

  

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In This Issue

State:


Gov. Nathan Deal's Amended Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

HR 103: Supporting Georgia Day of Code and Strengthening Computer Programming Education in Georgia

SB 2: Education; Students who Completes Certain Requirements relating to Postsecondary Coursework Awarded a High School Diploma

HB 57: Electricity; Financing of Solar Technology by Retail Customers for Generation of Electric Energy

Transportation Bills Introduced by the Georgia House Transportation Committee


 Federal:

TechAmerica and Twenty-two State Technology Councils Join Forces to Advocate for Tech-Friendly Policies


FAA Poised Including Limitations on Hobbyist & Recreational Use of UAS in the Proposed New UAS Rules

 

Important Events

TAG DC Fly-In

February 10-11, 2015

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TAG Health IT Day
February 24, 2015

TAG High-Tech Day

February 25, 2015
State Capitol - Empire Room
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

More Info


TAG FinTech Day

February 26, 2015

TAG Capitol Contacts


Tino Mantella

President & CEO
Tino@tagonline.org
(404) 920 - 2027


Heather Miner
Vice President, Government Relations & Statewide
Heather@tagonline.org
(404) 920 - 2022


Joseph Santoro
Director of External Affairs
Joseph@tagonline.org
(404) 526 - 6049

 

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