2019 Legislative Session – Week 10

GA 2019 Session - Update from Rep. Dale Rutledge

The House is currently working through the last week of the 2019 legislative session. We officially adjourn session on April 2nd which we refer to as “Sine Die.” In this post, I’ll share information on 2 bills that the House passed in week 10 of session.

Also, remember that you can watch live broadcasts of session here:  http://www.house.ga.gov/mediaServices/en-US/VideoBroadcasts.aspx

Senate Bill 167 – Preferential Treatment for Foster Parents

Senate Bill 167, sponsored by Sen. Matt Brass (district 28), gives foster parents preferential treatment during custody cases. A relative of a child in a foster care home has 6 months from the date they receive notice of a dependency hearing to demonstrate an interest and willingness to provide a permanent home.  If the court finds that the child has been living in a stable environment for 12 months and removal would be detrimental to the child’s well-being, the court may excuse DFCS from considering a relative and may conclude that continuation of the child’s placement with current caregivers is in the best interest of the child.

Senate Bill 17 – Broadband Expansion

Senate Bill 17, sponsored by Steve Gooch (district 51), relates to the Rural Telephone Cooperative Act and gives telephone cooperative non-profit corporations the ability to furnish, improve, and expand broadband services. Services may be furnished in conjunction or separately from the telephone services. However, broadband services are not eligible for fund recovery through the Universal Access Fund.


Thank you for visiting my blog to learn about what your representatives are working on for the state of Georgia. As the General Assembly works to pass more legislation, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions and concerns. Please return to my blog next week for more updates on this year’s session.

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