Wilkinson Bill Would Maintain Career and Technical Education Advisory Commission in Ga.

March 5, 2013

Wilkinson (R-Toccoa)

A bill sponsored by 50th District State Senator John Wilkinson would re-establish a commission that reviews career and technical education programs in the state for the General Assembly.

Senate Bill 100, which would re-establish the Career and Technical Education Advisory Commission, passed the State Senate by a vote of 47-2 late last month.

The bill repeals the sunset provision for the Career and Technical Education Advisory Commission, which was originally enacted in 2006 and expired on December 31, 2012.

Under Senate Bill 100, the state’s Department of Education would report annually to the Commission regarding Georgia’s career and technical education program and based on that information, the Commission would periodically review the program and issue an annual report to the General Assembly recommending any necessary action or legislation related to its findings.

If re-established, the commission would include four House Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House, four Senators appointed by the President of the Senate, three non-legislative members appointed by the Governor, and three non-legislative members appointed by the State School Superintendent. The bill calls for all members to serve two-year terms coinciding with the legislative term and meet at least once, but no more than four times, annually.

According to State Senator Wilkinson, the commission has been successfully reviewing the conditions, needs and challenges of career and technical education programs in Georgia and reporting this information back to the General Assembly for seven years and this bill will allow that work to continue.

The bill now sits in the state’s House of Representatives.

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