Legislation has already started flowing in the state Capitol, weeks before the Georgia Legislature is set to convene.
By late Monday afternoon, state lawmakers had filed 24 bills and eight constitutional amendments with the House clerk’s office.
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, filed legislation that would allow DeKalb County voters to decide how many people serve on their school board, five, seven or the current size of nine. If the bill passes, a ballot issue would be put before the voters in the November 2011 general election. Oliver said her legislation is aimed at creating a more effective school board that could better work with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and maintain is accreditation.
Oliver also filed a bill that would require state officials to develop regulations for the use of psychotropic drugs for foster children.
Also, Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, filed legislation Monday that would adopt certain federal rules of evidence,