Here is an update issued by state Rep. Ronnie Mabra’s office at the end of last week:
“This week, the session has started to pick up. There are several bills that have been introduced to the House Floor and passed unanimously.
“For instance, House Bill 801, will change the GPA weighting system for HOPE Scholarship recipients who take certain science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. With the increased GPA weight to the courses that our state sees most need, we are taking steps to bridge the gap in Georgia’s education.
“Also, House Bill 421,was passed which will provide enhanced disability benefits to community supervision officers employed by the Department of Community Supervision who become permanently disabled in the line of duty. The officers of community supervision keep our state safe and this bill will provide additional protect to these officers and their families and show our appreciation for their dedication.
“As we continue through the legislative session, I hope that you will contact me if you have questions or concerns about these bills, or any other legislation that may come before us. As your state representative, it is my job to represent your thoughts and opinions in Atlanta, and I would like to hear from you before the session adjourns on March 24. Please stop by and visit if you are in Atlanta during the legislative session, or call my office at the State Capitol and let me know what I can do for you and your family.”