Currently, retirees can work up to 49% of full-time hours.
The legislation by Rep. Shaw Blackmon, R-Bonaire, addresses teacher shortages amid a wave of retirements and a drop in interest in the profession among college students. Parts of the United States have experienced shortages though it hasn’t been as big a problem in Georgia.
Kemp sought this expansion last year with another pipeline bill he signed it into law. That legislation backed efforts to create an alternative certification path for military veterans, to mentor teachers, to impose new training requirements in colleges, and to attract more minority college students to the teaching profession.
It also placed the teacher of the year on the Georgia Board of Education in an advisory role.
Under legislative rules, bills affecting state pensions must sit for a year after introduction during a 2-year legislative session to ensure time to assess the impact. HB 385 passed the Senate 50-1 Tuesday after passing the House 169-0 in February. It now goes to Kemp for his signature. It would be in effect from July 1 through June 2026 if he signs it.