Rep. Jan Jones' (R-Milton) bill passed unanimously on Wednesday after she explained it on the House floor.

"The legislation authorizes the Board of Regents to select bachelor level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses to receive extra weight for purposes of calculating the HOPE scholarship GPA," Jones said.

That weight would come in the form of an extra half a grade point for students that receive a B, C, or D in eligible classes.

Jones said the bill will head off current and projected workforce shortages in the medical, computer science, and engineering fields.

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