2016 Legislative Summary

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned its 2015-2016 session on March 24, 2016. Legislation passed will have an effect, both for the good and for the bad, on all of Georgia’s families, schools, and businesses.
“Religious Freedom”
This year’s session was largely dominated by the debate over numerous pieces of legislation advertised as protecting religious liberty. These proposals included the innocuous Pastor Protection Act, which mostly sought to codify rights already protected by the First Amendment.… Read more

2015 Legislative Summary

Georgia’s 2015 Legislative Session is over, but its impact will be felt for some time.

The 18-member Senate Democratic Caucus entered this legislative term one member shy of its ability to block state constitutional amendments. While Democratic numbers haven’t allowed the caucus to block simple majority bills on the floor for some years, the Caucus has shown an ability to stand together to fight for improving legislation introduced by the Republican controlled legislature.… Read more

GA Senate Democrats Release Plan to Address Failing Schools

This week the Georgia Senate Democrats unveiled their counter to the Governor’s School Takeover initiative. We unveiled SB 124, the “Unlocking the Promise” Community Schools Act. This legislation would create a grant program to establish UP Community Schools that would serve as comprehensive service delivery centers that offer academic, health care, and community involvement programs in addition to existing classroom instruction.… Read more