Terminate The Export-Import Bank

The Export-Import bank is the official credit agency of the United States and is up for reauthorization in September 2014. It subsidizes loans and guarantees to foreign companies to encourage them to buy American exports, which is exactly the kind of government meddling in the economy that free-market advocates should forcefully reject.   The Export-Import […]

Dodd Frank Is The Stealth Act – By Virginia Galloway

While much of the national debate has focused on health care reform, and rightfully so, with its devastating potential on our health and economy, an equally devastating sea-change has slipped by almost unnoticed. Financial reform in the Dodd Frank bill and accompanying Durbin Amendment threaten not only the financial sector, but the business community, maybe […]

AFP GA Crossover Day at the Capitol – Wednesday, March 7

Join us for Crossover Day, this Wednesday, March 7 at your State Capitol – RSVP to joel.foster@afphq.org

Crossover Day is Day 30 in the GA Legislature, the day when nearly all bills that will be heard by the other chamber must have passed out of one chamber and “crossed over” for consideration. It’s a long and busy day, as Senators, Representatives, and committees work quickly to wrap up their bills and get them through, so they have a chance at becoming law. Since this is an election year, any bills not passed by this Legislature are “dead” unless reintroduced next Session.

While we have been significantly invested in efforts to secure a referendum on charter schools (HR 1162), there are a number of other bills and issues we’ve been involved in. Here’s a status update of what we’re following.

AFP Georgia 2012 General Assembly Bills/Resolutions Update List

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[img_assist|nid=26342|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=150]Here’s an updated list of the bills & resolutions AFP GA activists are currently following and supporting in the 2012 Georgia General Assembly Session:
HR 1162 – Charter Schools Constitutional Amendment
SB 313 – Broadband Bill
HB 291 – Property Taxpayer Protection Bill
HB 855 – End Universal Access Fee
SB 223 – GA Government Accountability Act
SR 20 – Taxpayer Protection Amendment
Click HERE for a list of bullet points related to all these legislative items.

AFP Education Advocates Announce Support for Constitutional Amendment

Atlanta, GA – The Brighter Georgia Education Coalition today called for prompt action on a constitutional amendment introduced by House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones and other leaders.
This amendment would address a problematic 2011 court decision that threatens the existence of highly successful public charter schools in Georgia. Under the current decision, the ability of charter schools to operate and grow in Georgia is in jeopardy, despite their documented success at lowering the dropout rate, raising student achievement, saving public funds and providing meaningful options for children trapped in failing public schools.