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 [...]
Banking & Financial Services Issues
Join us for Crossover Day, this Wednesday, March 7 at your State Capitol - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.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. Its 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 weve been involved in. Heres a status update of what were following.
[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.
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.
[img_assist|nid=26035|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=150|height=112]Liberty-loving Americans For Prosperity Georgia members have an active year ahead with rallies, War Rooms and Days at the Capitol championing limited government solutions to the challenges facing Georgia.
AFP-GAs 2012 agenda will continue to focus on taxes and spending, opposing any tax increases including the controversial T-SPLOST legislation being discussed in Georgia. While transportation is a legitimate function of government and Georgia does face many such obstacles, the current T-SPLOST plan includes unfair regional governance models, a large tax increase on all Georgians with disproportionate benefits and burdens and an impractical project list. AFP-GA will only support legislation that benefits businesses and individuals in this area.