We have begun to fight back! After just a year in Georgia, we have momentum and are poised to be #Winning again!
Yesterday was “Crossover Day” under the Gold Dome, and we are excited about what God has done this legislative session, the doors He continues to open, and the path forward to seeing our vision fulfilled.
Our Simon’s Law Bill- which prohibits a doctor from placing a Do Not Resuscitate order on a minor without parental consent- was passed through the Senate yesterday and was sponsored by Statesmen Academy alum, Senator Chuck Payne. How awesome it has been to work with Senator Payne and see the vision for Statesmen Academy yield incredible fruit here in Georgia!
Previously, our Tebow Bill- sponsored by Rep. David Clark (HB 905) and Sen. Michael Williams (SB 384)- became the first such legislation to make progress through the General Assembly. Denied passage in previous years, Tebow legislation, which secures the rights of homeschoolers to participate in extracurricular opportunities, will now go to a summer study committee to move this process forward.
Another bill we authored, the “Coach Small Bill”- sponsored by Rep. Kasey Carpenter (HB 922) and Sen. Michael Williams (SB 361)- was the lead story on AJC, received significant TV coverage, and was also the subject of national articles. The “establishment” at the Capitol has opposed this bill, but we continue to work for opportunities to secure these pivotal First Amendment rights for students and faculty.
The Lord has also shepherded Family Policy Alliance of Georgia supported bills to passage in one chamber including SB 375, sponsored by Sen. William Ligon, which protects faith in adoption. Many of you used our Action Center to encourage passage of this bill, and this bill made it through the Senate. Another bill sponsored by Sen. Ligon, SB 339 which protects free speech on college campuses, is likewise headed to the House for consideration. So is the pro-life measure, SB 74, which is sponsored by Sen. Josh McKoon. Finally, a resolution carried by Sen. Marty Harbin, SR 681, passed urging a Parental Rights Amendment.
There is plenty of cause for praise, and there is even more work to do. We look forward to fighting on these issues (and more) as the legislative session hits the home stretch.
Exclusive – Keep an Eye Out: On Monday, Family Policy Alliance of Georgia will announce its endorsement in the race to be the next Governor of Georgia. Honestly, I could not be more excited. We have found the pro-family champion we desperately need in Georgia, and, if we win this election, the entire dynamic at the Capitol will begin to shift. I look forward to sharing this and other election news with you. There is a lot going on in Georgia politics with much more to come in the elections later this year – if you want to support our eefforts, please consider a contribution today.
For His Glory,
President and Executive Director