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For Immediate Release
February 8, 2021
Contact: Brittany Ellison
(404)-516-7825
Brittany.ellison@familypolicyalliance.com


Family Policy Alliance of Georgia Backs Right to Visit Proposal
Hearing on HB 290 is set for Wednesday, February 10th

ATLANTA – Family Policy Alliance of Georgia announced its strong support for House Bill 290, the “Right to Visit Act.” This bill, authored by State Representative Ed Setzler, would require hospitals and nursing homes to allow patients to visit with family members for a minimum of two hours each day, even during public health emergencies.

“Access to loved ones while struggling and vulnerable is key to mental and physical well-being,” said Deputy Director Brittany Ellison. “No crisis should result in a person being denied the ability to visit family members in what could be their final hours of life, nor should anyone have to choose between vital healthcare and being with family.”

HB 290 has been assigned to the House Human Relations & Aging Committee and is scheduled for a public hearing on Wednesday, February 10 at 2:00 PM.  Testimony from both medical professionals and everyday Georgians relating real-life stories of people being separated from their families during times of profound need is expected to overwhelm the available meeting space.

“Requiring dying patients to say goodbye to sobbing family members through the 5-inch screen of an i-Phone is absolutely unacceptable,” said Rep. Setzler (R – Acworth). “In June 2020, the General Assembly provided unprecedented COVID-19 legal protections to all health care providers with the intent they would allow patients to visit their family members.  Sadly, many providers accepted the legal protections, but continued to stonewall families from basic visitation, even if they could prove they were COVID-19 negative.  We need to be crystal clear that the right to visit, subject to reasonable restrictions, is a basic human right that our non-profit hospitals and long-term care providers must find a way to accommodate.”

 

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia endorses HB 290 as it fights for a state where “families thrive” and “life is cherished.”

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For Immediate Release:
Contact: Brittany Ellison
(404)-516-7825
brittany.ellison@familypolicyalliance.com

 

ADVISORY: Press Conference on “Save Girls Sports” Bill

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia is holding a press conference with Representative Philip Singleton (R-71) regarding his legislation to Save Girls Sports.

Our President, Cole Muzio, will join Rep. Singleton and other legislators in The Rotunda at the Capitol tomorrow (Thursday), February 4 at 12:30pm. Other speakers include: Representative Todd Jones (HD 25), Representative Karen Mathiak (HD 73), Representative Jodi Lott (HD 122), Senator Randy Robertson (SD 29), and Rep. Singleton’s daughter, Emma Singleton.

 

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So far, President Biden has been everything we thought he’d be. He’s cranked out unconstitutional executive orders, weakened our position internationally, doubled down on big government, and consistently revealed that he is beholden to the fringe.

This is what we expected from Joe Biden. What we don’t yet know, however, is how much he will be able to achieve. Is Biden a weak and liberal White House occupant who – while doing much harm to our country – will mostly be confined to toothless executive orders? Or, with a House and Senate under his Party’s control, can he achieve lasting damage? Here are some national notes:

Senator Joe Manchin flexed his muscle a bit last week by opposing the confirmation of Neera Tanden for director of the Office of Management and Budget. Manchin (D-WV) is one of the most consequential people in Washington – given his occasional conservative leanings and red state representation. In a 50-50 Senate, any Manchin defection means a Republican would need to join Democrats in order to pass any bill or confirm any nominee. This definitely drops the chances of a Tanden confirmation – one of Biden’s more bizarre cabinet picks – but, more importantly, it gives some hope that Manchin, who also opposes Biden’s massive minimum wage hike, will defect on more consequential matters.

Another ideologically driven Biden pick, Xavier Becerra for Health and Human Secretary, is shaping up to be one of the biggest cabinet battles. Becerra, a former Congressman and California Attorney General, does not have a background in medicine or health. Instead, he has a long history of advancing radical pro-abortion policies – including opposing the end of horrifying partial birth abortion practices – and attacking pro-life and religious institutions. He’s had a long legal battle with Little Sisters of the Poor, trying to force them to include abortion-inducing drugs in their health plans. In an op-ed, Senator Josh Hawley wrote: “No one who has shown such disregard for religious liberty and conscience should wield such influence over Americans’ daily lives.” We agree, and that’s why we are part of a coalition aimed at opposing his confirmation.

The Equality Act is back, and it’s as bad as you hear it is. It was reintroduced in the House last week, and we expect it to be fast-tracked to a vote in short order. The effects of passage could be severe including threatening:

Hiring practices of churches and religious schools and institutions

We are proud to be part of the coalition to oppose this evil legislation and have signed on to the Promise to America’s Children.

We cannot forget about H.R. 1 – the Left’s attempt to take control of the elections process. This maniacal bill represents a national takeover of elections and campaign finance in a way engineered to benefit their electoral chances. Currently, the House plans to take up this legislation after COVID relief in March. Here is a great report from the Heritage Foundation on the challenges with this bill.

Amazon takes a “stand” AGAINST science. The site recently removed Ryan Anderson’s book “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” without warning or reason. This is sad and disappointing. While some rushed to urge government intervention to force Amazon to once again list Andersons book, I’d urge caution against such a wayward philosophy. A government that can force Amazon to sell this good book can also force a church with a Christian bookstore to sell a book that advocates for wickedness. Instead, we’d urge people, not government, to act. If you’re interested in this book, it can still be purchased here.

While the coming weeks will determine how deep Biden’s effectiveness will go, there is always hope. There is hope that his priorities will be defeated. There is hope because a judiciary – remade by President Trump and the Republican Senate Majority over 4 years – is far more likely to step in and reverse liberal overstepping than ever before. There is hope because states, still controlled by center-right governors and legislatures, can stand in the gap. And, there is hope because we serve a God who both has acted and intervened on behalf of our nation in the past and who has already claimed victory for His Kingdom in the future.

As we fight at the Georgia Capitol, we will continue to engage with our allies nationally and keep you informed as well.

For His Glory,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

Recently, many of you may have received a mailer from a group called “Fair Fight.” Yes, the same Fair Fight that Stacey Abrams uses as a vehicle to fund her ambition and political agenda.

So why is “Fair Fight” spending now?

Governor Kemp, conservative, common sense legislators, and our organization are working on legislation that affirms what should be a consensus view: a thriving democracy requires ensuring that only eligible voters can cast ballots.

But that’s not the view that Stacey and “Fair Fight” (or, really, UNFair Fight) shares. They want to cheat, and they want to be in power at all costs.

Look, we are not an organization that focuses on the voting process as one of our core issues. Yet, in order to stop those, like Stacey, who labor for a Georgia where God is mocked, religious freedom is eliminated, families are undermined, and life is discarded (and YES that is Stacey’s agenda in a nutshell), we must act.

That’s why we are working alongside our conservative allies to fight for election integrity. So far, we’ve endorsed common sense legislation that:

These bills reduce fraud and restore confidence. Similarly, we’re evaluating legislation that would end shady non-profits’ ability to mail absentee ballot requests, address the use of ballot drop-boxes, end “no-excuse absentee” voting, and more. Contrary to Stacey’s wishes and ambitions, these steps will make it harder to cheat in Georgia.

As you join us in prayer for this battle, please consider a gift of $50, $100, or $250 to help us reach our goal of $2,097.

Quite honestly, Stacey Abrams and “Fair Fight” are lying about what we’re trying to do at the Capitol. They’re lying about the efforts for integrity, and they’re showing how little they truly care about democracy.

Now, I’ve been careful. There has been fraud in every election since the dawn of this nation. There was fraud in the recent elections here in Georgia, and, undoubtedly given the flood of mail in absentee ballots, there was almost certainly more cheating this election cycle across the country in 2020. There have also been numerous false assertions about the sources of that fraud, and I’ve pushed back on those.

But, what is not in dispute is that we have 1) incredibly bad actors in Stacey Abrams, “Fair Fight,” and even our new Senator Raphael Warnock (who is also under investigation) here in Georgia trying to cheat and 2) we have some laws that need to be tightened to prevent them from doing so.

Let’s get it done.

I’m frequently asked what’s being done on this issue. I want to assure that we are engaged, and your elected leaders are also engaged on this issue. Reforms are coming, and we will keep you updated. Again, this is not our primary issue, but it is one we are working on to keep Stacey and her radical agenda from fraudulently imposing her will on the state.

For Integrity,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

PS. We’re working every day at the Capitol to advance issues like the “Right to Visit,” “Simon’s Law,” what’s traditionally been known as the “Tebow Bill,” school choice, “Save Girls Sports,” and more. This session, we’re also trying to promote integrity and oppose the lies Stacey and her out-of-state funded Fair Fight are saying. As you stand with us, please consider a gift of $50, $100, or $250 to help us reach our goal of $2,097.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 13, 2020

 

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia Statement on Federal Judge’s Ruling Against Heartbeat Law

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia stands behind Governor Kemp as he pursues an appeal

ATLANTA, GA – Family Policy Alliance of Georgia is disappointed in a federal judge’s ruling today against Georgia’s recently passed  “Heartbeat” law. The law prevented abortions of babies with a heartbeat and provided parents with important benefits affirming life inside the womb – benefits that should not be controlled by the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion precedent. Cole Muzio, President of Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, released the following statement in response:

“Today’s decision reflects both a reckless adherence to the dubious precedent of Roe v. Wade and a wanton abuse of judicial activism. The judge’s decree even robs parents of common sense tax and child support provisions that affirm what mothers and fathers already know – that their baby is a child and already a part of their family. We can no longer sacrifice science and evident truth at the altar of the abortion lobby, and we refuse to continue to allow discrimination of persons based on their developmental status and location. Family Policy Alliance of Georgia stands with Governor Kemp in continuing to fight for this law through the legal process and at the ballot box. As our nation strives to come to a place of recognizing the value of every person, we hope to see this process result in the end of the horrifying systematic oppression of the vulnerable our society: abortion.”

Media Contact:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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Family Policy Alliance of Georgia works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

When you turn on the national news, it’s easy to grow frustrated or face despair. Our president is a wicked man, surrounded by wicked ideologues, and possesses a House and Senate with pervasive wickedness. Yes, it’s sad.

But, here in Georgia, we are – for now – seeing a different story.

It’s easy to make jokes about the Capitol and the politicians that work there. And, yes, there are frustrating things about the way that building operates.

Yet, under the Gold Dome, we’re seeing a lot of good things. Here are just a few:

We’re actively lobbying, testifying, and strategizing to pass our legislative agenda, and none of this would have been possible if we had not won 80% of the elections we were involved in during 2020. If you want to keep this progress in Georgia, please consider a generous donation of $50, $100, $250, or greater today.

While these gains are encouraging, we don’t have to look far to see where this hope could fade:

If you want to keep the radical leftists from ever obtaining power, join us! Your support of $50, $100, $250 or more today will help us build and position ourselves to WIN!

We have hope. We’re seeing reasons for hope. And, we’re also seeing regular reminders of why we must continue to fight. I hope you’ll stand with us.

For Georgia,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

Friends,

I wanted to share with you the press release we just sent out regarding HB 290, the “Right to Visit” bill that will be heard in committee this week.

We are honored to work with Rep. Ed Setzler in this fight that values every life and upholds the importance of the family.
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Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

 

For Immediate Release
February 8, 2021
Contact: Brittany EllisonGA FPA Logo.png

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia Backs Right to Visit Proposal
Hearing on HB 290 is set for Wednesday, February 10th

ATLANTA – Family Policy Alliance of Georgia announced its strong support for House Bill 290, the “Right to Visit Act.” This bill, authored by State Representative Ed Setzler, would require hospitals and nursing homes to allow patients to visit with family members for a minimum of two hours each day, even during public health emergencies.

“Access to loved ones while struggling and vulnerable is key to mental and physical well-being,” said Deputy Director Brittany Ellison. “No crisis should result in a person being denied the ability to visit family members in what could be their final hours of life, nor should anyone have to choose between vital healthcare and being with family.”

HB 290 has been assigned to the House Human Relations & Aging Committee and is scheduled for a public hearing on Wednesday, February 10 at 2:00 PM. Testimony from both medical professionals and everyday Georgians relating real-life stories of people being separated from their families during times of profound need is expected to overwhelm the available meeting space.

“Requiring dying patients to say goodbye to sobbing family members through the 5-inch screen of an i-Phone is absolutely unacceptable,” said Rep. Setzler (R – Acworth). “In June 2020, the General Assembly provided unprecedented COVID-19 legal protections to all health care providers with the intent they would allow patients to visit their family members. Sadly, many providers accepted the legal protections, but continued to stonewall families from basic visitation, even if they could prove they were COVID-19 negative. We need to be crystal clear that the right to visit, subject to reasonable restrictions, is a basic human right that our non-profit hospitals and long-term care providers must find a way to accommodate.”

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia endorses HB 290 as it fights for a state where “families thrive” and “life is cherished.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 5, 2020

 

 

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia Statement on Hate Crimes Legislation

It’s Time to Reject HB 426 and Start Getting Serious About Saving Lives

ATLANTA, GA – In response to recent tragedies and the growing calls for “hate crimes” legislation – a concept that would do nothing to prevent such horrifying incidents in the future – Cole Muzio, President of Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, released the following statement:

“We join those from across our state and nation who mourn the senseless and tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and so many other black Americans whose race undeniably played a role in their death. We must confront the racist segments of our society head on, and we must seek to identify solutions that will prevent the next life from being snuffed out.

All crimes are hateful and are rooted in the valuing of oneself more highly than the one upon whom crime is inflicted. Yet, ‘hate crimes’ legislation as currently constituted is a farce. It does nothing to save lives. It does nothing to solve the problem. It only does more to further divide and surrenders to the government the power and authority to judge the thoughts of others – with countless ramifications on all Georgians, predicted and unforeseen, that will no doubt make us both less free and less equal.

The push to pass such legislation is rooted in a radical liberal ideology – a desire to segment society as opposed to promoting unity. This is political posturing of the worst sort, exploiting a time of national tumult while failing to truly promote justice and equality for all.

Rather than bowing to the radical left, we encourage Georgia leaders to pass legislation aimed at the laws that provide safe harbor for those motivated by hate. Let’s look at how unnecessary force is applied, laws surrounding citizens arrests, and legal loopholes that could one day allow the next perpetrator of violence to go free. Let’s buckle down and have serious conversations – discussions that could lead to lives saved – rather than simply promoting platitudes that fail to do anything outside of eliciting applause from big corporate and liberal elites.

With momentum behind an honest dialogue and real change, it’s time to let the ill-conceived ‘hate crimes’ bill die. It’s time to take action to truly protect the value and lives of those who all-too-often are denied the justice they deserve.”

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia is committed to opposing any legislation resembling HB 426, but it is our hope that the General Assembly will take action that reflects our shared value of cherishing all human life.

Media Contact:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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Family Policy Alliance works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2020

 

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia Endorses Senator Kelly Loeffler

ATLANTA -Family Policy Alliance of Georgia announced its endorsement of Senator Kelly Loeffler in her campaign to fill the remainder of former Senator Johnny Isakson’s term. President and Executive Director Cole Muzio said:

“In two months on the job, Senator Loeffler has been everything we knew she would be – an ardent defender of freedom, a forceful advocate for life, a fierce supporter of President Trump, and a bold outsider in the mold of Governor Kemp. Since her selection, we’ve felt she was the right selection to advance the movement here in Georgia, fight for our values in Washington, and partner with our president to return sanity and constitutionality to our out-of-control judicial system. Despite her short time in the Senate, she’s already delivered, and it’s imperative that pro-family voters turn out in droves and in lock-step to send her back to DC to continue this unprecedented momentum we’ve seen in our state and in our nation.”

Pointing to the success of Governor Brian Kemp and the similarities between the governor and his appointee, Muzio heralded the outsider status of Senator Loeffler.

“Kelly Loeffler has spent her life defying the status quo and living the American Dream. She’s bold, unflinching, and committed to the right thing – never bound by politics. It’s easy to understand why Governor Kemp appointed her because she operates in the same way he’s led our state – unashamedly conservative, compassionately committed to people, and relentless in pursuing the best outcomes for those she serves. Quite simply, like President Trump and David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler isn’t bound by the ‘this is how we do things around here’ mentality of many career politicians in Washington. She’s a successful businessperson who, like our governor, sees this role as a calling to put Georgians first and secure freedom and opportunity for all.”

In the endorsement, Muzio also expressed a warning to pro-family voters who would consider an alternative candidate.

“Before his recent rebrand as a Trump supporter, Doug Collins has a long history as a champion of ‘status quo politics.’ More concerning however, he and his surrogates have chosen to run a campaign bereft of truth and decency, one built on sexism, innuendo, and a hostility toward success. Beyond the fact that his career points to a man who would not be an agent of change, the opening of his campaign – with flailing attacks on Governor Kemp and reckless attacks on Senator Loeffler – raises serious character concerns and bring his fitness for office very much in doubt.”

Muzio also told supporters of the organization that he believes Loeffler is best suited to help lead a ticket to expand the pro-family majority in Georgia – a key objective as the organization fights for a bold legislative agenda in the state.

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia was launched in 2017 and has become a force in Georgia politics in short order – winning dozens of elections and working as early supporters of Brian Kemp. In partnership with Governor Kemp and Representative Ed Setzler, the organization spearheaded the fight for the Heartbeat Bill in 2019.

For questions or to schedule an interview with Cole Muzio, please contact Robert Noland at 719-308-2822 or  Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com.

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