Education Committee

Contact your legislators today and tell them to VOTE NO on these bills. It is particularly important to call your senators because the Senate version, SB 173, is currently moving faster than the House bill.

The voucher bill, SB 173, will be heard in the full Senate tomorrow. 

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR IMMEDIATELY. Ask her/him to VOTE NO on SB 173. Vouchers divert public dollars from our public schools and are not proven to improve student achievement. 

For an informative look at the pitfalls of this legislation, take a look at this analysis of SB 173 by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. According to this analysis, once fully implemented the school vouchers would cost a projected $543 million per year.”

#1 – HR 291 HR 291 2019-2020 Regular Session Call to Action: Chapters to get their Senators to vote YES.

 #2 – SB 70 SB 70 2019-2020 Regular Session Call to Action: Chapters to get their Senators to vote YES.

 #3 – SB 86 http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20192020/SB/86 Call to Action: Chapters to get their Senators to vote YES.

Find your Senator’s contact information by clicking on her/his name here

 

Healthcare Committee

  1. SB 106 Medicaid Expansion in GA – Patients First Act

Permits Governor Kemp to consider two health care waivers for health care coverage for Georgia consumers. The first is the  1115 waiver to extend Medicaid coverage  but leaves out thousands who would be covered under a full Medicaid expansion.  and leave the state accountable for a larger share of the medical costs for those who would be newly covered.

Also, changes made to private coverage through a 1332 waiver could benefit or harm consumers, but the legislation, as written is too broad to determine its impact, and the bill allows the Governor to make potentially seismic changes to private health insurance in Georgia through 1332 waivers with little accountability.

Ask Governor Kemp and your state leaders to specify in the bill that any waiver will preserve critical consumer protections (like those that protect consumers with pre-existing conditions), maintain comprehensive, quality health coverage, support a stable marketplace through increased enrollment, and will not leave consumers on the hook for higher costs.

2. HB 238 Gun Safety Act

Relates to the Brady Law to provide for a background check for guns purchased at gun shows, and to provide that only dealers may legally sell. Transfer or exchange a firearm at a gun show.

https://healthyfuturega.org/get-involved/learn/track-health-legislation/

Please contact your legislators about these proposed bills 

 

Transportation Committee

Join the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women by SUPPORTING “The Gwinnett Transit Plan” Vote YES!

Encourage residents of Gwinnett County to VOTE YES on expanding transit services.

Gwinnett voters will go the polls on March 19, 2019 in a historic special election that could change the face of metro Atlanta’s suburbs.

If the referendum passes, Gwinnett’s transit system and services will expand based on Gwinnett’s plan and its contract with Marta.  The expansion will be funded through a one-cent sales tax for transit.

  • Reduced Traffic
  • Improve mobility
  • Expand accessibility
  • Create jobs
  • Improve the environment
  • Shorter commute times
  • Prepare for the future
  • More jobs at home
  • Attractions for companies

Join us in SUPPORTING this historic election March 19, 2019!

 

Climate Change Committee

We have all seen movies and documentaries, read e-mails, gone to march’s and forums, had speakers at our meetings, and read information about Climate Change.  For many of us it ends there.  We expect the Federal Government to take care of this issue.  But now that Trump has pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord and has pushed back on every Climate Change initiative that President Obama started, we must step up.  Cities and States, Universities and Non-profits are taking steps to combat climate change without the federal government.  

Now is it time for Georgia to step up.  

Atlanta has already joined the Sierra Club campaign Ready for100% in which they have pledged that all government buildings will be 100% renewable energy by 2025 and all residential by 2035.  Small towns and counties around Georgia can contribute also.  We may not be able to pledge 100% Clean energy by 2025, but there are things that we can do to conserve energy, water, and air.  In Dawson County (which is 87% Red) we are developing a program to work with our local governments, businesses, and residential communities to do just this.  We will be “test-driving” the program in Dawson County in January and February.  Then we will work out the kinks and send a toolkit to as many people as we can.  Local chapters of GFDW can help in this movement by taking the toolkit and implementing some of the ideas in their own city or county.  

Please consider getting a few people from your chapter to join the Climate Change/Environment Committee to help with this initiative!

 

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