2016 Legislative Session Review
THANK YOU for the honor and privilege of serving you in the State Senate. I work hard to provide the common sense conservative leadership you deserve and expect. Please contact me anytime I can help you with any matter concerning your state government. I humbly ask for your vote in the Republican Primary on May 24th. Thank you.
Opposing Special Interest Super Bowl Tax Break
One issue of particular importance to me is ending the litany of special interest tax breaks. There is a need for tax policies that create jobs, but these special interest tax breaks have spiraled out of control. The most recent example is a sales tax break specifically for Super Bowl tickets. This benefits only the NFL and the elite group who can afford to attend the Super Bowl. I opposed HB937 for that reason.
Congressional Term Limits and Balanced Budget Amendment
I was the lead co-sponsor of resolutions calling for a convention of States as authorized by the US Constitution to enact a federal balanced budget amendment. Congress has failed to act. Washington DC is a mess. The US Constitution allows the states to force a convention to address changes that Congress refuses to take up. The time has come for this cure to the problems in Washington.
Our Right to Bear Arms - Campus Carry Legislation
It's not pleasant to think about, but increasingly in modern society we must worry about the 'active shooter' . Whether in businesses, public places, or school campuses, the threat is real and growing. That is why I voted to support HB859, also known as the Campus Carry legislation, which allows Georgians to carry license to take their firearm onto certain parts of a public college campus. By restoring this Constitutional Right, students, faculty and staff can defend themselves or another from an active shooter or attacker.
Helping Our Students - School Testing Reform
For years, educators, parents and students have consistently complained about the obsessive focus placed on standardized testing. This focus has led many educators to simply teach to the test. I proudly co-sponsored SB364, which passed this year, that reduces the number of state-mandated high-stakes tests and asks the Department of Education to move the dates of the remaining tests to the end of each semester. It also sets a new strategic standard of reading mastery by 3rd grad and basic math mastery by 5th Grade.
Religious Freedom, Casino Gambling, Sunday Sales
I supported HB757, the Religious Freedom legislation. We must respect the rights of all people, and that includes people of faith who want to exercise their religious beliefs . I also strongly opposed parimutuel betting and casino gambling in Georgia and the expansion of Sunday Sales of alcohol , as proposed this year. I opposed Sunday Sales in the past and will continue to oppose expansion of it.
Positive Alternatives to Abortion - Pregnancy Center Funding
I proudly co-sponsored SB308 this session that provides up to $2 million in grant funding for Pregnancy Resource Centers. These 'front lines' of the prop-life movement help counsel women to choose life and help them deal with their unplanned pregnancy. They provide a positive alternative to abortion. The state grant funding will only be available to organizations that do not provide or encourage abortions.
Protecting Georgians From Terrorism
The threat of terrorism is growing daily around the world and even here in Georgia. That is why I authored and passed SB416 this year to establish GISAC, the Georgia Information and Analysis Center. GISAC will be a collaborative effort with the FBI, Homeland Security Agency, state law enforcement agencies, and local law enforcement to detect and respond to terrorism and other threats to our security.