You are invited: on Monday night, I’ll be giving an update on the current legislative session at the Georgia Tea Party meeting. All are welcome to join the group at House of Lu, 89 Cherokee St., Marietta GA 30060, 6:30 pm on February 20th. We’ll be going over some of the most dangerous pieces of legislation floating around the Gold Dome right now – from expanded powers for cities to take on debt and seize property, to a wide variety of new taxes, to another attempt to legalize unconstitutional and deadly no-knock search warrants. That’s right, even after our successful effort to defeat all three no-knock legalization bills in 2015, six Democratic senators have brought back SB94 – bizarrely, the bill is named after a prominent victim of a no-knock raid. Though it hasn’t been scheduled for a committee hearing yet, we should remain alert for another attempt to sanction decades of lawbreaking. Georgia simply cannot codify the notion that police should break down doors, of people who haven’t been charged with any crime, without at least identifying themselves.
There are a few brights spots as well (accentuate the positive, right?): I’ll be going over some accountability and transparency initiatives that we should encourage our elected officials to support, like SB20. This bill would require all elections involving new taxes (SPLOST referendums, new debt obligations, etc.) to be held on the November election date, rather than the much more lightly attended special elections earlier in the year. SB20 would be an especially crucial protection if our HD80 state rep is successful in passing HB215, which would give cities more options to ask voters to approve transportation debt. These questions are too important to consign to election dates with single digit turnout – our elected officials should be enthusiastically supporting SB20 to maximize voter participation.
If there are any other legislative issues you’re curious about, I’d love to hear about them and get you some answers! Please let me know, or bring your questions on Monday night.
More upcoming events:
Saturday, February 18th, 8:30am – Fulton County GOP legislative update breakfast at Rivermont Golf Club in Johns Creek. Register here
Monday, March 13th, 7pm – DeKalb Young Republicans monthly meeting at Olde Blind Dog, 705 Town Blvd, Brookhaven GA 30319. Speaker: DeKalb County District 7 Commissioner Gregory Adams. He’ll be updating us on his first few months as a commissioner and the state of DeKalb politics. Bring questions and concerns!
Saturday, March 18th, 9am – GAGOP County Conventions at county-specific locations throughout the state. DeKalb County GOP will be meeting at the Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 Lavista Road, Tucker GA 30084.
Monday, April 17th, 7pm – DeKalb Young Republicans monthly meeting at Olde Blind Dog, 705 Town Blvd, Brookhaven GA 30319. Speaker: Senate District 40 State Senator Fran Millar. He’ll be going over the 2017 legislative session (which will likely be over by this time) – another great time for questions and concerns.
Hope to see you Monday night in Marietta, and bring a friend! Together, we can make our political world more reasonable and thoughtful.