EDUCATION – Troublingly, a small group of state leaders are making sweeping moves that affect education across our state. Since 2002, education spending has been cut by $8 billion in Georgia, crippling our schools while furloughing and laying off teachers. I stand with Jason Carter to prioritize education spending, separating it from the state budget, and only funding the rest of the government once we’ve adequately secured a budget for our schools. I voted against Senate Bill 167, which would dismantle the standards for which our educators and students have spent years preparing.
MEDICAID EXPANSION – House Bill 990 denies state healthcare access for more than 600,000 Georgians. With this bill, we’re essentially allowing 3,600 people to die after being denied the medical coverage they need and deserve. Because I support Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act, I oppose this bill.
RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION – I oppose Senate Bill 377, the Preservation of Religious Freedom Act. It broadens the language for religious objections, allowing religion to be used to deny healthcare to women and discriminate against the LGBQT community.
GUNS EVERYWHERE BILL – House Bill 875, otherwise known as the “Guns Everywhere Bill,” would lift restrictions on guns in houses of worship, bars, airports schools and college campuses. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in 2013 gave Georgia an “8” on a 100-point rating scale based on 30 policies on gun and ammunition regulation. Approval of this bill would ease restrictions at our own Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the world’s busiest airport, where in 2013 alone the TSA intercepted 111 firearms.
EARLY VOTING – House Bill 891 seeks to eliminate early voting days for municipal elections from three weeks to six days. In a move that would affect 536 cities across Georgia, this bill not only restricts voter access, but also would create unnecessarily long lines on Election Day, particularly in densely populated areas like our Atlanta neighborhoods.
REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE – Senate Bill 98 prohibits health insurance plans from providing abortion care benefits to women in Georgia. This bill is so extreme that it does not offer exemptions for rape, incest or when the woman’s health is in jeopardy. Passage of this bill would result in women losing health coverage they currently have.