The federal version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) dates back to 1993, when it was passed by Congress after a controversial Supreme Court decision in 1990 angered both liberals and conservatives. After Congress passed RFRA, the Supreme Court ruled in 1997 that the federal Act couldn’t be applied to states.Currently, at least 22 states have their own versions of RFRA laws, as a response to the 1997 Supreme Court decision. It is most appropriate that Georgians be afforded the same protections.
March 28, 2016: Gov. Deal vetoes the RFRA
February 21, 2017: GA Senate votes NAY to Sen. Marty Harbin's (R-Tyrone) Preservation of Religious Freedom Bill (SB 233)
A Verifiable Voting Process
Support transparency in government, specifically transparency in voting by encouraging the Secretary of State to retire the Diebold Electronic Voting machines and replace with a verifiable paper ballot election process.
Supporting article: http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/222470-states-ditch-electronic-voting-machines
Georgia FairTax Bill
(Being supported and promoted by the Georgia FairTax Organization)
To be dropped in the General Assembly this session. There is strong support for such a bill in both the House (Rep. Tom Kirby and others) and the Senate (Senator Judson Hill and others). Senator Judson Hill has a tax reform study committee and they have scored the FairTax using Georgia numbers; work done by the folks at Georgia State that do all of revenue bills for General Assembly. Using a static model, the current rate of State sales tax would go from 4.0 to 6.4 percent. If scored dynamically, rate may be closer to the current 4%. Because there would be a much larger base. Governor Deal has been wrongly saying that a FairTax rate would be north of 11%.
American Laws for American Courts (ALAC)
This effort would prohibit the application of foreign law in Georgia courts and protect Georgians from Constitutional violations of rights guaranteed to natural citizens. Several bills were filed during the 2013/2014 session: HB 45 and HB 895. Read more here
Watchdog any legislation that limits or prohibits a parent's ability to home school or place their children in a private school
Considering the many laws that have been passed controlling public education and the ability of parents to determine what their children are learning, many parents are frustrated with the direction of the public schools and are seeking home schooling and private schools as the alternative. Citizens in other states are reporting legislation being filed putting restrictions on this ability.
Support legislation [is there any?] that requires elected officials to acknowledge & comment on conditions associated with all federal grants that they accept
We are asking delegates to implement legislation requiring elected officials who approve federal grants to acknowledge & comment on the impact of contingent conditions of all federal grants that they accept. Comments shall include estimated initial & sustaining state & local costs to sustain activities federal grants [help] fund, and affirm the Constitutionality of those grants & related conditions.Furthermore, we urge elected officials to reject federal grants, as the constitution allows them to do, that infringe on individual rights or otherwise diminishes state powers.
Amend the State Constitution to empower the state to pass referendums, bills, or other legal means to end cooperation with unconstitutional federal acts, regulations and laws. Especially important to reject all future federal education grants related to the eventual reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that will lead to complete federal control of public school education.