Making Democracy Work

Legislative Agenda

Elections and Voting

Support encouragement of civic participation and voter protection.

Support legislation and activities to protect and extend voting rights to all citizens.

Support mandatory education for Georgians about their rights and responsibilities as citizens and voters to be provided by the state or local elections superintendent.

Support uniformity in election systems and protocols across the state.

Support the improvement of the election system's integrity statewide.

Support easier access to the ballot for independent and third party candidates.

Oppose unnecessary and unconstitutional restrictions on voting, voter registration, access to the ballot and petitions.

Education

Support public funding for K-12 education in public schools exclusively.

Support public K-12 schools with adequate state funding, with no austerity cuts, reflecting the actual cost of providing the state defined services.

Support equalization of state funding to public K-12 schools, currently calculated on property tax wealth in each school system.

Support efforts to increase the graduation rate in Georgia, such as mandatory attendance until graduation or age 18, early identification and support for potential dropouts, improved instructional programs for at-risk students, expanded counseling and guidance services.

Support election of State Board of Education members and the appointment of the State School Superintendent by the elected board.

Oppose State takeover of local schools without local board approval.

Environment

Support conservation and water efficiency measures.

Support diversity of energy resources including solar and wind.

Support measures to reduce contaminates in our air and water.

Oppose any measure endangering human life, waterlife, and wildlife ecosystems.

Ethics and Transparency in Government

Support transparency and accountability at all levels of Georgia Government.

Support legislation and processes that make decisions, activities, and priorities of public officials understandable to the public.

Support transparency in the state budget.

Support creation of a Special Independent Redistricting Commission.

Support ethics legislation that strengthens the distinction between lobbyist and legislators.

Support mandated funding, rule making authority, and ability of enforcement of fines and rules for the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

Support renaming the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission back to the Georgia Ethics Commission.

Support all public decision making bodies, appointed or elected, being subject to the Open Meetings and Open Records Act.

Healthcare

Support policies to facilitate Georgians' access to healthcare.

Support expansion of Medicaid in Georgia.

Oppose measures removing access or insurance coverage of mandated health services.

Juvenile Justice

Support use of alternatives to incarceration of juveniles.

Support special training for judges who hear juvenile cases.

Support unified rules of practice and procedures for juvenile courts across the state.

Support Child In Need of Service (CHINS) program as a comprehensive program to support the individual child.

Responsible Tax Policy

Support legislation for long-term solutions to Georgia's fiscal challenges.

Support responsible spending and tax policies and a balanced approach to the budget, to meet the long and short-term needs of Georgia.

Support progressive taxation as the primary source of state revenues.

Oppose state tax structure changes which reduce revenues to the general fund and those which cause low income taxpayers to bear a higher proportion of their income in taxes so that others can reduce their tax burden.

Oppose any measure to re-instate a sales tax on food.

Transportation

Support investments in transportation to improve the state's infrastructure, sustain a high quality of life, and attract economic development.

Support additional state appropriations to public transit systems across Georgia.

Support removal of spending restrictions on the Motor Fuel Tax to include public transportation, bike lanes and pedestrian walkways, in addition to roads and bridges.

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