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2016 Session Wrap UP

Bills passed both House and Senate and on the Governor’s Desk MARTA SB 369  This legislation allows a referendum for MARTA funding this November. The referendum will allow the City of Atlanta to levy a new sales tax for the purpose of MARTA expansion, and also would allow Fulton to raise taxes for road improvements. …

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Opportunity School District (OSD) on November Ballot

The Opportunity School District(OSD) referendum will be on the November 8, 2016 Ballot. I voted against this legislation allowing the Governor to take over schools determined to be underperforming or “failing” schools. It passed the legislature and was signed by the Governor at the end of the 2015 session.   The City of Atlanta Board of …

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4th Week of the 2016 Session

Dear Friend, Thank you for letting me know your opinion of the so-called “religious freedom” proposals. District 57 constituents were unanimously opposed to those proposals with the exception of the protection of the pastor. http://pat-gardner.com/2016/02/06/recap-of-relig…erty-proposals/ Monday night I will join Bill Nigut on the Lawmakers at 7 on PBS and hope to discuss bills I …

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Recap of Religious Liberty Proposals

Georgia Religious Exemption Bills to-date  SB 129 – Georgia RFRA – Sen. McKoon (R – Columbus)  Broad language that would allow individuals and businesses to use religious views to ignore or avoid state and local laws. Legal experts agree that this could be used as an excuse to discriminate and passage of the law may …

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