Take an Advocacy Moment for Children today.   Your voice WILL make a difference!be a voice for children

The Georgia legislature is in session…. And they’re in a hurry to get their 40 days over with and start campaigning for re-election… That means it is more difficult than usual to stop the BAD bills and get the GOOD bills voted on…

So. Speed is the name of the game for advocates too!

Today, we are contacting the Rules Committees about 5 bills that will improve child policy. “Rules” job is to schedule the bills for votes. With only 10 days left, the pressure is on. So PLEASE act on the action alerts at the bottom of this blast asap and please stay tuned for more as the week progresses!

2 Minute Advocacy Ask for the Week:

The “Ask”: Choose one (or more!) of the bills below which you support and contact (phone calls work best, but emails are fine also) the members of the appropriate Rules committee (noted below) and ask them to put the bill on the House or Senate floor for a vote this week.

The Why: Once a bill has passed out of its subject matter committee (such as Education or Health and Human Services, etc.), the Rules Committee of each chamber determines which bills go to the chamber floor for a vote. If a bill does not get a floor vote by the end of Crossover Day (Monday, March 3), its chances of passing are GREATLY reduced.

The Message:

Bills in House Rules Committee     Click here for contact information

Please get HB 674 to the House floor for a vote this week. This bill establishes a formula to fund certain positions in juvenile court. Currently there is not a reliable mechanism for juvenile courts state funding, which can leave our youth (and the state) without resources for proper representation and court services. Thank you for your consideration and for all you do for Georgia.

Please get HB 290 to the House floor for a vote. This bill allows an employee to use existing sick leave to care for an immediate family member without the worry of losing a job or having to deceive an employer. Thank you for your consideration and for all you do for Georgia.

Please get HB 804 to the House floor for a vote this week. This bill makes it possible for a judge to allow a child under 18 to testify via closed-circuit television outside of the presence of the person accused. Children can be extremely susceptible to adverse experiences and we need our courts to function in ways that do not inflict further trauma on our young witnesses. Please support this legislation. Thank you for your consideration and for all you do for Georgia.

Please get HB 923 to the House floor for a vote this week. This bill moves the Child Fatality Review Panel out of the Office of the Child Advocate into the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. Child fatalities need an effective investigation in order to prevent further tragedies from happening. The GBI has the training and the capacity to improve the collection of this important information. Thank you for your consideration and for all you do for Georgia.

Bills in Senate Rules Committee    Click here for contact information 

Please get SB 364 to the Senate floor for a vote this week. This bill revises and corrects errors or omissions to the Juvenile Code (which was passed last session as HB 242). This bill furthers the work of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform. Passage of this clean up legislation will implementation of the new juvenile code to continue in a way that helps courts and kids. Thank you for your consideration and for all you do for Georgia.

Useful links:
Key House and Senate Committee contact lists
House and Senate Leadership contact lists
Find your Lawmaker
Legislative Dictionary

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