Tracking Our Priorities in Georgia Legislature
Steps for a Georgia Bill to Become Georgia Law
Where Are We In the Legislative Session?
As of April 1, 2021 (this page’s last update) we have finished the 2021 Legislative Session, but the governor still has time to sign new bills into law. We are in the first year of a two-year legislative session, which means bills that have not made it to the governor’s desk this year will continue to be discussed next year.
Bills We Are Watching
Right now, Georgia’s tax code is out of balance. The state hands out $10 billion per year to special interests while underfunding the programs and services Georgians need. Utilizing commonsense policies like lifting the tobacco tax to the national average and rolling back inefficient tax credits are simple ways we can rebalance the tax code and pay for our priorities.
Defending against inefficient tax code reduces loss of revenue and helps keeps our current support systems and programs safe. The bills we are opposing would be detrimental to our revenue and put our current programs at risk.
Enacting a Georgia Work Credit
A Georgia Work Credit could deliver substantial relief to Georgians. It reduces the amount of taxes low- to middle-income Georgians owe, resulting in up to $500 of support. This could help families pay medical bills, catch up on rent or save for job advancement opportunities. Several 2021 bills would enact a Georgia Work Credit. The Georgia legislature is also able to append this measure to a bill that has already passed over by Crossover Day.
Support for Families in Poverty
For families to thrive, they need support systems to help them make ends meet when they are making low wages, busy with caretaking or are otherwise unable to keep food on the table without support. By lifting these families up we create more equity, better outcomes for their children, our schools and our local economies.
Health Care Access and Affordability
By increasing access to health care, more individuals are able to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
By giving all of Georgia’s children a chance at an equitable, quality education we are giving all of Georgia’s children a chance to thrive. When we create inequities in education, the effects of these inequities will cause ripple effects across lives, families and generations.
Access to Scholarships and Affordable Higher Education
Georgia currently has not funded a need-based aid scholarship. Restrictions on HOPE scholarships and in-state tuition have paved the way for inequity as they dictate who does or does not have a college degree within reach.
These bills would improve equity for all workers and give workers tools they need to thrive.
Criminal Legal Systems
A fair criminal legal system supports rehabilitation and restorative opportunities for individuals within this system, so that they can move forward and build happy, fulfilling lives.