State Representative Roger Bruce

 Georgia House of  Representatives
District 61
                                                        January 27, 2017
This Issue - Newsletter #2

Letter From Representative Bruce

Legislative News

Under The Gold Dome Episode #2


PTA Meeting at Stonewall Tell Elementary w/ Representatives Bruce and William Boddie

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Stonewall Tell Elementary School Visit by Reps. Bruce and William K. Boddie, Jr.

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Representative Roger Bruce (D-61) and Representative William K. Boddie, Jr. (D-62) spoke at the PTA Stakeholder's Meetings for the Westlake Cluster at Stonewall Tell Elementary School. The Representatives spoke on various issues including keeping children safe in schools, and educating the public on the incorporation of the new city of South Fulton. 




This was a busy week in that we completed and voted on the midterm budget, and it did not have any significant changes. Next years budget is still in progress. The House Democratic Caucus also rolled out our legislative agenda for this session. The agenda covers topics that include: education, economic security, healthcare and other issues. A total of 35 bills were introduce as part of the package. Among the legislation offered is the Expand Medicaid Now Act. This would bring health care to nearly 500,000 people and and great 56,000 jobs in Georgia. It also includes the Georgia Voters Bill of Rights, which will, among other provisions, implement automatic voter registration when obtaining a drivers license or registering for classes at a public college. Finally, it includes in the package is the Too Young to Suspend Act, which would prohibit the use of suspension or expulsion as punishment for children enrolled from Pre-k through 3rd grade. I will include other legislation in future newsletters. If you have any questions about any of these bills please visit my website or contact my office at 404.656.7859

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Legislative News

This past week, Representative Bruce submitted two of the bills that we mentioned last week, HB 21: The Economic Growth Act and HB 22: The Any Precinct Act. Both pieces of legislation will now go to the Governmental Affairs committee that is chaired by Representative Ed Rynders. 

Representative Bruce has managed to gain bipartisan support for both pieces of legislation. Republicans have even gone as far as co-sponsoring both bills. 

The next steps for the legislation are to gain committee hearings, which Representative Bruce and his team will be working diligently to urge Chairman Rynders to hold. 

HB 21- The Economic Growth Act -

The Economic Growth Act has attracted the interest of people throughout the whole state of Georgia because of the positive aspects it can bring to the state. Some of these aspects include  
improving economic growth in distressed rural and urban areas,  increase job growth, more consumer spending, better education for some families and  improved standards of living for some.  This act will also create a Division of Supplier Diversity, which provides better rules and regulations that help women and minorities by insuring they are given their far share of government contracts. If you have questions concerning this legislation, please contact staffer Jason Gathing at 

HB 22: The Any Precinct Act -

 With all of the attacks on voting rights happening across the nation, Rep. Bruce believes that we should always be protecting one of our most sacred rights; which is the franchise (right to vote). This legislation intends to extend the rules of Early Voting in the State of Georgia to Election Day. What that means is that during Early Voting, voters are allowed to vote at any precinct in their registered and recongnized county. This legislation would allow for those same rules to apply on Election Day, which would make it easier for citizens to participate in the process.  If you have questions concerning this  legislation, please contact staffer A.D. Fields at

 for more information on weekly events for the 
2017 Legislative Session.


Under The Gold Dome Episode #2

with Georgia State Rep. Roger Bruce (D-61) 
Episode #2 Jan. 20, 2017
Guest: Rep. David Dryer, A.D. Fields, Jason Gathing, and Sharon Matthews

Under The Gold Dome
Under The Gold Dome


On Inauguration Day, the Georgia House Democratic Caucus launches " Georgia Resists," an online political action and organizing tool aimed at mobilizing Georgians across the state to engage directly with elected officials at the state, local, and federal levels, and to organize they communities around commonsense progressive issues. The website will be shared widely by members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus and Democratic Party of Georgia to constituents, allied organizations and individuals, and county parties.

The website will:
  • Inform Georgians about how, why, and when to respond to key state and national issues like the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion and President Trump's cabinet confirmation
  • Share action alerts informing constituents of opportunities to engage in dialogue with Republican and Democratic leadership at town halls or other events
  • Share open forums, community canvasses, social media events, and phone banks hosted by members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus and other Georgia Democrats
  • Provide downloadable toolkits on issues like Medicaid expansion, engagement tactics like how to lobby your representative, and printable content for communities lacking internet access.
  • Recruit community volunteers and digital ambassadors for progressive issues
  •  Announce grassroots trainings
For more information and to sign up for any events, please visit,

State Representative Roger Bruce's
2017 Legislative Session Aid Team

A.D. Fields - Legislative/Policy/Communications Aide
Jason Gathing - Legislative/Policy Aide.
Judith A. Richards - Executive Aide
Tiffani Palmer - Communications & Media .
Sharon Matthews - Legislative/Policy Aide 
John L. Sanders- Photographer 

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