Your June 2021
Legislative
&
Community Update!

Don't Forget Senator Rhett
District 33





What's Happening
in
District 33!

Congressman David Scott Statement on
Recent Cyber Attack

Our Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee
 will be
holding joint public hearings with the House Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Committee.

The dates and locations for the scheduled meetings are set forth below.

All meetings will be 5pm- 7pm.
Dr. Michael "Doc" Rhett

State Senator District 33

Delivered the commencement speech to the Georgia Military College Class of 2021


Dr. Rhett's Speech Topic:

Air Force Core Values

-Integrity
-Service of others before self
-Excellence in all we do

How to use these guiding principles to embrace your future!

Special election in June to fill state House of Representatives seat

A special election will be held on Tuesday, June 15 -- in the parts of Cobb County that comprise Georgia House District 34 -- to fill a vacancy due to the resignation of Rep. Bert Reeves. A runoff, if needed, will be held on July 13.

  • This election is not countywide
  • Voters residing in District 34 are eligible to vote: map of District 34
  • The registration cutoff for this special election is May 17
  • Verify your voter registration and your Georgia House District with My Voter Page
  • Call for Special Election by the Secretary of State

 For more information, call 770-528-2581.
Eviction and Renting in Georgia During the Coronavirus Pandemic
What Rights
do
Renters Have?
Law Champs Lawyers

Over three million people rent apartments and other housing units in Georgia, making it the sixth-highest state with a renting population.  

Unfortunately, according to Princeton University’s Eviction Lab and Columbia Law School Professor Emily Benfer, Georgia ranks very low among states trying to help renters who are on the verge of eviction. 

So if you are a renter in Georgia, your concerns and confusions are more than justified. 

Can my landlord evict me if I don’t pay my rent if I’ve lost my job because of COVID-19? 

Regardless of where you live in the United States, the federal CARES Act prevents landlords from filing eviction notices for failure to pay rent until July 25th. 

However, this is not catch-all protection. You may still be evicted before July 25th:

  • If you were already being evicted. The CARES Act does not inhibit your landlord from continuing the process of evicting you.

  • If you are being evicted for reasons other than being delinquent on unpaid charges. The CARES Act only protects against evictions due to your failure to pay rent or other fees. 

  • If you live in a property that is not covered by the CARES Act, including those without a federally backed mortgage or which do not participate in a federal program. Some qualifying programs include Section 42 tax credits and Section 8 vouchers. 

In other words, Georgia tenants living in properties unprotected by the CARES Act can still be evicted - even if you lost your job due to COVID-19. 

What happens if I was already being evicted, or my landlord is threatening to evict me for reasons unrelated to my unpaid charges?

Unlike other states, Georgia has not passed any statewide protections against any and all evictions in response to COVID-19. So if you were already being evicted, the following may still continue to happen during this time:

If you are concerned about being evicted, it is always best to talk to your landlord directly, and explain your situation. 

For more resources, including sample letters to send to your landlord for seeking rent relief, visit Court Buddy’s Landlord-Tenant resources page. 

What happens at the end of the 120-day federal moratorium on evictions on July 25th? 

While some states have extended the moratorium on evictions, Georgia has not implemented any legislation to prevent evictions during and after shelter-in-place. 

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta did issue a 60-day moratorium on evictions and filings beginning on March 16th. But as of May 16th, it has officially expired.

This means that now, the CARES Act is the last line of defense against the eviction of Georgia residents. It, too, will expire soon.

I rent a low-income housing unit in Atlanta. Are there any additional protections or relief programs available to me?

If you are one of the approximately 50,000 residents of an Atlanta Housing (AH) owned property, you may have heard about a 60-day rent reduction available to people who have suffered a loss of income due to COVID-19. 

While this program is set to finish when shelter-in-place does, “extended hardships” are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
See here for more information on Atlanta-specific rental relief.

If you are looking for more resources, check out some more advice here. Feel free to utilize LawChamps' self help resources or reach out to us for more help.
 
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of Slavery.

Dating back to 1865, it was June 19th that the union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were free.

This was two and a half years after President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The celebration of June 19 was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants.

Juneteenth today celebrates African-American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for ALL cultures.
Register for women's self-defense classes

Learn how to fight like a girl and defend yourself this summer. Workshops for ages 6 through adult will be held 6-7:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month starting in June at Ward Recreation Center. The cost is $25 for Cobb residents and $30 for non-residents. Registration is required at cobbparks.org.
 
Directions to register: 
  1. Select the orange "Recreation Centers" tab
  2. Under "Recreation Center - Classes" you will find "Women's Self Defense." Click this tab.
  3. Select the date you would like to attend.
  4. Log in or create an account to register.
To view the event flyer, click here.
MIC
Mableton has been selected as the showcase pilot site for a proposed transformational trail along the Chattahoochee River, near the new Discovery Park.

Join the Trust for Public Land on upcoming RiverLands Rambles, which are walks along the Chattahoochee River to introduce attendees to the bold vision of the Chattahoochee Riverlands.

Volunteer guides will lead you to points along the RiverLands showcase site, where Cobb County and the Trust for Public Land will build a three-mile section of greenway trail, trailheads, overlooks and other amenities. You will see how burgeoning development is providing new opportunities to live, work and play on the Chattahoochee.

Tours are rain or shine and limited to 20 attendees. Click on the preferred date below to see availability and register:

Email Ray Thomas to be added to the waitlist in the event of cancellations or for future walking tours notifications.
American Legion Update
American Legion Update Support of Veteran Suicide
Our student Athlete, Rajaan Bennett. Gone too soon.
Serving Community & Country!
Senator "Doc" Rhett

Georgia State Senator District 33

Master Sergeant Michael "Doc" Rhett
Retired
U. S. Air Force Reserves

Retired Educator

Doctorate Degree: University of Georgia (UGA)

American Legion Post 296 Marietta, Georgia

Officer/Trustee Turner Chapel AME Church Marietta, GA