Mary Margaret Oliver
Email Newsletter
 
 
 
April 28, 2019


Dear Friends,

 

YOU ARE INVITED---PLEASE JOIN SENATOR ELENA PARENT  AND ME FOR A TOWNHALL TO

REVIEW THE 2019 LEGISLATION SESSION.

 

MAY 9, 6:30 TO 8:00 PM, DEKALB SENIOR CENTER, 1346 MCCONNELL DRIVE.   

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AND HEARING YOUR VIEWS.

 

Education

 

I reported in my recent post Session newsletter that the teachers will be receiving a $3,000 raise, and the three school districts I represent--DeKalb, Decatur, and Atlanta--will be making decisions on how to implement this benefit.  Many of you followed education issues as the most important focus of every Session, and I link for your review here a comprehensive list of education bills that came up in the 2019 session.  One of these bills, HB 530, I worked on closely, and I am very happy with its passage.  HB 530 prohibits parents from withdrawing children from public school without a filed plan for homeschooling or specific information on transfers to other schools.  This is an important safeguard for children who parents are withdrawing them from school to avoid  truancy oversight or child abuse investigations. 

 

SB 15, the "Keeping Georgia's School Safe Act" passed despite strong opposition ( I voted NO) based on stronger required involvement of law enforcement in student discipline offenses, and expanded oversight of the state on safety plans. 

 

Please call if you have any questions, and I hope to see you on May 9! 


 

Survey Results  
 
I share with you the results of the surveys we have taken before and during the 2019 session.
 
Should electric scooters be subject to more regulation? if YES, what are your suggested regulations?
 
                 YES  88%
                 NO   12%
 
Should 17 year olds be tried in Juvenile Court or continue to be prosecuted as adults in State and Superior Courts?
 
                  YES  52%
                  NO   48%
 
Under current law, early voting can take place for three weeks prior to election day. Each year some members of the General Assembly propose bills to shorten the time for early voting. Do you support reducing the time for early voting?
 
                  YES  12%
                  NO   88%
 
Legislation is being considered that would call for a 4% tax on the bills of streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. Comcast service and similar bills already include a 4% tax. The revenue generated by this tax would be used to expand broadband coverage in rural Georgia. Do you approve of this tax and its proposed use?
 
                     YES  46%
                     NO   54%
 
Do you support SB 131 which will allow the State of Georgia to take over Hartsfield Jackson Airport from the City of Atlanta?
 
                      YES  25%
                      NO   75%
 
Did your opinion of Governor Kemp improve or lessen by the end of the 2019 session?
   
                      IMPROVE  17%
 LESSEN       83% 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please contact me any time with your questions or comments. Visit my website at the link below and  follow me on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links below. Also, please consider how you might want to volunteer and join me next year in the 2020 Session--would your child like to page, would you like to follow a particular committee or bill for me?   Would you like to visit with me as my guest on the House floor? 

I look forward to working with you again during the  2020 Georgia General Assembly.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!
  
Mary Margaret

mmo@mmolaw.com
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