Your March 2023
Community Update!

Don't Forget Senator Rhett
District 33

What's Happening
District 33!
Senator Rhett's Bill SB 218

My Senate Bill, SB 218, passed out of the Georgia Senate unanimously with a vote of 56 to 0!
Every senator voted for the bill.

SB 218 will provide inmates from Georgia State Prisons an opportunity to obtain a driver license or state identification card upon release.

Now the bill is on the way to the Georgia House of Representatives.

You can follow the progress of the bill
Georgia Senate backs welfare for low-income
pregnant women POLITICS
By Maya T. Prabhu, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The state Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to extend welfare benefits to low-income Georgia women once they become pregnant. House Bill 129 is sponsored by Lawrenceville Republican state Rep. Soo Hong, who filed the bill on the behalf of Gov. Brian Kemp.

During his State of the State address earlier this year, Kemp said the proposal is a way to further help low-income pregnant women.

In recent years, the Legislature approved bills that extended the amount of time low-income Georgia mothers can receive benefits under Medicaid, the public health program that provides care to the poor and disabled, from two months to one year after the birth of a child.

By Hunter Riggall

Two bills which seek to thwart the Cobb County Board of Commissioners’ effort to draw its own district map have stalled in the state legislature.

Senate bills 124 and 236, sponsored by state Sen. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, had been slated for floor votes on Monday — Crossover Day, a crucial legislative deadline during the legislative session. Neither bill received a vote, however.

SB 124 would explicitly prohibit Georgia counties from drawing their own district lines, something the Democratic majority on the Cobb commission has sought to do. SB 236, meanwhile, mirrors the map signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp last year, which

In committee hearings last week, some of Setzler’s Republican colleagues expressed concern about the legislation potentially ending an elected official’s term prematurely.

Sen. Blake Tillery, R-Vidalia, floated the idea of an amendment to one of the bills which would explicitly state that elected officials who were drawn out of their districts mid-term would be able to serve out their full term.

Setzler later endorsed that idea and said he had drafted an amendment to that effect.

Sen. Michael “Doc” Rhett, D-Marietta, was supportive of the amendment that would allow Commissioner Richardson to finish her term but not the bill.

Women’s History
From raising families to leading armies, women such as Catherine the Great, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen Elizabeth I, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie and countless others have played a vital role in human civilization.

Your vote on March 21, 2023 will determine the future of Mableton Cityhood.

A discussion with our public safety leaders!

Save the date: Officials will hold a public safety forum 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Cobb County Department of Public Safety Training Center in Austell. Attendance is limited to 250 people. To get your free ticket, go to

The is an opportunity to discuss community engagement, citizen response and public safety response to active shooters, emerging technologies, interaction with public safety personnel, gun safety, and legal carry.
This collaborative event will have representatives from various public safety agencies in Cobb County, including the Cobb County Police Department, Cobb County Fire Department, Cobb County Sheriff's Office, Cobb County Emergency 911 Communications, Cobb County Emergency Management, Smyrna, Marietta Police Department, Kennesaw Police Department and Acworth Police Department.

American Legion Update
Our student Athlete, Rajaan Bennett. Gone too soon.

Mail Donations
Senator "Doc" Rhett

PO Box 777
Marietta, GA 30061-0777