What A First Quarter!

With 11 out of 40 legislative days complete, we are now in the “second quarter” of the 2019 Legislative Session. We had a great Week 4 full of exciting visitors, first votes, and the readings of my first authored bill.

First Votes and First Readers!

By statute of the GA State Constitution, passing a budget is my one mandate as a State Representative. This week we voted on the Amended Budget, HB 30. While there were some problematic line items present, and some essential line items missing from this budget, I voted yes. Philosophically, I try to make it a habit to vote for, rather than against, things when possible. So  I voted for funding access to mental health services for Georgia’s students as well as funding for investments in school safety. I voted for continued funding of the QBE formula (while recognizing the dire need to update it). I voted for continued relief for farmers affected by Hurricane Michael. And I hope when it is time to vote for the FY2020 budget, I will be able to vote FOR Medicaid Expansion.
We have our first bill on the floor! I am honored to be the author of HB 133, which seeks to include HIV prevention in sex education in Georgia. Additionally it seeks to ensure sex education is medically accurate. This issue was brought to me by concerned parents who were worried about the sex education curriculum in our high schools. They wanted to make sure that schools were providing students with medically accurate information as well as updated (the original code was written in 1988) information about HIV/ AIDS prevention.

The bill has been read twice and assigned to the Health and Human Services Committee. We are hopeful that it is given a hearing, as HIV prevention is not just a State issue, but a national one as well.

Municipal Court Judges Visit the Capitol

On Tuesday, February 5th, we were honored to have the Municipal Court Judges of Georgia visit us at the Capitol. I had the opportunity to see my friend and City if Morrow Judge Ethan Pham. I also had the honor of meeting City of Clarkston Judge, and resident of House District 108, David Will.

A Visit from the Girl Scouts

Some of you may not know that I used to be a Girl Scout and so it was an amazing opportunity to have Girl Scout Day at the Capitol! I even had a few visit my office which was an amazing opportunity to inspire some future women leaders.

Honoring the Retiring President of Georgia Gwinnett College

The Gwinnett Delegation was happy to welcome and  honor the retiring President Stanley C. “Stan” Preczeweski of Georgia Gwinnett College. Representative Gregg Kennard presented the retiring President with a resolution honoring his work and accomplishments in making GGC a top institution in Georgia.

A New Leadership Role

I am proud to announce that I have been appointed to the position of Parliamentarian in the Gwinnett County House Delegation!

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