Georgia Senate Democrats Pick Up Seat, Hold Leadership Elections
'We will continue our fierce determination to build bonds in communities'
ATLANTA- November 11, 2016 - The Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus met Thursday to welcome its newest member, determine its leadership team for 2016 -2018, and plan for the 2017 legislative session.
Senator-elect Tonya Anderson (D-43) joined the caucus Thursday. Anderson defeated incumbent Republican JaNice VanNess, giving Democrats an additional vote in the Georgia Senate.
The Georgia General Assembly adjourned its 2015-2016 session on March 24, 2016. Legislation passed will have an effect, both for the good and for the bad, on all of Georgia's families, schools, and businesses.
Check out the Caucus' legislative priorities for the 2016 session!
Georgia’s 2015 Legislative Session is over, but its impact will be felt for some time.
The 18-member Senate Democratic Caucus entered this legislative term one member shy of its ability to block state constitutional amendments. While Democratic numbers haven’t allowed the caucus to block simple majority bills on the floor for some years, the Caucus has shown an ability to stand together to fight for improving legislation introduced by the Republican controlled legislature.
This week the Georgia Senate Democrats unveiled their counter to the Governor's School Takeover initiative. We unveiled SB 124, the "Unlocking the Promise" Community Schools Act. This legislation would create a grant program to establish UP Community Schools that would serve as comprehensive service delivery centers that offer academic, health care, and community involvement programs in addition to existing classroom instruction.
The text of the bill can be found here:
AJC details how the State spends $1.2 million to subsidize health insurance for part-time state legislators. Gov. Deal plan to ax coverage for part-time bus drivers, cafeteria workers. Read more here.
By Curt Thompson
The Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus has introduced over 50 bills and resolutions to improve the lives of Georgians across the state. Their agenda includes legislation concerning the Economy, Education, Ethics, Elections, Healthcare, Women in the Workplace, Immigration & the effort to ensure that All Lives Matter. Click Read More to download a copy of the 2015 Legislative Agenda.