The regularity of horrific mass shootings is a uniquely American problem and a direct symptom of how Washington is broken. If Congress can’t act, the states must, in order to protect our children. No child should be afraid to go to school. We can and must do better.
As your state Representative, I will work to undo the damage Mandy Ballinger has done to gun safety on our educational campuses. I will work tirelessly to repeal and replace campus carry with common-sense gun safety legislation that reduces gun violence in Georgia. This means banning weapons on school grounds, banning assault weapons in Georgia, raising the minimum age to buy any gun in Georgia to 21 (with exclusions for law enforcement personnel and members of our armed forces). I will also introduce a provision that penalizes irresponsible gun ownership. For example, if someone leaves a gun at the bus stop, in an unlocked automobile, handbag, etc. that is then stolen, left behind, or lost, that person loses the right to carry a weapon for a period of time. Repeat offenses will be subject to fines and prohibition on carrying on one’s person again.
The internet is one of mankind’s greatest inventions. It unlocks possibilities for people the world over, connects us to new cultures, allows relationships to flourish, creates new ways to communicate with one another, and keeps us entertained no matter where we are. Georgia’s children use the internet every day to learn more about the world, to get help with schoolwork, and even to complete homework assignments.
The internet as we know it is under assault by the Trump Administration. FCC chairman Ajit Pai led a mission that rolled back critical protections afforded to all US consumers under Title II of the Communications Act. Instead of keeping these protections intact, chairman Pai ditched them in favor of a voluntary list of conditions that Internet Service Providers are expected to comply with. But we know what this actually means: unfair distribution of bandwidth and the creation of “internet fast lanes” available only to those companies and individuals who can afford them.
The Georgia legislature must step up to protect consumers where the federal government failed them. In the Georgia House, I’ll fight to protect the internet and keep it free, open and fair for everyone. Nothing less is acceptable.
High Speed Internet
Georgians rely on the internet to pursue educational aspirations, watch movies with their families, telecommute for work and run their small businesses. But broadband bottlenecks are throttling our progress as people and as a state. As we look to attract more high-tech employers, so must we invest and expand fiber internet across our district and Georgia.
In the state legislature, I will work to create public-private partnerships that encourage expansion of fiber internet to all parts of Georgia.
It is time to make sure that everyone in our country is protected from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. No one should have to fear losing their job or being denied access to things like healthcare, housing, or credit simply for being who they are and loving the person of their choosing.
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I know the importance of and far-reaching benefits of equality. I believe strongly in equal protections for all Americans, and that’s why I fully support the Equality Act currently introduced in Congress by Representatives John Lewis and David Cicilline, and Senators Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin, and Cory Booker.
Georgia must expand Medicaid and work with insurers to provide high-quality, affordable coverage to all Georgians.
Furthermore, mental health checkups should be covered as part of basic preventive care. I will fight for this coverage to be made part of existing healthcare legislation and insurance policies sold in Georgia, immediately.
Additionally, only a woman and her doctor should be able to decide what’s best for her health. I will always fight to protect women’s access to contraception and make one’s own reproductive choices. In the state legislature, I will defend Planned Parenthood which provides an array of essential healthcare services including cancer screenings, STI testing, and low-cost birth control to thousands of Georgians. I will also support legislation that repeals the “Positive Alternatives for Pregnancy and Parenting Grant Program,” which uses taxpayer money to fund so-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” that endanger women’s health and futures.
Environment & Climate Change
Climate change is a real and growing threat to our economy, health, and wellbeing. We are the last generation that has a real opportunity to tackle this issue and solve it before it’s too late. I will fight for expanded environmental protections, higher fuel efficiency standards for cars, and expanded investments in renewable energy sources. I also strongly support our participation in the Paris Climate Agreement and encourage companies to participate in the outstanding Energy Star program. I strongly oppose fossil fuel exploration, new drilling, and fracking. Georgia is a beautiful state and rich in natural resources. We must these things that make our state special.