With just a handful of days left in the 2016 Legislative Session, the State Capitol is buzzing! To track legislation online, visit www.legis.ga.gov.
On Monday, I qualified for re-election in House District 105. Serving our community in the State House is a humbling responsibility and I hope to earn your continued support and vote of confidence in the May 24th election. For a list of qualified candidates in Gwinnett County and throughout Georgia, click HERE.
International Women’s Day at the Capitol
On Tuesday, I was given the opportunity to recognize from the well International Women’s Day at the Capitol. It is an honor to serve alongside so many strong, influential women in the General Assembly! Tuesday evening, I joined the other women legislators as we each honored one lady in our district as a Servant Leader. It was my privilege to honor Cindy Rose who is a teacher at Couch Middle School. Mrs. Rose is one of those exemplary teachers who make learning fun! She serves her students, their parents and her colleagues as she consistently looks for creative ways to teach math. Cindy Rose is truly a servant leader!
Increasing Reporting Requirements for Courts involved with Abortions
On Tuesday, House Bill 555 was referred favorably out of the Senate committee on Health and Human Services. This legislation would require the Juvenile Court and Administrative Office of the Courts to compile and deliver statistics on girls 17 and younger who seek an abortion without notifying their parents. HB 555 will ensure accurate reporting and help as we fight to protect life in Georgia.
House Study Committee on Child Care Assistance
Also on Tuesday, the House gave first readers to HR 1592, which creates a House Study Committee on Child Care Assistance. Women being unable to work due to child care responsibilities is one of the root causes of generational poverty. In fact, women of all educational levels are 40% more likely to stay employed after two years if they receive child care assistance. I look forward to seeing the recommendations made by this committee and supporting appropriate legislation to strengthen families and the women’s workforce.
As we approach the final days of session, please do not hesitate to call (404.656.0254), e-mail (Joyce.Chandler@House.Ga.Gov) or engage on Facebook with your feedback. It is an honor to represent you in the General Assembly and I look forward to seeing you soon.
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