Government Transparency & Ethics Reform
Government Transparency and Ethics Reform in Georgia are one of my top legislative priorities. We need to reform the states ethics laws to create real punishments for elected officials who violate them. I want to create legislation that will require all local and state governments to:
- Have an independent ethics and accountability commission.
- Hold at least 50% of their public meetings after daytime working hours in a location that has free parking and is accessible for the disabled.
We need industry and development to attract good paying jobs for our growing veteran population, college graduates, and all citizens in the Chatham-Bryan-Liberty County region. Chatham County has 26% poverty and Bryan County has 13.2%– mostly the working poor. I’ll work on creating policy that removes roadblocks to sustainable industry in our region. It’s time to help our small businesses thrive and give them the same breaks we extend the big businesses.
Environmental Justice & Protection
Georgia is home to 30% of the salt marshes on the eastern seaboard. We need more environmentally conscious voices in the Georgia General Assembly to protect the low country from destructive and irresponsible over-development. I am avidly opposed to offshore oil drilling and any further destruction of our beautiful salt marshes.
Top 10 Legislative Priorities
We need to reform Georgia’s Ethics Laws to root out corruption and create actual penalties so we can hold elected officials accountable when they violate the law with.
We need laws to protect homeowners from abuse by Developers who use HOA’s to infringe upon private property owners and diminish our quality of life.
We need reform Georgia’s excessive Corporate Welfare programs that use regular citizens to subsidize multi-million dollar corporations. It’s time for everyone to pay their fair share, including corporations.
We need to expand Medicaid in Georgia to protect our rural areas access to healthcare.
We need to legalize and decriminalize Marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, tax it and fund our education system with the revenues.
We need to reform and repeal Mandatory Minimums and Cash Bail in our justice system.
We need common-sense gun laws across our state to protect our children and college students.
We need to adequately fund the Department of Family and Children’s Services to protect the most vulnerable members of our society and provide much needed wrap-around services.
We need to repeal the ban on sanctuary cities for private universities in Georgia.
We need to create Voter Access and Education laws to ensure citizens are well informed, our elections are fair and that every vote is counted.