As the 2023 session of the Georgia General Assembly comes to a close, lawmakers are still discussing and debating various bills on the final day, known as Sine Die. Among the most important and controversial pending legislation are measures that would expand voting rights, protect LGBTQ rights, and provide more state funding for education.
The Fair Fight Voting Rights Act of 2023 was recently reintroduced in the legislature and would provide stricter regulations on elections and campaign finance. It would also require that election officials provide paper ballots, automatic voter registration, and early voting periods. The bill has been met with support from Democrats and opposition from Republicans.
Another piece of legislation that has been gaining traction is the Georgia Fairness for All Act of 2023, which would protect the rights of LGBTQ individuals in Georgia. This bill would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It has been met with mixed reactions, with some groups in favor of it and other groups opposed to it.
The Georgia Education Funding Reform Act of 2023 is also pending in the legislature. This bill would provide more state funding for K-12 education and would also create a new formula for distributing funds to schools. It has been met with wide support from both Democrats and Republicans, as it would help ensure that all students in the state receive an adequate education.
Finally, the Georgia Tax Reform Act of 2023 is also being considered by lawmakers. This bill would reduce taxes for individuals and businesses and would create new tax credits for certain industries. It has been met with support from both parties, as it would help to spur economic growth and create jobs in the state.
These are just some of the bills that are being discussed on the final day of the session. As the Sine Die deadline approaches, lawmakers will continue to debate and discuss these and other pieces of legislation in order to pass them into law. It remains to be seen what bills will be voted on before the end of the session and which will be left for discussion in the next session.