The GLBC Gazette provides biweekly updates of what is happening at the State Capitol.
APRIL 19, 2021
FROM OUR CHAIR
With the 2021 legislative session ending on March 31st, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus now transitions to prepare for 2022. With opportunities to travel and meet in-person increasing, we intend on traveling throughout the state to hear directly from our constituents. As well, the Caucus will convene stakeholders and allies to develop policy reflective of what the people need and deserve. The session may have ended, but we have not.
Top of mind for most Georgians, and many Americans, is the Election Integrity Law of 2021 signed into law on March 25th. Now there are five lawsuits filed by various community partners to challenge the constitutionality of the new law. Lawsuits were filed by the following organizations:
The New Georgia Project and others (March 25th)
Georgia State Conference of the NAACP and others (March 28th)
Sixth District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (March 29th)
Asian American Advancing Justice-Atlanta (April 1st)
Vote America (April 7th)
The GLBC will convene meetings with Black local elected officials to learn how application of the Election Integrity Act will impact their budgets, enforcement of a law that deems the provision of water, food, and blankets to voters on line as a criminal offense, and greater powers bestowed on the State Election Board to remove local election superintendents and appoint replacements.
We also intend to continually support passage of federal legislation, HR 1, The For The People Act, and HR 4, The John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
Too many of our ancestors paid the ultimate price to ensure all Americans had the right to vote in free and fair elections. The GLBC is prepared to continuing fighting for you and with you.
Senator Tonya P. Anderson
Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Chair
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