It’s time to dig up the silverware from its hiding place in the back yard because this year’s Georgia legislative session is thankfully over. A headline in the local paper stated, “You win some, you lose some.” I think we can say with certainty Georgia citizens were in the “lose” category. This session can be summed up as “politics ruled the day” and the citizens of Georgia were the losers.
It was all too important to pass a gun carry law to allow citizens to carry heat in church. Somehow I don’t believe God needs protection but the children that medical marijuana might help did and lost. Playing politics was more important than giving Georgia families’ children with chronic seizures hope.
No action was taken to fix the Title Ad Valorem Tax or TAVT debacle passed for the Automobile Dealers Association lobby. This bill was a massive tax increase on Georgia citizens. You will find out about it if you buy a car from a private party and tag “sticker shock” doesn’t do it justice.
A bill to take away your right to sue in court for medical malpractice didn’t pass but it also didn’t die. It will be back and back and back again just like the Title Ad Valorem Tax until it passes and we get stuck with the aftermath.
A bill to institute term limits for politicians didn’t show this session, in spite of promises, but we always have the ability to institute term limits. If you are unhappy with the results from state and local politicians this year, remember it at the ballot box and vote them out. That would get our intrepid politicians’ attention.
The irony is it only gets their attention after they get voted out but the learning opportunity for the next group of politicians, priceless.