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On the campaign trail this past week, I had the privilege to speak at the Gwinnett Republican Women Secretary of State Forum with my fellow Republican candidates. I also had the chance to speak to the Kennesaw State University College Republicans about free speech, voting machines, and occupational licensing reform.. At both of these events we met great people and learned more about the issues that matter to all Georgians.
An opinion column I wrote about work I’ve done to protect free speech on college campuses appeared in All On Georgia. I hope you’ll read it and share it with friends.
Two weeks ago Monday was a big day as I officially qualified to run for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State. Over the past year of campaigning, I have been able to talk about our positive, conservative message all over Georgia. We’ve talked about my goals for the Secretary of State’s office, which include how Georgia can have the best election system in the country, and be not only the best state to do business in, but also the easiest state.
Some of the improvements I want there to be in our election system are post-election audits and new election machines with paper backups. The post-election audits would serve as a quality assurance test, to ensure the paper backups match the reported votes, giving voters confidence in our elections system. I’ve been appointed to a House Subcommittee that will be looking at Senate Bill 403, introduced to modernize Georgia’s elections system. I look forward to working on that subcommittee and helping to craft legislation to move Georgia forward.
Additionally, there needs to be a review of the professional licenses that will check to see whether or not we have the correct amount of regulation and not too much. In some cases, it may be best to cut some professional licenses, which would make it easier for some people to get jobs and make a living for them and their families.
This is the eleventh week of the 2018 Legislative Session. Next week the 2018 Session, my last as a State Representative, will come to an end. It has been an honor to serve the people of Lawrenceville and Suwanee in the State House. I hope to be continue serving Georgia as Secretary of State next year.
Meanwhile, we have many important bills to consider. Today, I will present SB 139 to the House for a vote. The bill would instruct the Technical College System and the Department of Education to create a list of certifications high school students could earn (like welding, or computer programming), that would lead to good paying jobs. Students who earn these certifications could use them to find jobs or pursue further education when the graduate from high school. The bill would also allow local school systems to suggest additional focused programs of study which the State Board of Education could approve if they desired.
If you are planning on coming to the Capitol, please feel free to reach out to me and let me know you’re coming. I’d be happy to meet with you.