Just when we thought we could take a short breather after the temporary suspension of HB 59, a new bill, SB 458, has been introduced in the Senate.
SB 458 is a bill is that primarily intends to correct some of the imprecise language from last year's HB 87 about the use and acceptance of "secure and verifiable documents." We expected this correction to be proposed this year, BUT the bill also slips in a college ban provision like HB 59: the bill adds "post secondary education" to the official list of public benefits for which the undocumented are denied access.
Our message on SB 458 should be focused on asking committee members to REMOVE the "post secondary" language. Tell them that the BOR has already taken care of this issue and that the Chancellor has taken the position that this prohibition is not necessary. Use any of the talking points previously used for HB 59.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to discuss SB 458 tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 4 pm; the hearing will be in Rm. 450 of the Capitol.
Below, please find a list of Senate Judiciary Committee members to focus on between now and tomorrow afternoon to ask them to oppose the language which bans higher education. The hearing is TOMORROW, but we have tonight and tomorrow morning to send emails, make phone calls, and send faxes. Please note the "FOCUS" below each member's contact information to use the best talking points.
Please let know if you have any questions, and THANK YOU for acting quickly!
Hamrick, Bill Chairman - Republican
121-H State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 656-0036
Fax: (404) 651-6767
FOCUS: Express Opposition to Post Secondary Education language
Cowsert, Bill Vice Chairman - Republican
District 46 From Athens
421-B State Capitol
Phone: (404) 463-1383
Fax: (404) 651-6768
Crosby, John Secretary – Republican
302-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Phone: (404) 463-5258
Fax: (404) 657-0459
wants the document fixed
Bethel, Charlie Member - Republican
District 54 From Dalton
324-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Phone: (404) 656-6436
Fax: (404) 656-6484
Carter, Jason Member - Democrat
327-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Phone: (404) 463-1376
Fax: (404) 657-7853
HELPFUL. THANK HIM.
Fort, Vincent Member - Democrat
121-J State Capitol
Phone: (404) 656-5091
Fax: (404) 651-7078
McKoon, Joshua Member – Republican
319-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Phone: (404) 463-3931
Fax: (404) 657-3217
Ramsey, Sr., Ronald B. Member - Democrat
303-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Phone: (404) 463-2598
Fax: (404) 463-1386
Stone, Jesse Member - Republican
320-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Phone: (404) 463-1314
Fax: (404) 463-1388