GEORGIA HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CONDEMNS PASSAGE OF H.B. 37

GEORGIA HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CONDEMNS PASSAGE OF H.B. 37

Bill Would Remove Student Funding From Private Colleges that do not Disclose Students’ Immigration Status

ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia House Democratic Caucus opposes House Bill 37, which passed the Georgia House 112-57 this afternoon. This legislation would strip all state funding from Georgia students who attend a private postsecondary institution that has been accused of adopting a sanctuary policy and has not complied with federal immigration laws. State postsecondary funding for Georgia’s private colleges and universities includes HOPE scholarships, Zell Miller scholarships and tuition equalization grants.

There are currently 35 TEG-eligible private institutions. Over $36,835,932 in HOPE scholarship money to 10,659 recipients and $8,272,500 in Zell Miller scholarship money to 1,900 recipients was awarded to private postsecondary students in 2015-16, according to the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Nearly $22 million in tuition equalization grants was disbursed as well.

“H.B. 37 will only send a message to college students from around the world that they are not welcome here,” said Representative David Dreyer. “We are passing a bill that doesn’t solve an imminent problem, deprives Georgia students of due process protections, and lets the state unilaterally decide if a college is in violation of state law. Down the road, this law could discourage businesses from investing in our communities, and harm our thriving economy.”

“Financial aid is not something to be toyed with. It is the lifeline to college for those without means. HB 37 threats to yank financial aid dollars from Georgia citizen students because of actions of a college administrator on behalf of undocumented students,” said Representative Stacey Evans. “The actions are those of the administrator, but the punishment falls to Georgia students. That’s just wrong.”

“I am troubled by legislation that would single out immigrant communities, and punish all students who attend a private college or university – regardless of their immigration status,” said Representative Brenda Lopez. “Withholding funding from students based on the decisions of their administration is a due process violation, and an attempt at legislating federal immigration law under the guise of education policy.”

Ethics Complaint Against Tommy Hunter

Ethics Complaint Against Tommy Hunter

While our Republican Congressional representatives are MIA, Tommy Hunter still sits on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in spite of repeated calls to resign after his bigoted remarks on Facebook .

Things heated up last Friday when a hearing officer determined that an ethics complaint against Mr.Hunter can go forward because it meets the requirements for a hearing. This is good news for all Gwinnett citizens because the complaints will be formally aired.

We have to keep up the heat and make our voices heard at the next Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

WHEN: Tuesday February 21, 2017
TIME: 2:00 PM
WHERE: GJAC 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville 30046

Mr. Hunter does not understand that he cannot be effective in his position if he calls his constituents libtards, demonrats and calls a longtime Congressman a racist pig. We have to make it clear that his behavior is the antitheses of good government and is not welcome in Gwinnett County in the year 2017.

Regards,

Gabe Okoye
Chairman
Gwinnett County Democratic Party

Dial in – Call to Action

Call to Action

Seventh District Congressman Rob Woodall has been AWOL since the start of this Congressional session in spite of the fact that constituents have been asking to meet with him for an in-person town hall.  Mr. Woodall has time to have a $1000 one-on-one coffee for big campaign honchos, but no time for the hard working folks in the 7th District who sent  him to Washington.

There are plenty of issues that Rob Woodall needs to hear about.   Mr. Woodall not only supported Mr. Trump, but actively fund raised for him.  Mr. Woodall, and the Republicans, want to cut Social Security and Medicare, calling these programs entitlements when they are benefits we have worked hard for. He also supports repealing the Affordable Care Act which would take away health insurance for millions of Americans.

Mr. Woodall finally caved into the pressure to have a town hall and will have a telephone town hall on Wednesday night.  I’m asking all of you to call in and speak your minds.  Here is the information.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 –
6:35pm to 7:05pm
Dial-in: 877-229-8493
Passcode: 17849

Thank you.  I look forward to hearing your voices during the phone town hall.

Regards,

Gabe Okoye
Chairman
Gwinnett County Democratic Party

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