The New Year has made its appearance just as new and pending legislation. As Georgia legislators reconvene on January 13, 2014, it will be most interesting to see how pre-filed legislation will either be voted on or vetoed thus affecting the community. It is going to be quite intriguing to see if the sustainability of the passed legislation will be consistent for the welfare of children and youth. As there is a diverse amount of legislation that surrounds children and youth such as, Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids, reporting bullying to school council, to that of expunging the records of a minor child (under the age of 18 years of age) who committed a crime. It is quite imperative that legislators consider and deliberate the fate of Georgia’s children and youth.
This however is going to be a unique legislative session because of primary elections and the last day of session expected to be in March. These factors will determine whether or not pre-filed legislation will have to wait until session reconvenes. As Georgia legislators make their way into the doors of the gold dome, it would be most imperative they consider the needs of children and youth so that Georgia can maintain their part in accountability and sustainability for the good of the community and most of all children and youth.
Well as citizens of Georgia, will the year 2014 be the year to make a difference for social change that affect children, youth, and the community? The answer will be revealed during session and even until the last day of session. In the mean time, let us all take a part to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth for they are indeed the future.