Georgia State Legislative Agenda According to the Constitution of the State of Georgia, the regular session of our legislature convenes on the 2nd Monday of January and may continue in session for a period of no longer than 40 days in the aggregate each year.
This is a short period of time to accomplish a great deal. There is no time in each year’s session to deal with proposed legislation that doesn't deal DIRECTLY with the needs of the Citizens of Georgia. There is no time in each year's session to address proposed legislation that violates the Constitutions of either the United States or the State of Georgia, or BOTH. And, there definitely is no time, nor place, for any Georgia Legislator that proposes legislation that directly benefits him, his family, his businessor his network of friends and crony capitalists.
Yet, these inefficient, un-Constitutional, and unethical practices pervade our Legislature and its Agenda every year. In the 2012 General Assembly Session: The House introduced 1116 Bills of which only 401 passed and signed into law by the Governor (36%). The House introduced 1261 Resolutions, 999 of which were adopted, but only 5 were sent to the Governor for approval (1/3 of 1%). The Senate introduced 440 Bills of which only 116 passed and were signed by the Governor (29%). The Senate introduced 784 Resolutions, of which 676 were adopted, but only 4 were sent to the Governor for approval (1/2 of 1%). That is a total of over 3600 pieces of legislative actions in one session, and only 517 were approved by the Governor (14.4%).
This would seem to indicate a process full of inefficiency, malfeasance, lack of focus on the needs of Georgians, and legislative malaise. Additionally, we must ask this question: How much of this voluminous proposed legislative actions were TRULY understood by the General Assembly?
IT IS THE MISSION OF Wake Up Georgia to insure that all proposed legislation is ethical, Constitutional, supports State Sovereignty, and meets the needs of the Citizens of Georgia through active involvement in the Legislative Agenda, and to inform Georgia voters of legislation and legislators that attempt to operate outside, and on the wrong side, of these basic and moral criteria.