Because of YOUR phone calls last week, there are moves in the Georgia Legislature to restore a substantial portion of the state funds to domestic violence and sexual assault programs in the Fiscal Year 2011 Amended budget. This is FANTASTIC news!For additional information on how important it is to ensure that state funding be restored, please click here. Please make your calls as soon as possible.
However, the key legislators in the budget process need to hear from you THIS WEEK in order to ensure the restoration of these funds!
Please call each of the following State Senators, regardless of whether they serve your district. Thank them for restoring 2.5 million dollars in state funds to domestic violence and sexual assault programs in the Fiscal Year 2011 Amended budget, and urge them to adhere to this position in their budget negotiations.
Please call each of the following State Representatives, regardless of whether they serve your district, and urge them to adopt the Senate position for the restoration of 2.5 million dollars in state funds to domestic violence and sexual assault programs in the Fiscal Year 2011 Amended budget.
- Senator Jack Hill, Chair of Senate Appropriations – (404) 656-5038
- Senator Chip Rogers, Senate Majority Leader – (404) 463-1378
- Senator Tommie Williams, President Pro Tempore – (404) 656-0089
Background: The Georgia Senate and the Georgia House of Representatives are currently considering the Governor’s budget proposals for Amended FY 2011 and FY 2012. Included in each of these proposals is the elimination of all $4.5 million in state funds for domestic violence and sexual assault centers. In its deliberations, the Senate Appropriations Committee restored $2.5 million of those state funds. Unfortunately, the House Appropriations Committee did NOT recommend the restoration of these funds. Now, key legislators in the budget process are scheduled to come together early next week to make their final decisions about the FY 2011 Amended budget, based on the recommendations from the Senate and House. In order for this partial restoration of funds to become a reality, these six legislators must adopt the Senate position.
- Rep Terry England, Chair of House Appropriations – (404) 463-2245
- Rep Jan Jones, Speaker Pro-Tempore – (404) 656-5072
- Rep Larry O’Neal, House Majority Leader – (404) 656-5052
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Action Alert: State Funding for DV Services
The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence has released the following Action Alert: