This week un­der the Gold Dome

The Covington News - - OPINION - Sen. Tonya An­der­son rep­re­sents the 43rd Se­nate Dis­trict, which in­cludes por­tions of DeKalb, New­ton and Rock­dale coun­ties. She may be reached by email at tonya.an­der­son@se­nate. ga.gov.

Another week has come and gone at the capi­tol, and things have re­ally started to get busy un­der the Gold Dome.

Last week, I spon­sored Se­nate Res­o­lu­tion 43 hon­or­ing the life and mem­ory of Bishop Ed­die Long. I know first-hand the im­pact Bishop Long had on the com­mu­nity and the state of Ge­or­gia as a whole. As a de­vout man of God and friend to many, it is easy to see how Bishop Long be­came one of the most in­flu­en­tial spir­i­tual lead­ers of our gen­er­a­tion. It was an honor to spon­sor a res­o­lu­tion hon­or­ing and re­mem­ber­ing the life of this great leader.

This week, my col­leagues and I in­tro­duced a bill that would help low-in­come fam­i­lies re­ceive af­ford­able and re­li­able child care ser­vices. If passed, Se­nate Bill 97 would al­low par­ents who are en­rolled in the Child Care and Par­ent Ser­vices (CAPS) pro­gram to re­ceive child care as­sis­tance for two years, in­stead of the cur­rent one year limit. Par­ents who are en­rolled in job train­ing or an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram do not al­ways have the in­come or time to pro­vide the best for their chil­dren. By al­low­ing them two years of as­sis­tance, we are en­sur­ing the best op­por­tu­nity for in-need par­ents to bet­ter their lives and pro­vide for their chil­dren.

Fe­bru­ary is a special time in the United States as we rec­og­nize Black His­tory Month. Black His­tory Month is an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of achieve­ments and a special time for rec­og­niz­ing the piv­otal role of African-Amer­i­cans in U.S. his­tory. I know that I stand on the shoul­ders of so many men and women who have given so much to our com­mu­ni­ties and I un­der­stand what a priv­i­lege it is to be rep­re­sent­ing you all here at the Se­nate.

We now have just 28 leg­isla­tive days left of the 2017 leg­isla­tive ses­sion. I look for­ward to next week’s ses­sion and will keep you all in­formed of what’s hap­pen­ing here at the Capi­tol.

If you are ever at the Capi­tol, please stop by my of­fice. I would love the op­por­tu­nity to talk to you and hear your com­ments and con­cerns, af­ter all, you’re the rea­son I’m here. Thank you for the op­por­tu­nity to serve you at the state capi­tol!

SEN. TONYA AN­DER­SON COLUM­NIST

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