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HB 1049 now HB 335 Delayed

Cutting and pasting from an email sent yesterday by Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition. It’s too bad that HB 335 will have to wait until next session, but hopefully with the momentum that has been building, it can then be a priority. Read all about it below:

Friends:

Unfortunately HB335 did not pass out of the House last night due to timing HB335 (technically there was not enough time for the bill to sit on House Representatives desks for the required one hour prior to a vote after receiving Conference Committee approval)-our bill arrived in the House very close to midnight, the time of adjournment of the Legislative Session.

HB335 was approved on the Senate Floor by a wide margin, with strong support.

While we are disappointed that HB335 did not make it out of the House, we consider the success HB335 had with the legislature this year an enormous victory-greatly due to your united support and focused advocacy.

The Friends of Art & Culture (FOAC) coalition has developed widespread support, across the state and party lines, for those who recognize the great value of the cultural industry to all of Georgia.

We will continue to work with our statewide partners next Session to pass legislation that allows for local decision-making by voters regarding important economic development investments in their communities.

We also plan to activate the statewide coalition throughout the year to focus on electing candidates who share the belief that art & culture are significant economic drivers and should be publicly supported.

We applaud the many political, business and civic leaders across the state who worked very hard for the passage of this bill, and are grateful for their continued support.  In the next few days, we will email you a list of legislators who supported our legislation for you to thank.

FOAC and MAACC will return full force next Legislative Session in collaboration with our legislative leaders to pass this bill.

Many thanks to everyone for their commitment, energy, and focused support of this very important effort!

Please feel free to call or email me if you would like more information.
 
Floramaria Garcia, CEO
Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition
233 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA  30303
Direct line: 404-527-6966
email:
fmgarcia@metroatlantaarts.org
web:  www.metroatlantaarts.org

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