Could political posturing play a major role the Georgia General Assembly’s 2018 session?
With dozens of current or recently resigned Georgia lawmakers seeking higher offices, the House and Senate chambers offer perfect platforms for ambitious politicians to tout their candidacies by supporting popular proposals and denouncing unfavorable ones.
Renewed interest in the religious affirmation act could become a hot topic again in 2018, an election year that has all state offices up for grabs.
State Sen. Josh McKoon, a Columbus Republican, introduced a religious affirmation bill two years ago. It made it through both houses, but Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed it. Deal is term limited and can’t seek re-election.
McKoon isn’t running for re-election to the Senate. He’s going for Secretary of State. But McKoon, along with dozens of other state officials, are expected to jump on a resurrected effort to get a religious affirmation bill through the legislature.
Proponents contend the bill would protect people with deeply held religious beliefs from doing things their religion prohibits. An example would be a baker would