It’s the home stretch – only five days left in the 2022 legislative session! The Speaker continued the new tradition of voting on contentious bills on a Friday with several controversial measures passing out of the chamber before the weekend. Maybe he thinks we’re too tired to notice?

I spent much of Friday thinking about one of my childhood heroes, Judy Blume. As an early reader, I adored books like Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge. As a preteen and teenager, I was grateful for books like Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret? and Then Again Maybe I Won’t. As an adult, I still remember passages from Blubber and Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself. Her books shaped my experiences as a young person and still resonate with me as a parent today.

Judy Blume was on my mind today because of her work as an activist. Her books were some of the most frequently banned books in school libraries in the 1980’s. For decades, Blume has rallied other authors in the fight against censorship and in advocating for children’s right to read. When I voted against SB226 on Friday, I did so with Judy Blume in my heart. There’s no place for library censorship in Georgia. If you have kids, pay special attention to the books being banned – they’re probably great reads to open young minds!

The General Assembly will convene again on Monday. The week includes four legislative days and one committee day. We expect our days to get longer as we work to move bills through the chamber before Sine Die on April 4.

Are these good bills? These are not good bills. 

My Voting Record

Three contentious bills were on the Rules calendar on Friday. 

SB 226. This bill makes it easier for parents to object to school library books that they find offensive. Despite the fact that there is already a process in place, and that the proposal is opposed by the Georgia Library Media Association, the bill passed, 97-61. I voted no on this bill.

SB 514, “Unmask Georgia Students Act.” This bill says that Georgia schools will no longer be able to enforce mask mandates by allowing an opt-out policy for parents. A CDC study says that schools with full mask mandates had a 23% lower transmission rate than schools without mask mandates. This bill passed, 93-52. I voted no on this bill.

SB 345  would prohibit vaccine mandates. Although we expected to vote on it today, it was sent back to the Rules committee for technical changes to the bill. Or else Speaker Ralston was ready to go home!

And in happier news, I signed on to and voted yes for HB 1556, a senior homestead exemption for Fulton county. 

On Monday, we were joined under the rotunda by our colleagues from across the street at City Hall, including Atlanta City Council members and Mayor Andre Dickens. We stood together in solidarity to share the city’s version for One Atlanta, to keep Atlanta United, and to advocate for legislative change that can ensure that will happen. 

The following legislation that supports public safety and quality of life in Atlanta has already passed at least one chamber this session:

  • Budget increases for the courts, including accountability and drug courts.
  • Budget increases for state troopers in key areas that are often called upon to support the Atlanta Police Department.
  • New scholarship for criminal justice students and law enforcement officers. Not only does this help us recruit and retain officers, but access to additional higher education will lead to a better trained, more confident police force. 
  • Mental Health Parity Act, which provides more resources to support first responders interacting with people battling mental health challenges, more opportunities to divert people living with mental health diagnoses to a hospital bed rather than a bed in a jail cell, chances to help people into addiction recovery, and more opportunities to identify and treat those with mental illness before they fall into illegal activity.  This is perhaps the most important bill to deal with some of our problems for the long term.

Honored to once again be endorsed by Georgia WIN List, along with these amazing fellow women legislators and candidates.

One Zoom call – two Georgia State House representatives! Join me & special guest Rep. Stacey Evans on Sunday, March 27th, at 4 pm. Rep. Evans is running for the newly redistricted District 57, which includes part of the old District 54! 
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What District Am I In?

Last week, I qualified to run for re-election as State Representative for House District 54! However, due to redistricting that happened this November, District 54 looks very different now. I may not be on your ballot come November.

To find your district, log into the Georgia My Voter Page, where your new district is now listed. 

Roughly speaking, the new district has a southern boundary of E. Wesley Road, an eastern boundary of the county line between Fulton & Dekalb, a northern boundary of I-285, and a western boundary of Lake Forest Dr & Roswell Road. 

Here is a Google Maps version of the new district.
And a pdf version of the old district. 

If you haven’t already, please browse my website,

As your Representative, your concerns are important to me. Please contact me at or 404-656-0116 with questions, concerns, or solutions you may have regarding legislation or other happenings in District 54.

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I encourage you and your family to visit our State Capitol and my office, where all constituents are welcome. I look forward to connecting with you!

My office is located at:
18 Capitol Square, SW
409-B, Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.

Representative Betsy Holland
GA House District 54