June 24, 2022

Roe v Wade Overturned

Today, as expected, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision effectively overturning Roe v Wade and stripping nationwide abortion rights. Many legal experts believe that this decision is just the beginning when it comes to striking down other protections we assumed were inviolable, such as birth control, IVF, marriage equality, and school integration. We must mobilize …

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May 2, 2022

Early Voting Starts Today!

Are you ready to vote again? That’s right – it’s primary season! Check your voting status at the Georgia My Voter Page, where you can also view a sample ballot. Remember, if you are voting early, you can vote anywhere in Fulton County! Voting absentee? It’s not as easy as it used to be (thanks SB 202!), and it wasn’t that easy …

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April 11, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 12 – Sine Die Edition

Sine Die, the fortieth and last day of the legislative session, started off quietly last Monday. I had the special treat of bringing my kid along for the first few hours, and we capped off the morning with a touching tribute to Representative Calvin Smyre, the dean of the House and longest serving member in the chamber. After 48 years …

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April 1, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 11

I’m not going to lie – a lot of days under the Gold Dome can be difficult or downright demoralizing. During this session in particular, there have been contentious battles over everything from redistricting maps to education policy to gun safety. That’s what makes a day like Wednesday so very special. On Wednesday afternoon, members of the House waited with …

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March 25, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 10

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, …

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March 18, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 9

After a 14 hour day on Tuesday, the House adjourned after passing 60 bills (I don’t think that’s a record but it certainly exceeds the total from any other year during my tenure). The day began with a powerful message from Pastor Andy Stanley reminding all of us to come to the middle to work together rather than leaning into divisiveness for …

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March 12, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 8

It was a big week! I began the week by qualifying for the 2022 election on Monday, and I ended the week sitting in the House chamber well into the evening voting (and then stopping by the North Atlanta High School annual fundraiser to raise a toast to our teachers and students). Friday was legislative day 27, which Speaker Ralston affectionately …

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March 6, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 7

Last week was a full one, with four legislative days plus a committee day on Wednesday. When we adjourned late Friday afternoon, we completed legislative day 24. Several contentious bills passed out of the House this week, including a trio of worrisome education bills on Friday. However, we also passed some good legislation, including a bill to prevent lead poisoning …

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February 25, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 5

When we adjourned on Thursday, the General Assembly completed legislative day 20 – we’re now halfway through the 2022 legislative session. Even though it was a short week, we passed more than 20 bills out of the House (some good, some not-so-good…more on that below). My week was filled with committee work, a City of Atlanta Delegation meeting that included …

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February 21, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 5

Happy President’s Day! Whether you’re taking the long weekend to shop for a new mattress or  to watch endless programming about the U.S. presidency on the History Channel, I hope you’re enjoying this lovely weekend. Some of my favorite books, movies and television shows over the years have revolved around exploring the office of the presidency. This is a great …

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