Spencer Frye


District 118 Representative (D)spencer
404-656-0265
Office: 604-B Coverdell
spencer.frye@house.ga.gov
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Committee Membership

 

Voting Record

  • 2017
    HB 37 – Banning Sanctuary Campuses: NO
    HB 51 – Preventing Universities from Investigating Sexual Assault: NO
    HB 160 – Commission on Mass Transit Funding: YES
    HB 280 – Campus Carry: NO
    HB 338 – Education Turnaround Advisory Council: NO
    HB 452 – Immigrant Registration: NO
    HB 515 – Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression: NO
    SB 1 – Equate Political Expression with Terrorism: NO
    SB 85 – Beer Sales at Breweries: YES
    SB 160 – Criminalizing Protest: NO
    (More information about 2017 votes)

    Spencer voted with Athens for Everyone 100% of the time in 2017 (10/10).

  • 2016
    HB 859 – Campus Carry: NO
    HB 757 – First Amendment Defense Act: NO
    HB 764 – Crosswalks: YES
    HB 827 / SB 304 – Justice for Rape Victims: YES
    SB 369 – MARTA Expansion: YES
    (More information about 2016 votes)

    Spencer voted with Athens for Everyone 100% of the time in 2016 (5/5).

  • 2015
    SB 133 – Opportunity School District: did not vote
    HB 85 – Redefine “Grocery Store”: NO
    SB 139 – Bans Local Regulation of Plastic Bags: NO
    HB 170 – Transportation Funding Bill: NO
    HB 106 – Allows for T-SPLOST: YES
    SB 76 – Pedestrian and Cyclist Intersection changes: YES
    (More information about 2015 votes)

    Spencer voted with Athens for Everyone 100% of the time in 2015 (5/5).

  • Spencer Frye’s Open States page

    Questionnaire Responses

    Healthcare

    Do you support expanding Medicaid as provided for under the Affordable Care Act?
    YES
    It’s shameful that Georgia has the 3rd-highest uninsured rate 1 in the country. Expanding Medicaid is critical for supporting Georgians throughout the state.

    I voted nay to House Bill 990 which prohibits the Governor from expanding Medicaid without the approval of the state legislature. This bill also places another hurdle between low-income families and much needed health care.

    I also voted nay to House Bill 707 which bans any state entity from implementing any part of the Affordable Care Act, including the operation of a Navigator program to help consumers find and understand their new health insurance options under the federal law.

    Do you support creating a single-payer, “Medicare-for-All” healthcare system in Georgia if the federal government fails to do so?
    YES
    It’s a fundamental right and every Georgian deserves the ability to receive care without fearing bankruptcy or the inability to afford medications.

    Minimum Wage

    Do you support raising the minimum wage to $15/hour for all workers?
    YES
    Georgia has the 10th highest poverty rate in the U.S. Hardworking Georgians should not have to struggle to support their family.

    I co-sponsored HR 915 which supports workers’ rights.

    I co-sponsored HB 681 would provide changes to minimum wage law and ultimately, raise minimum wage to $9.80 by January 2018.

    Do you support repealing the preemption law that prevents Georgia cities from raising their minimum wage locally?
    YES
    Following the philosophy of local control, we should empower each municipality to make laws which reflect the needs of their unique community.

    Immigrant Rights

    Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented residents?
    YES
    In order to allow undocumented residents to work to integrate themselves into our society and become legal, functioning, and working members, we must allow them to be able to drive legally.

    Electoral Reform

    Do you support creating an Independent Redistricting Committee?
    YES
    Gerrymandering manipulates election processes and devalues the votes and voices of many Georgians. Let’s re-instill the people’s faith in our electoral system by establishing true represented districts.

    I co-sponsored HR 3 and proposed an amendment to the Constitution so as to provide that legislative and congressional reapportionment be done by an independent bipartisan commission instead of the General Assembly.

    Do you support allowing nonpartisan localities to decide their own election dates?
    YES
    As long as we can consistently ensure that it is nonpartisan and that the central goal of the municipalities is to promote voter turnout by planning sensible dates and easily accessible voting stations for all communities.
    Do you support establishing Automatic Voter Registration in Georgia?
    YES
    It decreases the chance of voter registrations being canceled due to data errors and increases the
    chance of greater citizen participation in elections.

    Environmental Sustainability

    Do you support a statewide ban or fee on single-use plastic bags?
    Did not answer
    In 2015, I voted against SB 139 which would have prevented communities statewide from restricting the use of plastic bags.

    Criminal Justice Reform

    Do you support marijuana legalization?
    Did not answer
    I am in favor of decriminalization and allowing it for medical purposes. It can help reduce the amount the state spends on probation supervision costs.

    In 2015, I voted in favor of house Bill 1, which aims to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia in favor of expanding access to vital care for children suffering from seizure disorders and other diseases.

    Reproductive Justice

    Do you support ensuring all women have access to reproductive healthcare including an abortion procedure?
    YES
    I believe that women deserve the right to both choose what they do with their bodies and to receive easily accessible reproductive health care that supports their choices. Protecting the health of women is a critical component of improving healthcare in Georgia.

    I co-sponsored HR 914 concerning reproductive freedom; It would recognize the need for state and federal funds to facilitate a safer environment for mothers and children.

    Transportation

    Do you support providing funding to Georgia cities for transit operational costs?
    YES

    For Georgia to continue to attract prominent businesses like Amazon, Mercedes-Benz, etc. We have to improve our transit funding to promote safety, efficiency, and create jobs in Georgia.

    I co-sponsored HB 1065 “Transit rail expansion commission act”

    Racial Justice

    Do you support strengthening Georgia’s legal non-discrimination protections?
    YES
    Georgians deserve to be able to work and live without fear of discrimination. I believe we need to strengthen our civil protections by working to craft a single, overarching anti-discrimination statute that works for all of Georgia.

    I co-sponsored HB 230 Anti-discrimination Act, which would make student scholarship organizations maintain non-discriminatory practices in order to qualify to receive scholarship disbursements.

    Q: White people still hold a hugely disproportionate amount of economic and social power in Georgia. If elected, what will you do to help fight this structural imbalance, increase the economic security of, and ensure the equal treatment of Georgians of color; especially black Georgians who continue to be most targeted by past and present systems of oppression? A: (click to read)
    I have two young kids, and like every parent, I want the best for them and want to see them grow up in a state where each citizen is treated equally. African Americans have been short-changed when it comes to accessibility to opportunities in building and maintaining wealth. This racial wealth gap is unethical and immoral, and the issue is ever-so pressing at this point in time. We must finish what we started in our fight for civil rights and liberties for all. I’d like to work on this issue by increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, providing better access to secondary educational opportunities, providing access to investment capital for minorities, and increasing Disadvantaged Business Enterprise contracts within the state. As part of the 2015 Transportation Funding Act, I was able to negotiate a DBE set aside with GDOT which has resulted into millions in state contracts to minority and women owned businesses.

    Open-Ended

    Q: What is your most important policy priority for 2018? A: (click to read)
    Current state law allows for insurance companies to discriminate against sexual assault victims. I am filing legislation written to work towards ending this unjust discrimination and preventing insurance companies from increasing their rates or dropping coverage for victims of sexual assault.
    Q: Is there anything you’d like to clarify or anything else you need to say? A: (click to read)
    I appreciate the opportunity to serve the people in the 118th and Athens. Thank you for your never ending support for the rights and liberties of our citizens. Together we will continue to work to achieve racial, financial and social justice for all Georgians.