Human Relations & Aging
Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight
Health & Human Services
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).
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).
HealthcareDo you support expanding Medicaid as provided for under the Affordable Care Act?
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.
It’s a fundamental right and every Georgian deserves the ability to receive care without fearing bankruptcy or the inability to afford medications.
Minimum WageDo you support raising the minimum wage to $15/hour for all workers?
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.
Following the philosophy of local control, we should empower each municipality to make laws which reflect the needs of their unique community.
Immigrant RightsDo you support driver’s licenses for undocumented residents?
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 ReformDo you support creating an Independent Redistricting Committee?
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.
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.
It decreases the chance of voter registrations being canceled due to data errors and increases the
chance of greater citizen participation in elections.
Environmental SustainabilityDo you support a statewide ban or fee on single-use plastic bags?
In 2015, I voted against SB 139 which would have prevented communities statewide from restricting the use of plastic bags.
Criminal Justice ReformDo you support marijuana legalization?
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 JusticeDo you support ensuring all women have access to reproductive healthcare including an abortion procedure?
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.
TransportationDo you support providing funding to Georgia cities for transit operational costs?
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 JusticeDo you support strengthening Georgia’s legal non-discrimination protections?
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.
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