Lawmakers continue call for special session

[private]Legislators continued their call Tuesday for a special session of the General Assembly to override Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of the “religious liberty” bill.

“We need to call a special session,” said state Sen. Marty Harbin (R-Tyrone) at a capitol news conference hosted by conservative religious groups. “We represent the people, not big business.”

Harbin demanded that the leaders of the two legislative chambers, Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, “call for a special session to do what we need to do to protect the people of Georgia.”

Legislators can call a special session of the General Assembly if at least 34 senators and 108 House members petition for it. That number is considered a high hurdle for those who want the session.

Other legislators who are demanding a special session include Sen. Mike Crane (R-Newnan), a candidate for Congress, and Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen).

Critics of the governor’s veto decision also castigated him for, in their words, upholding the values of Hollywood, the NFL, and Wall Street rather than the religious values of Georgians. They said they were physically sickened over Deal’s announcement he would veto HB 757.

“I was sick and beyond disappointed,” said Republican activist Virginia Galloway.

Galloway charged that the movie industry benefits from tax breaks for filming in this state, but used the money to work against the religious values of some Georgians.

“How dare they!” Galloway said. “They need to go back to San Francisco.”

“The communities of faith I serve are very concerned about our country and our state,” said Rep. Wes Cantrell (R-Woodstock), a Baptist pastor. “This issue will not go away until people of faith and companies of faith have the protections they deserve.”

“There are some giants who have come against us in Georgia – the NFL, Disney,” said Kevin Williamson, a Baptist minister from Villa Rica. “Christians need to wake up and take a stand.”

© 2016 by The Georgia Report

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