Week 1: A New Session Starts
I’m excited to be back at the Capitol for the first week of this year’s legislative session. Although things are usually slow this time of year, we have great things we are already accomplishing.
The Second Amendment is one of the most important inherent rights that we as Americans enjoy. Without the preservation of life, there is no liberty.
For this reason, I have signed on to HB-751, Georgia’s Second Amendment Conservation Act.
This bill would not only serve to protect the Second Amendment but also our inherent right to due process by preventing action against lawful gun owners to deprive them of their property without notice or an opportunity to be heard.
We won’t let what’s happening in Virginia because of the gun-grabbing Democrats, happen here in Georgia.
We must remember that the foundation of our justice system is to enjoy the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt--the highest standard of proof--by a jury of our peers.
For this reason, I support HB-751 to preserve this presumption of innocence and the right to self-preservation. Without these foundational principles, our liberty cannot be sustained.
Thank you to my colleague Rep. Ken Pullin for introducing this anti-red flag bill.
Wednesday, January 15, I gave an interview with 11Alive News regarding HB-2, the Constitutional Carry bill I introduce each session. While some of my colleagues have expressed reservations on the bill, I hope this coverage raises awareness to our fellow citizens in liberty and inspires us all to pressure legislators to move this bill forward.
The people understand what the Constitution says, and that’s “shall NOT be infringed”.
On Thursday, Kemp addressed Georgians on the State of the State, praising Georgia for its historically low unemployment and prioritizing teachers and the foster care system.
On a less positive note, a bill that I was happy to see stall last year (HB 276) made it through this week by an extremely small margin of 2 votes.
I voted No previously because it was a tax increase of about $150 million without any offset decreases, and this year was no different. The slime margin should remind us how important it is to stay involved and continue to fight for and elect conservative leaders.
Finally, I am excited to introduce my new team for this session - Jessica Burton, my brother Ben Gurtler, and Chaed Clements who is working with us for his second year.
These interns will have the opportunity to get a first-hand look at state government while gaining some great experience in a field in which they are interested in.
These interns are essential to our day to day operations and we are lucky to have them around to help each year.
Each week will become busier than the last, and in the coming weeks, we will begin voting on many bills. Please be on the lookout for me to post my voting record on my website www.mattgurtler.com.
Feel free to contact me with anything you may need.
As always, it is an honor to serve,
Matt Gurtler (706) 490-2285