McKoon is also asking the Senate to begin recording all votes on legislation. Currently, votes on many proposed amendments to bills are done by a show of hands, so there is no record of how individual lawmakers voted.
McKoon’s proposals, which will have a tough time passing the Senate, are part of the agenda of the Capitol Coalition of Conservative Leaders, which includes the Atlanta Tea Party, Georgia Conservatives in Action and Georgia Right to Life, among others. The group released its agenda Tuesday.
The agenda includes legislation to outlaw abortion coverage in health plans offered through state or federal laws and regulations, a bill to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to implement the Affordable Care Act, a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit the use of foreign laws to resolve Georgia court cases, a measure to help end Georgia’s involvement in Common Core national academic standards and another to limit the collecting and sharing of student and teacher data.
One of the group’s other priorities passed the Senate Tuesday. The chamber voted overwhelmingly for legislation allowing local school systems to educate students about the history of “traditional winter celebrations” and let students and staff offer “traditional greetings” such as “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah.”