Advocate for Science

"They should really do something about this!" - said everyone at some point in their lives. But who is they? Where are they?

The truth is there is no they. There is only you and me. We're glad you are here to learn about topics you can advocate for, Georgia policy decisions and S&T opinions, and how to effectively advocate. We welcome your support!

Issues of Interest

WaterTower

Water

Water connects all Georgians together. It support our lives, our health, our ecosystem, and our economy.

food

Food

Being able to access food and our food choices impact our health, our lives, the economy, and the environment

education

Education

Access to stable housing, greenspaces, and educational opportunities impact our ability to thrive.

State of Science in Georgia

2021 Georgia General Assembly Legislative Scorecard

Science for Georgia has developed a rubric to score legislation on use of science. Download our analysis of recent legislative sessions. Use the rubric to score legislation on your own.

The 2022 Session (Jan - Apr) is a continuation. Understand which bills are still valid and decide your support for them.

2021-2022 Georgia General Assembly Bill Tracker and Scorecard

During each legislative session, there are hundreds of bills that Georgia's General Assembly members deliberate on. Tracking all of them is a herculean task, and here we present bill trackers for some select pieces of legislation that effects science and technology or should utilize science and technology.

Each General Assembly Session lasts for two years. Right now, we are in the middle of the 2021-2022 session. The legislators have adjourned for the year, but bills that have not passed are still available to be considered in 2022.

As a nonprofit organization, our motives for this type of information gathering are to disseminate scientific knowledge to public and not to support or reject specific legislation. Instead, we have created a rubric to evaluate the science utilized in the legislation.

There are many things to consider aside from “scientific scope” such as economics, politics, pragmatism, fairness, morality, and cost. We encourage you to think about legislation from all angles. Herein, find information from the science point-of-view. It should be but one factor when considering legislation.

View our Bill Evaluation Rubric here.

The budget controls what happens in Georgia. If there isn’t money put aside for a program, or if it is underfunded, it becomes an “unfunded mandate” or “wishful thinking.” Unlike the Federal Government, the Georgia Government must balance it’s budget; there is no deficit spending.

The Georgia Policy and Budget Institute has comprehensive information on budget, check out their Overview of the 2022 Budget that was passed in 2021.

Water is another of Science for Georgia’s three main focuses areas this year. Our friends at Protect Georgia maintain a comprehensive water legislation tracker. While their tracker offers outright support or opposition, many of the issues being tracked have been independently researched by Science for Georgia and you can learn more about them on our Water Stewardship Page.

State of Georgia Science

Check here for an interactive map on Georgia demographics and legislative activities.

Science Matters Here

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