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Updated 2-19-17 Casino Gambling Takes a Front Seat in Georgia – Calls Needed!

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In the first eight days of Georgia’s 2017 state legislative session, three bills have been introduced that will expand predatory gambling in Georgia, if passed. CWA of Georgia is lobbying aggressively on your behalf to stop the bills in their tracks.  Your voice is vitally important to the success of stopping the expansion of gambling in the state.  See our action alerts and call for prayer below.

The First Two Bills: Casino Gambling

The threat of state-sponsored predatory gambling via casinos is once again knocking at our door in Georgia.  Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) and Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) have filed their respective casino bills. SB 79 and HB 158, both named the “Destination Resort Act”, would allow up to two resort-style casinos to operate in Georgia under the governance of a newly created Georgia Gaming Commission.

You will pay even if you don’t play. 

Consider the social costs of gambling addictions obtained from the Georgia State University Problem Gambling Research & Intervention Project:

  • Bankruptcy – 20-30 percent of gambling addicts have declared bankruptcy, compared to 4.2 percent of low-risk gamblers and non-gamblers.  The average cost to creditors per personal bankruptcy is $39,000.
  • Debt/Spending patterns – 90 percent of gambling addicts gamble with their paychecks or family savings, and 30 percent reported gambling debts ranging from $75,000–$150,000.
  • Correctional costs – The estimated lifetime correctional costs of gambling addicts in Georgia is $249,159,000.
  • Costs of property crimes related to gambling – The average amount stolen per person who reported stealing (money and/or property) is $135,000.
  • Work related costs – The estimated cost to employers from gambling related absences is $45 million.

Georgia cannot afford casinos – neither economically nor socially.

Status on HB 158: HB 158 has been assigned to the House Regulated Industries Committee. No hearing date has been set for the bill.   Action item: call your state representative and ask him or her to oppose HB 158 if it comes up for a vote. Click here to find your state representative.

Status on SB 79: SB 79  was heard in the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee on Thursday, February 9, 2017 but not vote was taken. The bill will be heard again on Thursday, February 23.  Action item:  If you have contacted the members of the Regulated Industries  and Utilities Committee, please contact them again and urge them to OPPOSE SB 79, the casino bill. In addition, contact your state senator and urge him or her to oppose SB 79.  Click here to find your state senator.

Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville)      (404) 656-7454     butch.miller@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville)      (404) 656-4700     frank.ginn@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford)     (404) 463-1368    Renee.Unterman@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville)                (404) 656-5038    jack.hill@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Bill Coswert (R-Athens)              (404) 463-1366    bill.cowsert@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus)     (404) 463-3931     jrm2016@yahoo.com
Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth)            (404) 656-0048   david.shafer@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-McDonough)  (404) 463-1376     rick.jeffares@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega)      (404) 656-9221    steve.gooch@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga)    (404) 656-0057    jeff.mullis@senate.ga.gov
Sen. John Kennedy (R-Macon)         (404) 656-0045    john.kennedy@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Ed Harbison (D-Columbus)      (404) 656-0074    ed.harbison@senate.ga.gov
Sen. Steve Henson (D-Tucker)          (404) 656-0085   stevehenson@mindspring.com
Sen. David Lucas (D-Macon)             (404) 656-5035    David.Lucas@senate.ga.gov

Download these resources and educate others on why casinos are bad for Georgia.

Pray that the hearts of the representatives be softened toward righteousness and that they seek God’s wisdom and guidance on the issues that greatly impact Georgians and their families.

Thank you for your faithful prayers and action.  They make all the difference.


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Updated 2-17-17: CWA of Georgia’s 2017 Legislative Priorities, Targeted Bills List and Voting Scorecard

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The 2017 Georgia legislative session begins Monday, January 9, and you can depend on CWA of Georgia to actively represent you at the State Capitol in Atlanta.  We have made it easy for you to track the progress of bills involving our 2017 legislative priorities that are aligned to CWA’s Seven Core Issues.

The targeted bill list and legislative scorecard will be updated regularly to include action items, links to committee and floor votes, and talking points to help you lobby from your kitchen table or laptop! In addition, we will provide specific ways to pray for pending legislation.

Helpful resources:

 

We Need Your Support on Two Kansas Bills – Parental Rights and School Bathroom Privacy

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There are several bills we are now tracking within the Kansas Legislature.  There are two that we need your assistance on now that we would like you to take action on and be praying about.  Prayer is key!

SB 85, known as “Simon’s Law,” would enact new statutes regarding life-sustaining treatment for patients younger than eighteen years of age.  Parental consent under this bill is required before a do-not-resuscitate order is issued by medical professionals. This bill is needed. There have been incidents in the past where doctors have put a do-not-resuscitate order on the records of a child without the parents’ consent.

Statues: SB 85 is in the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs.  I testified yesterday before the committee on this bill.

Please Pray:  Pray the members of this committee will stand up for the rights of parents to protect their children.

Based on the comments and questions asked throughout the hearing, the committee appears to be in favor of passing the bill.

A vote is expected any day on SB 85. 

 Take Action: Contact the members today on the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs.  Ask them to vote YES on SB 85.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

HB 2171, student privacy and protection act.  Every public school student restroom, locker room, and shower room accessible by multiple students at the same time shall be designated for use by male students only or female students only.

Statues: HB 2171 is currently in the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs.

Take Action: Contact the members of the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs. Urge them to vote YES on HB 2171.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

Please Pray:  Pray the members of this committee will see the wisdom of this legislation and vote to protect our children’s privacy.

Rep. Trevor Jacobs (R-District 4) believes we should have legislation that goes further than schools. He has started a petition to protect children from the unwarranted access and intrusion of those who desire to enter into restrooms, showers, and all other gender-specific facilities that are not based solely on the user’s biological birth gender for the whole state.

Take Action:  Please read, sign, and send Rep. Jacobs’ petition to Honorable Trevor Jacobs, 1927 Locus Road, Fort Scott, KS  66701.  If at all possible, please have others sign it, too, before sending it in.

We have many other bills that we are tracking and will alert you to as soon as there is an opportunity to take action.  For now, please pray against plans behind the scenes concerning legislation on physician-assisted suicide and “sexual orientation.”  Thank you.

In His service,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, KS  66608
(765) 260-5659
director@kansas.cwfa.org
ks.cwfa.org

Don’t Miss Out on Our CWA Dinner at the Texas Faith and Family Day – March 15

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Please join us for our upcoming “CWA Faith and Family Dinner with the Legislators” in Austin on March 15.  This is our biennial fundraiser event that takes place in conjunction with the Texas Faith and Family Day sponsored by CWA of Texas and multiple other outstanding pro-family organizations. The dinner will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn – Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) in Austin.

Join us and dozens of Texas Legislators for an evening of fun, fellowship, and inspiration. This is an event that you don’t want to miss!

The following day is the Faith and Family Day at the Capitol, where attendees will have the opportunity to hear about various bills pertaining to our faith and family values and be given practical steps on how to personally play a role in seeing these bills passed into law.  It’s an exciting day of information and advocacy! The briefing session will be followed by a Faith and Family Rally on the South steps of the Capitol.

We look forward to having you join us in Austin for these special events.

To find out more details and to register for our “CWA Faith and Family Dinner with the Legislators” and the Faith and Family Day, go to texasfaithandfamily.com.  Purchase tickets to the dinner online with a credit/debit card, or mail a check to CWA of Texas, P.O. Box 1386, Orange, TX 77631.

For more information, please email me at director@texas.cwfa.org.

Prayerfully consider joining us for these very important advocacy events, and let your voice be heard!

Dana Hodges
State Director
CWA of Texas
director@texas.cwfa.org
tx.cwfa.org

CWA of Kansas Testifies Before the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee Concerning Parents Rights When if Comes to a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order on Their Child

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To the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee
In Support of SB 85
February 16, 2017

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee,

My name is Barbara Saldivar. I am the State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Kansas. CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation. I would like to thank you for allowing this opportunity to share our support of SB 85, Simon’s Law.

As an organization committed to protecting both the sanctity of life and families, we support the language within this bill requiring parental consent before a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order is issued by medical professionals.

It was encouraging to CWA members last year when the Senate vote 37–3 in favor of this bill.

The bill guarantees that it will be the parents who make the final decision for a DNR order.  It defends children with special needs from negative “quality of life” assessments and protects life-sustaining care for critically injured children when a parent is not yet in the hospital.

Simon’s Law adopts long-held Kansas guardianship law for recourse to court process to secure life-sustaining treatment. Please vote in favor of families who face decisions that only they can make.  Vote “yes” on Simon’s Law.

 

Florida Members: The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For — Urge Senator Nelson To Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch Today!

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Dear Friend,

This is it. This is what we’ve been fighting for over the last year. We have a Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, who believes the Constitution should be interpreted as written. He is a constitutionalist who rejects the liberal proposition of a “living, breathing document” — this confirmation will help determine the future of our Supreme Court for many years to come.

Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) holds an important vote, and as his constituent, we need you to contact him today and tell him to confirm Judge Gorsuch.

In a recent meeting with President Donald Trump, I, Penny Nance, promised that CWA National and our members would “light up the Senate switchboard” and make certain that his nominee is confirmed.

Together, we fought to ensure the American people had their voice heard in the election to decide who would select the nominee to fill Justice Scalia’s seat. This is the moment we have waited for, and we need your help now more than ever in order to secure the future of the Supreme Court for the next 30 or more years.

Act:

  • Call, visit and/or e mail Sen. Nelson today and urge her to confirm Judge Gorsuch. Make sure you tell him you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Florida.
  • Check out our Legal Studies page for an overview of Judge Gorsuch’s qualifications and for daily updates. You can also sign our petition here.

Pray: For wisdom for Sen. Nelson and that Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation process will be smooth and swift.

I am grateful for all of your hard work. It has paid off, and now we get to finish what we started nearly a year ago.

Thank you for your prayer and action,

North Dakota Members: The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For — Urge Senator Heitkamp To Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch Today!

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Dear Friend,

This is it. This is what we’ve been fighting for over the last year. We have a Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, who believes the Constitution should be interpreted as written. He is a constitutionalist who rejects the liberal proposition of a “living, breathing document” — this confirmation will help determine the future of our Supreme Court for many years to come.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) holds an important vote, and as her constituent, we need you to contact her today and tell her to confirm Judge Gorsuch.

In a recent meeting with President Donald Trump, I, Penny Nance, promised that CWA National and our members would “light up the Senate switchboard” and make certain that his nominee is confirmed.

Together, we fought to ensure the American people had their voice heard in the election to decide who would select the nominee to fill Justice Scalia’s seat. This is the moment we have waited for, and we need your help now more than ever in order to secure the future of the Supreme Court for the next 30 or more years.

Act:

  • Call, visit and/or email Sen. Heitkamp today and urge her to confirm Judge Gorsuch. Make sure you tell her you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  • Check out our Legal Studies page for an overview of Judge Gorsuch’s qualifications and for daily updates. You can also sign our petition here.

Pray: For wisdom for Sen. Heitkamp and that Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation process will be smooth and swift.

I am grateful for all of your hard work. It has paid off, and now we get to finish what we started nearly a year ago.

Thank you for your prayer and action,

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

CWA of North Dakota Calls for the Shifting of Taxpayer Funds from Planned Parenthood to Federally Qualified Health Centers

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On Saturday, February 11, I joined pro-life activists at a rally in Moorhead, Minnesota, in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic to call for the end of all federal funding to Planned Parenthood! (Click here to view Valley News Live video coverage.)

Concerned Women for America strongly opposes the funding of Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars.  Mario Diaz, Esq.,  Legal Counsel for CWA, stated, “The defunding of Planned Parenthood is a no-brainer now that the undercover videos from The Center for Medical Progress have shown the callous and very likely illegal way Planned Parenthood uses women and their unborn, aborted babies for profit.”

It’s time to shift taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood to support local Federally Qualified Health Centers.

On Saturday, February 11, over 50 men, women and children stood for justice and truth in Moorhead against the horrific practice Planned Parenthood uses to destroy the lives of babies.  “Even before the American people elected a pro-life president last November, Planned Parenthood was already feeling the pressure after they were exposed for selling baby body parts in 2015. This led to Congress investigating them, resulting in 15 criminal and regulatory referrals to the Department of Justice,” wrote CWA’s Communications Coordinator Janae Stracke in a recent article, “Planned Parenthood Ad Proves Waiting Periods Save Lives.”

Planned Parenthood receives $528 million in taxpayer dollars from the federal government.  Your taxpayer dollars are funding over 300,000 abortions per year through Planned Parenthood.   In 100 years, Planned Parenthood has aborted over seven million babies!  Ask Congress to redirect our taxpayer dollars to the Federally Qualified Health Centers that are more numerous and provide more comprehensive care for women and their unborn children.

What can you do?

Contact our two North Dakota Senators:

  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota): call (202) 224-2043, email and/or write Sen. Heidi Heitkamp at SH-110 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510. Let the Senator know that you are associated with Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  • Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota): call (202) 224-2551, email and/or write Sen. John Hoeven at 338 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510. Let the Senator know that you are associated with Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.  And, be sure to thank Sen. Hoeven for Cosponsoring S.241, a bill to prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America!

 Please Pray

  • Pray that our leaders will understand the atrocities of abortion and vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not loose heart …  It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’  with that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.”  2 Corinthians 4: 1,13-14

For Life,

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
director@northdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org

The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For — Urge Senator Tester To Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch Today!

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Dear Friend,

This is it. This is what we’ve been fighting for over the last year. We have a Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, who believes the Constitution should be interpreted as written. He is a constitutionalist who rejects the liberal proposition of a “living, breathing document” — this confirmation will help determine the future of our Supreme Court for many years to come.

On his website, Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) said he wants to hear what YOU and other Montanans think about President Trump’s nominees. Sen. Tester holds an important vote, and as his constituent, we need you to contact him today and tell him to confirm Judge Gorsuch.

In a recent meeting with President Donald Trump, I, Penny Nance, promised that CWA National and our members would “light up the Senate switchboard” and make certain that his nominee is confirmed.

Together, we fought to ensure the American people had their voice heard in the election to decide who would select the nominee to fill Justice Scalia’s seat. This is the moment we have waited for, and we need your help now more than ever in order to secure the future of the Supreme Court for the next 30 or more years.

Act:

Call, visit and/or email Senator Tester and urge him to confirm Judge Gorsuch. Make sure you tell him you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Montana.

Check out our Legal Studies page for an overview of Judge Gorsuch’s qualifications and for daily updates. You can also sign our petition here.

Pray: For wisdom for Sen. Tester and that Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation process will be smooth and swift.

I am grateful for all of your hard work. It has paid off, and now we get to finish what we started nearly a year ago.

Thank you for your prayer and action,

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America