For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 3, 2018


(Athens, GA) – Conservative businessman and Secretary of State Brian Kemp released a list of pressing issues that he wants the Georgia General Assembly to address during the 2018 Legislative Session. From strengthening rural Georgia and adoption reform, to expanding school choice and access to High-Speed Internet, Kemp’s prioritized list of legislative initiatives will ensure a stronger, more prosperous future for all hardworking Georgians.

“During the 2018 Legislative Session, Georgia lawmakers have a unique opportunity to offer conservative solutions to real challenges that face families, businesses, and organizations throughout our state,” said Kemp. “While I am not a member of the legislature – and have no vote in either chamber – I do urge members of the General Assembly to put progress ahead of politics and hardworking Georgians – not the special interests – first.”

To read Brian Kemp’s 4-Point Plan to Put Hardworking Georgians First or A New Day In Rural Georgia, visit


Brian Kemp’s 2018 Legislative Priorities

Strengthen Rural Georgia
* Assist Economic Development with Rural Georgia Growth
* Support Tele-Medicine Services, Incentives for Healthcare Providers
* Expand High-Speed Internet Without Expanding Government

Reform the Adoption Process
* Raise Adoption Tax Credit from $2,000 to $6,000
* Establish Trust Accounts for Parents/Adoption Agencies
* Modernize Adoption Code
* “Pre-Approve” Families to Adopt Abandoned Babies

Protect People of Faith
* Pass Legislation that Mirrors Federal RFRA
* Stand Up For People, Organizations, and Institutions of Faith

Put Georgia Taxpayers – Not The Special Interests – First
* Eliminate Tax Breaks That Only Benefit Special Interests
* Protect The Film Industry Tax Credit
* Stand Firm Against Tax, Fee Hikes

Back Our Military Men and Women
* Continue To Invest in Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center (Augusta)
* Support Efforts To Ease Transition from Military to Civilian Life
* Pilot ESA program for Military Families

Bring High-Speed Internet to the Entire State – Without Growing Government
* Incentivize Private Sector by Eliminating Sales Tax on High Speed Internet Equipment, State Fees on Right of Ways
* Harness Existing Technology, Wireless Over Power lines

Support our Farmers, Agri-Businesses
* Create Agricultural Workforce Development Program through Technical College System of Georgia.
* Take “Georgia Grown” to the International Stage.
* Protect Water Access for Irrigation and Support Innovation Efforts

End Special Treatment for Illegal Immigrants
* Partner With ICE to Deport Illegal Immigrants From Prison
* Stop Taxpayer Funded Handouts for Illegal Immigrants
* Urge Congress to Repeal DACA, Pass the RAISE Act and End Chain Migration

Expand School Choice through SSOs
* Double the SSO Private School Scholarship Tax Credit

Tackle the Opioid Epidemic
* Work With Statewide Opioid Task Force
* Enhance Public Awareness
* Explore, Offer Treatment Options

Ensure Accountability, Transparency through Ethics Reform
* Audit Use of State Vehicles, Resources by Politicians and Employees