First Annual Asian American Legislative Breakfast Address Key Issues
AALAC’s first Annual Asian American Legislative Breakfast on Wednesday, February 22nd was a great success! We had approximately 120 people attend, including elected officials and dignitaries from the Korean and Japanese Consular General Offices. After networking and breakfast, guests heard about three key issues facing our state. Chairman of the Georgia House Judiciary Committee, Wendell Willard, spoke about proposed legislation to comprehensively reform Georgia’s outdated Children’s Code. The Code was passed over 40 years ago and impacts nearly every aspect of a impacts virtually every facet of a child’s life from birth until age 18. You can read more about this important legislative effort by clicking here. Guests also heard about proposed legislation to amend current Georgia law and delay the implementation of mandatory E-Verify on the smallest Georgia businesses by House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams — E-Verify is a flawed federal database that disproportionately flags foreign born workers and adds unnecessary burdens on small business owners. Finally, we had an excellent presentation from Carol Henderson, Georgia Department of Economic Development, who spoke about the power and contributions of foreign Asian corporations and businesses in our state. The breakfast ended with a tour of the Capitol and photo with Governor Nathan Deal, who was presented a plaque in appreciation for his service to our state.
We thank our many sponsors and look forward to having another successful legislative breakfast next year!