The legislative session has culminated its second week – one with a focus on the state’s $32.5 billion budget.
Even though the week was filled with budget hearings that did not count as official legislative days, Frontline was at the Capitol, around the state, and traveling the country this week!
On Sunday, Frontline President Cole Muzio addressed a large group of believers at First Redeemer in Cumming, GA updating them on what happened last year, the landscape of this year’s session, our 2023 agenda, and the growth and strategies of our organization.
President, Cole Muzio giving Capitol updates (top) and with pro-life Representatives Matt Reeves (L) and Carter Barrett (R) (bottom)
Also on Sunday, Council Director Scott McInnis flew to Iowa to visit with our colleagues at The Family Leader. As the leader of our Church Ambassador Network, he spent a few days with them to see what they are doing so successfully. There, he participated in prayer meetings and also supported The Family Leader’s efforts for landmark school choice legislation in their state.
On Monday, Frontline made a statement about the importance of the lessons to be gleaned as we remember the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr: “As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we honor a man whose life and legacy were built on Genesis 1:26 – that ALL are made in the image of God, valuable, and worthy of respect and dignity. May our culture fully embrace that fundamental truth!”
That evening, the wonderful group Concerned Republican Women of North Atlanta – a passionate group of activists and interested citizens who want to impact politics in a positive way – hosted Cole for another presentation on Frontline’s leadership at the Gold Dome and across our state. Cole was joined by FCBA Director Mark Gonsalves, who was supported by many of the members of that group when he ran for Congress.
President, Cole Muzio and FCBA Director, Mark Gonsalves with pro-life high school speech champ, Abbey Butte
Tuesday morning, Cole flew to Washington, DC for March for Life Week. He met on Capitol Hill with the teams for Congressman Mike Collins and Congressman Rich McCormick – which also gave him an opportunity to catch up with former Frontline team member, Julie Singleton, who served our organization well before being led to our nation’s Capitol with her husband, Philip. Additionally, he participated in strategic discussions on the life issue with allies in conferences and roundtables. During worship, he was encouraged by a song with the lyrics “I’m fighting a battle, you’ve already won” – a great reminder that, as we fight for life, GOD HAS WON THE ULTIMATE VICTORY!
President, Cole Muzio with pro-life NFL champ, Benjamin Watson
Back here in Georgia, I was tuned into the Governor’s proposed $32.5 billion budget for the state of GA in FY2023. During this process, Candice Broce, Commissioner of the Department of Human Services and Division of Family & Children Services Director, gave her report on Wednesday. She talked about the problems facing her department, and the ways they are tackling those issues – especially those with regard to housing foster children in our state.
DHS Commissioner, Candice Broce
Make no mistake about it, Frontline is committed to engaging and leading for foster care and adoption – a true example of pro-life work still needing to be done.
Throughout the week, I met with legislative leaders to continue to build momentum behind our agenda – while Cole kept working the phones driving support as well. Truly, we believe this will be another
Director of Council, Scott McInnis speaking in Bibb county (top) and with Iowa’s DPH Director, Kelly Garcia (bottom)
On Thursday, Scott McInnis had returned from Iowa and pretty quickly was back on the road for a chance to speak to the well-attended Bibb County GOP meeting on Thursday evening, about the way Frontline is involved in affecting policy, politics and culture in our state for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom. The emphasis of this meeting was equipping pro-lifers with ways to celebrate Sanctity of Life Sunday, updates on what is happening this session with pro-life policy, and the future of the pro-life movement in the state.
To read our article on the importance of Sanctity of Life Sunday, click here. We urge you to make sure your church commemorates this important day! For more ways your church can be involved in celebrating, click here.
That’s the Wrap-Up from this week! Please keep us in your prayers, and check in on our social media pages for updates on what is happening under the Gold Dome and around the state. And, stay tuned next week for more updates, Church Ambassador Network meetings, and, hopefully, new bills being dropped.
For Generational Wins,
Director of Advocacy