Senate Effort to Support Aged-Out Foster Youth Passes Georgia House

ATLANTA (March 16, 2022) | Yesterday, the Georgia House of Representatives unanimously passed Lt. Governor Duncan’s “Fostering Success Act,” which enhances follow-up services for aged-out foster youth through a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit.

Georgia Senate Unanimously Backs Statewide Model for Mental Health Emergency Response

ATLANTA (March 3, 2022) | Today the Georgia Senate approved Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan’s proposal establishing a statewide framework for implementation of co-responder programs. Building on the success of local programs currently in operation, the “Georgia Behavioral Health and Peace Officer Co-Responder Act” provides an integrated model for partnership and collaboration between behavioral health professionals and law enforcement to act as a team in responding to mental health emergency calls.   

Lt. Governor Duncan Op-Ed: A New Bipartisan Georgia Bill Is Re-funding the Police and Fighting Crime

Newsweek: It was a striking scene: Less than two years after the "Defund the Police" mantra became a rallying cry for the political left, the Democratic president of the United States stood shoulder-to-shoulder with New York City's newly elected Democratic mayor, a retired police captain who rose through the ranks of the New York Police Department.

Unanimous Senate Passage of Lt. Governor Duncan’s “LESS” Crime Act Receives Bipartisan Acclamation from State and City Leaders

ATLANTA (February 10, 2022) | Today Lt. Governor Duncan’s “LESS” (Law Enforcement Strategic Support) Crime Act passed the Senate with unanimous support. The “LESS Crime Act” establishes a new funding avenue for local law enforcement agencies through a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit.

Lt. Governor Duncan’s “Fostering Success Act” Receives Unanimous Senate Approval, Paving the Way for Increased Resources for Aged-Out Foster Youth

ATLANTA (February 8, 2022) | Today the Georgia Senate gave unanimous approval to Senate Bill (SB) 370, also known as the “Fostering Success Act.” As part of Lt. Governor Duncan’s priority to enhance Georgia’s foster care system, the “Fostering Success Act” creates a dollar-for-dollar state income tax credit that generates funds for youth who have recently aged out of the foster system.
 

Lt. Governor Duncan to Address Public Safety and Mental Health Care with Co-Responder Program

ATLANTA (January 31, 2022) | Today Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan unveiled a bipartisan plan that promotes collaboration between local law enforcement agencies and certified behavioral health specialists through the establishment of a statewide co-responder model.

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the “Georgia Behavioral Health and Peace Officer Co-Responder Act” will allow for the implementation of a co-responder model that combines the knowledge of law enforcement and mental health professionals to de-escalate behavioral health emergencies.

Lt. Governor Duncan to Address Statewide Criminal Data Reporting Failures

ATLANTA (January 27, 2022) | Continuing the conversation on keeping Georgia communities safe through enhanced public safety initiatives, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan today announced plans to tackle consequential gaps in the state’s criminal record database. The “Criminal Record Responsibility Act,” will be sponsored by Sen. Bo Hatchett (R – Cornelia).

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan Announces Priorities for the 2022 Legislative Session

ATLANTA (January 6, 2022) | Yesterday, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan unveiled his agenda for the 2022 Legislative Session. Focused on expanding public safety resource avenues, addressing the shortage of mental health resources, improving Georgia’s foster care system and passing key budget items, Lt. Governor Duncan announced the following initiatives that he will prioritize during this year’s Session:

 

Lt. Governor Duncan's Statement on the Passing of Sen. Johnny Isakson

ATLANTA (December 19, 2021) | Today, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan issued the following statement on the passing of Sen. Johnny Isakson. 

Lt. Governor Duncan's Statement on Verdicts Announced in Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial

ATLANTA (November 24, 2021) | Today, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan issued the following statement on the verdicts announced in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial.