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Live Updates: AARP Georgia Lobby Day 2024

Georgia State Capitol

ATLANTA, Georgia— In 2024, AARP Georgia's Lobby Day stands as more than a mere event; it symbolizes a crucial juncture for volunteers statewide to unite and advocate for their interests. It's a day brimming with impactful conversations, as volunteers actively interface with elected representatives to address pivotal legislative agendas that directly impact the welfare of the 50+ community.

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9:00 a.m.: The buzz begins at the state Capitol in downtown Atlanta as volunteers and members of AARP Georgia gather for Lobby Day 2024 at a nearby church. Excitement fills the air as participants gear up for a day of civic engagement and advocacy.

9:30 a.m.: Buses carrying volunteers from throughout the state begin arriving in Midtown Atlanta.

10 a.m.: A production team arrives at the command center of Lobby Day, a church across from the Capitol.

11 a.m.: As we await additional participants, volunteers break out into groups for discussions on key issues affecting the 50+ community in Georgia. Topics include healthcare access, financial security, and affordable housing.

11:30 a.m.: Associate State Director-Advocacy, Alice Bennett, greets the group, explaining why we are here. She details the makeup of effective advocacy strategies and the importance of building relationships with lawmakers. Volunteers gain valuable insights into how their voices can make a real difference in the legislative process.

12 p.m.: Lunch break allows participants to recharge and network with fellow advocates. Discussions continue as volunteers share personal stories and experiences, reinforcing the importance of their collective efforts.

12:15 p.m.: Elected officials begin to arrive, greeted by enthusiastic volunteers ready to engage in meaningful dialogue about pressing legislative matters. The energy is palpable as conversations spark between advocates and policymakers.

12:30 p.m.: Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, who is sponsoring the Peach State Saves plan (SB 477) spoke to the group about why he supports creating the optional retirement savings option. "I'm not one to support things that are mandates," he said, adding that it is a smart idea to save and plan ahead for retirement.

12:45 p.m.: AARP Georgia's State Director, Debra Tyler Horton, kicks off the event with an inspiring opening speech, highlighting the importance of grassroots advocacy and community involvement in shaping legislative priorities.

1:25 p.m. Horton hosts a Question and Answer panel with the group about legislative priorities and advocacy.

1:45 p.m.: AARP Georgia volunteers and staff take part in the annual Lobby Day tradition of taking a group photo in front of the Capitol.

Stay tuned for further updates and reflections on the outcomes of Lobby Day 2024 as AARP Georgia continues its mission to empower and uplift older adults across the state.

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