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SGA: Guns, gambling and government

By Alyssa Mills
Opinion Editor

The Student Government Association has presented resolutions to be voted on this week ranging from allowing guns on campus to providing “electronic casinos” to help support the HOPE scholarship.

The first and probably the biggest eyebrow-raiser of the resolutions introduced Jan. 16 says that our college supports eliminating current state gun laws.

The SGA resolution supports Georgia’s House Bills 26, 27, 28 and 29, “The Georgia Constitutional Carry Act”, the “Restoring Guns During State of Emergency Act”, the “Restoring Private Property Rights for Places of Worship Act”, and the “Georgia Campus Carry Act”. This could mean that, if our college allows, students would be allowed to carry their own guns on campus, provided they buy them legally. Of course, college policy would be decided by our each college’s administration, but officials would be allowed the option.

Another resolution calls for a student representative at the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia to discuss our problems. Senators suggest that our current regents are personally unaware of specific issues. This measure would put ABAC student support forward for a state resolution.

Also, with the greatly hailed HOPE scholarship funds drying up, the state is looking at new forms of income. A bill to support video lottery terminals, which are currently illegal in Georgia but under this bill would be allowed in Atlanta, has been introduced into the Georgia Senate.

On a more personal student level, the “Chapel of All Faiths” here on campus could soon have a calendar of religious services in the building, opening the college up to the community and encouraging students to participate in a wider variety of religious events.

A final resolution calls for changes in the HOPE. Students could at first not have their first year paid by HOPE even if they are qualified for it, but instead be reimbursed for it if they prove and meet the initial requirements set in high school and college. Supporters of the resolution suggest this will weed out those who drop out and waste the money many others could use.

Currently, these resolutions are being revised and will be ultimately decided during SGA’s meeting on Wednesday, Jan 30, at 5 p.m. on the third floor of Branch. The meetings are open and students are encouraged to attend.