Senator Butch Miller Named Outstanding Legislator of the Year
Advocates gathered to witness the success of six years of hard work!
Atlanta, GA – July 14, 2017 – The Georgia Council on Aging named Senator Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, as the 2017 Legislator of the Year before an excited crowd of over 150 people at the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia’s Elderly meeting! The meeting took place on Thursday, July 13, at the Methodist Children’s Home in Macon, Georgia.
Senator Miller was honored because of his tireless work on SB 201, which he sponsored. Senate Bill 201 allows workers with accrued sick leave to use sick days to care for a parent, spouse or child thereby helping caregivers maintain their employment. This bill is extremely beneficial because an estimated 61% of family caregivers of adults age 50 and older are currently employed! The bill passed after six years of work and was signed by Governor Deal on May 8th. In addition to honoring Senator Miller during the meeting, the council discussed potential legislative and budgetary issues planned for the 2018 Legislative session.
The Coalition of Advocates for Georgia’s Elderly (CO-AGE) was begun and led by the Georgia Council on Aging. It is a diverse group of organizations, individuals, consumers and providers interested in “aging specific” and inter-generational issues. The coalition is meant to be a forum to identify and address concerns of older Georgians; a vehicle for bringing broad-based input on aging issues from across the state as well as a unifying force communicating the importance of providing supportive communities and adequate services and programs for older Georgians.
The Georgia Council on Aging (GCOA) was created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1977 to advise the governor, assembly, and state agencies on matters relating to Georgia’s seniors. Members of the 20-person council, drawn from every region of the state, also advocate for aging Georgians and their families and make recommendations to lawmakers and agencies on programs for seniors.