Sine Die is over and so is the 2019 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Lawmakers considered almost a hundred bills over a period of 14 hours on Tuesday. GPB politics reporter Stephen Fowler was there for the whole 40 days of the session, and he gave continuing updates to On Second Thought listeners throughout those weeks. Lawmakers capitol correspondent Donna Lowry provided ongoing coverage for GPB television viewers. They both stopped by the show after Sine Die to recap the closing hours of the session.
According to the Women Veterans Office, there are over 93,000 women veterans in Georgia. Women veterans are often invisible as a population because American society perceives veterans as predominantly men. We spoke to Veda Brooks, director of the Women Veterans Office in the Georgia Department of Veteran Services. She discussed challenges women veterans face in finding jobs and translating their military experience to civilian positions. BriGette McCoy also joined the conversation. She is the vice chair of the City of Atlanta's Veterans Affairs Commission and CEO of Women Veteran Social Justice Network. She discussed her experiences with military sexual trauma and working as an advocate for service members.