Results focused. Practical solutions.
If elected, Zach promises to serve his community by addressing the following key issues…
With a wife, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law who are all teachers, and two daughters, three nephews, and one niece who are students in Georgia schools, education is Number One on Zach’s legislative priorities. Every aspect of our quality of life in Georgia stems from our education system, and it is crucial that we empower our teachers and students while keeping control of schools as close to home as possible. Washington, D.C. does not know what is needed to improve education in Gwinnett County, Georgia or any of our other communities across this great nation. Atlanta can’t make policies that will be equally effective in Gwinnett, Carroll, Lowndes, Union, and Catoosa Counties. Folks who live in the communities served by a school should be the ones making decisions about how that school educates its students.
Teachers have a uniquely difficult job to evaluate their performance. The idea of merit-based pay for teachers is built on sound principles. Advancement and compensation in all jobs should be based on how good each individual is at their job. This can only be done effectively if there is a fair method of evaluation of each teacher’s job. Standardized test scores can not give us a fair measure of both a teacher of “Gifted” classes in an affluent school district as well as a colleague teaching “Special Education” classes in one of our poorest schools. Merit-based pay is a goal we must work towards, but we must do so only with a fair and effective system of evaluation.
From the first day of Criminal Law class at Florida State University, Zach Procter knew that he was bound to dive into the criminal justice system. Upon graduation, the only law jobs Zach sought out were those in prosecutor’s offices in Georgia, and he was fortunate to land in the Gwinnett County Solicitor-General’s Office serving under Rosanna Szabo.
Having worked on both the prosecution and defense sides, and having helped to craft legislation as a legislative aide in Washington, D.C., Zach knows the value of carefully crafted criminal laws. Legislators must ensure laws walk the line between Constitutional rights, equity, fairness, punishment, and deterrence.
Some early initiatives Zach plans to pursue would include introducing a new criminal charge for purposefully exposing a minor to harmful and/or intoxicating materials or narcotics, proposing a study to develop new technology to detect and detain human traffickers, and modifying our current DUI laws to reflect the varying levels of culpability encountered by prosecutors and judges every day.
Currently, the law is required to treat a driver impaired by a legally prescribed and necessary medication the same as it treats a driver impaired by heroin or cocaine. One of those drivers deserves to have a conviction on their record for life and a year-long license suspension, but the other is far less deserving of such harsh treatment. Prosecutors and judges should have the discretion to distinguish between those who do and do not deserve enhanced punishment.
PROTECTING THE QUALITY OF OUR MEDICAL CARE
The more government gets involved in healthcare, the higher our costs climb and the harder it is to attract our best and brightest minds to the medical profession. A free market system of healthcare and a competitive insurance market ensures high quality care. Physicians in American can’t seem to go a week without a politician trying to change the way they practice medicine. It’s time our legislators started getting out of doctors’ way of serving their patients.
MAKING GEORGIA THE BEST PLACE TO DO BUSINESS
In recent years, Georgia’s economy has been growing thanks to business friendly legislation and a weeding out unnecessary regulations. One piece of legislation sponsored by the current Representative from the 102nd District last year eliminated a legal requirement that funeral homes keep a certain number of caskets within a certain price range on premises at all times. This is a regulation that never should have existed. Government should stick to the very few things government can do better than private entities or the free market. Zach will work tirelessly to get the government’s hands out of those places it doesn’t belong.
The growth of Georgia’s film and television industry, the boom in craft breweries, and commercial real estate development are all signs of great momentum in our economy, and maintaining that growth should be a top priority of all our leaders.
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