Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, the Georgia General Assembly begins its 2015 session today. Two pieces of legislation will be filed in order to lower the age requirement to serve in Georgia’s legislative body: Senate from 25 to 21, House: from 21 to 18.
The proposals are being filed in their respective chambers by Senator Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) and Representative Ben Harbin (R-Evans). The bills are inspired by news from around the nation of younger folks winning elections. From the AJC:
“Twenty-one is the age of majority — we’ve asked them to serve in the military, we’ve asked them to serve on juries…I don’t think there’s any reason to throw up artificial barriers,” McKoon said. “I think this is common sense.”
I believe it’s a fair proposal and hopefully will make it to the floor for debate. You see more and more Millennials participating in party politics, but may not be able to run for public office due to age restrictions. I’d be interested to see how many 18 to 21 year olds will toss their hats into the ring if this passes.
If the proposals do make it through the legislative process, the changes would be a constitutional amendment to be voted on by Georgia voters.