With 12 days completed this session, Advancing Justice - Atlanta staff are hard at work to protect, defend, and advance your rights under the Gold Dome.
In addition to anti-immigrant legislation from last session, there are new bills Advancing Justice is keeping a close eye on.
We are monitoring :
HB 784, which allows school boards to create and/or change school safety plans without the input of community members, teachers, or students.
HB 883, which creates a Georgia Gang Prevention and Intervention Task Force.
HB 896, which allows non-citizen students who are legal residents to be classified for in state tuition.
HB 915, an anti-sanctuary bill which forces law enforcement to comply with federal immigration detainers and assist in enforcing federal immigration law.
The Governor, in a press conference on January 30, announced an effort to crack down on gangs in Georgia. We are closely watching and waiting for this bill or bills to drop. We know that this unnecessary and will make an unjust system even worse. As AJC reports, "For defendants convicted of multiple crimes in a gang case, the bill would let judges sentence them to an additional five to 15 years in prison for each count, instead of five to 15 years for the whole case. That could easily leave more convicted gang members facing the rest of their lives behind bars."