ICM Advocacy Alert for February 13, 2017

LEGISLATIVE BILLS FOR YOUR ATTENTION

JUVENILE JUSTICE: House Bill 116 (Rep. Reeves, 34th)

Hearing Scheduled (TODAY) with House Judiciary Non-Civil Full Committee, Monday, February 13, 1:30 pm., Room 406 Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB)

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 11 of Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the Juvenile Code, so as to provide the superior court with exclusive original jurisdiction for cases involving aggravated assault involving the use of a firearm and aggravated battery upon certain individuals; to allow a superior court the discretion to transfer such cases back to juvenile court; to clarify the definitions of a class A or class B designated felony act in light of the jurisdictional changes; to add aggravated assault upon an emergency health worker as a class A designated felony; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

This bill adds additional offenses to what is commonly known as "SB 440."   "SB 440" relates to offenses by which children can be automatically tried as adults in superior court. Extensive testimony for significantly amending this bill was given Friday, February 10, by the Barton Child Law and Policy Center, the Southern Center for Human Rights and other child advocates.  Some of the concerns included the broad nature of these offenses; the bill's potential to create an unintended dragnet for children who do not pose a danger to society; the direction of juvenile justice reform in recognizing the science and research which recommend limiting children's encounters with the adult correctional system for better life outcomes; and the existing remedies in current law for appealing a juvenile court judge's decision re transferring/not transferring a juvenile case to superior court.

 JUVENILE JUSTICE: HB 9 (Blackmon, 146th)

Hearing Scheduled (TODAY) with House Judiciary Non-Civil Full Committee, Monday, February 13, 1:30 pm., Room 406 Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB)

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 1 of Article 3 of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to wiretapping, eavesdropping, surveillance, and related offenses, so as to prohibit the use of a device to film under or through a person's clothing under certain circumstances; to provide for definitions; to provide for exceptions; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING:  Senate Bill 39 (Sen. Unterman, 45th)

Hearing Scheduled with Senate Judiciary Subcommittee A, 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 4:00 p.m. in Room 307 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB)

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 16-6-13 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to penalties for violating Code Sections 16-6-9 through 16-6-12, so as to increase the penalty provisions relating to pimping and pandering; to amend Code Section 42-1-12 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the State Sexual Offender Registry, so as to require registration on the State Sexual Offender Registry when an individual is convicted for the second time for pandering; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Members of Senate Judiciary Subcommittee A:

Sen. William Ligon (3rd), Chair - (404) 463-1383

Sen. Blake Tillery (19th), Secretary - (404) 656-0089

Sen. Hunter Hill (6th) - (404) 463-2518

Sen. Elena Parent (42nd) - (404) 656-5109

Sen. Vincent Fort (39th) - (404) 656-5091

Sen. Jesse Stone (23rd), Ex-Officio - (404) 463-1314

Sen. Bill Cowsert (46th), Ex-Officio - (404) 463-1366

ADVOCACY ASK - CALL SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS TODAY: Please pass SB 39 out of Subcommittee for a full Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

 

EDUCATION:  House Bill 338 (Rep. Tanner, 9th) 

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 20 of the O.C.G.A., relating to education, so as to provide for system of supports and assistance for low-performing schools identified as in the greatest need of assistance; to provide for an Education Turnaround Advisory Council; to provide for the creation of the Joint Study Committee on the Establishment of a State Accreditation Process; to revise provisions relating to contracts for strategic waivers school systems; to revise provisions relating to charters for charter systems; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. 

HB 338 is the replacement for the Opportunity School District legislation that failed to receive a constitutional amendment in November 2016.  A possible "hearing only" by the House Education Committee, Thursday, February 16.