Georgia’s hate crimes bill lacks only Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature from becoming law. Tuesday, the state Houe vote 127-38 in favor HB 426. The Senate vote: 47 to 6 in favor. A statement from Kemp media spokeswoman included: “@GovKemp commends the General Assembly’s bipartisan work and will sign House Bill 426 pending legal review.”
While the Rome delegation to the House voted yes, two Bartow lawmakers — Mitchell Scoggins and Matt Gambill — voted no as did Gordon County representatives Matt Barton and Rick Jasperse. In the Senate, voting yes was Rome’s Chuck Hufstetler and Chuck Payne of Dalton. Retiring Sen. Bill Heath voted no.
This update from GPB News:
“Day 37 in the Legislation saw Georgia pass a new Hate Crimes Bill. HB 426 passed overwhelmingly in both houses. Language that added “First Responders” to the protected classes in the Senate’s version of the bill was removed Monday night during negotiations with house members who felt it wasn’t needed and sent the wrong message. It’s removal paved the way for the bill’s passage.”
What it says: Click here.
From the House: (all votes)
- Voting yes were representatives Katie Dempsey, Trey Kelley, Eddie Lumsden (all Republican).
- Voting no: Mitchell Scoggins, R-Rydal. District includes Bartow County and parts of eastern Floyd County; Matt Gambill, R-Cartersville; Matt Barton, R-Calhoun; Rick Jasperse, Jasper.
- Not voting: Three. Excused from voting: 12.
From the Senate: (all votes)
- Voting yes were senators Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome; Chuck Payne, R-Dalton (includes Gordon County).
- Voting no was Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen (includes Polk County).
- Not voting: 2. Excused. 1
Aug. 11 runoff ballot:
Floyd County Sheriff, Republican
- Tom Caldwell
- Dave Roberson
U.S. House, District 14:
- John Cowan
- Marjorie Taylor Greene
KEY ELECTION DATES
- July 20: Advance voting begins for runoff, ends Aug. 7.
- Aug. 11: Primary runoff.
- Nov. 3: General election.