Georgia Justice Project hosted its third annual 2015 Lobby Day to Enhance the Chance on March 11, 2015. This annual event is an opportunity for nonprofit leaders, service providers, advocates, and affected persons to speak with legislators about the barriers that prevent returning citizens from accessing stable and gainful employment opportunities in Georgia.
Well over 150 people from across the state (including Atlanta, Columbus, Macon, and Albany) attended and spoke to legislators about the challenges faced by Georgians with criminal records. We specifically asked lawmakers to vote YES on HB 310 (improves the effectiveness of Georgia’s “second chance law”) and HB 328 (provides state remedy for inaccurate private criminal history reporting to employers).
GJP is excited to report that HB 310 passed out of the House (164-5). The Senate Judiciary Non-Civil had a hearing on HB 328 and will vote soon. In addition, Policy Director Marissa McCall Dodson, testified on GJP’s proposed amendments to HB 71 dealing with transparency and the public’s ability to access records of pardons.
Our voices were heard, and some of GJP’s priority issues will change for the better this year. We look forward to bringing in more participants for next year’s Lobby Day event.