With a vote of 164-1, the Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 1176, the criminal justice reform bill that includes important changes to the record restriction law. Sincere congratulations go to our hardworking team at the Capitol, in particular Marissa McCall Dodson, who sent us the good news at about 3:15 p.m. yesterday.
Now the bill moves to the State Senate. There are only 3 legislative days remaining. Please call your Senator right away and let him or her know that you want a YES vote on criminal justice reform, HB 1176. Consistent with earlier messages, please tell them you favor the bill because:
- If a person is not convicted, this record should not be available to potential employers.
- The process of restricting records should be fair across the state and decided by a judge.
- The clerks’ records should be included in record restriction, otherwise, commercial companies can still display these records to potential employers.
You can look up your Senate district here. Then click through to identify your Senator and his/her phone number.
Thank you so much for supporting the interests of our clients, and so many other Georgians, who want to get back to work and productive lives.