Day 28: Guns everywhere Bill (HB512) Passed Committee. It is ready to go to the floor of the House on CrossOver Day.
Monday 03/04/2013. Twenty-Eighth day of the Georgia Legislative Session.
Very long day with many bills on the floor, among them, that infamous HB125 that we discussed over the weekend. Check the report on Day 29 for an update related to HB125.
Also HB512 was presented by Committee as we mentioned on the post of Day 27. HB512 passed Committee after a long session that ended passed 8:30pm. There are many things that are wrong about the way this bill is been treated:
The bill was in the system Friday and in committee Monday.
- On Committee, a new version of HB512 was presented as Committee Substitute, so there was not even a real chance to review the bill thoroughly.
- The committee took 2 weeks to review HB35 (now also part of HB512), but ONE HEARING to review and pass HB512, a bill far more controversial and powerful.
- Hb512 was overwhelming supported and voted in favor for ALL the Republicans of the Committee. Rep. Keisha Waites (D-Atlanta), Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Decatur), and Rep. Mack Jackson (D-Sandersville) voted against the bill.
- Rep. Waites offered a friendly amendment to scratch off the access to guns to universities. It was voted down by the committee.
I could still going, but what matters now is that HB512 can be very well to vote in the floor of the House tomorrow. Therefore: CALL/EMAIL/FAX/ etc.
- The speaker of the House Rep. David Ralston
- The Chairman of the House Rules Committee Rep. John Meadows
- Your Representative (and many other representatives that you can,especially if they are Republican since the bill is coming with party weight)
And URGE THEM ALL TO OPPOSE HB512.
Thursday March 7th is CrossOver Day, the last day HB512 can pass the floor of the House. We have to show opposition to it as much as we can. If you can, come to the Capitol so we can lobby the bill together.
HB512 would allow guns in:
- Bars (yes, bars)
- in government buildings (if these are not protected with security)
- in technical schools, colleges and universities (except in games)
- plus HB35