Day 30: CrossOver Day. Immigration Enforcement Review Board endorses HB125. ‘Guns anywhere’ HB512 passes the House with a threat by Rules Chairman John Meadows.
Thursday 03/07/2013. CrossOver Day at the Georgia Legislative Session. As I mentioned before, we went from babysitting the session to work on HB125. HB125 went from fixing excessive paperwork to become HB87 and more, courtesy of HB87’s author, Rep. Matt Ramsey. To make things even more clear on this matter, The Immigration Enforcement Review Board, that hybrid created by HB87 to enforce state immigration laws held a meeting on Thursday as well. Among the much nonsense expected (from ‘how about is we create a bounty hunter system’, and ‘if we put the 600 organizations that do not comply with HB87 in a hat, and draft one so to make an example of it?’) Committee Members showed much enthusiasm for HB125 and its ability to target ‘undocumented passports’ (whatever that means). They also arrived to the conclusion they need more power and money, so after the meeting they went straight to the Capitol to talk with HB125 author Rep. Dustin Hightower so to ask for more power enforcement and the double of their current budget. Enough evidence to do all we can to block HB125 in the Senate. HB125 was referred to the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee in the Senate. For starters, our friends of the ACLU are going to focus their next ‘For the People’ Lobby Day to HB125. This is taking place this Tuesday March 12th starting with training at 9am at the CLOB room 415. If you cannot make it at 9am, stop the Capitol any time after 10am, most likely we are going to be there for a while.
‘Guns Anywhere’ HB512 was also brought to the floor of the House for voting on CrossOver Day. The bill passed 117-56, with a disturbing push by Rules Chairman John Meadows. For Starters, there is a petition circulating opposing the bill. Stay put for more calls of action.