Barton Child Law and Policy Center Newsletter
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Georgia Capitol Update
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HB 641 Unanimously Passed the House! 

Today, the Georgia House of Representatives voted 172-0 to pass the Child Protection and Public Safety Act.  This bill would comprehensively reform Title 15 Chapter 11, the juvenile courts chapter, of the Georgia Code.  It modernizes, streamlines, and reorganizes the code, while updating it to reflect best practices that improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.  It has been a significant priority of the Barton Center and our JUSTGeorgia Partners, Georgia Appleseed and Voices for Georgia's Children, for the last six years, and we are very excited about this milestone.  

The bill's sponsor, Chairman Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs) presented the bill with a bipartisan group of fellow legislators, including:  

  • Doug Collins (R-Gainesville)
  • Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur)
  • Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta)
  • Pam Stephenson (D-Atlanta)
  • Elly Dobbs (D-Atlanta)
  • Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta)
  • Edward Lindsey (R-Atlanta)    

Please join us in reaching out to thank these members for their leadership and your individual representatives for their votes.

The bill now moves to the Senate.  Stay tuned for further developments!  


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