In Week 9, the Senate passed HB 316 with a vote of 35-21. The bill will now go to the Governor’s office and he will likely sign it. This is disappointing because the bill will force Georgia taxpayers to pay for voting machines that have no auditability and have been opposed by many elections and cybersecurity experts. While I am unhappy with the results, I admire the strong fight that my colleagues in the Senate put up against this bill. It is also likely that this will be further litigated in court, so it is not quite over.
HB 481, often referred to as the “Heartbeat Bill”, passed both the House and the Senate and, will come back to the House for an Agree/Disagree. The bill is a frightening attempt at government control of women’s bodies and also contains horrible consequences for people dealing with miscarriage, people dealing with infertility and wanting IVF, healthcare providers trying to provide care in Georgia, and more. The House will have one last chance to defeat this bad legislation before Sine Die.