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General Assembly sends anti-human trafficking bill to Gov. Kemp


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  • Mar. 18, 2021 - 10:46 PM

General Assembly sends anti-human trafficking bill to Gov. Kemp

The Newnan Times-Herald

by Dave Williams | Mar 18, 2021 | Capitol Beat News Service

ATLANTA – A bill that is part of Gov. Brian Kemp’s legislative agenda targeting human trafficking cleared the General Assembly Thursday.

The Georgia House of Representatives unanimously passed Senate Bill 34, which would allow victims of human trafficking to petition to change their name without public disclosure.

The bill, introduced by freshman Sen. Clint Dixon, R-Buford, one of Kemp’s Senate floor leaders, passed unanimously in that chamber last month.

The legislation builds on the work of the GRACE Commission, a task force focusing on human trafficking chaired by Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp, state Rep. Josh Bonner, R-Fayetteville, who carried the bill in the House, told his colleagues Thursday.

The Senate also has passed a second bill sponsored by Dixon that would let victims of human trafficking sue perpetrators in civil court. Senate Bill 33 remains pending in the House.