Oppose HB 244/SB 8

UPDATE: House Bill 244 did not make it out of the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee in the House because of issues with the civil forfeiture language and the creation of the new State Commission. The tax/fee on adult entertainment industries was removed from the final language, however.

SB 8 has been assigned to the Juvenile Justice Committee in the House and is scheduled for a committee meeting on March 19th at 4pm in 506 CLOB. The member names and emails are below and it is essential that we put the same pressure on them for reform of the bill as we did with HB 244. 


 

Juvenile Justice Committee Members
regina.quick@house.ga.gov
stephen.allison@house.ga.gov
alex.atwood@house.ga.gov
simone.bell@house.ga.gov
wesley.cantrell@house.ga.gov
joyce.chandler@house.ga.gov
christian.coomer@house.ga.gov
pam.dickerson@house.ga.gov
chuck.efstration@house.ga.gov
stacey@staceyevans.org
scott.holcomb@house.ga.gov
wayne.howard@house.ga.gov
repjacobs@gmail.com
dkendrick@kendrickforgeorgia.com
sheila.jones@house.ga.gov
mmo@mmolaw.com
brad.raffensperger@house.ga.gov
paulette.braddock@house.ga.gov
dexter.sharper@house.ga.gov
jason.spencer@house.ga.gov
erica.thomas@house.ga.gov
keisha.waites@house.ga.gov
sam.watson@house.ga.gov
awelch@swblawfirm.com
david.wilkerson@house.ga.gov
tom.weldon@house.ga.govHere is a Google Excel Sheet with the e-mail list for easier copy-paste.


Sample Email for Juvenile Justice Committee Members
Dear Representative,
I am reaching out to encourage you the oppose SB 8 assigned to your committee. The bill is the mirror legislation that you’ll note did not make it out of the Judicairy Non-civil committee due to problems with civil forfeiture language and the creation of an entirely new commission for government oversight. Additionally, the HB 244 ultimately removed the stipulation calling for a $5,000 fee/tax on adult entertainment industries despite the fact that more than 70% of children and women trafficked are sold online.
The bill, while tugging at heart strings to oppose sex trafficking, effectively does nothing to halt the actions of the offenders we are trying to target. Additionally, it expands the size and scope of government.
I do not believe it to be the role of government to:
1. Expand civil forfeiture practices, placing the burden on the ACCUSED to prove their innocence. We are looking to reform this practice in Georgia, not add to the list. This bill allows for confiscation of direct AND indirect property;
2. Increase taxes on adult entertainment  businesses – taxing the businesses who are not guilty of a crime other than entrepreneurship in Georgia – simply because we do not like that type of businesses. We also bypass all the other businesses who take part in this practice, like restaurants and massage parlors;
3. Create yet another commission to oversee funds for a practice that is already active in the non-profit sector. It is not our duty to see that victims are healed. We don’t do this for domestic violence or even our veterans.
Again, I respectfully ask that you oppose the legislation that not only expands the size of our state government, but inappropriately raises taxes on an industry that has no direct correlation to the issue and does nothing to crackdown on trafficking.
 
Thank you,

House Bill 244 and Senate Bill 8 are making their way through the Georgia legislature during the 2015 session. Disguised as legislation to crack down on sex trafficking, the bills wrongfully target the adult entertainment industry with a $5,000 OR 1% gross revenue annual fee/tax while expanding the size and scope of government, seek to expand civil forfeiture practices in Georgia, and require the creation of yet another bureaucratic commission for victims when the non-profit sector is already fulfilling the need.

With 70% of child victims being sold into trafficking via the internet, it’s clear these bills are misguided and an attempt to cripple the adult entertainment industry, not halt sex trafficking.

The concern is if Republicans can impose taxes for personal distastes, what happens when the Democrats are in power? What’s next?

Background article on Peach Pundit:
The bill fails to do anything to actually reducing human trafficking as a crime and it offers no true deterrents. Law enforcement agencies have the capability to shut these types of establishments down if they are breaking the law…Masking this legislation as it tramples the free market and injects more bureaucracy into our state government is a disgrace to this issue and the initiatives of those who are actually trying to put an end to human trafficking.”

A Biblical perspective from Dr. Joel McDurmon
“The state has no business getting involved in matters the Bible leaves to the family, the church, and private agencies of charity and mercy. This is where the bill is simply anti-biblical. In fact, establishing and expanding the state’s power in these areas is to encroach further on the roles of family and church, and is thus an attack on those God-ordained institutions as well.”

The Perspicacious Conservative on who is responsible and where these transactions take place:
“You’ll note that none of the above are industries included in the legislation. House Bill 244 and Senate Bill 8 both exclusively call for adult entertainment establishments though 70% of children sold in sex trafficking are sold online.”


 

HB 244 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee
Members email addresses :

 


Sample email for Reps. Consider including article links:

Representative, 
HB 244 – also known as the Safe Harbor Act/Rachel’s Law – has been assigned to Judiciary non-civil and I am reaching out to ask you to oppose the legislation in committee. 
The bill, while tugging at heart strings to oppose sex trafficking, effectively does nothing to halt the actions of the offenders we are trying to target. Additionally, it expands the size and scope of government. 
I do not believe it to be the role of government to:
1. Expand civil forfeiture practices, placing the burden on the ACCUSED to prove their innocence. We are looking to reform this practice in Georgia, not add to the list;
2. Increase taxes on adult entertainment  businesses – taxing the businesses who are not guilty of a crime other than entrepreneurship in Georgia – simply because we do not like that type of businesses. We also bypass all the other businesses who take part in this practice, like restaurants and massage parlors;
3. Create yet another commission to oversee funds for a practice that is already active in the non-profit sector. It is not our duty to see that victims are healed. We don’t do this for domestic violence or even our veterans. 
Again, I respectfully ask that you oppose the legislation that not only expands the size of our state government, but inappropriately raises taxes on an industry that has no direct correlation to the issue and does nothing to crackdown on trafficking. 
Thank you, 

SB 8 quickly passed out of committee and was voted on the Senate floor on 2/13/15. Only 3 Senators voted NO – Senators John McKoon, Hunter Hill and Bill Heath.

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