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Ga Senator Files Resolution to Ban Testimony by People Senate Deems “Liars”

A Georgia state Senator well known for his attempts to limit First Amendment protections has filed a resolution that would address people who lie to state Senators. 

A Georgia state Senator well known for his attempts to limit First Amendment protections has filed a resolution that would address people who lie to state Senators. 

State Senator Jeff Mullis, a Republican from northwest Georgia, filed Senate Resolution 459 at the end of the 2019 legislative session but just recently appeared before the Senate Ethics Committee for a hearing on his initiative. The measure is co-sponsored by Senators Zahra Karinshak, Mike Dugan, John Kennedy, and John Albers. The late Senator Greg Kirk’s name also appears on the measure as an initial co-sponsor as the bill was filed before his untimely passing in December.

The resolution would prohibit anyone who is deemed to have lied to lawmakers during the course of official business from testifying during the committee hearing process – which includes members of the public, lobbyists, and activists.

Senate Resolution 459 specifically reads that in the event that the Senate “determines that a nonmember of the General Assembly has lied in testimony presented to the Senate, or one of its committees, such person shall be subject to contempt and will be prohibited from presenting further testimony to this body for the remainder of the session in which the untruthful testimony occurred.”

If an individual is found to have lied once and sanctioned for it, a second sanction will result in a lifetime ban on Senate testimony, meaning the person could never appear before a committee to exercise their First Amendment right again. 

Additionally, the resolution states that the Senate “reserves the right to refer the matter to the appropriate authority for lawful prosecution,” but it makes no mention of how lies would be determined, who would be responsible for such, and the process for considering untruthful information. 

The resolution also excludes members of the General Assembly and only considers ‘non-assembly members.’

You can read the resolution here.

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Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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    NELDA SMITH

    February 20, 2020 at 5:08 am

    ALL I WANT IS FOR SENATOR MULLIS TO REPEAL THE EVIL LAW HE SPONSORED – THE GEORGIA POLICE STATE & NO-KNOCK WARRANT LAW – WHICH HAS GOTTEN SEVERAL INNOCENT LAW ABIDING GEORGIA CITIZENS IN THE PRIVACY OF THEIR OWN HOMES – MURDERED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT , SENATOR MULLIS WORKS FOR US, NOT THE ACLU.

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    Lee Stanford

    February 24, 2020 at 6:33 am

    So where do lying government officials fit into the good Senator’s resolution? On multiple occasions, James Clapper blatantly lied under oath.
    In March 2013, Sen. Ron Wyder asked Clapper under oath if the U.S. government was collecting “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” Clapper paused and said, “No, sir. … Not wittingly.” Three months later, Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing that the National Security Agency was in fact collecting in bulk domestic call records and other various internet communications on millions of Americans.
    Months later he tried to walk back his response stating”he didn’t understand the question”. If the average person should be banned from testifying having once been found guilty of lying to Congress, Government officials including Senators and Representatives should be sent to Guantanamo Bay.

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