Governor Kemp signed a bill this week that takes further steps to ensure secure and fair elections and enhances criminal case data exchanges to reduce criminal case backlogs.
“Building on the strong, commonsense measures in our Election Integrity Act of 2021, this new law will allow us to engage highly-qualified personnel from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assist in ensuring our elections are secure and fair,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “In addition to signing this bill into law, I also allocated $504,116 in Fiscal Year 2023 funds for these positions.
“Furthermore, and thanks to the leadership of Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, Senator Bo Hatchett, and Speaker Ralston, this bill will help us improve communication protocols within the judiciary and keep our communities and crime victims safe. When communication breakdowns exist between law enforcement, crime victims, prosecutors, judges, and potential employers, then justice cannot be effectively served, and we commend all who worked to pass this bill and improve this reporting system.”
First Reader Summary for SB 441: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 15 of the O.C.G.A., relating to courts in general, so as to provide for the reestablishment of the Criminal Case Data Exchange Board as an advisory board to The Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia; to amend Title 35 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to law enforcement officers and agencies, so as to provide the Georgia Crime Information Center with grantmaking authority, subject to conditions; to provide for such conditions; to provide for compliance with data transmission requirements; to repeal provisions concerning the Criminal Case Data Exchange Board; to provide for legislative findings and intent; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.sb 441
Read more on SB 441 HERE.