SB59 would make sending commercial spam email a felony. Depending on the exact nature and volume, the penalty is at a minimum up to a year in prison and/or a $5K fine and has a maximum of up to 10yrs in prison and/or a $25K fine. For sending spam. Are these people serious? They can’t stop all the junk mail I get in my physical mailbox, and they want to attack the junk in my inbox? This is blowing the issue COMPLETELY out of proportion and limits free speech, and therefore I OPPOSE.
SB60 allows local school boards to raise the maximum mandatory schooling age from 16 up to 18. In localities where the age is raised, parents can sign a waiver to have their teenager leave HS, but only if he/she enrolls in and attends a community college or tech school. I know these politicians – including SWGA’s Freddie Powell-Sims (D-Albany) – have good intentions, specifically as it pertains to drop out and graduation rates, but this won’t fix anything. I say that both from practical experience as a high school teacher and philosophical opposition to mandatory schooling in general. This is only going to make the nightmare known as high school worse for everyone involved by forcing kids who don’t want to be there in the first place to be there even longer.
SB61 is another involving insurance, so I’m not even going to try to comment on the actual text of the bill. Even the summary is confusing, but from what I am reading it seems to be a consumer protection bill limiting private contracts. While I am completely against frauduent practices, I cannot condone a government prohibiting them before the fact, and I must oppose this measure. If you feel you have been defrauded, it is your responsibility to take the business to court. It is not the government’s job to prevent others from trying to make a living.
SB62 and SB63 are more insurance matters, and again, this isn’t my strong area. Therefore, once again I OPPOSE on the grounds that no action is better than uninformed action, and I ask that those with more knowledge of the subject please enlighten me so that I can make an informed decision.
SB62 and SB63: OPPOSE
SB64 would force the Department of Corrections to invade the privacy of prisoners to check them for HIV between 60 and 120 days prior to release. This only applies to prisoners who have been in jail for 1 yr or longer and who have not previously tested positive for HIV. The Department of Corrections would have to notify the prisoner of the results of the test and offer counseling regarding living with HIV after release from prison. Because of this invasion of privacy and the addition of duties beyond the scope of the Department of Corrections, I must OPPOSE. SB64 is also cosponsored by SWGA’s Freddie Powell-Sims (D-Albany).
SB65 is cosponsored by TWO Senators from SWGA, John Crosby and George Hooks. It allows a judge to force a probationer who has been sentenced to at least one year on probation to serve up to 120 days of that sentence in a probation detention center and notes that prisoners so sentenced will be forced to serve the ENTIRE duration in the probation detention center. I see nothing wrong with this, as it gives judges more options in sentencing rather than restricting their options.
SB66 is local legislation designed to stagger the terms of the members of the Meriwether County School Board. It sounds like a good plan to me, and I see no reason to oppose.
SB67 would have all written and oral examinations for drivers’ licenses be conducted exclusively in English, with the exception that exams for a temporary license could be conducted in a language other than English. Honestly, this would just exacerbate the problem of non-English speaking people driving without a license. I would rather conduct the tests in a language they understand and give them the license based on their knowledge or lack thereof rather than have them drive unlicensed. Therefore, I OPPOSE.
SB68 is worded rather awkwardly, but appears to say that counties and cities can allow alcohol sales within 100 yards of any housing authority property if they so wish, but must do so by resolution or ordinance. Because it enhances freedom and local control, I SUPPORT this measure.
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