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Last Wednesday, the Child Protection and Public Safety Act (the Children’s Code Rewrite bill) was reintroduced as Senate Bill 127 (formerly SB 292) by Senator Bill Hamrick of Carrollton (District 30) along with 43 co-sponsors.

For those of us involved in the project or watching the bill, we were thrilled when we learned that it had been refiled.  Things moved pretty swiftly since then as the first hearing on the bill was held at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 28th. Even with the short notice, the hearing was packed with stakeholders and advocates ready to provide their support and input.

This hearing was quite productive and provided legislators with an overview of the expected long-term cost savings of the bill, a summary of changes from its original form to what is now SB 127 as well as the substantive changes proposed to the delinquency article.  We fully expect to have additional hearings to review the remainder of the bill and welcome public participation and input.  To ensure that you’re aware of upcoming hearings and all the activities surrounding the Children’s Code Rewrite, sign up to receive email updates and become a JUSTGeorgia coalition member.

Julia Neighbors, JUSTGeorgia Project Manager

Next Tuesday, February 8th, JUSTGeorgia Coalition members will come together with Georgia’s network of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for a “Day at the Capitol.”  This will be a great time to get a quick update on the Child Protection and Public Safety Act, aka the Children’s Code Rewrite bill (which will be reintroduced any day now), meet your elected officials and share with them why this bill is important.

For those that can join us, we will be meeting in the Floyd Room of the Sloppy Floyd Building at 9:30 am for a legislative briefing, followed by a group photo with Governor Deal at 10:45 at the North Wing interior staircase.  After the photo I encourage each of you to visit with your legislators and invite them to join us for lunch back in the Floyd Room at 11:45.  It will certainly be a full day, but worth every effort as we continue the push for an improved children’s code which in turn will lead to improved outcomes for our children.  For more information, click here or email jneighbors@justga.org.  I hope to see you there!

Julia Neighbors, JUSTGeorgia Project Manager

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