ACLU of Georgia

Legislative Scorecard – First Amendment Bills

SB171– Anti-Protest Bill 
ACLU GA Position: Oppose OPPOSED
STATUS: DID NOT PASS

  • Senate Bill 171 sought to incentivize counties and municipalities to crack down on Georgians who exercise their U.S. Constitutional First Amendment Right to Protest while punishing counties or municipalities that attempt to rein in the police. This bill would have also provided legal protections for drivers who injure or kill protestors.

SB226– School Censorship Bill 
ACLU GA Position: OPPOSED
STATUS: DID NOT PASS

  • Senate Bill 226 sought to override existing mechanisms for parents to file complaints on school materials that they might find objectionable. This bill would have also forced school administrators to field complaints from parents that fail to be “harmful” to minors which would have wasted time and resources and caused government censorship from librarians, teachers, and fellow students.

SB200– Religious exemption Bill 
ACLU GA Position: OPPOSED 
STATUS:DID NOT PASS

  • Senate Bill 200 sought to exempt religious services and worship services from restrictions enacted during public emergencies. By allowing religious institutions to continue all operations and activities during a state of emergency—without regard for the risk these activities pose and without mandated safety precautions— SB 200 was deeply irresponsible and raised serious constitutional concerns.

HB547– Student-led Prayer in Public Schools Bill 
ACLU GA Position: OPPOSED
STATUS: DID NOT PASS

  • House Bill 547 sought to create a 60-second quiet reflection period in schools that would have risked promoting a secular religion. The bill also included a suggested prayer that states “we ask these blessings through Jesus Christ our Lord.”