Press Release: ACLU of Georgia Urges Governor to Refrain from Signing Away Georgians’ Constitutional Freedoms of Speech and Assembly
ATLANTA – This afternoon, the ACLU of Georgia sent a letter Governor Kemp in strong opposition to HB 289, which, if passed, would violate Georgians’ freedoms of speech and assembly as guaranteed by Section I, paragraphs V and IX of the Georgia Constitution and by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
HB 289 attempts to punish Georgians for exercising their constitutional rights, and many of HB 289’s provisions raise serious constitutional concerns.
HB 289 adds an unconstitutionally vague and overbroad definition of unlawful assembly to Georgia’s Criminal Code.
HB 289’s universal permit requirement is an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech.
HB 289 incentivizes counties and municipalities to encourage aggressive police action against protestors and to violate protestors’ First Amendment rights.