Wednesday, March 19, 2014

HB60 (Previously HB875) Update

Got a late email last night from GeorgiaCarry.Org. Here is what it says and what we need to do.

Late last night, HB60 was agreed to and again amended, this time by the Senate.  HB60 is now back in the House.  The vote was 37-18.  There were two amendments added to HB60 in the Senate.  Those amendments are:
1) To add suppressors used in hunting language

2) To make churches opt in.  The language in this amendment is a little different than in the bills proposed in the past, in that churches would be illegal without permission of the church (much like bars are currently) but the language also decriminalizes church carry with a $100 fine if caught in a church that did not opt in.

HB60 now goes to the House and the House will have 3 options:
1) The House may agree or disagree. If the House agrees, the bill will be sent to the Governor for his action.

2) The House disagrees, a conference committee will be appointed (3 Senators appointed by the Lt. Governor and 3 Representatives appointed by House Speaker) and they will decide the final language of the bill.

3) Ignore and let die.

If the bill goes to conference committee, the committee will either reach agreement or not.  If they do not reach an agreement, the bill will die.

If the conference committee reaches an agreement, they will sign a Conference Committee Report (CCR).  The CCR will then be voted on in each chamber.   If the CCR does not pass either chamber, it will die.  If the CCR passes both chambers, it will be sent to the Governor for his action.

The Governor has the following options when the bill reaches his desk:
1) Sign the bill and it becomes law

2) Veto the bill.  If the Governor vetoes the bill, each chamber will have the opportunity to override his veto. Failure to override by a 2/3 majority means the bill fails.

3) Do nothing for 40 days and the bill will become law without the Governor's signature.
It is GeorgiaCarry.Org's feeling that the bill will go to conference and some things will have to be worked out there.  We only have one legislative day left in the 2013/2014 General Assembly Session so there is not much time left.

GeorgiaCarry.Org is not enamored with the church opt in language and will work to get that language amended in the conference committee along with some other clerical cleanup in the bill.

We will keep you informed of the progress.  In the meantime, you need to keep in contact with the Governor, your Senators and Representatives and keep them informed that you want them to pass HB60 if the conference committee report is favorable to our wishes.
We are getting very close to having a good gun bill but we still have work to do.  You, our members have really stepped up in the last weeks and made your presence and wished known to your elected officials.  The GCO Board of Directors, Officers and Executive Director thank you for all you have done thus far.  Your professional demeanor has shown through again when dealing with our elected officials.

Contact Information for Governor Nathan Deal
The Office of the Governor
State of Georgia
203 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Address for mail:
206 Washington Street
Suite 203, State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: 404-656-1776
Fax: 404-657-7332
In order to email the Governor, you must go here and fill out the form:

How to find your elected officials in GA
There are several ways to determine who your state elected officials are.  Here are a couple of ways to help you when writing your elected officials.  
If you are a registered voter, click here to find your elected officials in GA.

This is the Georgia Secretary of State "my voter" page.  With it, you can type in your specific information to pull voter info, including their Georgia Senate and House member. 
You may also go here and put in your information and it will bring up your elected officials contact as well.  This page requires your 9-digit zip code, which is available at here.  Once you have found your 9-digit zip code, click here to find your Georgia State Representative and Senator.

When you open the page, there is a space that says "Find Your Elected Officials".  Type in your 9-digit zip code and press enter.  The next page will give you the offices you want.  For Representatives and Senators, click on State Legislature.  A picture of your Representative and of your Senator will be shown on the next page.  Clicking on the name beside the picture will bring up a page for them and their information will be on the right hand side of the page.

Be safe.

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