Urgent: HB 827 Action Alert

3.12.2016
Rep. Scott Holcomb

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, one of my main priorities this session was to pass legislation to ensure the timely processing of rape kits. Across the country and here in Georgia, there have been instances of rape kits left on shelves instead of being used as evidence in criminal prosecutions.

House Bill 827 was drafted with input from law enforcement, victims' rights advocates, and care providers to address this issue in our state. House Bill 827 sets forth a system to ensure the timely processing of rape kits and to clear any backlog that may exist.

The bill is bipartisan and passed unanimously out of the House. Unfortunately, it has not yet received a hearing in the Senate. This is important because the bill cannot move forward if it does not pass out of the Senate committee.

This article in today's AJC describes where things stand and shows the broad support for the bill from law enforcement and victims' rights advocates. I encourage you to read this article and to share it with others.

What can you do to help?
If you agree that this bill should be passed this year, please take the following actions:

1) Email and/or call Senator Unterman, the Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Her email address is renee.unterman@senate.ga.gov and her office number is (404) 463-1368.

2) Contact Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle. He serves as the President of the Senate and you can send him a comment through this link: http://ltgov.georgia.gov/contact-lt-governor.

3) Call Governor Deal at 404-656-1776 and let him know that you support the passage of House Bill 827.
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Please keep your messages positive and state your support for House Bill 827 passing this year.

Thank you for your help on this important matter.

Sincerely,
Scott



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