Marsy’s Law Passes House Committee Unanimously

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2018

 

Marsy’s Law Passes House Committee Unanimously 

The Georgia House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee today passed unanimously Marsy’s Law for Georgia, legislation that would elevate crime victims’ rights to the state constitution.

“As we learned in moving testimony, strong victims’ rights can mean the difference between life and death,” said Chairman Rich Golick (R-Smyrna). “This legislation has strong support because it brought together victims’ advocates and prosecutors to create a workable solution that will give real help to Georgians hurt by crimes. This committee is proud to recommend passage by the full House, which we hope to see happen in the coming days.”

Marsy’s Law now goes to the House Rules Committee for its consideration. The resolution passed the Senate last year by an overwhelming margin and would go before voters in the General Election if it receives a 2/3 vote in the House and then agreement by the Senate of new language. 

“Georgia is one of only 14 states that have no constitutional rights for crime victims,” said the resolution’s sponsor, Sen. John F. Kennedy. “With today’s vote, we’re another step closer to correcting that and giving crime victims real, enforceable rights. I appreciate the time and effort that Chairman Golick and this committee put into perfecting this legislation, and I have faith that the House will pass this and allow Georgians to vote on it.”