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Georgia Senate committee revives measure to limit protests

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Posted at 4:33 PM, Mar 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-19 16:33:12-04

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state Senate committee is reviving a proposal to declare more protests illegal and enact harsher penalties for acts including blocking highways.

The Senate Public Safety Committee on Thursday voted 5-3 to overhaul House Bill 289, replacing unrelated language with most of another bill sponsored by Republican Randy Robertson of Cataula.

That bill had failed to win a vote in a different Senate committee after members expressed concerns about violating free speech and assembly rights.

The committee also voted to approve House Bill 286, a Republican-based bill to block “defund the police” movements in cities and counties.

It says local governments generally can’t cut spending on their police departments by more than 5% a year.