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Update (3/6/2018): SB 315 has roared back to life! A subcommittee meeting for SB 315 is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM in 606 CLOB. A substitute bill may be offered. Please attend if possible.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018
Electronic Frontiers Georgia is very pleased to announce the filing of Georgia Senate Resolution 929. This resolution creates a joint study committee on cyber-security legislation and is to be empaneled in the Spring and Summer of 2018, with a final report due by December 1st, 2018, which could recommend future legislation for the 2019 legislative season.
At this point, Electronic Frontiers Georgia believes that as a result of the resolution above, all progress with Senate Bill 315 (a.k.a. SB 315) has stopped, and the bill is effectively dead in its current form.
Electronic Frontiers Georgia wishes to give thanks to everyone who participated in the mass expression of concern over this bill. Everything helped, from visits to the Capitol and in-person visits to legislators, to phone calls, emails, articles, and even retweets. The single most important thing in stopping this bill was everything!
Electronic Frontiers Georgia will be watching over the final 10 or so days of the 2018 legislative season for any developments, or re-emergence of anything like SB 315, but at this point, we believe it will not advance further. It is no longer necessary to contact members of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, but it is always a good idea to contact your own legislators and let them know of your concerns.
SR 929 states, "In addition, the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint a citizen member of the committee who is knowledgeable in the area of cyber security and cyber security policy." We are hopeful for a truly influential thought leader with a Georgia connection to fill this role. If you have any suggestions please contact us via our About Us page.
Once again, we thank everyone who played a role in achieving this result. The price of freedom truly is eternal vigilance.
R.I.P. SB 315, b. 2017, d. 2018