On Friday, we looked at a few of the under-discussed bills in the Senate as we head into the home stretch for the final five legislative days this year. Today, we take a quick look at some of the House bills on the calendar for Monday and what to watch.
HB 32, sponsored by Rep. Joyce Chandler (R- 105 Grayson), would close a loophole in the existing law of school employees having sex with students. In a high profile case last year, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned a conviction of a Cherokee County wrestling coach, Robert Morrow, who had been arrested and charged with sexual assault of a student. The conviction was overturned, unanimously, because the current rule only applied to teachers – Morrow was a paraprofessional and not actually a teacher. HB 32 would prohibit sexual contact between all school employees and students enrolled at such school. This bill has not seen an appearance in the Senate and is unlikely to pass the full legislature this year – barring some last minute maneuvering, which is always possible.
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