On Monday, in an effort to match the discrimination put forth in the Georgia House by Representative Alan Powell and his bill HB 324,  SB 161 was filed in the Georgia Senate by Senator Frank Ginn.

SB 161, while not a blatant as HB 324 and its NON CITIZEN branding, is still discriminatory in that all driver’s licenses of non citizens will be required to be printed vertically instead of the traditional horizontal format…not only providing an effective tool for discrimination but also adding to the bureaucracy and cost of an already inefficient Department of Drivers Services.

The Senate of the Georgia General Assembly is similar to the Georgia House in that bills filed are not necessarily guaranteed to move forward. In the same way House Speaker David Ralston can block legislation from moving forward so can Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in the Senate. The Lt. Governor in Georgia is the President of the Senate and presides over debate in that chamber and oversees the movement of legislation through the chamber.

Additionally it is reported that Lt. Governor Cagle is a leading candidate for the 2018 Georgia Governor’s race and he needs to hear from constituents now that discrimination and opposition to immigration and refugees is not an acceptable platform to base his campaign on.

Please call Lt. Governor Cagle at 404 656 5030 and state…..Please ask Lt. Governor Cagle to hold SB 161 without further action and publicly take a stand in vocal opposition to all current and forthcoming senate bills that discriminate against refugees and immigrants.

After calling (or if you do not call still send the email anyway) send an email to Lt. Governor Cagle with the following (or a personal version of it) and drop down topic of “Driver’s License”:

Lt. Governor Cagle,

Please hold SB 161 without further action and publicly take a stand in vocal opposition to all current and forthcoming anti-immigration bills. SB 161 and bills like it are an anathema to Georgia’s founding and our longstanding reputation for hospitality. I welcome all newcomers, including refugees and immigrants, to Georgia and to my community and expect your office to reflect those same ideals.

Thank You,

Your Name

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