Senate committee votes out juvenile code rewrite

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The Senate Judiciary Committee gave a “do pass” recommendation Wednesday to SB 127, a massive, 238-page revision of Georgia’s juvenile code.

The committee action represents significant progress for children and family advocates who for years have been pushing for an update of the state laws dealing with the treatment of delinquent and neglected children.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bill Hamrick (R-Carrollton) now moves to the Rules Committee, which would decide when to put it on the Senate calendar.

Similar legislation, HB 641, has been introduced in the House by Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs), but the measure is still sitting in the House Judiciary Committee.

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