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Gravley working again to pass 911 audiotape bill
by Bill Baldowski
January 14, 2014 04:02 PM | 2114 views | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville, is working again this year to convince Georgia lawmakers to approve a bill to halt the release of some 911 recordings to the public.

The bill would halt the release of three specific 911 audio recordings to news outlets and is a measure, he said, which is designed to protect the privacy of victims and their families. It is awaiting House committee action following its introduction in 2013.

“The bill would prohibit audio recordings being released to news media of callers who die of their injuries while making the 911 call or those who have been the victims of rape or aggravated assault, without the express consent of the rape or assault victim or the family of the deceased caller,” said Gravley, whose district includes Paulding and Douglas counties.

State 911 operators had called for the legislation following a Douglas County incident in which a resident died while calling 911 during September 2009 flooding and Atlanta news media aired the audiotapes.

Gravley said he also supports House Bill 512, the Campus Carry Bill, which was introduced last year. This bill would allow responsible, licensed Georgians, 21 years of age and older, to carry firearms on college campuses.

“Typically, these students are non-traditional students attending classes at night,” Gravley said. “Not only does the bill provide greater protection for citizens’ Second Amendment rights but it also allows property owners more discretion on gun rights.”

Gravley said he is also supporting House Bill 707. This bill would prohibit the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act or, as Gravley termed it, the “unaffordable care act,” by any local municipality, state agency or political subdivision of the state of Georgia — citing state sovereignty rights in the 10th Amendment.

“States like Missouri and South Carolina are following Georgia’s lead by introducing similar legislative measures,” he said.

News editor Tom Spigolon contributed to this report.

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