SB 171, Safe Communities Act of 2021

Municipal Impact
GMA Contact
Rusi Patel, (678) 686-6210
Bill Sponsor

Sen. Randy Robertson
District 29

This bill by Senator Randy Robertson (R-Cataula) introduces enhanced penalties for certain offenses committed during an "unlawful assembly". The assembly provisions are broad and bring concern as to what would be considered an assembly of individuals, or what actions would be unlawful. Additionally, the legislation provides that the governing authority (i.e. county or city government) under which a protest or unlawful assembly is to occur, would be ultimately responsible for actions of violence against persons and property during an assembly of two or more individuals if the actions (or failure to act) of the governing authority are deemed to be grossly negligent. Under this legislation a municipal corporation would have to establish and maintain an application process for the granting of permits to hold assemblies, including protests and rallies, on public property. No such assemblies would be allowed without the granting of a permit.



Last Updated: 3/16/2022
Subject Area: Public Safety
Resources: bill text
3/17/2022 - Assigned To House Committee


3/15/2022 Senate Vote #652 Yea - 31 Nay - 21 Not Voting - 1 Excused - 3
3/15/2022 Senate Vote #651 Yea - 31 Nay - 18 Not Voting - 2 Excused - 5

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