The bill was designed to give students accused of sexual assault better due process protections. Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, said that even if students are never criminally prosecuted, they could still see their lives upended by hefty legal fees and an expulsion or suspension from college that derails job prospects.
One of the leading opponents of the bill, law student Grace Starling, had harsh words for Ehrhart in her final comments to the state Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Despite any improvements to the legislation, HB51 "will always symbolize" that the initial intent of the bill was to protect accused attackers at the expense of victims, Starling said
While the committee tabled the bill, it could still come up again in the session’s final days if lawmakers attach it to another piece of legislation.