A bill aimed at reducing criminal penalties for those who do not disclose their positive HIV status to sexual partners passed the Georgia House in March, but it failed to become law.
House Bill 719 sought to reduce the state’s criminal penalties for HIV-positive people who have sex, share needles or donate blood without first making their status known. The bill would have downgraded penalties to misdemeanors punishable by up to a year behind bars, but only if criminal intent to infect someone could be proven.
The measure had bipartisan support in the House and passed by a vote of 124-40, but it failed to make it through the Senate on the final day of the legislative session.
Fleming was released from jail Saturday evening after posting a $5,700 bond, Coweta County records show.
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