A broader measure, which would have allowed residents in any county to vote to dissolve a police department, was approved by a Senate panel in January but did not advance further.
The vote comes after the shooting death of Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was killed in February near Brunswick. Three white men, Travis and Greg McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan, have each been charged with felony murder in the Arbery case, which has drawn national attention and sparked demonstrations.
“There have been too many missteps over there,” said state Rep. Al Williams, a Democrat from Midway. “It’s time to be going in a different direction.”
Travis and Greg McMichael were charged with murder and aggravated assault in May after video of the incident surfaced and the GBI opened an investigation.