State Rep. Chuck Efstration, the bill's sponsor, said he was disappointed it appeared the measure wasn't going to pass this year. While he's spoken with some state senators about the measure, the Dacula Republican said he's not sure of specific concerns.
“I’m aware of bipartisan support for the legislation,” Efstration said. “Until the bill is heard in open committee, it’s hard to assess what any issues could be.”
Georgia is one of five states in the country without a hate crimes statute on the books. A 2000 hate crimes law was struck down by the Georgia Supreme Court in 2004 for being “unconstitutionally vague.”