The Georgia House on Friday approved legislation making it illegal to secretly film or take photographs of a person’s private parts, the second such bill to advance in the General Assembly this year.
The Senate on Wednesday passed its own version.
Both bills are in response to a 2016 Georgia Court of Appeals ruling that overturned an invasion-of-privacy conviction against a grocery store clerk who took videos up a woman’s skirt while she was shopping.
HB 9 would make “upskirting” a felony, with a prison sentence of up to 5 years. Senate Bill 45 is nearly identical, although it includes fines of up to $100,000.
Beskin said while she agrees the practice of “upskirting” is horrendous, she is concerned that over time HB 9 would lead to “modesty” laws that encourage or require “women to drape ourselves in heavy clothing to avoid something like this.”