The Republican controlled-Georgia Senate passed the bill in a party-line vote, over opposition from Democrats who argued that the bill was unnecessary and unfair to other industries and categories of people not offered the same protections.
The bill has also been opposed by the banking industry, which warned against legislating a protected status for one industry and forcing them to offer services to any particular business.
Stone’s bill was amended Wednesday to remove a provision that would have allowed any dealer to sue for discrimination. A revision requires the state attorney general investigate any possible discrimination to prevent frivolous lawsuits.
The bill now moves to the state House for consideration.