BILL INTRODUCED IN GEORGIA TO BAN STICKERED ALBUMS TO MINORS

A bill has been introduced in the Georgia State House of Representatives (HB 1170) which will make it a misdemeanor for anyone to sell a sound recording bearing the RIAA's parental advisory label to any person under the age of 18. Yesterday, 1/13/98, the bill was sent to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration. We must write to the members of that committee protesting the enactment of this bill and urging their support of musicians and fans First Amendment rights.

The text of the bill is below, followed by contact information for Representatives on the Judiciary Committee.

1. Jones 71st
2. Walker 141st
3. Trense 44th
4. Smith 175th
5. Randall 127th
6. Franklin 39th

HB 1170
LC 21 4769


A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT


1 To amend Part 3 of Article 3 of Chapter 12 of Title 16 of
2 the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the sale
3 or distribution of harmful material to minors, so as to
4 restrict the sale of certain sound recordings to minors; to
5 provide a penalty; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other
6 purposes.

7
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:


8
SECTION 1.


9 Part 3 of Article 3 of Chapter 12 of Title 16 of the
10 Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the sale or
11 distribution of harmful material to minors, is amended by
12 inserting at the end thereof the following:

13 "16-12-106.

14 (a) It shall be unlawful for any person engaged in the
15 business of selling sound recordings to the public for a
16 profit to sell to any person under the age of 18 years any
17 sound recording bearing the parental advisory logo imposed
18 by the Recording Industry Association of America
19 identifying the sound recording as containing strong
20 language or expressions of violence, sex, or substance
21 abuse.

22 (b) Any person found guilty of violating the provisions of
23 this Code section shall be punished as for a misdemeanor."

24
SECTION 2.


25 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are
26 repealed.

Please write to the following Judiciary Committee members to protest this bill. There are 15 members of this committee please pick a couple of names and write to them:(Note there is a common fax # for the GA House - send letter to fax #1-404-651-9292 address to each individual member.)(Reps. with e-mail addresses are at the bottom of this list.)

The Georgia House of Representatives Homepage (http://www.gahouse.com) has a Blue Ribbon Free Speech On-Line banner on it along with the following quote. "There is no greater guarantee against government tyranny than the free and unregulated flow of information." Talk about hypocrisy at it's highest form.

HB 1170
Sponsor: Vernon Jones (Distric71 D-Decatur)
jonesv@bscc.bia.com

Co-Sponsors:

Bobby Franklin (District 39 R-Marietta)
bobbyfranklin@juno.com

Charlie Smith (District 175 D-St Marys)
iwrk4u@gnatnet.net

Sharon Tense (District 8 R-Atlanta)
stense@legis.state.GA.US

Larry Walker (District 141 D-Perry)
lawalker@legis.state.GA.US

Jim Martin, Chairman
State Capitol, Room 132
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-5125

Roy Barnes, V. Chair
Legislative Office Building, Room 611
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-0314

Ben Allen
Leg. Off. Bldg, Rm 512
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-7859

Tom Bordeaux
State Cap. Room 109
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-7737

Thomas Campbell
Leg. Off. Bldg Room 401
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-0152

Robert Crawford
Leg. Off. Bldg Room 412
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-0137

J. Max Davis
Leg. Off. Bldg Room 404
Atlanta, GA 30334
v1-404-656-0109

Scott Dix
Leg. Off. Bldg Room 411
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.404-656-0126

Greg Hecht
Leg. Off. Bldg Room 512
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-7859

Glenn Richardson
Leg. Off. Bldg Room 611
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-0314

Doug Teper
Leg. Off. Bldg Room 613
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-3996

Scott Tolbert
Leg. Off. Bldg Room 504
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-0188

Larry Walker
State Capitol Rm 415
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-5024

Allen Hammontree
Leg. Off. Bldg 409
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-0116
ahammont@legis.state.ga.us

Robert Reichert
Leg. Off. Bldg 601
Atlanta, GA 30334
v.1-404-656-0254
rreicher@legis.state.ga.us

Source: Mass. M.I.C.
http://www.massmic.com/mmic.html

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