It appears that the two Georgia Republican sponsors of the Arizona Copycat Legislation, HB 87, have backed out of an appearance with two Democratic opponents to this job-killing bill on Wednesday, March 23 at the Georgia State University Law School. The focus of this particular debate was to be the cost of HB 87, something these Republicans have refused to acknowledge or discuss. In fact, when I directly asked them this question during my testimony at the Judiciary Committee hearing in the House last month, all I received back were blank stares.
On Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 5:30 to 6:45 pm, four lawmakers from the GA General Assembly will come to GSU College of Law for an event entitled “Can Georgia Afford It? The Costs of Passing Immigration Laws at the State Level.”**
The event will cover HB 87, also known as the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011.” This bill is the subject of much controversy, as it contains many provisions similar to those in Arizona’s highly disputed SB 1070 immigration law.
The panel will include Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City); Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna); Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta); and Rep. Pedro “Pete” Marin (D- Duluth). The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Neil Kinkopf of GSU College of Law, with an aim toward providing a balance of information about the legislation.
“defer this event until a more appropriate time after the legislation is enacted.”