Do you approve of Alan Powell as Stat...

Do you approve of Alan Powell as State Representative?

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Hartwell, GA

#1 Dec 11, 2011
He has failed Hartwell.
Like to Powell him

Asheville, NC

#2 Mar 3, 2013
The man is part of that good ol'boy bull Sh*t that has imploded. Joey Dorsey can take his cronies and follow Allan off that damn dam bridge! Now that would be the best by a dam sight! Fricken politicians! I'm not a violent man but I see the African Americans. They pull together as one in a time of need. The Latino's. Pretty much any race of color come together as one. The worse it gets out there the closer we come to a revalution. Guess what good ol boys? They will be heading for you first as I turn slowly away and disapear into the wild. Good luck.

Hartwell, GA

#3 Mar 7, 2016
i believe, imho, mr powell is pro government - enlarging and government with yet a new agency -[quote]y Jon Richards
March 24, 2015
Senate Bill 94: A Sensible Code Update or an Increase in Police Power?

Today, the House will vote on Senate Bill 94. While the bill as originally filed provided guidelines for witness identification in criminal matters, it was changed substantially by the House Judiciary Committee, which substituted the language of House Bill 430 before sending the measure to the floor. Substituting or merging the contents of one bill with another is not unusual, especially after Crossover Day. And, unlike a bill substitute made late in the day on Sine Die, no one is arguing the substitute language is a way to sneak in legislation without notice.

Yet the bill is one of several that some believe overly extends the power of police officers in Georgia. Is that the case?

HB 430 / SB 94 is referred to informally as the “Search and Seizure Bill.” Sponsored by Dacula Representative Chuck Efstration, who is a former Assistant District Attorney in Gwinnett County, the 33 page bill is an attempt to revise and modernize this code section for the first time in just under 50 years. And because so much has changed in terms of technology and court decisions, there is a lot of ground to cover. Even the explanation of what the bill does takes up three pages in the House Daily Report.

Changes in technology drive some of the changes in the bill. For example, thermal imaging can be used by law enforcement to identify criminal activity, yet a 2012 court decision determined the practice was illegal under current Georgia law. SB 94 fixes that. Another technology, body cameras worn by police, has been proposed as a remedy to police overreach, especially in the aftermath of events in Ferguson, Missouri. SB 94 codifies their use in search and seizure, making it legal to use a body camera when executing a warrant in a non-public place. Other new technology, including GPS devices is also addressed in the bill.

The bill is one of three this session that have drawn the attention of some legal activists. The first, House Bill 56 by Kevin Tanner, was an attempt to regulate the use of no-knock warrants. The bill didn’t make it out of committee after these activists complained the use of no-knocks would be legalized for the first time, despite their use having been approved by previous court decisions.

Senator Michael Williams shows an org chart he created to witness Garland Favorito at Monday's meeting of the Senate Public Safety Committee.
Senator Michael Williams shows an org chart he created to witness Garland Favorito at Monday’s meeting of the Senate Public Safety Committee.
House Bill 310 would consolidate several departments related to the criminal justice system, including probation, parole and child welfare enforcement into a new Department of Community Supervision. In a Monday hearing before the Senate Public Safety Committee, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Alan Powell, claimed the bill simply unplugged and replugged existing code sections to form the new agency.

Yet witness Garland Favorito attempted to explain how the measure would lead to a political police state because the combined agency would report to the governor. This, despite Senator Michael Williams of Cumming drawing an organizational chart showing how the agencies being combined already report to the governor. The bill received a Do Pass recommendation, and will be sent to the Senate Rules Committee to be scheduled for floor debate....[/quote]

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