Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today signed to improve Georgia's foster care system and crack down on human trafficking in Georgia. Joined by legislative leaders in the Ceremonial Office, Governor Kemp signed HB 823, HB 911, HB 912, HB 993, and SB 439.

"Today is an important step forward to ensure a brighter, safer future for Georgia's children in foster care and bring an end to human trafficking in our state," said Governor Kemp. "As these bills take the force of law, we are fulfilling an ongoing commitment to enhance our foster care system, achieve positive outcomes for our children, and hold the perpetrators of human trafficking accountable. I am grateful for the hard work done by the General Assembly on this important legislation, and I look forward to continuing to work together to safeguard our children's futures."

Two of the bills signed today are part of First Lady Marty Kemp's initiative to end human trafficking and protect children in Georgia:

HB 823: House Bill 823 provides that a person who knowingly uses a commercial motor vehicle in the commission of sexual or labor trafficking crimes will be disqualified as a commercial motor vehicle driver for life.

HB 911: House Bill 911 closes a dangerous loophole and strengthens penalties for offenses of sexual misconduct by a foster parent.

"I want to thank the sponsors of HB 823 and HB 911 for working alongside Governor Kemp and I to put Georgia's children first, hold bad actors accountable, and ultimately bring an end to the evil of human trafficking in our state," said First Lady Marty Kemp. "This fight is far from over, and it is one that we are focused on winning. Every day, we will continue to do our part to keep our children safe and ensure that those who would put them in harm's way know that they have no place in Georgia."

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