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HB 0719 - Crimes and offenses; modernization of HIV related laws; provide

Tracking Level: Monitor
Sponsor: Deborah Silcox
Last Action: 3/13/2020 - Senate Read and Referred
House Committee: Health and Human Services
Senate Committee: Assignments
Assigned To:
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

HB 719 amends Code Section 15-11-471, Title 16, and Code Section 31-22-9.1 of the OCGA to redefine HIV crimes and treatment. In Title 16, the imprisonment term for an individual who does not disclose his or her status as a person living with HIV prior to sexual acts is changed from 10 to 5 years. The sexual acts must have a significant risk of transmission based on current scientifically supported levels of transmission risk. An HIV-positive person who is forced into a sexual act against his or her volition will not be charged for not disclosing his or her status. The bill further excludes hypodermic needles or syringes from numerous code sections in accordance to HB 217, a bill passed in 2019 legalizing needle exchange programs.

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