Georgia Senate passes bill to boost gang prosecutions

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Published: Mar. 28, 2022 at 3:43 PM EDT
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ATLANTA (AP) — A bill that would give Georgia’s attorney general the authority to prosecute gang crimes statewide is headed to the governor’s desk.

The state Senate passed House Bill 1134 on Monday by a vote of 50 to 5. The state House approved the measure in February. Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to sign it.

Under the bill, a new unit within the attorney general’s office would have concurrent authority with local prosecutors to bring gang cases. The governor’s budget funds the unit.

Attorney General Chris Carr, a Republican running for reelection this year, has praised the legislation as a “force multiplier” that will allow his office to work with law enforcement and district attorneys.

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