Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp dropped the hammer on efforts to defund local police Friday as he signed a bill that bans counties and local municipalities from reducing their police budgets by more than five percent.
House Bill 286, supported by state Republicans, served as a response to activist efforts to defund police following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in 2020.
“This legislation will keep our communities and families safe across Georgia,” House Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones tweeted Friday.
“Public safety is critical to the success and future of our state, and I’m pleased to see Georgia take proactive measures to keep our residents safe and secure,” the tweet added.
Thanks to @GovKemp for signing HB 286, carried by @houstongaines, which limits local governments’ ability to cut police funding by more than 5% a year, while still accommodating a loss in local revenue. Thanks also to our law enforcement. We support you and appreciate you! #gapol
— Jan Jones (@JanJonesGA) May 7, 2021
Kemp noted, “The ‘Defund the Police’ movement has no place in Georgia.” The governor appeared on Fox on Monday in support of the bill.
The “Defund the Police” movement has no place in Georgia. pic.twitter.com/n7oef0WcLA
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 10, 2021
HB 286 also requires state government and local governments to provide insurance to law enforcement employees to ensure protection from civil or other legal action caused by their efforts, according to the Washington Times.